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Witsand - The Whale Nursery of South Africa

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 this Cape Fynbos Floral Region World Heritage Site. Witsand is a popular resort for fishermen and other holidaymakers. It offers magnificent views on the estuary against the backdrop of the Potberg to the west. Visitors are often standing in awe when they gaze across the wide river mouth over the bay. The tidal flow of the river and the sheer beauty of the area create an unequalled tranquility and peacefulness to the surroundings. It is a paradise to residents and visitors alike. For those interested in ecology, the dynamic interphase between river and ocean, the geological structures, the Fynbos- and duineveld flora and the abundant animal life could prove to be worthwhile study objects. For many others, the natural aesthetics brings about an inner conviction that God has painted on this canvas around the river mouth, one of His most beautiful paintings, to inspire us to give Him the glory as the great Creator. Whether it’s the desire to be close to nature and its gifts, or to participate in adventure- eco and sporting activities, Witsand has it all.

We would love to share our gifts with you, so come and visit us!

Welcome to Witsand!

Weather Information at Witsand

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.

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.