Things to do and see

Angling
Musselcracker are prolific in Mossel Bay. Along the entire coast elf, kob and leervis run in autumn and winter and off the cliffs are many big rock feeders. Knysna lagoon offers sport for the fisherman with light tackle – galjoen, hottentot, roman, grunter and kob.
Plettenberg Bay is a favourite of fishermen. Gillies – or guides – can be hired. Large rock feeders are common. In autumn there are shoals of elf and notably large yellowtail. Big catchers are often taken.

Canoeing
The rivers of the Garden Route are ideal for canoes. The upper reaches simply lose themselves in forest. The Kaaimans waterfall can only be reached by canoe. The chain of lakes between Wilderness and Knysna is linked by serpentine waterways.

Camping and caravanning
There are caravan and camping grounds within easy access of all towns listed in this section.

Diving
Marine plants are rich along the coast, matching the beauty of the flora on shore. Small fish are numerous and many sea-horses live in Knysna lagoon.

Rail journeys
A pleasant way to see the wonders of the Garden Route is from the windows of a train. The line from George to Knysna passes through marvellous scenery. The trip from George over the Outeniqua Mountains to Camfer and Oudtshoorn includes one of the grandest railway passes in Africa, with tunnels, cuttings and tremendous views.

Surfing
The waves at Victoria Bay are majestic, especially in winter. There is also surfing in Mossel Bay and Buffalo Bay.

Swimming
The beaches at Plettenberg Bay are particularly safe. Mossel Bay also has fine swimming beaches with little trouble from sharks. The rivers of the Garden Route, free of the parasites of tropical rivers, provide excellent fresh-water swimming.

Walking
The whole Garden Route is memorable walking country. The walker sees the best of it. One of the most rewarding of all South African wilderness trails is the Outeniqua Trail. It takes 7 to 14 days to complete. The Otter Trail in the Tsitsikama national park is a 3-day hike.
Exploring any part of the high forests by foot takes the walker along scenic paths, silent, solitary, cool and lovely.

Goukamma Nature Reserve and Buffalo Bay

The new tarred access road to Buffalo Bay undulates for several kilometres through the brilliant green valley of the Goukamma River, crosses several lines of scrub-covered sand dunes, and then runs in a south-easterly direction along the coast past two beautiful golden strands. The first is the long beach at the mouth of the Goukamma, the second is the attractive curved and gently sloping beach of Walker’s Bay. Eventually you reach the little village of Buffalo Bay, a tight cluster of holiday homes set on the narrow promontory of Walker Point.

Here visitors enjoy a surfeit of fine sandy beaches. In addition to those at Walker’s Bay and the Goukamma, a lovely beach sweeps eastwards from Walker Point along the entire coast to Brenton-on-Sea and the back of Knysna’s western head. This is a popular beach for both swimmers and surfers, and is particularly scenic also, forming a great curving ribbon of gold, backed by the green hills of Brenton.

Walker Point itself is rocky, with numerous fascinating rock pools to be explored at low tide. On its eastern side, where Buffalo Bay’s beach meets the first stretch of stony shore, there is a particularly gentle bay and a slipway for powerboat fishermen. On its western side ridges of rock run toughly parallel to the shore creating deep-water gullies and offering many vantage points to anglers fishing from the rocks. Several hundred metres to the west, from the smaller rocky promontory that forms the western limit of Walker’s Bay, there is a striking view along the coast past Gericke’s Point to the distant bulk of the Outeniqua Mountains.

Buffalo Bay village abuts directly on the eastern end of the Goukamma Nature Reserve, which incorporates the lagoon at the mouth of the Goukamma River and the entire coastal strip stretching westwards to Groenvlei. The eastern ban of the pretty lagoon has been developed as an attractively lawned picnic area with stone tables and seats, braai places, drinking water and toilets. From the northern end of this picnic area you can walk across a long suspension footbridge over the dark water of the river, then take any of a variety of footpaths leading through the western section of the reserve. The principal hiking trail through the reserve leads to a stretch of coast known as Oesterbank: an area of surf-battered rocks that is home to the indigenous oyster Crassostrea Margaritacea.

The reserve contains a wild region of scrub-covered sand dunes, the whole of Groenvlei, and many kilometres of unspoilt coastline. It is noted particularly for the variety of bird species that can be spotted here – roughly 150, including the African fish eagle and the marsh harrier.

Brenton-on-Sea houses and stands

Should you fancy an upmarket modern house on the shores of South Africa, Brenton-on-Sea offers spectacular sea views and beautiful sceneries. To buy a house or stand, contact Sophie Joubert today!

Earth day 2018

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.

On Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by the United StatesChina, and some 120 other countries. This signing satisfied a key requirement for the entry into force of the historic draft climate protection treaty adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature’s equipoise was later sanctioned in a proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom award in recognition of his work. While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.

Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on the environmental issues that the world faces. In 2017, the March for Science occurred on Earth day (April 22, 2017) and was followed by the People’s Climate Mobilization (April 29, 2017).

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Brenton Beach House

If you are seeking relaxed yet refined bed and breakfast accommodation in Knysna, Brenton Beach House can offer just that. An outstanding 4 star guest house with a Cape Cod style accommodation overlooking the Indian Ocean with its long sandy beaches just 5 minutes’ walk away.

Ideally situated close to the Garden Route town of Knysna, Brenton Beach House offers luxurious Guest House, and Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in Brenton-On-Sea. The Brenton Beach House is situated on the western head of Knysna. The tranquillity of Brenton-on-Sea in Knysna will certainly be appreciated by those folks wanting to recharge their batteries.
Golfers can test their skills on some of the world class courses such as Pezula or Simola within twenty minutes’ drive. For the non-golfers we recommend walking the beach or trails in the nearby forests or why not some horseback riding.

Knysna, the South African oyster capital hosts its annual oyster festival in July as well as several prestigious mountain bike events. Brenton Beach House is owned by Derrick Coetzer and Jean Michel Bayle. We will assist you to plan your activities and excursions in the area and make golf and dinner bookings on your behalf. You could spend your day sight-seeing or shopping in town, take a sun bath on the beach or just laze at the pool. Take a boat trip on the Knysna lagoon or an exhilarating dash through the heads.

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Would you like to own a home in Brenton-on-Sea? Sophie has more than 10 years experience in the estate agency field. Contact her today on 082 572 2729 for professional service.

Brenton Haven Beachfront Resort

Brenton Haven offer Self-catering accommodation in Knysna, Brenton-on-Sea, Garden Route as Beach Homes or Luxury Suites with sea views.

Fall asleep with the sound of the waves crashing gently onto the beach, wake up and step onto your private deck and enjoy the fresh air and ocean views. Here you will experience the best of the world-renowned Garden Route. It is an awe-inspiring holiday location best known for its serenity and long sandy beaches. Many have fallen in love with this little sleepy hollow suburb of Knysna and some even describe it has having “Champagne air”. Immediately surrounding you at Brenton Haven is a spectacular beach directly below the resort, dramatic rolling dunes, cliff top walks, stunning green forests, and the flourishing fynbos for which this part of the world is so famous. It is a perfect location to enjoy the best of the Garden Route with Knysna town (15 minutes), Plettenberg Bay (40 minutes), Wilderness (35 minutes), and George (45 minutes) all close by.

Accommodation is provided via 26 beach villas and 9 luxury suites offering between 1 and 3 bedrooms each. The resort was completed in December 2014 and so offers modern high superior finishes, well equipped kitchens, DSTV, free wi-fi, all bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and spacious decks with a barbeque area overlooking the ocean.

Self-catering accommodation in Knysna:
Reservations: 044 381 0040
• 26 Free Standing Beach Homes (self-catering) (1, 2 & 3 Bedroom)
• 9 Luxury Suites (semi self-catering) (1 & 2 Bedroom) inside the main Brenton Haven Building. All units have a full or partial sea view.
• All Bedrooms en-suite open plan living area with built-in braai.
• Free Wi-fi is available to resident guests of Brenton Haven ( 1 to 7 Day vouchers available from reception)
• Daily housekeeping available.

Butterfly Blu Restaurant Reservations:
Tel: 044 381 0027

We offer a stylish, relaxed setting with an exquisite view over Brenton Beach and Buffalo Bay. The stylish and beautifully appointed dining and lounge spaces compliments the appetizing creations from the Kitchen which range from delicious seafood, succulent meat on the grill or authentic Croatian Pizza. Bring your family and friends for an ideal dining experience with the best views in the Garden Route. 1 Hour Free Wi-fi is available to all visitors of Butterfly Blu.

Booking Hours:
Mondays – Sunday
(Allocated table times during season 2h:15min)
Lunch Sitting: 11:30 – 14:30
(Take-away pizza available from 15:00 to 17:00)
Closed Daily: 16:00 to 17:00
Early Dinner Sitting: 17:00-18:30
Dinner Sitting: 19:30- 21:20
Reservations: 044 381 0027

Please note, bigger tables will be seated at smaller separate tables, of a maximum of 8 people per table, during season.

*Breakfast and delicious artisan pastries and baked goods are available at Indigo Deli from 8:00-18:00 daily.

Indigo Deli

Indigo Deli is open from 8am to 5pm daily. Come and enjoy our selection of lovingly prepared delights, all home made from scratch by our team under the guidance of highly experienced professionals with more than 30 years experience. Amongst others, regular choices include beautiful crisp pastries, stunning flavoursome croissants, light and airy scones, baked cheesecakes, French apple tarts, and decadent chocolate ganache.

Breakfast and light lunch options include yoghurt & granola pots with homemade fruit compote, Panini’s made with homemade Ciabatta, homemade light quiches, and homemade artisanal pies filled with beautiful fresh ingredients.

We also have a variety of gift ideas including greeting cards, accessories, locally produced artisanal goods, imported chocolates, ice creams, and a few essentials for your refrigerator.

About Our coffee

We proudly serve local artisanal coffee from Pause Roastery where the care and attention to flavour is in our view second to none, you need only meet Wessel Kruger for 5 minutes to feel the great passion he has for his beans! Our baristas take just as much care in ensuring that every cup is served as best as can be. Tel: 044 381 0040

Would you like to own a house in Brenton-on-Sea? Sophie has more than 10 years experience as an Estate Agent in the Brenton-on-Sea area. She always greets you with a smile and her vibrant and cheerful personality will flow over you like a fresh ocean wave.

Goukamma Marine Protected Area

The Goukamma MPA was proclaimed in 1990 and is 10 kilometres west of Knysna. It has a coastline of approximately 16km that extends east from Buffels Bay to Platbank and one nautical mile out to sea.

The Goukamma MPA supports a mixture of warm temperate species, including many that are endemic to South Africa’s south coast. The Goukamma estuary is one of a small number of semi open closed estuaries and functions naturally with no artificial opening or closing of the mouth.  The fact that it has a large catchment area for the length of the river makes this estuary somewhat unique.

The MPA is an important breeding area for the rare African black oystercatcher and many other sea birds that frequent this area.

Globally-threatened sea turtles, including loggerhead, green, hawksbill and leatherback, also visit these shores. Many other marine mammal species have been sighted in this MPA, including various types of dolphin, whales, sharks and seals.

Goukamma MPA consists of approximately 5.5 km of sandy shores, 5 km of rocky shores and 3.5 km of mixed rocky/sandy shore. It has important offshore reefs which provide habitat to commercially important species, such as hake and endemic fish species, such as red steenbras. Furthermore, the offshore soft sediment areas close inshore between the offshore reefs is important areas for east coast sole.

Length of coastline protected:
16 km

Area of ocean protected:
32 km²

Objectives:

  • To conserve and manage biodiversity and natural processes representative of Southern Cape terrestrial and marine ecological systems;
  • To improve the reach and quality of biodiversity management;
  • To create environmental awareness;
  • To expand and secure the conservation estate;
  • To provide appropriate opportunities and facilities for recreation;
  • To promote social and economic opportunities and sustainable utilisation; and
  • To effectively conserve our cultural heritage attributes.

Sophie’s Properties

Brenton-on-Sea is a beautiful town just outside of Knysna. It offers scenic ocean views its residents. Would you like to own a house in Brenton-on-Sea? Say no more… Contact Sophie on 082 572 2729 today!

Leisure Island

ABOUT LEISURE ISLE

Size

Leisure Isle is an inhabited suburb, one of the two island suburbs of Knysna. It is six kilometres from the centre of Knysna, and is approached from George Rex Drive.

The Island has a total boundary of over 4 kilometres, 1,6 kilometres in length and ,5 kilometre across at its widest point. There are about 450 houses on the Island, more than half of which are occupied by permanent citizens.

During holiday seasons the Island’s population multiply considerably, and many day visitors also enjoy its facilities.

Climate

Knysna has a pleasant climate, with no strong prevailing winds. During summer, moderate easterlies often blow during the afternoon. In winter, a few gale-force westerly winds can be expected.

Sea Temperature

July average: 14,7 degrees
December average: 21,25 degrees

Ground Water

A notable feature of the Island is its underground or ‘spike’ water. A bountiful supply of fresh water lies two to three metres below ground level, where the sands are saturated with this fresh water. It is easily extracted via a ‘spike’ and pump to give a good supply of water. This water is not drinkable, and its quality varies at different points of the Island.

This free source of fresh water is a great benefit to gardeners and is broadly used for watering gardens on the Island. Its accessibility has meant that Island gardens did not suffer much from the latest water restrictions.

An old-fashioned hand pump has been installed in the Steenbok Nature Reserve. Visitors are welcome to work the pump to experience the strong and consistent flow of water from the spike sunk only three metres into the sand.

Tides

Living on an island, the daily ebb and flow of the tides are part of one’s consciousness, and shapes certain daily activities around it. At high spring tide the Island is entirely encircled by seawater from the tidal flow coming through the Heads. Depending on the mood of the currents, the sand of the beaches may be stripped down or deposited along the shore, predominantly at Bollard Bay.

When spring tides are associated with strong westerly winds and low barometric pressure, it is not unusual for the water to breach the sea wall in several places, and to flood Steenbok Nature Reserve.

Sea Wall

The Island is bordered by a sea wall, built of stone and reinforced in places by wooden palings. The building of the sea wall begun in 1929 and took three years to complete, using stone from the hillside above Woodbourne. Because the seashore is subject to continuous tidal and wind erosion and sedimentation, the wall needs to be repaired and maintained on an ongoing basis.

Holiday Accommodation

Leisure Isle offers ample holiday accommodation facilities with a wide variety of things to do and places to see, especially with Knysna close by.

Homes & Land for sale

Are you looking for a permanent place to stay? Opposite Leisure Island, to the West, lies Brenton-on-Sea. This upmarket town are rapidly expanding and offers its residents spectacular sea views and scenic nature views. Plenty of homes and vacant lots are available at very affordable prices. Contact Sophie Joubert on 082 572 2729 and become an owner of a beautiful seaside dwelling.

The Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is the third largest of the world’s oceanic divisions, covering 70,560,000 km2 (approximately 20% of the water on the Earth’s surface). It is bounded by Asia on the north, on the west by Africa, on the east by Australia, by Antarctica.

The Indian Ocean is the warmest ocean in the world. Long-term ocean temperature records show a rapid, continuous warming in the Indian Ocean. Indian Ocean warming is the largest among the tropical oceans, and about 3 times faster than the warming observed in the Pacific. Research indicates that human induced greenhouse warming, and changes in the frequency and magnitude of El Niño events are a trigger to this strong warming.

Large rivers flowing into the Indian Ocean are the Zambezi, Shatt al-Arab, Indus, Godavari, Krishna, Narmada, Ganges, Brahmaputra, Jubba and Irrawaddy. The ocean’s currents are mainly controlled by the monsoon. Deep water circulation is controlled primarily by inflows from the Atlantic Ocean, the Red Sea, and Antarctic currents.

As the youngest of the major oceans, the Indian Ocean has active spreading ridges that are part of the worldwide system of mid-ocean ridges. The Central Ridge runs north across the Arabian Peninsula and Africa into the Mediterranean Sea.

Among the tropical oceans, the western Indian Ocean hosts one of the largest concentrations of phytoplankton blooms in summer, due to the strong monsoon winds. The monsoonal wind forcing leads to a strong coastal and open ocean upwelling, which introduces nutrients into the upper zones where sufficient light is available for photosynthesis and phytoplankton production. These phytoplankton blooms support the marine ecosystem, as the base of the marine food web, and eventually the larger fish species. The Indian Ocean accounts for the second largest share of the most economically valuable tuna catch. Its fish are of great and growing importance to the bordering countries for domestic consumption and export. Fishing fleets from Russia, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan also exploit the Indian Ocean, mainly for shrimp and tuna.

Research indicates that increasing ocean temperatures are taking a toll on the marine ecosystem. The tuna catch rates have declined abruptly during the past half century, mostly due to increased industrial fisheries, with the ocean warming adding further stress to the fish species. Endangered marine species include the dugong, seals, turtles, and whales.

An Indian Ocean garbage patch was discovered in 2010 covering at least 5 million square kilometres. Riding the southern Indian Ocean Gyre, this vortex of plastic garbage constantly circulates the ocean from Australia to Africa, down the Mozambique Channel, and back to Australia in a period of six years.

In 2016 six new animal species had been identified at hydrothermal vents beneath the Indian Ocean. These new species were a “Hoff” crab, a “giant peltospirid” snail, a whelk-like snail, a limpet, a scaleworm and a polychaete worm.

The history of the Indian Ocean is marked by maritime trade; cultural and commercial exchanges probably date back at least seven thousand years. Sumerians traded grain, pottery, and bitumen (used for reed boats) for copper, stone, timber, tin, dates, onions, and pearls. Coast-bound vessels transported goods between the Harappa civilisation in India and the Persian Gulf and Egypt.

The world’s earliest civilizations in Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, and the Indian subcontinent, which began along the valleys of the Tigris-Euphrates, Nile and Indus rivers respectively, all developed around the Indian Ocean. Civilizations soon arose in Persia and later in Southeast Asia. During Egypt’s first dynasty, sailors were sent out onto its waters, journeying to Punt. Returning ships brought gold and myrrh. The earliest known maritime trade between Mesopotamia and the Indus Valley was conducted along the Indian Ocean.

The Indian Ocean’s relatively calmer waters opened the areas bordering it to trade earlier than the Atlantic or Pacific oceans. The powerful monsoons also meant ships could easily sail west early in the season, then wait a few months and return eastwards. This allowed ancient Indonesian peoples to cross the Indian Ocean to settle in Madagascar. In 1497 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope and became the first European to sail to India and later the Far East.

The sea lanes in the Indian Ocean are considered among the most strategically important in the world with more than 80 percent of the world’s seaborne trade in oil transits through Indian Ocean and its vital choke points. The Indian Ocean provides major sea routes connecting the Middle East, Africa, and East Asia with Europe and the Americas. An estimated 40% of the world’s offshore oil production comes from the Indian Ocean.

Small islands dot the continental rims. Island nations within the ocean are Madagascar (the world’s fourth largest island), Bahrain, Comoros, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles and Sri Lanka. The archipelago of Indonesia and the island nation of East Timor border the ocean on the east.

Now that you know more about the Indian Ocean, how does it sound to have a house right on its shoreline? Brenton-on-Sea in the Garden Route of South Africa in the Eastern Cape offers spectacular ocean views overlooking the Indian Ocean. This small town also boasts with amazing landscapes surrounding it. Want to buy home or vacant land? Contact Sophie Joubert today on 082 572 2729!

The little known Knysna Seahorse

THE KNYSNA SEAHORSE by Kyle Smith I am pretty sure that everyone has heard of the Knysna seahorse and anyone who has visited the SANParks office at Thesen Island would have seen some in the reception area aquarium. I have been privileged enough to visit these curious creatures on numerous occasions and have often listened to the comments and questions made by all manner of visitors. It seems that the seahorse is well known but that not much is generally known about the seahorse. So I thought that for this article I would explain a little about our elusive and enigmatic talisman…… All the Facts!!

Come and See the Seahorses!!

For a long time, seahorses have been the topic of great speculation and interest. This little creature that is found only in and around the Knysna area, has managed to thrive against very high odds. The estuary has been the target of pollution and much development over the years, and surprisingly, what was once Thesen’s Factory has now been developed into a private gated estate. The islands which make up the whole Thesen Islands Development, has been built using gambions, and these very foundations of the development have been the shelter and protected area the Seahorses needed. As far as we can tell they are thriving….. SEAHORSES ROCK!