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Witsand Nature Reserve

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Witsand Nature Reserve

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Cate Erlank wrote a review Sep 2020
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This cute little nature reserve winds around the side of the river estuary, following pathways to the beach or further up the river. There are a number of strategically placed benches for viewing the scenery, or for resting. The paths are well marked, and have steps where the ground is uneven. It's not wheelchair-friendly, but it is suitable for people of all fitness levels. One can bask in the birdlife which is varied and abundant, or gaze out to sea and maybe spot a whale. It's nice to go down to shore level at sunset time and walk the beach that hugs the estuary. You may see some fishermen on the jetty if you're lucky. Watch for the resident heron that often sits on a dead tree that sticks up out of the water. It's not really a picnic location, though one could picnic on aforementioned beach if one wanted to.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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cormanny wrote a review Sep 2018
Brussels, Belgium14 contributions4 helpful votes
Wonderful and amazing views, to be enjoyed taking time. Another piece of beauty along the Garden Route
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Sara R wrote a review Aug 2017
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We stopped at Witsand on our way to Port Elizabeth, we stayed with Barry's Holidays, the owners, Hellen and Owen, gave us a very warm welcome, and provided us with a fantastic house located close to the ocean; we were able to see the whales and enjoy walks at the beach ; the house was very nice and well kept, we should stay for longer. You can find the best "rosks" ( biscuit) in the little store in town. We really enjoyed our stay at Witsand> 100 recommendable: clean, well equipped, nice view , walking distance from the beach and river. Excellent
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Date of experience: August 2017
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The4P wrote a review Aug 2017
Italy41 contributions13 helpful votes
the most unexpected stop of our trip has been Witsand Nature Reserve. We decided to stop after the visit at the Khalagadi Transfrontalier Park and we fully drowned into the desert dunes of this stunning nature. Red and white dunes surrounded us and we also skied on the dunes with great, great fun for all of us. There's nothing to do except hiking, strolling around, watching birds and antelopes, skiing on dunes! we stayed into a charming, big self-catered cottage of the park where at nights antelopes come to your door. It's a place full of magic. we loved it. Just consider approx 60 kms on a gravel road but well traced.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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a-fair-deal wrote a review Feb 2016
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom1,670 contributions23 helpful votes
We stayed one night in a chalet at Witsand in February. The chalet was rustic but more than adequate for self-catering. The chalets are nicely separated from each other and screened by bush, making them quite private. We spent lots of time on the stoep, chatting, playing Scrabble watching the birds, mongooses, dassies and ground squirrels and gazing at the night sky. We drove to the look out points just before dusk and climbed the dunes. Sadly, the 'roaring sands' didn't roar during our visit but they were fun to climb. The only slight let-down was the 'Botanical Meander' which is supposed to be a 3.2km path with plant species signposted on route. It could have been better maintained and signposted. We have seen vast sand dunes in Namibia and stayed in many reserves and National Parks across South Africa, so we had realistic expectations about what we might see and experience at Witsands. Overall, we were pleasantly surprised by Witsand, and in hindsight wish we'd stayed an extra night.
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Date of experience: February 2016
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