Buffalo Bay : A Gem In The Garden Route

The isolated Buffalo Bay is located on the Garden Route between Knysna and Sedgefield.   Anybody visiting tranquil Buffalo Bay will soon realize that the sense 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. Situated in the marine reserve of Walker Bay, Buffalo Bay offers the ideal venue to relax and unwind in an idyllic setting while soaking up the sun’s rays and playing in the surf and offers beautiful and unspoilt coastline, with excellent swimming and surfing conditions. Dolphins are frequently spotted and Southern Right whales visit this section of the Cape coast annually between May & November. Buffalo Bay is also situated in the Goukamma Nature reserve. For those who enjoy long leisurely hikes, stroll out on the white sandy beach that stretches for five kilometers between Buffalo Bay and Brenton on Sea. There are 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. The agriculture land between Buffalo Bay and Brenton-on-Sea, known as the Western Heads, are zoned as a green area and one of the core conservation areas of Knysna. If “unspoiled” means the world to you then you have just discovered your perfect destination! The village Buffalo Bay is a small holiday village with 213 registered units, two caravan parks and a restaurant. Surrounded by conservation areas, land for development is hard to come by. This makes the properties very sought after and very expensive. The once unknown holiday village with its asbestos houses has changed into a popular, modern holiday village. The demand for holiday accommodation is high throughout the year and in peak times not available.

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Since 1980 an elected organization in one or other format are looking after the homeowners ‘ interests in Buffalo Bay.   Currently it is done by Buffalo Bay Residence Association, affiliated with the National Ratepayers Association. The mission of the Buffalo Bay Residence Association is to serve and promote the interests of Buffalo Bay and all members as set out in the Constitution of the Association and to uphold the special sense of place of Buffalo Bay and its surroundings.


Membership is voluntary and homeowners must apply for membership and undertake to pay the membership fees. The association needs the support of all the homeowners to maximise effectiveness. We invite you to register as a member and to participate. Please volunteer your special knowledge, experience and professional skills! Application forms are available at the secretary.

Annual General Meeting of members

During December of each year an annual general meeting of members is held. At this meeting an executive management committee is selected to manage the Buffalo Bay affairs and that of the homeowners, according to the approved year goals and associated budget. The membership fees vary and are determined by the yearly budget.

The purpose of the Management Committee

To manage the interests of the Buffalo Bay home owners according to their mandate as set out in the constitution of the Buffalo Bay Residence Association and to make Buffalo Bay a friendly, clean and safe holiday village for home owners and visitors.

Management Objectives

  • The realization of the management purpose by means of a yearly business plan and budget as approved at the Annual General Meeting.
  • To collaborate with the Knysna Municipality and to be part of their planning frameworks.
  • To collaborate with the environmental institutions like Cape Nature, San Parks, Department of Marine Management, Western Heads Conservancy and to be part of their environmental projects.
  • To collaborate with SAP and local security organizations.

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Members of the Management Committee for 2017

Chairman: Jacques Malan

Vice -Chairman: Dennis Booysen

Secretary: Ken Whiley

Treasurer: Pieter Carstens

Members: Phillip Botha; Herman Breedt; Henrico Knoetse; Roelof Feenstra