Malgas & Infanta
Malgas is a settlement on the right (southwest) bank of the Breede River in the Overberg region of the Western Cape. It is situated 25 kilometres from the Breede River mouth at Infanta, with Witsand on the other side of the river. Malgas is located 30 kilometres south-east of Swellendam. Malagas was the name of a Hottentot chief, whose kraal was situated near the site. The name of the village was changed to Malgas because in the olden days, post for the village ended up in Malagas Spain! Malgas is the perfect spot from where to explore De Hoop Nature Reserve and enjoy activities like whale watching. You can also indulge in some wine tasting at Sijnn Wines, with a beautiful view of the Breede River.
It is well known for the "pont", a man-hauled pontoon cable ferry across the Breede River, which is the last of its kind in South Africa.
Infanta is a seaside resort 29km from Malgas. Infanta takes its name from Cape Infanta several kilometres to the south. Cape Infanta was in turn named after captain João Infante, who commanded one of Bartolomeu Dias's caravels.