Welcome to Witsand!



Welcome to Witsand, breeding grounds of the Southern Right Whale and South Africa's national bird, the Blue Crane.

Enjoy the views, boating, kitesurfing, fishing and unspoilt beaches at this important estuary at the mouth of the Breede River. Imagine exploring rock shelves at low tide in a place where wild mussel and oyster picking is still a reality. Amble along the newly established nature trails to enjoy fynbos at its natural best.

Take yourself back in time, relive history at Moodie's Well and Barry's Church at Port Beaufort. Learn about the sail and steamer trading vessels that plied these waters to bring stocks from Cape Town to Swellendam - in those days, a quicker trip than over land. Pop into Swellendam, the 3rd oldest town in South Africa. Ride the last manpowered river pont in Southern Africa at Malgas.

Take day trips to the Breede River Valley wine route centred around Robertson and Bonnievale. Take in the artistic and gourmand experiences of Barrydale. See Vermaaklikheid and Puntjie on the banks of the gentle and sleepy Duiwenhoks River. Visit the rustic fisherman's retreat at Infanta on the southern peninsula of San Sebastian Bay. 

Eat at The Anchorage on the beach, Sebastian's or The Breede River Lodge. Pick up new supplies at The Sands or Nella se Winkel locally, or take a quick 37 km's bicycle or car trip to Heidelberg.  For excellent boerewors and meat, and all your Aloe based skin care products, a trip up to Albertinia is a must.

Or do what those that know Witsand best do: just sit back and relax in the place which even "in season" is possibly, still, the quietest place to be...