Apr 042009

South Africa (Western Cape)

The Breede River (Afrikaans: Breërivier) is a river in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. It is approximately 337 km long with a catchment area of 12,384 km². The word “Breede” is Dutch for “wide”. The major towns include Port Beaufort, Swellendam, Montagu, Robertson and Worcester. There is one dam on the river, the Brandvlei Dam. The river’s source is in the Skurweberge mountain range above Ceres and it mouths into the Indian Ocean near Witsand on St. Sebastian Bay.

The river is famous throughout South Africa for its old man-powered ferry at Malagas, locally knows as the Pont. Vehicles and pedestrians are manually hauled across the river, with special rates for livestock.  This service operates only during the hours of daylight.  At low tide and at slow speed, you are able to maneuver your boat under the ferry cables and take course down-stream towards the river mouth.

The Breede is renowned as the best estuary fishing location in the country. Tidal action reaches 60 km upstream and kabeljou, grunter, leervis, steenbra and many other sought-after sea fish are caught in significant numbers.

It is also known as a bird-watching paradise and nearly 200 species have been recorded.  The river naturally attracts fish-eating birds like the majestic fish eagle, osprey, fishing owl and kingfisher. The whole area is home to an amazing wealth of birdlife.

South Africa - Breede River



Location (34° 24′ S, 20° 50′ E)

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Imagine the delight of stepping out of your bed onto your private balcony, gazing at the splendour of the Breede River Lagoon and the Indian Ocean. The hotel’s private harbor is right in front of you. Now step from your balcony right onto the jetty. Watch the arriving fishing boats, inspect the fish, make your choice for tonight’s menu. It’s not a dream… it’s the Breede River Resort & Fishing Lodge.

The Malagas Hotel is a 45-room Cape Dutch style establishment with elegant accommodation, well-prepared meals and old-fashioned hospitality.

Every year, some 40% of the world’s Southern Right Whales come to these shores to breed. Females and their calves swim in the clear waters, while males put on spectacular displays. The endangered mammals ensure that the De Hoop Reserve in South Africa is one of the world’s best land based whale-watching areas. As a marine reserve and World Heritage Site, De Hoop guarantees a safe nursery for pods of visiting cetaceans. The De Hoop Collection offers a wide range of accommodation, from luxurious self-catering cottages to five-star fully catered lodges.