About Malgas

Malgas is situated in Cape Overberg, in the Western Cape, South Africa. Show on Map

Western Cape DestinationsMalgas, Cape Overberg

The little town of Malgas, only 30 minutes from Swellendam, is a perfect stopover for exploring the Overberg and the De Hoop Nature Reserve.

Set on the west bank of the Breede River, which supports a significant variety of fish and birds and is one of the largest rivers in the country, the little historical village of Malgas was originally an important inland harbour and tended to be relegated to the back end of beyond - certainly very few South Africans knew of its existence.

Today Malgas is known best as the town with the last surviving hand-driven river pont in operation in the country. The pont, or pontoon, is a link with a bygone era in which Dutch settlers used to build floats that they took with them, if they knew there was a river to cross, on their journey. One can still negotiate the Breede River by pont between the east and west banks at Malgas today.

The area is a nature loverís paradise, particularly for fishing and bird watching, as the estuary of the Breede River sustains an abundance of fish, including Cob, Spotted Grunter and Garrick, and attracts fish eagles, ospreys, fish owls and kingfishers. Couple this with the serene beauty of the surrounding mountainous and fynbos-rich backdrop and Malgas lives up to its reputation as a peaceful weekend escape.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Malgas

Tides River Lodge

Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering

Tides River Lodge

Tides River Lodge lies on the banks of the Breede River near Malgas, in the Cape. A short two and a half hour trip from ... more

Melk Houte Bosch Guest Farm

Self Catering

Melk Houte Bosch Guest Farm

Situated 34kms from Swellendam, Melk Houte Bosch is an active working farm with sheep, cattle and fields of oats, wheat, ... more

Malagas Hotel

Hotel / Self Catering

Malagas Hotel

Malagas Hotel is a family friendly country hotel situated on the banks of the mighty Breede River. This is where time ... more

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