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 Cape Fynbos within this Cape Floral Region World Heritage Site.

The central feature of the Malgas/Witsand area is the magnificent Breede River, one of the largest, most navigable rivers in South Africa and a birdwatchers’ paradise.

Witsand is known as THE Whale Nursery of Southern Africa, due to the record number of Southern Right whales that migrate to St. Sebastian Bay annually between June and November. It is the best land-based vantage point from which to view these 58 ton gentle giants of the sea.

Can you imagine the thrill of watching a baby whale being born, then tossed into the air by the ‘midwife’ in order for it to gasp its first breath of air?

Moodies Well Walk follows the sandy eastern sweep of St. 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 lowtide. Duration of the walk is approximately 8km and it should take up to 3 hours; out- and return.
Explore our rock pools and marvel at sea creatures like octopus, star fish, sea urchin and crab.

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.