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Welcome to Witsand! Print E-mail

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...

 
History of Witsand Print E-mail

In the 1850s when the merchant house of Barry and Nephews dominated trade in the Overberg area, it was found that three full weeks were needed for wagons to transport goods to Cape Town. The Breede river was obviously perfectly navigable in its lower reaches, and the enterprising firm acquired a fleet of small sailing vessels and built a store at Malgas.

The Breede river mouth is in San Sebastian Bay, with Cape Infanta on its south side. The bay offers litttle protection from the prevailing south-easterly winds which can be violent. The river mouth is wide but blocked by the sandbanks usual in rivers. Sailing vessels had a tricky time entering what was called Port Beaufort. Once across the bar into the river, navigation was more simple, but if the wind was in a treacherous mood a sailing vessel could suddenly find itself becalmed at an awkward point and end up on the beach.

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Pre-launch checklist Print E-mail
FAQs - Boating Etiquette

To keep things moving at the boat ramp, here is some advice on launching your boat without making other boaters wait very long.  Do the following BEFORE arriving at the launching ramp:

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Launching your boat Print E-mail
FAQs - Boating Etiquette

Prior to arriving at the ramp, your boat should be loaded with everything you need during your trip. When you arrive at the ramp, all you need to do is launch your boat into the water. See the pre-launch checklist. Remember to:

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