Hessequa Heritage Festival – it’s on!

The annual Hessequa Heritage Festival, that includes the 16km Heritage Trail-run and 5km Mini Trail as well as the Brood- en beskuitfees at the finish, is taking place in Stilbaai on Saturday, 21 September 2019. It will be the third consecutive year that this popular festival takes place in Stilbaai and if the past two events are anything to go by, this year’s activities will again be enjoyed by all.
The festival combines the two scenic trail-runs with the Brood- en beskuitfees that is being hosted at the finish at the Stilbaai Tourism Bureau where the smell of braaivleis, fresh-baked bread and traditional roosterkoeke will welcome the trail-run participants as well as those who are just there to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, live music and great food. The festivities will be a welcome sight for the trail-runners (and walkers) as they will finish the 5km Mini Trail as well as the 16km Heritage Trail-run at the ‘home’ of Stilbaai’s freshwater eels at the Tourism Bureau.
Participants in the 16km Heritage Trail can catch the shuttle that will leave Stilbaai on Saturday morning from the Registration venue at the Community Hall to the tidal pool in Jongensfontein from where the trail-run will start at 8h30 on Saturday morning. The route will take runners and walkers on a marked route along the beautiful coastline all the way to the Tourism Bureau. Looking around on the route, participants will notice quite a few places that not only add to Stilbaai’s heritage and history, but also to its charm that the town is known and loved for. Scenes will include the coast with its orange rock formations; views over the ocean as far as the eye can see; the ancient fish traps (a National Heritage Site) at the Skulpiesbaai Nature Reserve as well as huge milkwood trees in the reserve; the Wafra fishing boat at the harbour; Lenatjie beach house and some of the oldest holiday homes in Stilbaai as well as the bright and colourful houses on the beach; the Goukou River mouth and scenes along the river and the Palinggat Homestead at the Tourism Bureau and if one stays a little longer, the freshwater eels at feeding time.
The 5km Mini Trail will start at the parking area at the Skulpiesbaai Nature Reserve at 9h00 and shuttles will also leave from the Registration venue at the community hall. This shorter trail-run is ideal for those who would like to experience some of the same special scenery and views. Like the 16km participants, they will also experience the Olifantbos Trail in the Skulpiesbaai Nature Reserve with its low hanging branches and the breathtaking view over Morris Point from the top of the trail before descending towards the harbour area. The two trail runs will both follow the paved route from the outdoor gym opposite the river mouth and with the majestic Goukou River on the right, the trail will lead them over the freshwater stream towards the finish at Stilbaai Tourism.
There will be very special medals for finishers that will remind them of the Stilbaai Heritage Trail-run.
All the information about the Hessequa Heritage Festival, the 5km Mini Trail and 16km Heritage Trail-run (entry fees; entry forms and online entry; the Rgistration process; shuttles; parking; the routes etc.) as well as the Brood- en beskuitfees, is available HERE.
The 2019 Hessequa Heritage Festival is made possible with the support of Hessequa Municipality and Explorer’s Garden Route; Harcourts Stilbaai and Postnet Riversdale.





Winter time in Stilbaai is a very special time…
The rain is always welcome as are the bright and clear days. There are also misty mornings and even days when the mist covers the area for a whole day. These days make for beautiful photos.
This photos was taken by Mister Explores – Lifestyle Videographer and shows a fine line of mist hanging in the air. It also shows the gracious Goukou River and the farming areas.
Beautiful Stilbaai – beautiful photo!


Uiteindelik het die jaarlikse Kersfees in Julie in Stilbaai aangebreek en terwyl daar sommer baie spesiale aanbiedings by verskeie besighede en instansies is, vind daar ook heelwat aktiwiteite plaas.
Daar is oa ‘specials’ by:
AllegaartjieFynbos Apteek StilbaaiBody Basic Professional skin care & therapeutic massageBranded DvD StilbaaiStilbaai KeldersSusan Roos JuweleGister-Se-GoetersLyfie BoutiqueDie Blou Seekat DrankwinkelFemmeFit BeautyTabeel StilbaaiSitterus Akkommodasie Stilbaai, Namo en Scoops Roomys. Gaan loer gerus na wat alles hier aangebied word.
Inligting is ook op die Stilbaai Christmas in July Facebook-bladsy.

Die hoogtepunt van die week is die straatmark, Vrydagaand van 5 tot 9 nm. in Voortrekkerstraat!
Met lekker musiek, kersliggies, baie stalletjies wat heerlike kos en ander snuisterye verkoop, Kersvader wat geskenkies vir die kinders bring (7nm) en ‘n wynproe by Stilbaai Kelders, is dit beslis iets om nie te mis nie. Boonop gaan dit verseker weer gedurende die aand ‘sneeu’…
Kyk wat gebeur intussen nóg dié week in Stilbaai:
– Dinsdag van 2 – 4 nm. kan kinders kan by Hillside Kitchen leer om cupcakes te versier én hulle kan hul kolwyntjie huis toe vat! Kontak vir Lara’s Theme Cakes om te bespreek.
– Loer Dinsdag van 10:00 af ook by Bay Linen Stilbaai in en kyk na die mooi kunswerke wat die kwilters hier uitstal.
– Moenie Woensdagaand se Kerrie & Sjerrie by Stilbaai Toerisme / Stilbaai Tourism (5 – 8 nm.) mis nie. Ontmoet Stilbaai se eie kokkedoorfinalis en hoor hoe hy kerrie maak!
– Speel Woensdag vanaf 1:30 nm. rolbal by Stilbaai Rolbalklub – almal welkom!
– Gaan kuier by Oudewerfskloof Olive Farm en proe hul olywe en ander produkte (Woensdag van 10 vm tot 3 nm.)
– Bespreek vir Steve Ashley se vertoning Donderdagaand by The Stables Eatery & Bar. Musiek van die 60’s, 70’s en 80’s.
– Vrydagaand is dit STRAATMARK!
– Saterdagaand is Chrismassy-tema by Karibu Pub & Lounge!
Die Stilbaai Christmas in July-program is ook in dié week se Suid-Kaap FORUM.

Dit is dalk winter in Stilbaai, maar dié week is dit ‘n spesiale winterweek!


Morris Point, Stilbaai
Just look at this beautiful photo of Morris Point. The photo was taken and posted by The Atlantic Drone.
Did you know that you can walk from the jetti (close to the corner of Versveld Street and Main Road West) on a paved walkway along the Goukou River all the way to the area of the outdoor gym (just off Waterkant Street opposite the river mouth)? There you can get onto the beach towards the harbour (walk on the beach at low-tide or next to the beach in Skuitpad Road) and then you can walk all the way next to the ocean around Morris Point. The green area on the photo is Skulpiesbaai Nature Reserve.
If you want, you can then walk along the coast all the way to Jongensfontein (between 9 and 10 kilometres) and then even to the Blombosch Nature Reserve (quite a challenging hike of about 16 kilometres)!
It is beautiful and quite an adventure…

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Morris Point, Stilbaai Did you know that you can walk from the jetti on a paved walkway along the river all the way to area of the outdoor gym (at the river mouth) – then aling the beach to the harbour and then all the way around Morris Point … If you want, you can then walk aling the coast all the way to Jongensfontein and then even to the Blombosch Nature Reserve! It is beautiful and quite an adventure… www.mystilbaai.co.za . 📷 Repost @atlantic.drone – #SouthAfrica #stilbaai #djisouthafrica #dji #dronestagram #dronephotography #drone #instapic #instagram #instagood #atlanticdrone #aviation #instadaily #drones #beach #ocean #drone_maniacs #mavicpro #djimavic #ct #outdoors #stillbay

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It is winter and that time of the year when the aloes, the ‘blombos‘ and the bitou plants are flowering in the Stilbaai area.
Recent rains resulted in the area being beautifully green while the fields of the farms where farmers have planted, are adding to the bright colour.
Bronwyn Iris Maxine took this special photo on the hiking trail in the Skulpiesbaai Nature Reserve where the white flowers of the ‘blombos‘ are especially pretty.
The white blombos (Metalasia muricata) has flat-topped compound heads with units of smaller flower heads. It can be found along the coastal areas and flowers from May to September while the Yellow Blombos (Matalasia luteola), an erect, multi-branched shrub with twisted leaves, is rare and endemic to Stilbaai. It flowers in July and August.
Experience the beauty of the area and go for a hike or even a long walk along the beach or in the various nature reserves.

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Surrounded by nature 🐚🦋

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What a strange creature this is!
This ‘thing’, for a loss of a better word, was find in the Stilbaai area and Shanelle (@shanellefinucane5) posted a photo on Instagram.
Can anyone help? Send an e-mail to mystilbaai@worldonline.co.za or reply on the Facebook post or on the mystilbaai Instagram post.

In the meantime, please like our Facebook page as we are reaching for 11 000 followers and follow us on Instagram where we share and post about our beautiful town and the Stilbaai area.



There are so many places in Stilbaai with spectacular views!
Like this one from a garden that is maintained by private residents in Stilbaai Heights overlooking the Goukou River..
Beautiful views – another reason why we think Stilbaai should be the Kwêla ‘Dorp van die Jaar’.
(Voting for ‘Town of the Year’ takes place from 26 to 31 May. Please vote then by sms’ing the word STILBAAI to 33157. Up to 30 sms’s per phone number allowed at R1.50/sms.)

Photo: Gregory van Mastrigt (via Instagram)



Stilbaai, a relaxed coastal village on the southern Cape coast, just 26 kilometres off the N2 highway that also forms part of the Garden Route, is the first of nine finalists in the Kwêla ‘Town of the Year’ (Dorp van die Jaar) competition that is being broadcasted on Kyknet. Stilbaai has reached the final of this competition in the past and this holiday and retirement village in the Hessequa region is now pulling out all the stops to claim the title.
Stilbaai is probably one of the smallest towns with an estimated figure of between 5 000 and 6 000 permanent residents, but this popular holiday town looks totally different when thousands of holidaymakers visit it during the December summer break. Stilbaai has also been the town where many visitors have been spending their holidays for generations and interesting stories can be told about family holidays from as early as the late 1800’s.
Stilbaai is also a popular retirement village and with a strong, yet relatively small industrial area and various businesses, everyday life in town goes its (relaxed) way.
Some excitement has been added to the daily routines now that Stilbaai stands a chance to be the ‘Town of the Year’. A group of volunteers together with Stilbaai Tourism and Dries de Beer as chairman, got the ball rolling in an effort to get as many votes when the voting lines open on Sunday, 26 May.
Organisations, businesses and residents will be working together during the next few weeks so that when it is time to vote, everyone who loves Stilbaai as well as neighbouring towns in the Hessequa region and even the Western Cape, vote for Stilbaai by sending up to 30 sms’s per phone number. Voting will take place from Sunday evening (26 May) to 12:00 on Friday, 31 May.
Marketing on social media has already played a huge role and the announcement on Sunday (31 March) on Stilbaai Tourism’s Facebook page that Stilbaai is the Western Cape winner, has reached 77 800 people on Facebook while this post were shared 611 times.
The announcement has received positive feedback in general and many people in the tourism and business industry are of the opinion that the extra exposure and additional marketing will be to the benefit of the town and that it will encourage much needed tourism. The cold and wet winter months are only weeks away and these are the most challenging for tourism and businesses in Stilbaai. If the exposure attracts more visitors and tourists especially during these months, it will be a much needed economical boost for the town that will be favourable to all.
Stilbaai Tourism thanks everyone who is involved in the ‘Town of the Year’ voting campaign as well as the Hessequa Municipality for their support.
Various activities are planned for the next few weeks. Visit the Facebook pages of Stilbaai Tourism and Hessequa – The Explorer’s Garden Route to be part of the excitement.


  • The sms voting lines open on 26 May 2019 after the Kwêla ‘Dorp van die Jaar’ program and stays open until Friday, 31 May at 12:00.
  • Sms the word STILBAAI to 33157 (during the voting week only).
  • Up to 30 sms’s per phone number are allowed.
  • Cost per sms is R1.50



The buzz in Stilbaai is not only because of the two long weekends in April – it is because of Stilbaai winning the Western Cape round of the Kyknet Kwêla television program, Dorp van die Jaar (Town of the Year) and having a foot in the door of being the winner.
The banners at the turn-off from the N2 to Stilbaai are announcing the news and will serve as a reminder to vote for STILBAAI from Sunday, 26 May to Friday, 31 May when the sms lines close at midday. Up to 30 sms’s per number are allowed at R1.50 per sms.
In the meantime, residents, businesses, holidaymakers and visitors who love Stilbaai, are working hard for the town to win this title that will mean a lot for tourism for Stilbaai as well as the Hessequa region.
Duhne Liebenberg from Namo Health Stilbaai took this photo to show their support for the project.
To see what is happening in Stilbaai, have a look at our updated EVENTS calendar and visit THINGS TO DO for suggestions on what you can do in Stilbaai.

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The various businesses in Stilbaai, make the town special – and that is why you should vote for STILBAAI as THE Town of the Year! Voting takes place from 26-31 May via sms. We will keep you posted! Great photo @namostilbaai . #jouKwêlaDorp #StilbaaiDorpVanDieJaar #DorpVanDieJaar #TownOfTheJear #bestedorp #mooidorp #vakansiedorp @lovestilbaai #StilbaaiTourism . . Repost @namostilbaai – It's moments like these that make us proud! For our 500th post I wanted to do something special and when I saw this I knew it was right… We started #NamoStilbaai in 2001 and with the love and support from our amazing community and out-of-town visitors we've managed to continue to grow and succeed in this beautiful small coastal town 🙂 #grateful #coastaltown #stilbaai @mystilbaai #growth #health #support #familybusiness #community #southafrica #dorpvandiejaar #2019 @duhne27

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