Buffalo Bay (Buffelsbaai / Buffels Bay)

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Buffalo Bay, or Buffelsbaai, is found in the Goukamma Nature Reserve in the Western Cape. Stretching for 14 kilometers this vast beach has incredible white sand and dunes which contrast with the beautiful blue waters of the ocean. With a backdrop of coastal forest the beach here really can feel like a lost paradise.

The beach has plenty of activities to choose from making it a firm favorite with both tourists and locals and because it is a resort town, you’ll find everything that you might need. You can relax in the calm shallow waters or go fishing, surfing, or boating. Apres beach there are a number of different restaurants and cafes to choose from in the area, or you can take a Paddle Cruise on the Knysna river for dinner. Starting from the Knysna Waterfront, this nearby town is fascinating and well worth a visit

When you visit Buffelsbaai, you have the best of all worlds. There are waves for surfing, rock pools for swimming, and you can bodyboard, kitesurf, and more. The views are amazing, and it is considered to be one of the safest beaches in South Africa.

Buffalo Bay is on the famous garden route, so you can go for a drive and take in all the beauty that this area has to offer.

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Also known as:

Buffelsbaai / Buffels Bay


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