Tourist attractions


  • The largest concentration of Southern Right whales found on the South African coast. We only offer land-based whale watching as no boat based whale watching license has been issued as the nursery is regarded as a sanctuary for the whales.
  • Sea- and river cruises up to the Bush Pub;
  • Fishing in the Breede River for the illusive 50kg kob, rock angling and fly-fishing;
  • Hiking trails – a choice of 6 trails ranging from easy to difficult;
  • 4x4 dune- and farm trails for quad bikes, cyclists, horses and 4x4 vehicles;
  • Bird watching – more than 296 species in most habits;
  • Swimming, canoeing, kite boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and lots more;
  • Excellent photographic subjects and artists delight;
  • Stunning natural scenery, farmlands and surrounding mountains;
  • The pontoon at Malgas – 39km up river – the last hand-operated pontoon in South Africa.

Historical heritage

  • The "Barry Memorial Church" – National Monument;
  • The Barry woolshed – built in the 1860’s;
  • Kraaltjie harbour built by the Barry family in the 1890’s.

Sport and eco-adventure

  • Kite boarding; swimming; surfing, wind surfing; kite surfing and kite flying;
  • Bowls, putt-putt;
  • Golf – 9 holes;
  • Deep sea charters and river tours;
  • Paragliding, canoeing, sailing, spear fishing, snorkeling, quad bikes;
  • Tractor trails

Close to nature

  • Whale watching;
  • Ostrich trails, enjoyed by foot, cycle, quad bike or escorted in customized vehicle;
  • Bird watching, flamingo’s and the endangered black oystercatcher;
  • Flora and fauna in abundance. Tame bushbuck nibble grass on the edge of our roads and Franklins are found running all over the village.

Arts and crafts

  • Flee markets during Easter and Christmas holidays


  • Farm theatre – Dasjesdrift on Alfred Rademan’s farm
  • Vondeling Eco Farm School.

Eating out

  • Enjoy various restaurants in the village (see under businesses).


  • Various (see under businesses).

Witsand Attractions

What's Happening in Witsand

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.

Things to do...

The area is renowned for all kinds of watersport. Swimming, surfing, windsurfing, deep sea and river fishing, rock, boat & fly fishing, river cruises, canoeing, sailing, spear-fishing, snorkeling and skiing are all to be enjoyed.

Witsand is part of the Hessequa Region.
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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.