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.Accommodation at Witsand Nature Reserve:
Accommodation includes ten luxury, self-catering chalets (one with facilities for the disabled), group accommodation and caravan & camping sites. We have a conference facility (catering on request), swimming pools, a kiosk, dune boards, information centre and bird-hide. There is also a Botanical Meander of 3.2km with 43 plant species (sign-posted in 5 languages) and visitors are free to explore any part of the reserve by foot.Chalets
• The chalets accommodate a total of 60 guests.
• Ten individual thatched-roof, 3 bed-roomed, self-catering, air-conditioned chalets.
• One of the ten chalets was designed to be wheelchair friendly.
• One chalet is used for honeymooners.
• Each chalet can sleep six people.
• Chalets superbly positioned for privacy and a real Kalahari experience.
Each chalets consists of:
• three separate bedrooms.
• one and a half bathrooms.
• an open plan kitchen/living area.
Each is fully equipped with:
• kitchen utensils.
• bedding and towels.
• an outside fireplace for braai’s.Bungalows
• Accommodate a total of 20 guests.
• There are 3 rooms sleeping four people and 4 rooms sleeping two people.
• Communal ablution and field kitchen facilities available.
• Bedding is provided, bring own towels.Caravan and Camping
• Accommodates 60 people.
• There are ten sites.
• Each site is serviced with water, electrical points, and a generous fireplace with lighting.
• The ablution facilities are of the highest standard.
• Facility for washing dishes and clothing lines. Day Visitors at Witsand Nature Reserve:
• Accommodates 36 people at the picnic sites.
• Maximum of 6 people per site.
• Larger groups can rent the lapa on a daily basis.
• Day visitors, who have paid for picnic sites, are allowed to make use of the allocated swimming pool.
Witsand also offers
• A unique and spectacular Kalahari experience.
• Facilities for the disabled.
• Friendly personal service.
Driving to Witsand Nature Reserve
• Note that when driving to Witsand Nature Reserve, either from Johannesburg, Upington or Kimberley, in order to reach the Reserve there is a 45km - 75km dirt road.Note:
Gate/Office Hours 08H00 – 18H00
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 and magazines.
• Displays natural and archeological treasures occurring in the area.Dunes
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. For the More Adventurous:
• The entire reserve is open to hikers.
• Witsand is renowned for the fact that there are no restrictions where visitors can go on foot.
• Dune Boards for rent.
• Bicycles for rent.
• The region is regarded as the finest area in Africa for stargazing.
• Photographic opportunities are endless, with the dunes, blue skies and all the natural assets of Witsand.
• Bird watching and game viewing.
• There is a swimming pool on the reserve for use by picnicking visitors, campers and bungalow guests.
• A separate swimming pool for the exclusive use of chalet guests.
• 3km walking trail through Kalahari veld, with 43 marked plant species.
• Picnic site and outdoor museum on the trail.
• Two viewing sites each fitted with an information panel.
Environmental Education Facility
• A special environmental educational rate is offered to approved groups.
• Enquire at reception for more information.Conference Facilities:
The stylish conference facility accommodates:
• Conferences, weddings and end of year functions in typical Kalahari surroundings
• Can accommodate 35 people in u-shape style.
• Can accommodate 50 people in classroom style.
• Air-conditioned and equipped with proxima, overhead and slide projector, flip chart and screen.
• Adjoining enclosed Lapa/dining area caters for up to 80 people.
We spent a wonderful 3 nights at Witsand enjoying the peace and tranquility of the environment. We had a luxury chalet for 6 persons all to ourselves (just the two of us), a fabulous braai area, as well as a large bird bath from which many birds and also animals drank from. Each night we were visited by a spotted genet who seemed to think this was his/her home. We spent hours at the bird hide spotting and photographing many of the northern cape birds, notably the violet eared waxbill, the Diederik cuckoo and of course many Namaqua doves. We hoped the Namaqua sandgrouse would visit the waterhole but sadly they stayed away. The manager and staff (John, Magnolia and Jan) were extremely hospitable and assisted us at all times. Thank you to Mariechen who did the booking for us and Ilze who helped us to check in. We will definitely return to this beautiful isolated spot, Witsand, where the sands are either snow white or blood red (Kalahari sands).
I thoroughly enjoyed my two nights at Witsand.
Excellent service all round. Excellent accommodation! Excellent staff - very helpful and kind. Only one slight negative. Needed some light bulbs to be replaced and new aircon control batteries. We loved it - definitely a hidden gem! Thanks to your whole team.
Stay was short(one night only),but was in one word "fantastic". Very nice accommodation! A lovely place for a couple of nights. We were sorry, not hearing the roaring sand.