With its location on the beautiful Garden Route coastline, it’s no wonder that there are 11 stunning beaches to choose from in the Greater Knysna area.
From sheltered coves nestled between rocky outcrops, to the sunny banks of the Knysna lagoon, and endless stretches of white sand along the Indian Ocean – you are spoilt for choice.
There are beaches suited to everyone, whether you are a family with small children who like to splash about in rock pools or a surfer looking for a great wave.
Buffalo Bay is adjacent to Cape Nature’s Goukamma Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area and is popular with swimmers, surfers, body boarders and families. The main beach is one of the safest swimming beaches in the Knysna area – it is especially popular among families looking for a fun beach vacation. Find more information here.
The Waterfront Restaurant next to the parking area has outdoor seating on a raised deck and serves breakfasts and light meals throughout the day. Facilities for visitors include a beach shop, showers and toilets. In season when the beach gets very crowded there are lifeguards and a demarcated swimming area. A grass verge along the beachfront road has braai facilities and is the perfect picnic spot with views across the bay to Brenton on Sea.
Brenton-on-Sea and Buffalo Bay beaches meet each other along a sandy stretch and share many similar features. Kilometres of white sand and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are protected by fynbos covered dunes which form a long, curved bay of interesting rock formations and pools. You can walk all the way from one beach to the other, a distance of about 5,5 km. At low tide when the sand above water level compacts, you can also cycle along this route.
Swimming at Brenton-on-Sea is not recommended except at peak holiday times when there is a lifeguard on duty. It is most popular for walks, picnics and sundowners and with fishermen who wade out to Castle Rock at low tide with their rods and cast into the sea in the hope of catching grunter, cob or white steenbras.
The beach is accessed by a flight of wooden steps below the Brenton Haven Resort.
Magical Noetzie is famous for the unique cluster of stone castles which hug the cliffs above the sand like something out of a fairy tale.
- It is surrounded by indigenous forest and the river, estuary and beach at Noetzie is a popular “get away from the crowds” destination. Spending the day on Noezie beach sunbathing, swimming & castle watching;
- Fish or paddle in the Noetzie river as you listen to the cry of fish eagles soaring above the estuary or the cheeky chattering of vervet monkeys swinging through the branches;
- Swimming in the sea at Noetzie is not recommended except at peak holiday times when there is a lifeguard on duty, but the lagoon at the river mouth is safe for swimming and canoeing.
- The most popular beaches in Knysna are Brenton on Sea and Buffalo Bay while in Sedgefield, Myoli and Swartvlei come out tops
- In Sedgefield,Myoli and Swartvlei beaches are part of a 6 km expanseof beaches all linked by the ocean and endless expanses of sand. At low tide, this stretch is great for hiking, running and cycling.
- Swartvlei Beach is at the western end of the stretch. It includes the beautiful Gericke’s Point with its weathered sandstone cliffs and intriguing rock pools which are ideal for snorkelling. To the north is Swartvlei Caravan Park facing the Swartvlei Estuary which is favoured by fishermen, canoeists and swimmers. The beach is accessed along a boardwalk from the car park where there are ablution facilities and showers. Swartvlei is a protected area and a breeding ground for the African black oystercatcher so no dogs are allowed and there is a hefty fine for transgressors.
- Both Swartvlei and Myoli beach further to the east are swimming beaches but with lifeguards on duty only in peak season, swimmers are cautioned to be wary of powerful riptides and currents.
- Myoli Beach lies in front of the popular PiliPili Restaurant and beach bar where there is parking and direct access to the beach. It draws surfers, kite surfers, wake boarders and stand-up paddlers and in season you could be lucky enough to spot dolphins and whales from the observation platform.