Estuary fishing in the Breede River (recognised as the best in SA).
Whale watching in San Sebastian Bay during the months of May to October. Witsand plays host to the highest concentration of Southern Right whale cow/calf pairs in South Africa. Dr Peter Best counted a total of 117 whales in the bay with the official helicopter count in 2001.
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.
The only hand-operated pontoon in South Africa at Malgas. It is the only way to cross the river apart from by boat.
Outdoors and sport
Die Vlakte Marathon - To be held in December every year.
ANDRE's River Cruises, Boat Hire and Fishing Charters: Rent a boat or let André take you upriver or fishing. Contact him on (082) 713 3354.
Dassie 4x4: Technically advanced self-drive route with camping area next to the Breede River. Contact Loutjie and Sharon Swart on (028) 512 3718.
Ostrich Trails: Hiking, mountain biking through the farm or on the back of a modified bakkie through the farm and dunes. Experience the hustle and bustle of working farm life and feed the tamed ostriches. Contact Piet and Janet Uys on (028) 537 1942.
Westfield 4x4 Eco-trail: Either self-drive with own vehicle or by tractor/trailer through the dunes. Contact Guy and Lorraine Moodie on (028) 537 1911.
Witsand Hiking and River Adventures: Guided hiking, boating, kayaking, fishing and whale watching trips with Willem van Zijl. Contact him on (028) 537 1111 or (072) 290 8347.
Water-skiing on the Breede River 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, especially in the summer months when the wind picks up.
History and Culture
Barry Memorial Church - National Monument. It is the oldest church in Witsand - built by the original Barry family in 1859.
Moodie's Well - hand carved by Scottish labourers in the 1800's for the Moodie family to draw water from when they went camping and fishing at the coast (4km beach walk).
Barry Wool Shed - built in 1848. It is the first wool shed in South Africa. The shed is still in the Barry family and used for sheep shearing.
SS Kadie and Locust shipwrecks: Remains of the water boat Locust are visible next to the Breede River Lodge. Remains of the SS Kadie steamer are visible at the Infanta shore.
The Kraaltjie - built in the 18th century and recently upgraded. It used to be the only boat launching facility for years thereafter and is still in use today.
De Hoop Nature Reserve:
Small mammals, 4 types of buck, rich bird life and the Southern Right whales in the winter season are to be viewed in the reserve. Accommodation available at the reserve. Approximately 70km from Witsand. Tel: (028) 542 1126, Web page: www.capenature.org.co.za
Witsand Tourism Bureau
PO Box 46, 6666, Witsand
Tel: +27 (0)28-5371010
Fax: +27 (0)28-5371011