Hessequa is the entrance to the world famous Garden Route and is nestled in the shadow of the Langeberg Mountain and in the embrace of the warm Indian Ocean, stretching from the magnificent Breede River in the west and the majestic Gourits River in the east. 

Escape the crowds and make lifelong memories by surrounding yourself with authentic and off-the-beaten-track experiences ranging from Fishing; Kiteboarding; Camping, Wine Tasting and Game Drives to
Mountain Biking; 4×4-ing; Surfing, Bird Watching and Hiking. 

Hessequa – The Explorer’s Garden Route is also the ideal day visit destination for neighboring towns as we have popular attractions like the Coffee Shop @ Bali Trading, Sleeping Beauty Day Hiking Trail, Jakkalsvlei Winery, Gysmanshoek Mountain Pass and Tuin-Op-Die-Brak Fynbos Park. The Hessequa area is also home to Garden Route Game Lodge; Inverroche Gin Distillery, Blombos Museum of Archaeology, Boosmansbos Wilderness Area, Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, Korentepoort Dam, Dibiki Holiday Resort, Delish N2 Restaurant, Pili Pili Adventure Centre, Ellensrust Camping & Caravan Park, Blue Flag Beaches, Julius Gordon Africana Centre, Star Nation Art Studio, Aan’t Vette Wines, Anchorage Beach Restaurant & Bar, Baleia Wines, The Old Jail, Coffee & Cream Coffee Shop, Tuinplaas, Witsand Putt-Putt, Ikigai Coffee Bar and Gourikwa Nature Reserve. 


The Stilbaai Brugmark is a crafts market taking place every Saturday at the Brugmark venue near the Stilbaai bridge. The Brugmark is a popular place for locals and travellers to meet and includes local art, freshly baked items and local produce. The Dam Nursery & Restaurant in Riversdale also hosts a monthly farmers market the first Saturday of each month. The Dam Nursery & Restaurant is located a scenic 2 km outside of Riversdale and provides the ideal marketplace and atmosphere within a tranquil and off-the-beaten-track location.


June to November is Whale, Aloe and Canola season within Hessequa. Come and explore the beautiful Hessequa region and see the natural colors of spectacular yellow , green and orange, together with the magnificent gentle giants of the ocean.

Whale Watching:  Witsand, Stilbaai, Jongensfontein and Gouritsmond
Aloe Plants:  Albertinia and Riversdale (mostly along the N2 and farm regions)
Canola Fields: 
Slangrivier, Heidelberg, Riversdale and Albertinia (mostly along the N2 and farm regions)


Coffee is one of the most iconic beverages of our time and the Hessequa region is home to some of the best coffee outlets within the Garden Route. 

Awaken your senses and “expresso” yourself by visiting some of The Explorer’s Garden Route’s most famous outlets along the N2 highway: 

– Ikigai Coffee Bar and Deli – Riversdale 
– Oppi Plaas Farm Stall – Riversdale 
– Mugg & Bean – Riversdale 
– Delish Restaurant – Heidelberg 
– Seattle Coffee – Heidelberg 
– Giant Aloe Coffee Shop – Albertinia 
– Aloe Motors Restaurant – Albertinia 

You can also explore the Hessequa coastal area and find love at first sip at: 

– Coffee and Cream Coffee Shop – Stilbaai 
– Allegaartjie Coffee Shop – Stilbaai 
– Matchbox Coffee Shop – Stilbaai 
– Anchorage Restaurant – Witsand 
– Koffie N Kletz – Witsand 
– Koffie Stories – Gouritsmond 

We believe that one size does not fit all.

We invite you to #ExploreHessequa


 Hessequa – The Explorer’s Garden Route offers you great value for money and unspoiled Municipal Camping & Caravan facilities within the coastal towns of Witsand; Jongensfontein; Stilbaai and Gouritsmond. Our Camping and Caravan facilities are ideal for families, young professionals, school groups, church camps and couples looking for safe, clean and private camping spots, caravan facilities and self-catering units.

Our Municipal Camping & Caravan Parks also offer prime self-catering units, which comes standard with bedroom(s), bathroom, well equipped kitchen and braai areas. These self-catering units are ideal for couples, solo travellers, young families, young professionals, school groups and church youth groups looking for private facilities close to the beach and all major attractions. 


Upcoming Events

Hosting Events

Special events are widely recognised as being a growth sector of the tourism industry with potential to generate substantial economic benefit for the city, region or community involved. This wider recognition of ‘events tourism’ has also heralded a continually expanding number of new events in the Western Cape – in all regions particularly the Cape Winelands, Cape Town, Overberg and the Garden Route & Klein Karoo – as these communities have identified opportunities to tap into the visitor market. Special events form part of the ‘attraction’ component of the tourism industry. In certain areas where natural and/or built attractions are limited, special events have proven to draw an increased number of visitors to these places.

In Hessequa, the Municipality aims to support those events which aligns with the goals of the LED & Tourism Department, as well as provincial strategic outcomes for economic development and job creation.