1. Typical of desert environs, Witsand can be extremely hot in summer and cold in winter. Please bear these extremes in mind when setting out on a hike.
2. Always carry a water bottle.
3. Heat exhaustion is a very real danger in summer. Avoid hiking during the hottest time of the day.
4. Please respect the forces of nature and stay out of the dunes during thunderstorms! Bear this in mind when setting out on your hike.
5. The white sand reflects a great deal of heat and one may suffer severe sunburn even whilst wearing a hat. A high SP factor sun cream is advisable.
6. Wear closed shoes when walking around at night, when scorpions emerge from their burrows to forage. Scorpion stings can be lethal, and at best, are extremely painful. A good camping habit is to knock your shoes out before slipping your feet into them in the morning. You just never know who has taken a liking to the warm, dark interior of your hiking boot!
7. In summer, paper wasps vehemently defend their paper-like nests, and may attack passers-by without provocation. Be careful when passing through dense thickets and under the canopies of trees where the nests are found. Unlike bees, wasps can sting repeatedly.
8. Don't ignore the symptoms of any sting or bite if it goes beyond localised swelling and pain. Allergic reactions must receive medical attention without delay, especially of you are experiencing difficulties in breathing or feel nauseous.
9. A good idea is to tell someone where you will be heading, and approximately how long you envisage being away before you set out on a hike, especially of you are walking alone. If you wish, report to the tourist office and then remember to report back.
10. If you plan an afternoon walk, be sure to be back by sunset. The dunes can be disorientating at night.
11. Please feel free to approach us for more information.
12. And do share your sightings with us!