Few eco-destinations in the Northern Cape are as scenic as Witsand Nature Reserve. Witsand Nature Reserve is a scenic park, teeming with bird life, including the Namaqua sandgrouse, sociable weaver and Africa`s smallest raptor - the pygmy falcon.
Only we can offer you sensual, flowing white dunes - twenty to sixty metres high - surrounded by copper-red Kalahari sand, Acacia woodland and the Langberg Mountain range.
Witsand has, since it’s earliest times, been the hub of human activity because it was one of the few reliable sources of permanent water in the region. Archaeologists have found several Stone Age sites reflecting the changing lifestyles throughout many thousands of years.
The Witsand Nature Reserve is also home to the roaring dunes or "Brulsand" of the Kalahari. The dry air, uniform sand grains and lack of iron oxide coating may carry the key to this phenomenon.
Dunes, twenty to sixty metres high, 9 km long and 4 km wide, cover a vast quantity of sub-surface water, which through continual leaching has washed the red iron oxide coating fron the quartzite grains.
This produced the white sand which stands in sharp contrast to the green vegetation, the dramatic smoky blue backdrop provided by the surrounding mountains and the typical red Kalahari sand.
Desert winds chisel out strange and eerie patterns on the dune faces while dune grasses draw circles in the sand to complete God`s awe-inspiring art work.
Birds & Game
Witsand offers an interesting combination of arid region and bushveld birds to keep from the complete novice to the compulsive twitcher happy. We have a well positioned sunken bird-hide from where one can watch birds (particularly Sandgrouse) and game at their level coming to drink at a waterpoint just a few metres away.
More than 170 species of Birds can be found. Gemsbok, red hartebeest, springbok, duiker and steenbok are abundant on the reserve and a small herd of kudu has established itself on the reserve.
View Room Types and Rates
A small kiosk selling locally made curios, basic foodstuffs and soft drinks is open daily. However, we do not stock fresh produce and/or alcoholic beverages.
- Various exhibitions, nature books, magazines and videos to view.
- Displays natural and archeological treasures occurring in the area.
- 3km walking trail through Kalahari veld, with 43 marked plant species.
- Picnic site and outdoor museum on the trail.
Facilities & Services:
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Tourism Information Desk
Fax & Photocopy Machine
Hiking / Walking Trails
Witsand Nature Reserve Guest Reviews
Average Guest Rating:
out of 5
based on 16
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Very nice place and a lot of fun with sand-boarding. We'll come back in summer (as it was really cold in July !) Stevens from Belgium
Rating: Reviewed by Isabelle Hesse on 16 July 2014
Excellent service at the front desk. Very interesting and knowledgeable guided night walk with Richard. Well appointed and comfortable accommodation at very competitive prices. Magnificent environment - those dunes are unbelievable. Brilliant night sky. I can't wait to get back. Thanks to everyone for making our short stay memorable.
Rating: Reviewed by Debbie de Jong on 27 February 2014
Soooo beautiful place! Quiet and wonderful place. Perfect to visit before the peak season. Nice and friendly staff.
Rating: Reviewed by Katja Myrin on 22 November 2013
It is always an special experience to visit Witsand Nature Reserve. Unfortunately the road from Witsand to Olifantshoek junction is very, very bad.
Rating: Reviewed by ENCA VAN NIEKERK on 27 August 2013