Arniston and Witsand

Arniston is situated close to the most southerly point of Africa. It is a beautiful little fishing village. Named after the British sailing ship that ran aground in 1815. Today, the village remains as peaceful as ever. Just to sit on the number of benches overlooking the turquoise blue sea is a blessing. (the Arniston hotel (run by Mr Robert Haarburger)is right on the waterfront. Enjoy a cocktail of one of the many dishes from the menu. Robert is dedicated to uplifting this town while keeping its original character. He has a book published (Forever Arniston) I can recommend it to all who may be interested in the history of this part of the world. Most of the photos in the book were taken by Hougaard Malan, renowned photographer from Cape Town.

Close to Ariston is Kassiesbaai. A visit to the rustic restaurant run by Willeen is a treat. From Kassies (meaning boxes) you have about a 2 hour walk to see the Ariston ship wreck.

I overnighted at Witsand (white sands) which is situated on the Breede river mouth. The Breede river is about 350kms long and helps to irrigate several farmlands before exiting into the Indian ocean. One can reach Arniston from Witsand via the last ‘man drawn pont’ over the Breede river. Its about 50kms up from the river mouth on a gravel road. Or the long way round via Swellendam on the N2.