Northern Cape: Witsand Nature Reserve
The dunes at the Witsand Nature Reserve are easy on the eye, a treasure trove for birding enthusiasts and an adrenaline junkie’s dream.
What these stunning white dunes are most famous for, though, is that they “roar” when the weather is hot and dry, and are known as “roaring sands” or “brulsand”. The sound is produced when the grains of sand rub together and what you hear can be anything from a hum to a roar.
The dunes are also ideal for sandboarding. Visitors can bring their own boards or hire them from the reserve.
The area also offers great hiking, and there are no restrictions on where you can go on foot. Other activities to enjoy include cycling, quad biking and sand biking.
If you’re looking for something more leisurely to do, there are also picnic sites and a swimming pool. Overnight guests can marvel at the amazing night skies – the region is regarded as one of the best areas on the continent for stargazing. Witsand has stunning scenery, making it a great photographic destination.
Accommodation options for overnight visitors include self-catering chalets sleeping a total of 60 people, and bungalows taking up to 30 guests. Guests have access to braai facilities.
Visitors who want to wild it out can use the ablution and laundry facilities at the reserve’s camping and caravan sites.