The Stilbaai boat, a much-loved and well-known beacon at the N2 turn-off to Stilbaai, has been damaged by strong winds and the weather and the mast has broken off for the third time this year.

It will cost R12 000 to repair it again and the Stilbaai Business Chamber has called on inhabitants and friends of Stilbaai for donations to make sure that the iconic beacon can be restored in time to welcome the holidaymakers.
Deposits can be made into the Stilbaai Business Chamber account and additional funds will be set aside for future reparations to the little boat.
Banking details:
Bank: ABSA
Account Number: 2188-146-166
Reference: Boat followed by a mobile telephone number

Thank you.



Stilbaai photographer Richard Webb took this spectacular photo at the harbour – and yes, the moon was exactly there!
To view more of his beautiful Stilbaai photos, click here.
He will also be displaying and selling a selection of special photos, enlarged and printed on canvass, at the annual Arts & Crafts Market that will be taking place on 16, 17 and 18 December 2019 in the Stilbaai Community Hall.


To feed Stilbaai’s special ‘inhabitants’, the eels that have been living at the Palinggat Homestead in the freshwater pond for more than two decades, is quite a unique activity when in Stilbaai.
The Palinggat Homestead is also a historical building and it is here where Stilbaai Tourism / Information Centre is situated. Here you will find the Archaeological Museum; the school museum; the Country Shop and the Thyme to Relish Restaurant as well as lots of information.
The eels are being fed every day at 11:00 (excluding Sundays) and visitors can join in the experience for a small fee.

Video by Luminescence Productions


16 October 2019 – Two months to go to the summer holiday when families and visitors from all over the world flock to the quiet town of Stilbaai. With an estimate of between 40 000 and 60 000 visitors during December, one can just imagine how busy it can be – from the beaches to the streets to restaurants and shops. It is however always nice to see so many happy people enjoying everything Stilbaai – and Jongensfontein – has to offer. and the Stilbaai App (download it for free on your mobile device) will keep everyone updated with information and news about activities and events and lots more.
Please like our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram – even if it is just for beautiful photos like this one shared by Esmari Cruywagen du Toit.

Good morning, Stilbaai!

Look who peeped through the bedroom window of Kirsty Boyle, owner of Charlotte House Guest House  situated on the verge of the Skulpiesbaai Nature Reserve in Stilbaai West. These owls have made their next on the balcony of the house and have been living here for several years now.
Owls are still regularly seen in Stilbaai.

Photo: Kirsty Boyle

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Stilbaai – Whales Coast

Whale Watching – from Halcyon Cove, a spectacular secluded self-catering guest house on the coast between Jongensfontein and Stilbaai. Just look at this!
“Each year between July and November the whales can be seen in Stillies. We were lucky enough to get drone footage from our guests, who took this footage right from our stoep! Incredible creatures. Book your stay at and pack your binocs!”Halcyon Cove (Facebook)

The whales are in the bay!

Each year between July and November the whales can be seen in Stillies. We were lucky enough to get drone footage from our guests, who took this footage right from our stoep! Incredible creatures. Book your stay at and pack your binocs!

Posted by Halcyon on Monday, September 30, 2019


How special is this!
Imagine being on the open sea and these dolphins are your visitors! This is what happened to Lodewyk Hulme in Stilbaai…

17 September 2019
(Vdeo: Lodewyk Hulme)

My visitors this morning

Posted by Lodewyk Hulme on Tuesday, September 17, 2019



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!