Witsand / Malgas Pontoon

This modern pontoon transports you between Malgas in the Swellendam district and The Explorer’s Garden Route town of Witsand. 

This modern pontoon transports you between Malgas in the Swellendam district and The Explorer’s Garden Route town of Witsand and was introduced in August 2020.

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. Until mid 2020, three or four men would haul the load 120 metres across the water. The ferry used until mid 2020 now has a final resting place, next to the river boarder.

WHERE TO STAY 
Witsand has a variety of hotel and self-catering options available. For a unique stay, overnight at Breede Rivier Lodge.

WHERE TO EAT
The town of Witsand offers you meals with a view – stop at Pili Pili Bar Restaurant or Anchorage Beach Restaurant.

ATTRACTIONS CLOSE BY
Whale Watching; 4×4 Driving; Bird Watching; Fishing and Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve.