The Sand River is one of the finest examples in the world of a by-pass headland dune system – it is in fact called the Oyster Bay Dune Bypass System.
In the dune-field are a number of ancient middens, dating back centuries, and possibly even millennia, which are of great archaeological value. Artefacts, bones and other remains are by law to be left undisturbed. Khoisan burial sites at least 2000 years old have been discovered here.
Start at the Sand River bridge, and walk for about 90 minutes to one of the largest middens in the Sand River. From there you will see the highest dune to your right – take time and climb to the top for the most amazing 360º view of the greater St Francis.
The dunes are ideal for sandboarding – take one with you and enjoy!
The entire dune system, 16,8km, can be done as part of the Chokka Trail.