Welcome to Hessequa

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 Camping; Hiking and Fishing to Kiteboarding; Wine Tasting and Game Drives. 

Hessequa – The Explorer’s Garden Route is also the ideal day visit destination for neighboring towns as we have popular attractions like the Barista Cafe @ 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, Kasselshoop Cheese, Delish N2 Restaurant, Pili Pili Adventure Centre, Oppi Plaas Padstal (Farm Stall), Preekstoel Camping & Caravan Park, Blue Flag Beaches, Julius Gordon Africana Centre, Die Pikkewyne Restaurant, Star Nation Art Studio, Skeerhok Padstal, Aan’t Vette Wines, Anchorage Beach Restaurant & Bar, Baleia Wines, The Old Jail, Coffee & Cream Coffee Shop, Tuinplaas, Ikigai Coffee Bar, Hessequa Art Route, The Palms Restaurant Venue, Lasarus Game Farm, Gourikwa Nature Reserve & Wedding Venue and Heidelberg Biltong Factory.

EXPERIENCE THESE ATTRACTIONS FOR UNDER R100 PER PERSON
– Korentepoort Dam Day Visitors Camp (Picnic/Braai/Watersport/Fishing) 
– Baleia Wine Tasting
– Albertinia Museum (FREE ENTRY)
– Inverroche Gin Tasting 
– Grootvadersbosch Conservancy Mountain Bike Trails
– Witsand Putt-Putt
– Julius Gordon Africana Centre (FREE ENTRY)
– Kasselshoop Cheese Tasting 
– Garden Route Game Lodge Skull Garden 
– Tuin-Op-Die-Brak Fynbos Park
– Heidelberg Historical Walking Route 
– Culla Uys Nature Garden
– Gouritsmond Commonage (Walking Trails)
– Jakkalsvlei Wine Tasting 
– Tuinplaas Fairy Garden
– Gourikwa Nature Reserve Lighthouse Tour 
– Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve Hiking Trails 
– Pauline Bohnen Nature Reserve Hiking Trails 
– Hessequa Art Gallery (FREE ENTRY)

FARMERS MARKET / CRAFTS MARKET
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 Riversdal Hartmark is a craft market taking place every Saturday at the Old Jail in Riversdale. The Riversdal Hartsmark is a fresh concept where travellers will find a selection of art, crafts, fashion and nursery items. 

HIKING ROUTES / WALKING TRAILS
The Werner Frehse Nature Reserve offers visitors a selection of trails ranging from 5km – 8km with views of the local Fynbos. The nature reserve is located outside of Riversdale, along the N2 highway and the key can be booked at the Environmental Services department of the Hessequa Municipality. 

The venue also has braai facilities, seating areas, toilet facilities and parking areas should you want to enjoy the tranquility of the area after your hike/walk. 

Hessequa Environmental Services: 028 713 8018 

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
The Grootvadersbosch Conservancy in Heidelberg offers selected MTB trails ranging from 10km to 40km. The trails covers portions of the Conservancy, which includes the Overberg neighbouring town of Suurbraak. Mountain Bike enthusiasts can view the MTB trails by visiting https://gvbconservancy.co.za/ride.html

COFFEE INDULGENCE
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: 

– Dorpis Farm Stall – Riversdale
– Dickson’s Bistro – Riversdale
– Ikigai Coffee Bar & Deli – Riversdale
– OppiPlaas Farm Stall – Riversdale
– Blue Crane Farm Stall – Heidelberg
– Die Rooi Pot Restaurant – Heidelberg
– Inspired Creations Coffee Shop – Heidelberg
– Die Skeerhok Padstal – Heidelberg
– Pienk Stoep Koffiewinkel – Albertinia
– Giant Aloe Coffee Shop – Albertinia
– Albertinia Hotel – Albertinia
– Kraaines Restaurant – Albertinia

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

– Matchbox Restaurant – Stilbaai 
– Fresh Lemon Café – Stilbaai 
– Coffee & Cream Coffee Shop – Stilbaai 
– Drie Pikkewyne Restaurant – Jongensfontein
– Anchorage Restaurant – Witsand 
– Ellie’s On Main – Witsand
– Pili Pili Restaurant – Witsand
– Koffie Stories – Gouritsmond

WINE, GIN, OLIVES AND CHEESE TASTINGS 
The Hessequa region is a popular gourmet destination and offers the following tasting venues: 

– Baleia Wines 
– Aan’t Vette Wines 
– Jakkalsvlei Winery 
– Inverroche Gin Distillery & Tasting Venue 
– Kasselshoop Cheese & Tasting Venue 
– Stilbaai Kelders
– Sterrehemel Café & Restobar (Gin & Wine)
– Oudewerfskloof Olive Farm 
– Kleinbergskloof Olive Farm 
– Delish Restaurant & Deli (Gin & Wine)
– The Palms Restaurant (Cheese & Wine)

UNIQUE GLAMPING AND BUSH CAMPING FACILITIES
– Hooikraal Tented Camp (Glamping) – Heidelberg
(https://www.hooikraalcamp.co.za)
– Remote Locations Witsand (Glamping)
(https://www.remotelocations.co.za)
– Nona Rosa Bush Camp – Heidelberg
(https://www.nonarosa.co.za)
– Noukrans Bush Camp – Heidelberg
(https://www.noukransboskamp.co.za)
– Gourits River Guest Farm & Camp Site – Albertinia
(https://www.grguestfarm.com)
– Grootvadersbosch Glamping Site – Heidelberg
(http://www.capenature.co.za)

TRADITIONAL INLAND- AND COASTAL CAMPING FACILITIES
– Dibiki Holiday Resort *** – Riversdale 
– Witsand Caravan & Camping Resort 
– Jongensfontein Caravan, Camping and Self-Catering Resort 
– Ellensrust Caravan, Camping and Self-Catering Resort – Stilbaai
– Preekstoel Caravan, Camping and Self-Catering Resort – Stilbaai 
– Gouritsmond Caravan and Camping Resort 
– Korentepoort Dam Resort Camp Site – Riversdale 
– Grootvadersbosch Camping Site – Heidelberg 
– Skeiding Guest Farm Camping Site – Heidelberg 

PICNIC / BRAAI IN NATURE AS A DAY VISITOR 
– Korentepoort Dam Resort – Riversdale 
– Dibiki Holiday Resort – Riversdale 
– Werner Frehse Nature Reserve – Riversdale 
– Pauline Bohnen Nature Reserve (picnic only) – Stilbaai 
– Jurisch Park – Riversdale 
– Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve – Heidelberg 
– Culla Uys Nature Garden (picnic only) – Heidelberg

SURFING DESTINATIONS
– Stilbaai 
– Jongensfontein 
– Witsand  
– Gouritsmond 

We believe that one size does not fit all.

We invite you to #ExploreHessequa

MUNICIPAL CAMPING, CARAVAN & SELF-CATERING FACILITIES CLOSE TO THE BEACH AND TIDAL POOLS – IDEAL FOR THE JUNE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS, HERITAGE DAY WEEKEND AND DECEMBER SUMMER AND FESTIVE HOLIDAYS

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, university groups and couples looking for safe, clean, spacious and private camping spots, caravan facilities and self-catering units. The Camping and Caravan facilities are also popular options for long-stay travellers and event organisers hosting events within Hessequa. 

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, matric getaway groups and church youth groups looking for private facilities close to the beach, tidal pools and all major attractions. 

VIEW OUR MUNICIPAL CAMPING, CARAVAN & SELF-CATERING FACILITIES

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.

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