Situated on the estuary of the Goukou River, that spills into the Indian Ocean, the town is characterized by long stretches of sandy beaches – boasting the prestigious Blue Flag Status. The river is navigable for 15km’s, making it quite the hotspot for water-sports such as canoeing and kayaking. Stilbaai is also home to rich historical- and archaeological sites and is always mentioned when speaking of Fynbos Gin and The Cradle of Humankind. The coastal town of Stilbaai is a space where the magic of personal reinvention occurs. 

Break away to a seaside playground that is a treasure trove of gem experiences. Choose your exploring themes from an arts and crafts route, an archaeology and history route, a gourmet route or the feeding of tame eels. It is an area that radiates bygone days and is gently held by nature. Stilbaai is situated on the estuary of the Goukou River that spills into the warm Indian Ocean and one of the most popular and lively resorts in the Hessequa region. The picturesque coastal village is affectionately known as the Bay of Sleeping Beauty, due to its close proximity to the landmark Sleeping Beauty Mountain. It is characterized by long stretches of sandy white beaches, boasting with Blue Flag Status, mild weather and a river that is navigable for 15km – there is also a small fishing harbour and landing strip for small aircrafts.

The natural surroundings of this towns also feature a pristine floral kingdom with many unique species of Fynbos. The world renowned Fynbos is even used to create Gin at Inverroche Distillery!

Excavations hint at this area preserving some of the secrets of the origins of man and give an insight into the lives of the early Khoisan people and you can view some findings from the Blombos Caves at the Palingat Homestead and Archaeology Museum. Their intricately hand-built fish traps give a fascinating view of their simple ingenuity.

Stilbaai also offers visitors the Kasselshoop Cheese Farm which offers a variety of cheese tasting options. The town is further well-known for Namo Health Centre, Kontrei Winkel, Matchbox Coffee Shop, Pauline Bohnen Nature Reserve, Oudewerfskloof Olive Farm, Southern Right Hiking Trail, Stilbaai Golf Course and the Tuin-Op-Die-Brak Fynbos Garden

It is an explorers’ paradise of history, creativity, nature and people who care about creating special moments for their guests.

Stilbaai Tourism

Telephone: +27 (0)28 754 2602


  • Police: +27 (0)28 754 6100
  • National Sea Rescue: +27 (0)82 990 5978
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • Doctor: +27 (0)28 754 1100
  • Fire: +27 (0)83 941 1653

Not to miss

  • Tuin-op-die-Brak Botanical Garden
  • Feeding of Tame Eels at the tourism office
  • Pauline Bohnen and Skulpiesbaai Nature Reserves
  • Inverroche Gin Distillery
  • Ancient fish traps during low tide
  • Kasselshoop Cheese
  • Swimming and Surfing
  • Stilbaai Kelders
  • Olive Tasting at Oudewerfskloof Olive Farm