Driving toward Brenton on Sea, one passes through moist Knysna dune fynbos. There are two viewpoints along the road where you can stop to pick up some fynbos birds. The first one at -34.05315, 22.99038 offers basic Western Cape endemics such as Cape Bulbul and Karoo Prinia, and if you’re lucky, Southern Tchagra.
At the second viewpoint at -34.05976, 22.99759, the fynbos is more developed, and Orange-breasted Sunbird and Cape Grassbird become possible. When the proteas are flowering, Cape Sugarbird might also be seen.
Raptors are quite prolific all along the road between the turn-off from the N2 and the towns of Brenton. Look out for Jackal, Common, and Forest Buzzard, as well as Black-winged Kite.
Brenton on Lake is situated in a stunning indigenous forest on the edge of the Knysna Estuary. Walking through the streets on the northern parts of the town, especially Steenbras and Tuna Street, can provide one with birds such as Knysna Woodpecker and Knysna Turaco.
On the corner of Tuna and Steenbras Street at -34.05883, 23.02185 is a patch of untouched forest called Yellowwood Park. There are a few short trails leading through the forest here which is good for Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler and Scaly-throated Honeyguide, among other forest species.
The last section of Kaptein W.A. Duthie Avenue (-34.05769, 23.02073) offers a slightly denser thicket, and here one can look out for Olive Bushshrike and Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher.
Situated on the western side of the Knysna estuary, Brenton on Lake and Brenton on Sea boasts numerous habitats and special birds. Birding can be done on the streets of the towns itself, or along a handful of trails in the area.
The main habitats on offer are indigenous forest, dune fynbos, estuary and coastline. Up to 70 species is possible in a morning in the Brenton area.
The trails are free to use.
Due to the nature of the terrain, the trails are not accessible to wheelchairs.
There are a handful of shops and restaurants available at Brenton on Sea, however the nearest fuel stations are in Knysna.
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