Boesmansriviermond/Bushman's River Mouth & Riversbend

Boesmansriviermond/Bushman's River Mouth & Riversbend
Boesmansriviermond map

The traditional holiday resort of Boesmansriviermond (English: Bushman's River Mouth) is situated on the Sunshine Coast, along the eastern coast of South Africa, approximately 125km east of Port Elizabeth and 175km west of East London. It is located on the western bank and at the mouth of the Bushmans River. The town is highly accessible by car along the tarred R72-coastal trunk road linking Port Elizabeth and East London. Other nearby towns include Alexandria (25km), Port Alfred (30km) and Grahamstown (58km) and the holiday resort of Kenton-on-Sea, situated directly across the river from Boesmansriviermond.

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Boesmansriviermond offers great river fishing

Boesmansriviermond was established in 1897 when farmers from nearby rural towns such as Paterson, Cookhouse, Somerset East and Cradock, in the interior, were granted permission by the Department of Forestry, who owned the land, to camp along the banks of the Boesmansriviermond during the Christmas holiday season. The farmers would trek to this remote area in numbers, with their oxwagons fully laden with food, livestock and water, all congregating at the mouth of the Bushmans River. No facilities existed. The main attraction was the exceptional remoteness and natural beauty of the area. The river is the second longest (30km) tidal river in Southern Africa, offering magnificent salt water angling opportunities - a river, rock or beach angling catch may include anything from kabeljou (kob), elf (shad), leerfish (garrick), spotted grunter, steenbras, cape salmon, stumpnose and many other rarer sea species such as gurnard, rock cod, red river snapper and mussel cracker. Sand and rock mussels, perlemoen (abalone), alicrock, oysters, river crab, cuttle fish, prawns, crayfish and octopus also occur plentifully along the coastline and in the river.

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A typical Bushmans holiday home built during the early 1900's, overlooking the river

Land leases were signed during the early 1900's, eventually culminating in private land ownership and, ultimately, the development of modern day Boesmansriviermond. Electricity and running water only reached Boesmansriviermond during the early 80's!

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Tranquility is the defining character of Boesmansriviermond

Today Boesmansriviermond still has much to offer those wishing to escape from the rat race and city lights. It is an ideal holiday resort for families, providing a safe and secure environment for children, the young and also the not so young to enjoy the river and the sea in peace. Miles upon miles of unspoilt and safe sandy beaches lie within walking distance, interspersed with rocky sections of coastline, where numerous beautiful pools provide rich ecological habitats for the intertidal marine flora and fauna unique to the area. The river itself offers excellent and tranquil swimming and fishing opportunities for those inclined to take life easy. The more energetic can bring along their sailboards and pit their strength against the elements on windy days by exploiting the expansive water surfaces of the river mouth at high tide. Between August and November every year Humpback and Southern Right whales spend much time just off the river mouth clearly visible with the naked eye, offering an excellent opportunity to study the strange habits of these incredible marine mammals.

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At high tide seawater reaches 30km inland, making the Bushmans River the second longest tidal river in South Africa

Boesmansriviermond's climate is temperate, with maximum temperatures seldom rising above 27°C and seldom falling below 8°C. The warm Moçambique continental sea current, sweeping the eastern sea board, is responsible for its moderate climate, also ensuring that the ambient water temperature remains comfortably warm throughout the year.

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The Sunshine Coast Gateway Tourist Centre at Boesmansriviermond

Today modern conveniences in Boesmansriviermond proper remain few and far between, with only a small grocery shop and post office in the village. However, the Sunshine Coast Gateway Tourist Centre, located at the entrance to Boesmansriviermond, does offer a range of tourist and other facilities such as a tourist class farm stall, gift and art & craft shops, a liquor shop, restaurant/coffee shop and internet cafe. The Boesmansriviermond Tourist Information Office is also situated in the Centre. Modern conveniences such as professional medical, dental and pharmaceutical services are available within a 10-20 minutes driving distance of the village. For those wishing to do some shopping, the 12000m2 Rosehill Mall Shopping Centre and a wide variety of other shops are also within a 10-20 minute reach. There are 3 golf courses located nearby.

For more information, contact the Tourist Information Office. Its hours are:

  • 9:00am - 5:00pm during weekdays,
  • 9:00am - 1:00pm on Saturdays & Sundays and Public Holidays (except on Christmas & New Year's Day, when it is closed)