Witsand at a glance
Witsand. Garden Route. South Africa.
Witsand, an Exquisite Coastal village at the gateway to the Garden Route, Western Cape South Africa. 299km from Cape Town, and 200km from George Airport (George airport to change to an International Airport). 80km from Swellendam, W.Cape. South Africa. Witsand is 1 hour’s drive from the Klein Karoo (South Africa’s famous Route 66) .
Witsand is accessed via the N2 and then a tar road - R322 of 35km which ends in Witsand.
Witsand, aka Port Beaufort is an exceptionally beautiful coastal village at the mouth of the tidal Breede River (largest estuary in the Southern Region) which flows in and out of San Sebastian Bay, warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
Witsand Coastal Climate:
Hot summers cooled by ocean breezes from October to March. Average temperature - 28 degrees C. Sunny winter days, with cool evenings from May to August. Average daytime temperature - 22 degrees C.
Witsand is a Crime free village. Witsand offers a Small, friendly, caring community .+- 300 permanent residents . Witsand has No settlement or squatter camp .Witsand has No Industrial area Witsand is a World famous salt water fishing & Kite Surfing destination. Offering both river angling, fly fishing and deep sea fishing . Witsand boasts the Largest concentration of Southern Right Whales in the Southern Hemisphere, that visit San Sebastian Bay from May to November (Winter) every year to calf. Incredible land based Whale Watching. Witsand/Breede River is A natural paradise with abundant bird life including the Blue Crane and Black Oyster catcher, small wild buck/game running freely, home to the "Big Kob", spotted grunter, white steenbrass and many other excellent eating fish. Abundant indigenous floral kingdom Untapped Tourism potential with only one 4 star (+- 60 beds), 1 Guest House ( +- 16 beds), 1 B&B. Mostly self-catering accommodation is available.
Activities in Witsand/Breede River:
Sea and River Fishing, Salt water fly fishing on the Breede River Estuary. Deep sea and river charters. Witsand offers Safe beach walking for 8 km. Swimming -Breede River and Ocean .Whale Watching - May to November .Horse riding/Coastal and farm horse trails .Bird watching .Boating .Wind and kite Surfing .4X4 off road trails .Ostrich farm open to the public .Shell collecting .Shell fish collecting (need a license) - mussels & oysters. Diving and Spear Fishing - charters available. Last hand drawn Ferry at Malgas, approx. 30km down river from Witsand. Witsand is Historically interesting in that the Town started out as a Port of call in the 1800's for steam ships who traded as far as Malgas. Historical places of interest include the original "Woolstore" an old barn, " currently being used as a grain store. The tiny thatch roof, white washed "Barry Church" with graveyard and "Moody's well", a natural stone well, used to store fresh water and discovered by a ship wrecked sailors, a 4km beach walk from Witsand.