- Western Cape
This little, quiet and serene town offers the tourist clifftops covered in fynbos with ample whale and dolphin watching opportunities in season. It is virtually surrounded by the Goukamma Nature Reserve and offers hiking trails for those feeling more energetic. Paragliding is a popular pastime and Brenton on Lake provides a jetty and slipway for boats and canoes.
The beach is safe and very popular for sunbathing and swimming and was voted one of the top-twenty beaches in South Africa.Enjoy a slow walk to Buffels Bay for a light lunch on the uninterrupted 3 km sandy beach taking in the views of the towering sand dunes covered in fynbos. The slow pace here will have you relaxed and rested in no time.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see:
- Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve
- Buffalo Bay Beach
- Knysna Art Studio and Gallary
- Buffalo Bay Horse Rides
- Thole Township Tours – Knysna
- Knysna Heads
- Featherbed Boat Trip
Accommodation in the form of self-catering cottages and Guest House can be found here.
The climate is considered warm and temperate with plenty of rainfall in the region, even in the driest months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 23˚C with high rainfall in August.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 8˚C and 20˚C with the lowest rainfall in February.
Commercial Airlines offer flights to George Airport, about 60 km away from Brenton-on-Sea. Car hire facilities are located at the Airport and visitors will travel on the N2 Highway toward Knysna.
Brenton-on-Sea does not have any of their own festivals, but come join in the fun at Knysna.
March – Literary Festival: Held in Knysna this festival promotes SA’s rich literacy heritage.
April/May – The Pink Loerie Madi Gras & Arts Festival: Held in Knysna, South Africa’s most fabulous gay and lesbian festival
July – Knysna Oyster Festival: One of the most popular events in the Western Cape with Oyster catching competitions and other sports events.
The town is named after Vice-Admiral Sir Jaheel Brenton, the British admiral who came to the Cape from Britain in 1815 as Naval Commissioner during the Napoleonic Wars and who opened the Knysna harbour.
This area is home to the endangered Brenton Blue Butterfly which is found only on the south-facing slopes of coastal fynbos. This beautiful specimen disappeared in the 1980’s after human interference in the nearby Natures Valley. In 1991 they were seen again and the Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve was proclaimed to protect this species.
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