Witsand Nature Reserve is a smallish reserve that packs a lot of punch. There is enough beauty to please the casual drive-through visitor, and yet also sufficient complexity to keep the more demanding visitor engaged. It is one of the few places in the area where permanent water can be found and has consequently been inhabited from the earliest Stone Age times.
The vegetation of the reserve is a complex convergence of three major vegetation types: Karroid Kalahari Bushveld, Kalahari Mountain Bushveld and Orange River Nama Karoo… and not nearly as boring as it sounds. One of the pleasant surprises for us was that it was green and lush, and the trees beautiful – not what we expected at all. The reserve is hilly - a mix of plains, dolorite koppies and, of course, flowing sand dunes. The chalets are nicely spread out, private and roomy. Our only regret was that we could not stay for longer.