Inn is your bed & breakfast and self-catering accommodation option
situated right on the whale coast, surrounded by two natural phenomena
- The Breede River Estuary and the Indian Ocean. Endless, white sandy beaches
are available for that long stroll and the San Sebastian Bay, which Whale
Watchers Inn overlooks, is the home of the Southern Right Whales, which
can be viewed either from the beach, or from your balcony.
beach walks and beachcombing
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.
who enjoy sandboarding, the amazing sand dunes along the main beach are
the perfect location, offering hours of entertainment.
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
Boating & Fishing on
the Breede River
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 and boat hire can be arranged by prior notice, weather permitting.
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 even has a number of Ostrich farms that you can
visit during your stay.
Sightseeing day trips
There are several interesting
and enjoyable day trips available in Witsand and the surrounding areas.
You can visit the last hand operated pontoon in the country at Malgas and
the De Hoop Nature Reserve, still in operation today.
In the De Hoop Nature Reserve
watch game running wild and see the lovely proteas and fynbos decorating
Enjoy the forgotten little hamlet
of Vermaaklikheid, at the mouth of the Duivenhoks river, and the historical
monument seaside village of Puntjie, as well as the famous Groot Vadersbos.
Hikers and cyclists will enjoy visiting the Grootvaders Bos Nature Reserve.
Take a wine tasting round
trip to Barrydale, Montagu, Ashton and Robertson. In the Ashton/Robertson
area you can also enjoy seeing some beautiful thoroughbred horse farms.
In Witsand itself, visit
the Witsand Craft Market for those souvenirs and gifts to take home with
Witsand and the surrounding
areas are particularly photogenic. Besides taking photos of the magnificent
whales, the gorgeous scenery and the birds in the area, there are some
iconic places to have your portrait taken, or even take a “selfie.”
Here are a few suggestions:
Get your picture taken on the
rocks in front of the Anchorage Restaurant, overlooking the beach to capture
the wonderful holiday atmosphere of Witsand.
The best scenic pictures can
be taken at the bend in Barracuda Street, which overlooks the river, the
mouth and beach, with the beautiful backdrop of the Infanta mountain jutting
out into the sea.
Other happy snaps can be taken
at the “Old Jetty” next to the river – a popular fishing spot as
well as at the launching area where the fishing boats go in and out of
All of this and more is available
during your stay at Whale Watchers Inn in Witsand. Ask Johnny or
Clair for information on any other trips and activities available to you
during your stay.