Brenton on Sea is a majestic shoreline settlement; located 15km from Knysna in the Garden Route; bordered by lush indigenous forest and the powerful Indian Ocean. It is ideal for long walks on the beach, long lazy days of tanning and deep-sea fishing. Brenton is known for its pristine blue flag beach.
When visiting Brenton on Sea these are the top must do's:
1. The Brenton Beach is one of South-Africa's Blue Flag beaches and stretches all the way to Buffalo Bay. Take a beach walk to Buffalo Bay, enjoy a beer or a cool drink and walk back. The walk is approximately 9km long. This is the perfect walk to do with sunrise or sunset.
2. Go for a walk along Fisherman's trail. Fishermen's Walk follows the contour at the top of the cliffs above Jaap se Baai and The Block here in Brenton-on-Sea. It's an easy stroll (unless you decide to descend on one of the pathways down to the sea) - with truly magnificent views of the Indian Ocean and its coast. Pack a picnic basket to enjoy along the way.
3. Shop on Sea has something for everyone, but a local favourite is "Tannie Hessies" meat pie's.
4. Brenton is known to be a popular area for whale watching during the months of June - November when Humpback Whales and Southern Right Whales grace our shores with their babies.
We also home to the very shy Brydes Whale who is resident all year around.
We also regularly see Common Dolphins and the shy Humpback Dolphins in front of the Guesthouse.
Interesting information about our Whales along Brenton on Sea.
Humpback whales are known for their magical songs, which travel for great distances through the world's oceans. These sequences of moans, howls, cries, and other noises are quite complex and often continue for hours on end.
The Humpback whale is a species of baleen whale. It is a rorqual; a member of the family Balaenopteridae. Adults range in length from 14–17 m and weigh up to 40 metric tons. The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobbly head.
Southern Right Whales:
The southern right whale is a baleen whale, one of three species classified as right whales belonging to the genus Eubalaena. Southern right whales inhabit oceans south of the Equator, between the latitudes of 20° and 60° south. In 2009 the global population was estimated to be approximately 13,600.
The Southern Right whale (Eubalaena australis) can be found in subtropical and waters of the southern hemisphere. They are quite curious and playful when they are close to humans. 2- It is one of the largest species of whale: the average male is 13 to 15 meters long and the average female is about 16 meters
5. In the summer months the Brenton Beach is perfect for long lazy days of tanning and swimming. Remember to pack you beach towel!
6. Visit the Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve. This Special Nature Reserve is home to many butterflies, an amazing variety of fynbos, which attracts the presence of many birds and mammals.