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The Breede River (also known as Breë River) is one of the largest, most navigable rivers in South Africa. You are able to cruise for about 30 km to the river mouth and about 10 km upstream with the Houseboats. The river is tidal for 55 km upstream from the mouth and there are a few sandbanks to keep in consideration when navigating the boats.

The first catchment area of the river is in the Skurweberg mountain range near Ceres, the water then runs through the Mitchells pass through the Breede River Valley for 337km. The river mouth is between Witsand and Infanta in the Indian Ocean.

The Breede River is also famous throughout South Africa for its old man-powered ferry in Malagas, known 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 manoeuvre your boat under the ferry cables – to take course down-stream towards the river mouth.


If you are without Skippers Licence you can do an practical exam on arrival and we can Issue you with a Restricted Interim Certificate of Competence (Temporary Licence for the Houseboats).

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Malagas is 280km from Cape Town (approx 2 ½ Hours Drive). Take the N2 from Cape Town over Sir Lowry’s Pass towards Caledon. Approximately 6 km before Swellendam, turn right at the Malgas, Infanta turn-off. Follow the gravel road for 38km. Turn left at the Malagas Guest House sign, you will see the White Hotel Buildings on the left when you drive down the hill. Please remember, if coming from the Heidelberg side, that the “Pont” closes at sunset. Once here you can’t miss us!

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