The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Park Rynie

Afrikaans name: Park Rynie

Park Rynie has a beautiful beach

There are some beautiful beaches in the Park Rynie area

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Park Rynie was established in 1857. It is named after Renetta Hoffman, nicknamed Rynie, who was wife of one of the local landowners. It is a small town and is situated just south of Scottburgh.

The beach at Park Rynie is beautiful and attracts a lot of tourists. The beaches also offer good scuba diving and fishing. The best fishing spots in the area are Granite Rocks and Rocky Bay. If you feel like spending some time away from the beach then you can take a drive inland to Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve. If you are into birding or trees then you will enjoy a walk around T.C. Robertson Nature Reserve at Scottburgh. For the more adventurous one can organise to go shark-cage diving from Rocky Bay.

During World War 1 there was a whaling station at Rocky Bay. Today all that is left is the Rocky Bay pier and the slipway which is now used by fishing boats.

If you are looking for accommodation then Caravan Cove and Rocky Bay Resort are popular caravan parks in the area. Rocky Bay Resort also offers accommodation in rustic log cabins.

Have you stayed at Park Rynie? Would you recommend it?

Park Rynie shops

Above - Park Rynie only has a few shops but Scottburgh, just down the road, has all the conveniences you need

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Catholic Church, Park Rynie

Above - Catholic Church

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Main beach, Park Rynie

Above - Park Rynie's main beach

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References and further reading

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 190

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 126

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 222

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 330

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 215

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 114


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