Bushman’s River, also known as Boesmansrivermond, is one of the Eastern Cape’s Sunshine Coast best kept secrets. Ideally situated across the river from Kenton-On-Sea, the village of Bushman’s River is 125kms from Port Elizabeth, 60kms from Grahamstown and just 25kms from Port Alfred. In 1778, the explorer Robert Gordon wrote; “the river was 80 - 100 paces wide and ran through bushy hills, there was a sandbank at the mouth where the buffalo cross and swim”. It’s no wonder property for sale in Bushman’s River is a prime option for holiday-makers and retirees alike, boasting a safe and friendly atmosphere and vast natural beauty.

Its proximity to neighbouring cities makes Bushman’s River properties an ideal choice for parents with children at schools or university in both Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth. Properties here range from large double story houses situated on the river bank, to smaller abodes closer toward the village centre. Many properties offer beautiful views of the river and the natural vegetation of aloes and cycads, proving Bushman’s River to be a nature lover’s dream. 

The village itself is separated by the R72. Above the bridge which runs over the river is the vibrant suburb of Riversbend while the quaint old village of Bushman’s is situated on the river mouth side of the R72. Bushman’s River is a paradise for fishermen, water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. The river is tidal for approximately 35kms – making it the 2nd longest tidal river in South Africa. Here, the whole family can enjoy the designated swimming beaches, water sports, fishing and walks over the hills which flank the river. Take a look at our available Bushman’s River properties for sale in the listings below.

Explore Bushman’s River



Get to know the local fare by popping into one of the village restaurants.The Sandbar is a Bushman’s River icon renowned for its excellent calamari while BBG’s is also extremely popular and well-known for its Friday night musical evenings. 



The magnificent, sandy stretch of beach which runs from the river mouth to Kwaaihoek is very popular. The interesting rock formations at Kwaaihoek are unique and great to explore and the more energetic can continue westward, until they reach Dias Cross and Boknes.



Rock and surf fishing is extremely popular along the coastline, as is deep sea angling. Boats can be launched from the slipway which is situated near the river’s swimming beaches.

Nature reserves

Nature reserves

Take a trip to the Kariega Private Game Reserve or the Sibuya Game Reserve to enjoy an open-topped game viewing drive. 

News about Bushman’s River

Living in Bushman’s River


Kenton-On-Sea Primary School is close by while just 45 minutes away in Grahamstown you’ll find Rhodes University and excellent private schools including St Andrews College, DSG and Kingswood College. 


There is doctor resident in Kenton, who can tend to the whole family’s needs and there’s also a pharmacy in town for any day-to-day requirements. About 25 minutes away in a neighbouring town, you’ll find the Port Alfred Private Hospital. 


The Red Apple Complex is situated at the entrance to Riversbend and offers a wide variety of gifts, artefacts and a restaurant. There is also an indigenous nursery where you can purchase plants and a village shop which supplies most household basic necessities. Any other shopping needs can be met across the bridge in Kenton. 

Air travel

The nearest airport is in Port Elizabeth.



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