Nature Trails

De Mond Nature Reserve lies at the mouth of the Heuningnes River. The 954ha reserve is managed as a satelite of the De Hoop Nature Reserve. It supports several species of small animals and has a rich and varied bird life, making it ideal for bird watching. The reserve is particularly important for the protection of breeding colonies of the threatened Damara and Caspien terns (South Africa’s most endangered coastal bird) and the rare African Black Oystercatcher (South Africa’s second most threatened coastal bird).

Breede River Mouth Walk meanders along the sandspit on the river’s eastern bank. At low tide the walk follows the river’s edge and the sea, but at high tide the route is across soft sand and dunes.

Moodies Well Walk follows the sandy eastern sweep of San Sebastian Bay for 4km, to a well dug by a Scotsman in the 19th century to store water on camping and fishing trips. The walk should be done at low tide.

Hiking. Choose from four different hiking routes, ranging from 12km to 22km. Walk through grain lands, sheep paddocks and ostrich breeding camps – then continue along the cliffs of the Slang River and enjoy the spectacular views.

Mountain biking. Bring your mountain bike and give your skills a thorough testing on the hiking trails.

Witsand Attractions

Tourist Attractions

Whale watching

Eco Tourism

Nature Trails

Historical Witsand

Around Witsand


The pont in Malgas is the last hand operated pont in Southern Africa used for vehicle and cattle crossing across the Breede River.

Safe beaches offer tranquil walking and swimming. Beautiful in the windless and mild winter days. Bird watching (+/- 260 species) of which the Blue Crane, Flamingo, Ostrich, a variety of herons, Fish eagle and Kingfishers are all part.