Experience friendly village life that offers food for the soul and a place to simply relax and unwind. Situated at the mouth of the Breede River, Witsand offers 4km of white sandy beaches, surrounded by magnificent species of Cape Fynbos within this Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site.
The central feature of the Witsand area is the magnificent Breede River, one of the largest navigable rivers in South Africa and a birdwatchers’ paradise.
Witsand is known as THE whale nursery of Southern Africa due to the record number of Southern Right Whales that migrate to San Sebastian Bay annually between June and November. It is the best land-based vantage point from which to view these 58 ton gentle giants of the sea.
It is also an important breeding ground for rare birds and home to the Blue Crane, South Africa’s national bird. The surrounding Indian Ocean and Breede River, the country’s largest river estuary, offer an abundance of water-sports and fishing.
Remarks about Witsand
“The Gods do not subtract from the allotted span of a man’s life the hours spent fishing”.
“Witsand – a place forgotten by time where the waters of the mighty Breede River mingle with the warm Indian Ocean, this unspoilt paradise is a place of scenic wonder”.
“A place to fish, swim, boat, canoe, stroll along the beach or riverbank, to kite surf or a place to open a bottle of fine wine, eat some delectable freshly picked oysters and do nothing . . . .”.
“A magical place!!! A love at first sight place! Swap the city life for the serene tranquility of Witsand and LIVE!!!!!”.
“Place of interest within a few hours of Witsand: De Hoop Nature Reserve, Malgas, Warmwaterberg Hot Spring, The Wine Route, Robertson/Bonnievale and The Whale Trail”.
“Come to Witsand to enjoy a “no crime” visit – you won’t even find a police station here! Wonderful to feel to safe and secure”.
“Your basic needs are in close proximity and walking distance, even the beach!”.
- Each year the Southern Right Whales come to our shores between June and November to mate and calve. Witsand enjoys the lion’s share of this visit due to the bay being the prime nursery for cow/calf pairs.
- Hike the Whale Trail, a 54km trail renowned for its diverse Fynbos vegetation, magnificent dunes and whale watching opportunities. On the trail you will experience breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and Breede River Valley.
- Fishing estuary – fishing in the Breede River is recognized as the best in South Africa. The Breede River mouth is regarded as one of South Africa’s top fishing locations. The upper reaches of the river are renowned for its bass, while the lower reaches are a cob fisherman’s paradise – cob exceeding 50kg is weight are regularly caught in the river. The rock angler will also have good catches along the coastline. Please note that catch-and-release is strongly encouraged.
- The Pontoon at Malgas – this is the last hand operated pontoon in Southern Africa, used for vehicle and cattle crossing across the Breede River. It is the only way to cross the river apart from by boat.
- Bird watching along the Breede River is spectacular. The majestic Fish Eagle, the osprey, Fish Owl, Kingfisher, oyster Catcher, the Blue Crane and an amazing variety of other birds are often seen along the banks of the Breede River.
- Beaches – safe beaches offer tranquil walking and swimming. Beautiful in the windless and mild winter days. Bird watching - ±260 species.
- Outdoors and sport – the area is renowned for all kinds of watersport. Swimming, surfing, windsurfing, deep sea- and river fishing, snorkeling and skiing are all to be enjoyed.
- Water skiing on the Breede is allowed beyond the 5D mark, where the Slang River flows into the Breede River, towards Malgas.
- Windsurfing, kite surfing, canoeing or sailing is possible and popular on the Breede River, expecially in the summer months when the wind picks up.