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View of the beach
View of the beach
Brenton-on-Sea is located in Western Cape
 Brenton-on-Sea shown within Western Cape
Brenton-on-Sea is located in South Africa
Brenton-on-Sea (South Africa)
Brenton-on-Sea is located in Africa
Brenton-on-Sea (Africa)
Coordinates: 34°04′S 23°01′E / 34.067°S 23.017°E / -34.067; 23.017
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Garden Route
Municipality Knysna
 • Total 1.76 km2 (0.68 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 294
 • Density 170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 5.1%
 • Coloured 1.7%
 • White 91.2%
 • Other 2.0%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 50.2%
 • English 44.7%
 • Other 5.1%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)

Brenton-on-Sea is a settlement and seaside resort town 15km west of Knysna in Eden District Municipality in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Named after Sir Jahleel Brenton, who declared Knysna a harbour in 1818, the area is home to the endangered Brenton blue butterfly.

It is part of the Garden Route and a popular spot for seaside vacations and holidays.

The endangered Brenton Blue butterfly is responsible for large sects of land in the Brenton area remaining undeveloped. The last breeding colonies of the tiny endemic butterfly are found here and in 2003, the land was proclaimed a Special Nature Reserve to try and save the species. [2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Brenton-on-Sea". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ More info at, accessed on Sep 6, 2018