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Knysna & Sedgefield Beaches

Thursday, 19 November 2015 12:38 Written by  Lisa Leslie
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It’s that time of the year folks. The time to soak up the sun, ride the waves, breathe the salt air, feel the breeze, rest, relax and reflect.

For those heading to our little corner of paradise for some respite, you will be happy to know that there are incredible stretches of shoreline from which to choose. Whether you are looking for a quiet beach punctuated with just a few souls here and there, or a festive beach with a lots of activity - we have one that to suit everyone’s taste.

Many visitors are unaware that beyond the village centre there lies a beach nirvana. Five beaches stretching in a sinuous arc from one side of Sedgefield to the other.

Swartvlei Beach - situated on the western end of Sedgefield is a one of the most popular beaches both in and out of season. The beach extends towards the well-known Gericke’s Point landmark, an exceptionally beautiful place to visit at low tide. Its tidal pools, rich in intertidal life, make it perfect for snorkelling. This stretch of beach also features blonde-coloured fossilized dunes, which is a unique phenomenon in this area.

Swartvlei Beach itself is a popular swimming beach in season when there are life guards. It is known for its strong rip currents, so swimmers must be cautious at all times and it is advisable not to swim alone. (There are ablution facilities here)

This beach extends east toward the Sedgefield Mouth. If the mouth of the estuary is open, it isn’t always accessible, unless you want to wade or swim across the channel. This is where the Swartvlei River meets the ocean. This is a popular spot with the locals, but the conditions here are dynamic and unpredictable, depended on the tides and the nature of the channel. Sometimes it can be really calm and perfect for the little ones, while other days the surges can be very strong. It provides a welcome shelter from the wind on some days when the other beaches are too blustery. (There are ablution facilities here.)

Further along is Myoli Beach, which is relatively quiet out of season, but a popular beach for dog walkers. In season it really comes alive, but yet it is not unpleasantly crowded. It is popular with families and young adults and in season there are life guards on duty. As with other similar stretches of coastline, very strong rip currents are common here and caution needs to be taken at all times. It is a short walk to the vibey Afrovibe Backpackers and Pili Pili Beach Bar. Here travellers from all over the world converge - a veritable melting pot of diverse people.

A little further on is the usually very quiet Cola Beach, but for the lone fisherman and beach stroller. The access to Cola Beach is high up and there is a long set of stairs down to the beach. It has a good viewpoint at the top where a bench can be sat upon while you stare out towards the blue yonder.

The parallel landscape starts getting untamed from here when you head towards Platbank Beach, Sedgefield’s most secluded beach. It is accessible by foot from Myoli but can also be accessed by car. Take the turn off from the N2 (Knysna side) towards Lake Pleasant Hotel and follow the winding dirt road until it ends. This lovely beach sits on the edge of the pristine reserve. It is usually very quiet, and there are no life guards here during season. Tides and currents can be very strong at times. Don’t swim alone.

The Goukamma Beach is one long (14km) stretch of unadulterated beauty. It lies within the Goukamma Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area. Very few people venture here, making it the perfect beach to soothe the soul. In season whales can be seen breaching along this coastline and dolphins feed here almost daily. The entire length of the beach is inaccessible during a spring high tide, so make sure you check the tide tables if you plan to hike to Buffels (Buffalo) Bay. It is a protected breeding ground for the African black Oyster catcher so no dogs are allowed. Strong rip currents are present here.

Around the corner from here is Buffels (Buffalo) Bay Beach which is situated along a quaint little holiday hamlet. It is without a doubt the most popular sand and surf destination in the region, both in and out of season. It is a hub for water sports activities; surfers, SUP boarders, kayakers and swimmers. It is a relatively sheltered beach that is not as prone to the strong currents that plague much of our coastline and is therefore relatively safe. Life guards are on duty during the season. There is a restaurant and ablution facilities.

About 5km walk from here is Brenton Beach, which is also accessible by road via the little town of Brenton on Sea. This beach is also very popular, especially in season and is favoured amongst fishermen and families. There are lots of rocks to clamber on and little tidal pools to cool off in. The sea here is subject to strong rip currents so caution needs to be taken at all times. Life guards are on duty in season. There is the magnificent Brenton Haven Hotel close by that boasts sweeping views and an incredible menu from its Butterfly Blu Restaurant.

Knysna boasts a unique little beach called Coney Glen. This beach is less about the sand and more about the awe inspiring sandstone cliffs that rise up all around it and the lichen covered boulders that are strewn throughout this seascape. Tidal pools will delight at low tide and the dynamic aperture to the estuary is a breath-taking sight. Not advisable during rough seas. There are no life savers on duty at this beach.


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