There are many fun and interesting
activities available during your stay at Whale Watchers Inn. Just
some of them are listed below and feel free to ask Johnny and Clair about
other opportunities during your stay:
whale watching - best time mid-August to mid-October.
Witsand offers excellent
land-based whale watching and seeing a whale for the first time is an incredible
experience indeed. Watch as the magnificent 15 metre creature waves
its massive tail and then hurls itself clear of the water in a breach -
an amazing experience indeed.
In fact, you can watch this
happen right from the balcony at Whale Watchers Inn, or take a picnic lunch
or early evening snack down to the table at the beach to enjoy the view
of the whales and their young frolicking in the waves.
beach walks and beachcombing
While in Witsand, you can
enjoy long, beautiful and totally unspoiled beaches, offering enjoyable
and safe swimming conditions, as well as rock and surf fishing. Enjoy
long strolls on the beach where you may be lucky and find one of the beautiful
pansy shells or an even more precious Nautilus shell.
If you are feeling energetic,
a 4.5 kilometre walk on the beach will take you to the beautiful, sand-covered
cliffs and the famous “Moodie’s Well” - a well dug by a Scotsman
back in the 19th century to store water on camping and fishing trips.
For youngsters who enjoy
sandboarding, the amazing sand dunes along the main beach are the perfect
location, offering hours of entertainment.
longboarding and 4x4 adventures
Witsand has become internationally
famous as a kite-surfing destination. The area offers among the best
kite-surfing conditions in the world. Experience surfing at the bend
near the river mouth running parallel to the ocean, for added adventure
Claudia at Extreme Sport
Centre ( Pili Pili) offers:-
Kite-surfing and Longboarding
River cruises and pick-up-and-drop
on a rubberduck
Bookings for moorings
on 028 5371018
Westfield offers a
4x4 trail over the dunes and Lapa in the dunes with vehicle rental.
Contact: Benjè of
Westfield on 082 687 7711
Our local bowling club
welcomes visitors days to join them on non-competition on Wednesdays and
Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. to start play at 3:00 p.m.
Heidelberg boasts of a lovely
9-hole golf course. The club is offering a Christmas holiday special on
non-competition days: R200 for 18 holes and R100 for 9 holes.
The Breede River is recognized
as one of the best fishing estuaries in South Africa, with tidal action
that reaches 30 km upstream. Witsand is located on the spot where the river
enters into San Sebastian Bay, making it a sought-after destination for
fishing as well as the superb whale watching conditions.
Fishing trips can be arranged
by prior notice, weather permitting.
River Fishing trip (4 hours
all incl. bait tackle) max. 3 pax/306kg
River cruise (max 4 pax/ 408kg)
1 hour incl. snacks and drinks
Spearfishing trip – sea (max
1 person – 4 hrs, own equipment)
Educational sandbank trip for
kids (min. 3 pax)
Contact: Wiehan on 072
To take fly and lure fishermen
on guided tours to different fishing spots on the river (both from boat
“Grand slam” packages where
fishermen can target 3-5 different species fish in a day.
Normal Fishing trips of 4 or
8 hour trips on the river and close to shore.
Rens will be offering different
packages which could also be adapted to fit the client.
Contact: Rens –
082 850 5318
Improve your skills as a saltwater
fly fisherman at Karoolskraal on the Breede River.
Learn the tips and techniques
for handling saltwater fly fishing conditions from premier guides, Henkie
Altena or Attie Gunter.
Fish a diverse and dynamic fishery
at one of the best saltwater fly fishing destinations in South Africa.
Try to catch and release the
"Grand Slam" of Garrick, Grunter and Kob on fly.
Guided day trips
Contact: Attie on 0716838162
Boat Rentals: Contact:
Pieter Du Plessis on 079 737 0502.
Sea Charters: Contact:
Gavin Clark for more details and price on 072 614 7940
Shore fishing guide:
Contact: Gerhard Groenewald on 082 521 6768
/ bird watching
Birding, or bird watching,
is a popular hobby these days and Witsand and the surrounding area offers
a wealth of bird life to be enjoyed by both visitors and locals.
Once a threatened species,
Blue Cranes make a spectacular sight between August and end September,
when up to 400 cranes can be seen at a time, against the backdrop of the
yellow canola fields and green wheat lands. Other birds seen on a regular
basis in the area include Flamingoes, Black Oyster Catchers and many more
varieties of both large and small.
One of the best bird watching
spots is sitting on the wooden deck at Whale Watchers Inn, overlooking
the garden, and watching the Cape Sugar birds and a variety of other species
feeding at the bird feeders.
Another great location is
the sand dunes, right in front of Whale Watchers Inn, where you can watch
the water birds. Black Oyster Catchers (which were on the red alert
list in 1980) can be seen, busy feeding on the rocks and in the rock pools.
For those fond of even larger
birds, the Witsand area has a number of Ostrich farms that you can
visit during your stay.
For a guided birding
boat trip up the river contact Marcel van Zyl on 082 573 7514.