This hand-operated pontoon ferry is the last one of its kind in South Africa, and transports you across the Breede River and the eastern border of Hessequa into the Explorer’s Garden Route. The earliest ferry to ford the river was probably installed in the first half of the 19th century. The much later vehicle ferry was pulled for years by Oom Moxie Dunn who harnessed himself to the standing cable and literally ‘walked’ the ferry and its load across the river. Nowadays, three or four men would haul the load 120 metres across the water, ask them if you can join in! The ferry can comfortably take three vehicles across at a time.

travel tips and planning info

HOW TO GET THERE
From Witsand follow the river for 35 km to Malgas.

BEST TIME TO VISIT
The ferry operates daily from sunrise to sunset and costs R48 per vehicle.

TOURS TO DO
In all the coastal towns kayaking is popular on their respective river mouths as well as on the sea. Pili Pili Adventure Centre in Witsand offers a range of water related activities.

GETTING AROUND
Public transport is limited around these areas and if you’re not travelling with a tour operator vehicles can be rented from either Cape Town or George.

WHERE TO STAY
Camping is popular in the coastal towns with well-maintained caravan parks situated right by the various Blue Flag status beaches. Luxury guest houses and various self catering options are also available.

NOT TO MISS
Crossing the Breede River en route to Witsand on the hand-operated pontoon ferry at Malgas, the last one of its kind in South Africa.