About Witsand

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

Western Cape DestinationsWitsand, Cape Overberg

The peaceful, coastal town of Witsand (white sands) lies on St Sebastian’s Bay just off the N2 on the Cape South Coast, three hours from Cape Town and not to be confused with the Witsand Nature Reserve, which lies just west of the Langberg Mountains in the Northern Cape.

St Sebastian Bay and Witsand are virtually synonymous with the Southern Right Whale. This bay is the most important nursery for the large mammal on the African Coast and one of the greatest concentrations of Southern Right Whales comes come here to calve every year.

An aerial survey taken in late 1999 revealed a total of 107 calves in St Sebastian Bay and off De Hoop - 61% of all the calves seen between Nature’s Valley and Muizenberg. On a good day, between June and late November, whale watchers can count up to 50 of these gentle giants. (See Whale Watching in St Sebastian Bay for additional info).

Southern Right Whales migrate between Antarctic summer feeding grounds and mating and calving grounds off the coasts of Africa, Australia and South America and are slowly making a recovery from commercial whaling. The least understood of the world’s whales, the Southern Right Whale, weighs up to 58 tons and has the most highly-evolved mammalian brains on earth. They have inhabited the southern oceans for about 60 million years.

Witsand is also where the Breede River flows into the Indian Ocean, creating a river estuary of note that provides safe swimming, windsurfing, rock and surf angling, deep sea fishing, snorkelling, spear fishing and 4 km of long, unspoilt beach with white bleached sand - hence the village’s name.

The sand is this white because the town lies above a body of underground water responsible for leaching the red iron oxide coating from the sand on Witsands beach. All in all, Witsands makes a wonderful stop on the Garden Route. One is within easy reach of Malgas’s Pont, De Hoop Nature Reserve, Swellendam, Heidelberg, the Bontebok Park, Robertson Wine Route and Montagu.

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Albion Cottage

Self Catering

Albion Cottage

Albion Cottage offers self catering accommodation for eight guests in the town of Witsand which is just 3.5 hours outside ... more


Self Catering


Hoekhuis is a double storey self catering home located in the peaceful area of Witsand. From here you overlook the ... more

The Breede River Lodge

Hotel / Self Catering

The Breede River Lodge

Discover Cape charm on a rare stretch of paradise! From our open leisure deck overlooking our quaint private harbor with ... more

Reviews of Witsand

Wild Witsand. My retreat with the best of both worlds. Sea and river. Paradise. Wonderful to watch whales being born. Good for the soul...

Lindy Taylor, Cape town

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