To get away from the Garden Route coastal glitz, head for isolated Buffalo Bay, about half way between Knysna & Sedgefield. This great family resort offers unspoiled seaside scenery, safe swimming and superb surfing conditions, including a section fittingly called “The wild side”.
Anybody visiting tranquil Buffalo Bay will soon realize that the spirit of the place lies in the beauty of the surf and the surrounding natural scenery with its striking and rather raw diversity of greens, blues and browns. This is in sharp contrast to the town itself, where the unpretentious houses along the winding narrow roads are often bland and colourless. Yet, what they lack in visual impact they make up for with their unusual names.
Dolphins are frequently spotted and Southern Right whales visit this section of the Cape coast annually between May & November.
For those who enjoy long leisurely hikes, stroll out on the white sandy beach that stretches for seven kilometres between Buffalo Bay and Brenton on Sea. There is many other hiking trails in the area, including along the Goukamma river which forms part of the Goukamma Nature Reserve, stretching from Buffalo Bay to Groenvlei near Sedgefield. Expect to see some of the highest vegetated sand dunes in the world.
If “unspoiled” means the world to you then you have just discovered your perfect destination!
Goukamma Nature Reserve
Buffalo Bay Backpackers
Buffalo Bay Caravan Park****
Buffalo Valley Bush Lodges
Blackwaters Mashie Golf Course
Mashie golf, course pub and coffee shop