When planning a holiday, the number one focus is the activities and attractions on offer. In and around Kenton On Sea in the Eastern Cape of South Africa there are a wide variety of things to do for travelers in search of a fun holiday.
Here is a list of the top ten things to do while on holiday in Kenton:
Number 1: Spectacular Beaches
Voted as the best beaches in South Africa, and home to one of the top ten secret beaches in the world (Shelly Bay), Kenton On Sea offers a truly exceptional beach holiday experience. This coastal region has great weather year round (thus known as the Sunshine Coast and #WhereTheSunSpendsTheWinter). It’s the unique combination of wide open beaches, rocky outcrops, secluded coves, crystal clear tidal pools and tranquil rivers that makes a beach holiday at Kenton ideally suited for families, adventure travelers and couples alike. Spend lazy days catching up on your suntan, or take long strolls along the many beaches in the area. Then there are the dunes near Boesmansriviermond, so grab a sand board and enjoy the fun of whizzing down a dune!
Boesmans Sea Beach
Boesmans River Beach
More Info: contact Kenton Tourism for more information and directions to the different beaches
Number 2: Beach Horse Rides
The beach horse rides offer a combination of beautiful beaches, picturesque rocky outcrops, dune forests and rivers. Beachcomber Horse Trails cater for all levels of riders and give you the opportunity to feel what it’s like to ride your horse on the beach. Nothing beats the feeling of galloping through the shallow wash of the waves, with the smell of the ocean and the wind in your face…
Duration: 90 minutes
Cost: R300 per person
Information: Guided horse rides, riding helmets available, group bookings welcome, well-trained horses for both beginner and experienced riders.
Book: Beachcomber Horse Trails offer online bookings here.
More Info: Read all about these amazing beach rides on the Beachcomber Horse Trails website. They also offer a 7 day horse trail for those looking for a complete horse riding experience.
Number 3: Big Five Safaris
Although Kenton is known for its beautiful beaches, there are two big five game reserves on its doorstep – Sibuya Game Reserve (with a unique river cruise from Kenton to the reserve), and Kariega Game Reserve (a mere 10km from Kenton town and home to Thandi, the brave rhino that survived an horrendous poaching attempt). Both reserves offer day trips that include an exhilarating game drive to spot the Big Five, lunch and sunset cruise (depending on the game reserve you choose).
The beauty of the Eastern Cape bush is a highlight on the game drives. Spectacular scenes plays itself out around every corner while in search of Africa’s wildlife. The elephant herd at Kariega Game Reserve is an incredible experience…the photo above of the elephant calf was taken on a game drive when the resident herd decided to show us their latest addition. The herd is relaxed and offers exceptional photo opportunities. The combination of bush, savannah, rivers and ocean make a visit to Sibuya and Kariega a unique experience.
And this authentic safari experience can be enjoyed in a malaria-free setting.
Book a day trip safari:
Sibuya Game Reserve: Day Trip Bookings
Kariega Game Reserve: Day Safari Enquiries
Number 4: Be Pampered at a Wellness Spa
Nothing beats a bit of pampering after a day on the beach… Treat yourself to a deep tissue massage, a full body massage, a pamper session or a back, neck and shoulder massage. The tranquil environment of Afrika Kusini allows you to relax and rejuvenate while enjoying your pamper treatment. The spa is situated in the Boardwalk Centre, conveniently close to most shops in the center of Kenton.
Number 5: Eat Out
A wide variety of restaurants are on offer in Kenton and Boesmans. Choose between fine dining, pizzas, take aways and pub meals.
Book your table:
Continental Restaurant & Deli: +27 (0)46 648 1153
The Sandbar Floating Restaurant: +27 (0)46 648 2239
Bushmans Bar & Grill: +27 (0)46 648 3762
Mabinis: +27 (0)73 313 7995
Kenton Take Aways: +27 (0)46 648 1366
The Red Apple Emporium:
The Goat Shed: +27 (0)46 648 2867
Stanley’s Restaurant: +27 (0)82 774 9326
Voila: +27 (0)46 648 3790
Homewoods Restaurant and Pizzeria: +27 (0)46 648 2700
The House Kitchen & Cellar: +27 (0)46 648 3408
Number 6: Explore Our Rivers
Kenton is situated between two amazing tidal rivers – the Kariega and Boesmans – ideal for an array of water sports and recreational activities. Enjoy the beaches along the rivers for safe family fun. Float down stream. Kayak and SUP on the calm waters. Waterski for miles. Explore the rivers on a boat cruise. Catch some fish.
Number 7: Walk To Kwaaihoek
Start at the Bushmans River Mouth and walk west towards Kwaaihoek. It’s an easy 2,5km stroll with beautiful seascapes, dunes and rock formations. The remains of the shipwrecked Volo is visible at times depending on the dune movements. The 500-ton Norwegian barque ran aground in 1896, after striking rocks off the coast. It was carried over the reef and successfully beached between Kwaaihoek and the mouth of the Bushmans River. The 12 crew members were rescued by Charles Butt with the help of local people, using lines from the ship to the shore. He was rewarded with half of the timber that was part of the Volo’s cargo. The rest of the timber and the parts of the wreck were used to build houses in the area, and it’s anchor is still on display at the Boesmansriviermond Town Hall.
Pack some water and snacks. There are lots to explore at Kwaaihoek, especially during low tide. If you want to explore further west, you will find the cross erected by Bartholomew Dias on the next rocky outcrop. It is a long walk, but well worth it.
Number 8: Birding
There are a wide variety of birds that occur in the area. If you are an avid birder, you won’t be disappointed. You will find coastal, forest, grassland and riverine species on well-planned routes around the area. Every year on Birding Big Day (a 24 hour birding challenge), birding enthusiasts spot over 200 species within a 50km radius from Kenton. Some of the rarer species seen here are Narina Trogon, a sub-species of the Barred Owl, Purple Heron, Goliath Heron, Pectoral Sandpiper, Mangrove Kingfisher, Painted Snipe, Cuckoo Hawk, Pygmy Goose, Great White Pelican, Striped and Buff Spotted Flufftail, Giant Eagle Owl and Black-winged Pratincole. The rivers attract Osprey, allowing birders to observe their awkward fishing techniques.
So pack those binoculars and enjoy world-class birding in the Kenton area. Local bird guides are available to show you their secret spots.
Number 9: Township Tours
An authentic township tour is a fun way to spend a day. Let the enthusiastic guides take you on an immersive township experience where you meet the friendly locals, learn about daily life and taste the delicious food served in a local tavern.
Book a tour:
The Aloes Touring Company: their Township Tour is 4 hours in duration and includes lunch. Explore Ekuphumleni through the eyes of local residents.
Number 10: Fat Bike Rides
Catch the low tide and ride along the beach on a fat bike. It’s the ideal family activity and a fun way to explore the open, unspoilt beaches of Kenton and Boesmans.
Rent a Fat Bike: Contact Green Adventures at +27 (0) 82 808 5976