At last! It is December and that means – it is holiday time for many.
It has been quite a tough year from Stilbaai and the area as fires reeked havoc again and many farm lands and fields were lost while the area did not receive the amount of rain it needs. This means that it is currently very dry and the Hessequa Municipality put water restrictions in place.
To top it all, Eskom has started with a load shedding program and this not only influence all the households, but also the businesses, big and small.
Please also adhere to the rules for fireworks. Residents and visitors will still remember what happened on the first day of the 2018 and by just looking at the area across from the municipal offices, will serve as a reminder…
We have put together some handy information regarding all these issues. Both the website and Facebook page of the Hessequa Municipality are quite up to date and helpful – visit it to find more information.

Please adhere to these water restrictions from 10 Dec. to 10 Jan. for the whole of the Hessequa region.

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Find the Eskom Load Shedding schedule for December HERE. This information is also available on the Stilbaai App (download it for free on your mobile device) and information will be shared on Facebook.
If you would want information about power outages in Stilbaai, send a WhatsApp to  (072) 444-7325 to be added to this WhatsApp group.

Herewith information regarding fireworks.

  • NO fireworks allowed at Jongensfontein
  • Fireworks ONLY allowed from 23:00 on 31 Dec. until 01:00 on 1 Jan.
  • Fireworks will only be allowed at the harbour and the beach area as well as at Lappiesbaai beach from the restaurant towards the river mouth. PLEASE adhere to  these regulations.
  • NO Chinese lanterns!
Find all the important telephone numbers as well as emergency numbers HERE (listed under Businesses – Emergency Numbers). These numbers are quick and easy to dial through the Stilbaai App on your mobile phone.
Visit and Like / Follow them on Facebook – Hessequa Municipality – for more information.
Enjoy the festive season!





The Stilbaai APP– information about Stilbaai in the palm of your hand!
This handy and easy to use App (APPlication) supplies users with information about Stilbaai.

Download the Stilbaai App (for free) from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store on your mobile device for services like:
📲 Quick dialing to Emergency Numbers
📲 Info, contact detail, directions etc. to businesses, accommodation, restaurants and eateries
📲 Updated Events Calendar
📲 The weather, tides and even buying electricity easily
📲 Fishing spots and more

Contact us to list your business (Tel: 082 458 8517 / E-mail:
The Stilbaai APP – information at your fingertips!


As November is nearing its end and holiday goers count the days to their well-deserved break in Stilbaai during December, we share this photo by @eurekascreation who visited Stibaai and post this nice photo.
There are many activities, events and happenings planned for the holidays and we update our calendar daily.
Have a look at the latest holiday calendar HERE to stay up to date with what’s happening.
Download the Stilbaai App to have this information and more ready and available in the palm of your hand!



Skulpiesbaai, Stilbaai – this area falls in the Skulpiesbaai Nature Reserve and is known for the amount of shells found on the beach. (Photo: Este Smit)

What you can do at Skulpiesbaai:

  • Enjoy the beach – and all the shells!
  • Do the various hiking trails in the Skulpiesbaai Nature Reserve
  • Surf at Dolphin Point
  • Visit the ancient fish traps (visible with low-tide)
  • Pick up litter that washes ashore or are left by careless beach users…

What you can NOT do at Skulpiesbaai:

  • No fishing 
    • No fishing between the red and white poles towards Morris Point on the left and past the fish traps on the right
    • Reason: it is a nature reserve and a Marine Protected Area (MPA)
    • Stilbaai was declared a marine protected area in 2008. It connects to the land-based Geelkrans Nature Reserve, which ensures that the coastal zone is well protected. The area, managed by CapeNature, is protected to rebuild overexploited marine life, particularly reef/line fish. It also prevents habitat degradation and preserves vis-vwyers (fish traps), which are archaeologically and culturally important. Fishing is still allowed in controlled areas, but it is banned in Geelkrans, Skulpiesbaai and Goukou estuary. Goukou was the first estuary to be included in marine protected area in the Western Cape. (

Enjoy your visit to Skulpiesbaai, Stilbaai!



Wednesday, 7 November – Stilbaai is still very much a little fishing village with boats and charters departing from the harbour on a daily basis to provide for families.
It is, however, not every day that you get that ‘big one’, like Hennie Esterhuizen who brought this 33kg cod from the boat, Dorado, in. Like they say: “Die kabeljou loop!
Hilda Rudd captured the moment.

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Hennie Esterhuizen with his 33kg cod. (Photo: Hilda Rudd)


How beautiful is this photo by Jean de Villiers taken at Jongensfontein.
He asks the question: where is the best place to learn how to surf during December.
Well, we suggest Stilbaai and Jongensfontein of course!
Here are some suggestions about a few surf spots ( and visit at the Surf Shack (between OK Grocer and Fynbos / SPAR Shopping Centre).


Stilbaai Kelders, dié wynboetiek met meer as 700 wyne, ‘n groot verskeidenheid craft bier en -gin asook al die ander gunstelinge, is vyf jaar oud.
Baie geluk aan die eienaars, Adolf Botes en Johannie Vermeulen!

‘n Wye verskeidenheid spiritualieë is hier beskikbaar asook enkelmout-whiskey en potketelbrandewyne terwyl die groot vonkelwynversameling iets vir elkeen bied.
Besoek gerus ook hul deli-afdeling met kase asook olyfolies en -produkte wat die wyne komplimenteer.
Daar is ook geskenke terwyl die winkel ook glase verhuur. Hulle bied gereelde wynproefunksies aan en wynliefhebbers kan ook aan hul wynklub behoort.
Stilbaai Kelders is geleë in Voortrekkerstraat 17
Gaan loer gerus in en kyk wat se spesiale verjaardagaanbiedinge beskikbaar is.
Tel: (028) 754 1655
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It’s been a tough week as devastating fires swept through Vermaaklikheid, a sleepy little village about 47 kilometres from Stilbaai and a favourite hide-away holiday destination in Hessequa. It is estimated that as much as 15 000 hectares have been affected while 8 houses have been destroyed. A life has sadly also been lost as helicopter pilot, Nico Heyns, died when his helicopter crashed while he was one of the pilots on duty containing the fire.
Read more about the fires here – and please support, assist and donate to those affected if and how you can.
The wind has died down and the heatwave is not that intense anymore… It is weekend and there are quite a few things happening in Stilbaai. Have a look here – and enjoy the weekend!

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 Stilbaai’s main beach, Lappiesbaai beach as well as Preekstoel beach, are two of 46 beaches that received full Blue Flag status for 2018/19. Gouritsmond and Witsand in Hessequa have also received full Blue Flag status bringing the total of Blue Flag beaches in Hessequa to four while Stilbaai’s west beach as well as Jongensfontein received pilot Blue Flag status.

Lappiesbaai Beach

According to, 66 Blue Flags will be proudly flown at 46 beaches, 8 marinas and by 12 sustainable tourism boats around South Africa over the forthcoming 2018/19 South African Blue Flag season, which opens officially on the 1st of November 2018.
The WESSA Blue Flag Programme, now in its 31st year, is focused on the conservation of marine and coastal habitats, and is designed to raise environmental education and awareness, and increase sound environmental practices among tourists, local populations and beach management.

To achieve Blue Flag status, as many as 33 different criteria spanning over four aspects of coastal management must be met and maintained: water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and services. Each Blue Flag site is compelled to conduct several environmental education activities during the year, and to practice effective and efficient conservation management.
In South Africa, the Blue Flag program is managed by WESSA and participating coastal municipalities. In the Southern Hemisphere, the Blue Flag season runs from 1 November to 31 October each year. Beaches are required to apply for Blue Flag status each year and the Blue Flag standards are only enforced at the beaches over the participating beach’s stated season, which varies from just two months of the year to the full 12 months.

Preekstoel Beach

About Stilbaai’s MPA (Marine Protected Area)

As a dedicated conservationist and wildlife and conservation photographer, Peter Chadwick has over 25 years of experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. He is the founder of African Conservation Photography and has worked throughout southern Africa in some of its most special wild places, including the Kalagadi Desert, Kruger National Park, Drakensberg Mountains, the sub-antarctic Prince Edward Islands and De Hoop Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area.
He compiled this article shared via his Facebook page Peter Chadwick at African Conservation Photography dd 16 Oct 2018.

Supporting South Africa’s marine protected areas – Stillbay MPA.
Stillbay is one of those idyllic South African coastal towns that offer the best of sun, sea, river and beach thus making it one of the most perfect holiday destinations! The marine protected area is not there to stop people from having access to marine resources but rather is there to make sure that utilization can be carried out in a sustainable manner. Within its boundaries is the countries best-preserved example of stone-age fish traps, sections of the Goukou estuary and a coastal and marine section that extends 4.7 kms out to sea.

Iconic species to be found within the MPA includes southern right whales, ragged-toothed sharks, numerous species of reef fish and delicate pansy shells. Perhaps the most interesting species however are the African mottled eel and the longfin eel. These animals complete a remarkable journey, having spawned off Mozambique or Madagascar, the eels then enter estuaries in South Africa where they mature in quite freshwater streams, a process reputed to take up to twenty years. The mature eels, well over a meter in length, return to the sea via the estuary to swim over 2000 kms to complete their life cycle. These eels may be viewed at Palinggat, a small freshwater pond in Stillbay.
The estuary mouth is a nutrient rich environment of mud flats and salt marshes where invertebrates thrive. Hidden worms, crustaceans and molluscs attract waders in large variety and numbers. During the summer months grey plovers, whimbrels, greenshanks, marsh sandpipers and common ringed plovers fly in from northern climes to join the resident waders. The estuary is also an important nursery area for many young stages of commercially important coastal fish species.
Skulpiesbaai Nature Reserve, that lies to the west of the small fishing harbour, is excellent for watching seabirds and for exploring amongst the intertidal rock pools.
For more information please do visit and also please help spread the news in support of our MPAs @ Still Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
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