The Outeniqua Pass

The Outeniqua Pass is a fairly modern pass, connecting the coastal town of George with Oudtshoorn and the Little Karoo. It was first built in 1942 – 1951 to provide a different route other than the narrow and steep Montagu Pass. It was made wider and modernized a few times since then and today carries the bulk of the traffic flow between the two towns and Langkloof.

Rockfalls and trucking accidents cause disruptions in the pass from time to time. The higher reaches of the pass are subject to heavy rainfall and dense mountain mists which can reduce visibility to a few metres, which can make it dangerous if you do not drive with caution, especially due to the high volume of commercial traffic that it carries.

The pass has 40 bends, corners and curves – many of which exceed 90 degrees. The road is well engineered, but it is advisable to stick to the speed limits to get you safely over the pass. For south-bound traffic there are several excellent view-sites which are marked as “The 4 passes”. The third one from the summit is particularly impressive! From this vantage point all four passes can be seen, including one of which dates back almost 200 years!

The Outeniqua pass forms part of the Outeniqua Mountains which lies in the Garden Route of South Africa. The Garden Route is a spectacular part of the most southern side of South Africa and offers great potential for housing.

One of the most beautiful towns in this stretch of land is Brenton-on-Sea. With its majestic sea facing stands and houses it offers its residents prime spots for Whale and Dolphin watching from the comfort of their homes.

Fancy a home in Brenton-on-Sea? Contact the best and most professional Estate Agent in this small town today on 082 572 2729. Sophie promises nothing less than top quality service and value for your hard earned money.

Paragliding at Brenton

About FlyTime Paragliding
FlyTime Paragliding was established in 2006 by the German DHV/OEAEC and SAHPA paragliding instructor Joerg Bueble. In 2009 Lucille Bueble joined FlyTime. As a passionate paragliding pilot she became one of the very few instructors and female tandem pilots in South Africa.

The Garden Route offers one of the top 10 spots in the World to experience a paragliding. Whether it is with one of the highly experienced SAHPA (South Africa Hang gliding and Paragliding Association) rated paragliding instructors on a tandem flight, or take up control all by yourself, with a introduction or full license course. They also offer coastal marine wildlife scenic flights along the coast with their Paragliding Trike. All offered tandem flights are disabled friendly.

FlyTime also offers guided tours for pilots who are already in possession of a foreign or South African paragliding license.

FlyTime is based in Sedgefield, situated between Wilderness and Knysna, the heart of the Garden Route. This area offers numerous paragliding sites from Mossel Bay up to Plettenberg Bay and Oudtshoorn.

TANDEM PARAGLIDING IN THE GARDEN ROUTE
A tandem paragliding flight is simply the best way to experience the feeling of being completely free, depending on wind and thermals, to let you gain height without an external energy and power source. Everybody can join this adventure, young and old. FlyTime has taken disabled people up as well as seniors over 90 years of age.

Tandem Flights in the Garden Route: Down here at Sea Level, the air is more dense that high up on a mountain. This dense air makes it possible to take off much quicker and with slower speed and at the same time the landing will be much slower as well. Of course this makes it more ideal for a passenger as it is easier. Because of the strength of the African sun, the thermals are stronger which allows you to fly more consistently. This, together with consistent Southerly coastal sea breeze conditions, combines all this positive influences, let alone the mild climate, with mostly sunny days. There are no better conditions to experience this type of activity.

Safety: Many people ask this question. FlyTime explains it this way: Think about mountain biking. It’s a mass sport and because it is well established nobody really questions the safety. Paragliding flights in the Garden Route are conducted from grassy hills and dunes. This is the ideal environment for this sport as there are no rocks and hard obstacles. FlyTime has a 100% safety flight to date. The FlyTime team are proud to say that they do not take any risks and that they are working hard on keeping their admirable safety record.

Clothing: Because of the mild climate on the Southern coast of South Africa, it is OK to fly in a T-shirt. For those who don’t like the slightest chill, it is advisable to take a light jacket along. It is strongly advised to give to proper shoes, such as trainers or any other closed shoes. Please take note that Flip Flops and high heels are not really an option.

Paragliding at Brenton-on-Sea
Brenton-on-Sea is a small town with two take-off fields where paragliding pilots are flying in South Wester winds. It offers a picturesque area to fly.

Elevation: 171m
GPS coordinates: 34°3’36” (34.06)S; 23°0’36” (23.01)E
Directions: Drive on the N2 and look for the Brenton on Sea turn off either before you enter Knysna from Cape Town coming, or a few kilometers after you left Knynsa once you crossed the Knysna Lagoon. Follow the road all the way to Brenton-on-Sea and drive down to the parking lot. There you will see a grass field next to the parking. This is the main take-off for this site.

A tandem flight is an easy and safe way to experience this amazing adventure at its best.

Book your FlyTime paragliding adventure by calling Lucille on
072 612 8168.

Properties in Brenton-on-Sea
Brenton-on-Sea is a green, quiet and scenic place to stay and offers vacant land and houses overlooking the ocean.

Sophie Joubert of Sophie’s Properties has been an Estate Agent in Brenton for more than 10 years.

Would you like to own a house or build your dream home in Brenton-on Sea? Say no more… contact Sophie today on 082 572 2729!!

Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

The Phantom Forest Eco Reserve is a 137 hectare private nature reserve situated on the Garden Route, a mere seven kilometres from Knysna. The reserve is an unspoiled natural wonderland incorporating Afromontane forest, Cape coastal fynbos, and estuarine wetland, with more than 150 bird species, bushbuck, grysbok, blue duiker and several other small game.

As you head south towards the Indian Ocean for about 9 kilometres, you will reach the well-known coastal town named Brenton-on-Sea. This small town is expanding rapidly and offers potential residents spectacular sea view vacant stands and houses for sale.

Sophie Joubert has been an excellent estate agent for 10 years in this area and she believes in only the best service. To buy your home or empty plot, contact Sophie from Sophie’s Properties today on 082 572 2729!

Prince Alfred’s Pass

The Prince Alfred’s Pass on the R339 gravel road between Knysna and Uniondale is probably Thomas Bain’s greatest work. Not only was this an extremely long pass, but it also presented almost every possible technical obstacle to the pass-builders.

At 68,5 km it is the longest (publicly accessible) mountain pass in South Africa by a considerable margin, as well as being the second oldest unaltered pass still in use.

This article is brought to you by the courtesy of Mountain Passes South Africa. The original post covers the whole length of Prince Alfred’s Pass and contains several videos. Please follow the link provided for detailed information about the Pass.

This information is posted by Sophie’s Properties, an Estate Agency in Brenton-on-Sea. Buy your next home on the shoreline of the Garden Route in the Western Cape of South Africa – the sunshine country! Contact Sophie on 082 572 2729.

Sandboarding

Sandboarding is a fun sport activity run by Dune Adventures in Knysna who have daily guided tours to experience the thrill of sandboarding.

The trip is well suited for families, beginners and seasoned snowboarders. Sandboarding is much like snowboarding where a board is strapped to your feet and the rider is able to turn, carve and stop themselves as they ride down the sand dune. Snowboarders will feel at home on sand and will get a kick out of boarding in shorts in the sun.

It is possible to sit down on the boards which makes it easier for children as young as 3 and a half years to join in on the action. The oldest rider so far has been 76. You will be accompanied by trained guides who will instruct you on what to do at the dune.

Sandboarding involves walking up the dune and riding down. With no lifts on the dune you will find our dune is high enough and surprisingly easy to turn in the soft good quality sand which is forgiving when you fall.

The dune is in a special location with great scenery. Non boarders are welcome to come along where there is a comfortable semi sheltered spot to enjoy and photograph the activities and adventure.

It is a perfect thing to do in Brenton-on-Sea on hot, cold or windy days. All you need to bring is shoes, water, a hat and sunscreen to enjoy the day out.

Would you like to make Brenton-on-Sea your permanent home? With house and vacant land prices fitting your pocket, contact Sophie on 082 572 2729.

Sophie has been an Estate Agent in Brenton for 10 years and knows the area very well. Why wait? With a star-bright smile and sunshine personality, Sophie has a passion for pointing out the perfect home for you and your family!

The Knysna Elephant Park

The Knysna Elephant Park was founded in 1994 by husband and wife Ian and Lisette Withers. Ian’s family had lived and worked in the Knysna area for several generations and Ian himself grew up surrounded by the legends of the forest and the famous Knysna forest elephants. In the evenings, around the fire, Ian’s grandfather would tell stories of his encounters with “Big Feet” and how his great-grandfather built the road passes along the tracks, made by these elephants through the Groot River and Bloukrans ravines and forests.

Sadly, by the time Ian and Lisette settled on their farm just outside Knysna, the mysterious forest elephants were almost extinct, with a mere five animals thought to be still alive. Then, in 1994, Ian and Lisette heard of two young elephant calves, rescued from a cull in the Kruger National Park, that were in need of a safe home. Would this be an opportunity to bring elephants back to Knysna? Could this young elephant couple help to highlight the protection of elephants in the nearby forests?

And so the foundations of the Knysna Elephant Park were built on the struggles of the elephants in the Knysna Forest. Harry and Sally arrived at the Park in October 1994. Ian and Lisette hardly realised how this small family would grow. The word to spread fast throughout South Africa: The Knysna Elephant Park was a place that could offer elephants in need of a good home. Twenty years later, more than forty elephants have passed through the gates of the Park; and the park has developed into a world class elephant sanctuary.

The large family have welcomed thousands of visitors over the years, giving them unique insight into the lives of elephants. Guests are privileged to have a close-up and personal encounter with these gentle giants, and leave having gained a healthy respect for these wonderful animals, as well as a better understanding of the African elephant and his quandary across the continent.

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On the outskirts of Knysna lies the well known Brenton-on-Sea. This small town offers houses and vacant land for sale. To buy your home coastal home, give Sophie a call today!

The Knysna Heads

The Garden Route is a splendid part of the South African coastline, known the world over for its breath-taking panorama and natural abundance. It links the provinces of the Eastern Cape and Western Cape and includes a number of popular holiday towns; such as Nature’s Valley, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, George and Mossel Bay.

This is also the very unique route along which the Knysna Heads are found, emerging from the raw power of the ocean to stand like tall sentries, guarding the picturesque lagoon and town. The ocean waters gush and crash dramatically through the passage between them, providing breath-taking views from so many different vantage points throughout the town and its outlying areas. The Knysna Heads are also notorious for having been the resting place for many fishermen and seamen that tried to negotiate the unpredictable, powerful waterway in days past.

Today, The Heads are a dazzling sight to enjoy from a number of restaurants, and offer the perfect backdrop for those indulging in water sports nearby. The East Head is easy to get to, and visitors need only head to Leisure Island and follow the sign posts to be part of the excitement and magnitude of this headland. It possesses of a number of stunning homes, which have incredible views, as well as a selection of great restaurants. East Head Café has indoor and outdoor tables that are all positioned to make the best use of these spectacular sights. Blankets are provided so that, even when the seasons turn, tourists can enjoy delicious food or cocktails accompanied by world-class views.

The East Head is effortlessly accessible by car, and has a number of viewing points and decks from where to take in the stunning scenes. Cony Glen Road has two different viewpoints, each of which promises a slightly different perception of this incredible natural wonder. There are also numerous little beaches and rock pools that can be reached via the East Head. These are an amusement for young and old to explore, and are the launching point for snorkelers, Stand Up Paddlers, canoeists, paddlers, kayakers, kite boarders, and more. The beaches are also attractive little spots at which to enjoy a family picnic. Always practice caution of the changing tides before getting into the water, as it can become risky without warning.

The West Head is significantly trickier to access, as there are not public roads to it. The only way to see it is by taking ferry trip across the lagoon. These are conducted frequently from the waterfront. The West Head is well worth the visit, though, thanks to its being home to the charming Featherbed Nature Reserve. A trip to the reserve includes the ferry trip across the lagoon, a 4 x 4 trip up the headland, stops at various lookout points, and an easy 2.2 kilometre walk that really shows off the loveliness of the area. The coastal forest and fynbos are stunning, and the ancient caves are an exciting bonus.

The charters to The Heads include sunset cruises, oyster cruises and lagoon cruises; giving tourists even more diversity in terms of the different ways that they are able to see and experience this beautiful part of South Africa.
Steeped in history and laden in breath-taking beauty, The Heads are very exceptional must-sees for tourists to the Garden Route.

VACANT LAND AND HOUSES FOR SALE

West from the Knysna Heads lies Brenton-on-Sea – a beautiful small town with stunning ocean views and breathtaking fauna and flora scenes. Sophie has been an estate agent in this area for 10 years and knows the town very well. For professional service contact Sophie today on 082 572 2729 to buy a home or empty plot.

The Red Bridge

The Red Bridge is the third bridge to cross the Knysna River. It is positioned further upstream on better founding conditions, as the previous bridge had been washed away in a flood in 1916. Designed by the PWD, this bridge is completely different in design to the earlier bridges with only two, long, 46 meter spans so as to prevent a recurrence of pier damage by flood debris.

Erection of the foundations started in 1918 with the steelwork for the two riveted deck trusses, made in England, arriving by ship in 1922.

The completed bridge, with a 3 meter wide roadway, was opened on 1 May 1923.

It was succeeded in 1955 by the wider, concrete bridge situated further downstream, but remained in use by local traffic until 1973. It was completely refurbished in 2014.

Brenton-on-Sea

Brenton is a town on the outskirts of Knysna and is part of the beautiful Garden Route situated in the Western Cape of South Africa.

Brenton-on-Sea offers luxurious houses and scenic land for sale. Would like to buy a house or vacant plot?

The best estate agent to contact is Sophie Joubert. Sophie greets you with her sparkling personality and immediately you know you’re in good hands. Her professionalism shines through her bright, blue eyes and you can hear her love for the area in her bubbly voice.

Contact details: 082 572 2729 or email

Whale watching

For a life-changing moment that you’re likely to never forget, you need to visit Brenton-on-Sea – something impressive is waiting for you below the surface of the sea. From May until December, the magnificent Humpback whale elegantly leaps along the Western coast of South Africa to frolic in the bay. Bryde’s whales and dolphins are also frequently spotted all year round.

Read 5 fabulous facts below about whale watching – an exclusive and richly African pastime.

Whale watching – 5 interesting facts
1. Each year, certain species of whale migrate to the ocean waters of the Western Cape. This is for an explicit reason which is very important in the lives of the whales; it is to calve and nurse their young. This makes it the ideal and most special whale watching experience in and around Brenton-on-Sea.
2. The whale watching route covers more than 2 000 kilometers of ocean. Whale watching is one of the main attractions for visitors in a protected area of the garden route, the Knysna heads or the Tsitsikamma National Park.
3. Over 37 species of whales and dolphins can be found off the seashore of South Africa. You need a high lookout point for whale watching, that is why the elevated cliffs in and around Brenton-on-Sea are the best spots to get a good view for taking photographs and videos. If you can reach a high spot, you are likely to see the Humpback whale or the Bryde’s whale – well known species of the area in July-November and May-December, respectively. There has also been a rare sighting of Orca whales in Knysna in the past.
4. There are many hot-spots for whale watching; Brenton-on-Sea, Knysna and the Knysna Heads each offer magnificent lookout points.
5. Whales display specific performances when it comes to communicating. Should you be lucky enough to witness ‘breaching’, you will be amazed by the sight of whales leaping out of the water in an arching back flip, then plunge into the water on their sides with a huge crash. This is believed to be a way of communication or exercise. Whales are able to breach between 3 and 8 times per session.

Are you looking for a permanent residence to watch the whales from your balcony or deck? Did you know that Brenton-on-Sea offers the most amazing sunsets along the southern coast of South Africa?

Sophie Joubert has been a respected estate agent in and around Brenton-on-Sea for more than 10 years. To buy your exquisite home, call Sophie on 082 572 2729 today!

 

Brenton beach walk

Who said that when you purchase your retirement home your life should become dull and boring? Not for a single moment when you buy your home from Sophie in Brenton-on-Sea!

Visit Sophie’s website or give her a call to find the residence that best suit your needs, where you can drink your first coffee in the morning on the porch watching the first rays upon sunrise.

Grab your phone or your laptop and all you need to do is to visit the Sophie’s Properties website’s blogs. You will find that there are a lot to do in and around Brenton-on-Sea, although it is a small town on the coast of the beautiful Garden Route in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Take a long stroll along the beach:  From Brenton-on-Sea to Buffalo Bay is a 5 kilometre beach walk.

During low tide you can start the beach walk from Brenton-on-Sea, which offers the most beautiful and amazing scenic views of landscape, fynbos and sea. A photographer’s paradise with spectacular sunsets to capture on a camera well equipped with the latest and best lenses.

The 2 hour walk is for young and old and offers good meditation for your soul. If you are hot after the long walk during the summer months, you can cool down in the sea. Do take note that there is a backwash in some of the areas along the beach – please avoid these areas as the strong currents can swept you off into the deep blue ocean. Rather be safe and swim in the marked areas at Brenton-on-Sea and Buffalo Bay.

There is a small tuck shop in both Brenton-on-Sea and Buffalo Bay to buy snacks and cold drinks. Or treat yourself and the family to an exotic meal at one of the restaurants while watching the classic ocean view whilst enjoying a sundowner.