Witsand Nature Reserve
Close to the ground.

GPS: S 28 33.984 E 022 29.249 | elevation 1,200 m/3,937 ft

Witsand Nature Reserve is a beautiful isolated patch of white sand dunes surrounded by copper-red Kalahari sand. The dunes, which range from 20 to 60 meters high, are also known as the “Roaring Sands” because of the low roar produced when the wind blows across the hot dry sand.

Hiking is permitted throughout the entire reserve. For the best views, scale the dunes to see over the windswept sands and the surrounding Acacia woodland and Langeberg Mountain range. There is also a 3-kilometer botanical walking trail through Kalahari veld with 43 plant species and picnic and viewing sites.

Sandboards and bikes are available for rent if you choose to cruise and glide down the steep dunes. The 4x4 sand dune trail will lead you off-road on a deep sand adventure.


There is one central bush camp around the main lodge with picnic sites, two swimming pools and a small shop selling basic food and drinks. Caravan and camping sites each have a water tap, electricity and a large fire pit with braai stands. Bungalows are basic rooms that sleep two to four people with shared bathroom facilities. Note that no towels are provided in the bungalows. Chalets are 4-star rated spacious thatched roof buildings with three bedrooms, AC and a full kitchen.

Eating & Drinking

There is no restaurant or bar at the nature reserve, but there is a small shop that sells bread and braai packs.