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.