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.

Castle Rock

Brenton-on-Sea is a small seaside village just outside the bustling town of Knysna. The drive over the Eastern Head from Knysna is very scenic and ends at a car park above one end of a vast stretch of sand stretching away to Buffalo Bay in the distance.

Turning left at the bottom of the steps takes you along a short bit of beach to the unusual eroded structure of Castle Rock at the eastern end of the beach. Turning west the opportunity to walk in solitude on pristine sand beckons.

Peaceful and serene scenes, 5 kilometres of unspoilt beach with ‘fynbos’ covered dunes on one side and a beautiful ocean to the south. Walk to Buffalo Bay and back, dipping in the ocean, spotting dolphins surfing the waves and catch sightings of the endangered African Black Oystercatcher.

There are restaurants at both Brenton-on-Sea and Buffalo Bay for refreshment and a snack during or after the energizing walk. This stretch of beach is a popular fishing spot for locals and tourists.

A huge sandstone, Castle Rock, signifies Brenton beach, which, at low tide is surrounded by large tender mussels. Seasonal rock pools and sandbanks create safe swimming areas along this rocky coastline. This rock is a favourite fishing spot for locals. Swimming is dangerous near this rock because of rip currents.

Discover untouched hidden beaches while exploring the Fishermans Walk, with awesome views from many vantage points. Whale watching from any of these elevated places for a spectacular sighting of these magnificent mammals, the ultimate being the majestic Southern Right Whale that visits these shores from May to November.

The Brydes whale is spotted all year round and the Humpback Whale resides here for about 8 months of the year. Three dolphin species may be seen in the area.

This is home to the Brenton Blue Butterfly – this endangered species is indigenous to this area and the reserve can be visited on a guided tour during November and February.

Various species of buck can be seen between Brenton-on-Sea and Brenton on lake, on the edge of the Knysna estuary.

Whether you opt for bed & breakfast or self catering, the accommodation offered is of a high standard. We welcome you to come and discover “the hidden gem” of the Garden Route.

In Brenton-on-Sea the opportunity awaits for development. Buy a luxurious home or vacant land and stay in one of the most popular Garden Route towns in the Western Cape.

Sophie’s Properties is an estate agent in Brenton-on-Sea for 10 years and knows the area very well.

Contact Sophie today on 082 572 2729 and buy your precious home for your family.

Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival 2017

It is that time of the year that a great number of visitors literally swamp the Garden Route for the opportunities it holds. Technically it is the quietest time of the year was it not for the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. It is therefore by design rather than by accident that this festival happened on que this time around. Much of the credits go to the marketers of the festival. The team knows what they want and they know how to make it happen in a big way.

But this year it was different in all respects. As we enter this years’ Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival we still have a dark cloud hanging overhead. It is one day to the month when the Garden Route was devastated by an almost uncontrollable forest fire. In many respect it is a good thing that the Knysna Oyster Festival was given the go-a-ahead. It helps with the healing as we move on.

More so, the festival generates money and that is what is needed now. With two Stirling days promised by the weatherman dreams can come true.

While you are out there, make most of the occasion. One of the finest drives is to take the Brenton on Sea road right to where you can go no further by car. The drive there and back can be done in less than one hour. But why hurry? What you will see at the summit is one of the most picturesque vistas you will ever see.

The annual Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is one of South Africa’s most popular festivals with huge appeal for sports lovers, families and those in search of a great party!

Would you like to buy a house in Brenton on Sea? Look no further. Sophie is always standing ready with her sparkling personality and welcoming friendlyness to help you get that dream home you’ve always dreamt about. Give Sophie a call today! 082 572 2729.

548 Fynbosoord

R 4 100 000

Dual Mandate / Negotiable
4 Beds     3 Baths     3 Garages

Floor Area:  440m²
Land Area:  702m²
Rates:  R 2736

Discover secure, idyllic ocean luxury in Brenton On Sea, one of Knysna’s most sought after areas, well-positioned and close to the worlds known and popular Brenton Butterfly Reserve.

This impressive double-storey, architecturally masterpiece offers ample accommodation and entertainment options set in a residential Cul-de-Sac. This magnificent home has been designed with both comfort and luxury in mind. Living areas are light and airy and boasts breathtaking sea and north facing views. It furthermore offers open-plan well-designed kitchen, scullery, lounges and reception area. The top lounge consist of a built-in braai, fireplace and an easy flow to the large undercover north facing patio. The manicured garden boasts 4 rain water tanks, irrigation and lush lawn.

Some of the extra-ordinary features are a small wine cellar, storeroom / workshop in garage, outside utility room, TV-points, trellidoors & outside security sensors, 2 geysers, 4 Telephone points, Air Conditioner, aluminium powder coated window frames and sliding doors, pre-paid electricity, state of the art bathrooms. Two of the enclosed verandas adjacent to 2 bedrooms can be utilized as additional bedrooms/sun rooms.

Exquisite, Excellent, well maintained and Exceptional.

Key Property Features:

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 3 Garages
  • 2 Lounges
  • 2 Storeys
  • Air Con
  • Alarm
  • Balcony
  • Built In Braai
  • BIC
  • Family Tv Room
  • Fenced
  • Garden
  • Guest Toilet
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Pets Allowed
  • Scenic View
  • Sea View
  • Storage
  • Walk In Closet

  Site Plan – 548

Slideshow: 548 Fynbosoord Culdesac