Witsand - a place forgotten by time where the waters of the Mighty Breede River mingle with the warm Indian Ocean. This is a place of scenic wonder! The Breede River is one of the largest, most navigable rivers in South Africa and is rich in diverse species of fish and bird life. Recognised as one of the best fishing estuaries in the country with tidal action that reaches 60 km upstream, the river is also ideally suited to a range of water sports. Witsand is the perfect halfway stop between Cape Town and Knysna, situated at the mouth of the Breede River and is known as the Whale Nursery of South Africa.

Witsand is named after its 4km long unspoilt beach (white sands) and is an excellent choice for house hunters in search of a holiday home. Explore Witsand properties available for sale below to get a better feel for the area.

Explore Witsand

Whale watching

Whale watching

Witsand is an excellent location for land-based whale watching. Southern Right whales make their annual pilgrimage from the South Pole during the winter months (July to October) to breed in the safe haven of San Sebastian Bay, the whale nursery. 

Bird watching

Bird watching

A birdwatchers paradise – flocks of blue crane can be seen in the farmlands, heron at the water’s edge and the squadrons of pink flamingos are a sight to behold. 

Safe swimming spots

Safe swimming spots

The area is well known for its safe swimming spots. Parents with smaller children also enjoy the calm swimming spots along the river or the tidal pool. 



De Hoop Nature and Marine Reserve and De Mond Nature Reserve are excellent locations for bird watching, sightseeing, walking and hiking. 

Living in Witsand

Areas near to Witsand

Barrydale, George, Great Brak River, Heidelberg, Knysna, Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay, Riversdale, Sedgefield, Still Bay, Wilderness,


As this is primarily a holiday town, there are no education facilities on offer. Permanent residents send their children to school in the adjacent towns of Heidelberg, Riversdale or Swellendam.


There are a number of great restaurants in the area – with local produce being the name of the game. 


Doctors 35 km away in Heidelberg or the Provincial Hospital in the adjacent towns of Riversdale or Swellendam and a Private Hospital in Mossel Bay.

Other attractions

Barry Wool Shed, SS Kadie and Locust shipwrecks, Moodie's Well and Barry Memorial Church, which is a national monument.

For example Camps Bay or Mauritius