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. In the summer season, Stilbaai is a mecca for all watersport activities, ranging from Kite-surfing, rubber duck boats and surfing to canoeing, snorkeling and SUP.
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 Palinggat Homestead and Archaeology Museum. Their intricately hand-built Fish Traps give a fascinating view of their simple ingenuity and serves as proof that the Hessequa area plays an important part in the Cradle of Humankind.
The visitor facilities in Stilbaai suites all traveler profiles and for those looking for more sophisticated experiences, the town offers Kasselshoop Cheese (tasting and sales); Namo Health Centre, Kontrei Winkel, Matchbox Coffee Shop, Stilbaai Kelders, Hessequa Art Route, Salon Na’ava, Stilbaai Golf Club, Allegaartjie Coffee Shop and Die Inkommer Coffee Shop.
The Tuin-Op-Die-Brak Fynbos Park is a Fynbos garden which includes many rare and endangered Fynbos species, a nursery, sundial and mini labyrinth. The venue also offers business travellers a limited conference venue which can accommodate approximately 15 guests.
The Stilbaai Tourism office is located within the historical Pallinggat Homestead, which is also where visitors can experience the hand-feeding of tame Eels. The Pallinggat Homestead is the only venue within South Africa, where visitors can get this experience.
Stilbaai is also home to award-winning olive farms namely Oudewerfskloof Olive Farm, Kransfontein Olives and Kleinbergskloof Olive Farm and Wedding Venue. Olive tasting can be arranged at these venues.
Travellers with a sense of adventure can explore the many Mountain Bike routes or hike the infamous Southern Right Trail, Pauline Bohnen Nature Reserve, Skulpiesbaai Nature Reserve and Geelkrans Nature Reserve. The experienced traveller can also participate in the popular Alikreukel Trail which can be done in groups.
The Sterrehemel Cafe and Restobar is a unique venue where travelers can enjoy delicious meals, drinks and also participate in wine and gin tasting sessions. The venue is also a friend of the Hessequa Art Route and houses an angel wings selfie spot.
The addition of travellers services like Ellensrust and Preekstoep Municipal Caravan & Camping Parks, Duinekroon Holiday Farm (horse riding), On The Rocks Restaurant, Die Blou Seekat Liquors, Lappiesbaai Restaurant, Stables Eatery & Bar, Lihong’s Asian Cuisine, Stilbaai Adventure Hire, Coffee & Cream Coffee Shop, Stilbaai Kelders, Stilbaai Fish Market and Dave’s Kitchen to the town, makes Stilbaai one of the most visited coastal destination within South Africa.
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
- Goukou River
- Preekstoel and Ellensrust Camping Parks
- Namo Health Centre
- Stilbaai Fish Traps
- Alikreukel Trail
- Hessequa Art Route