Hessequa Heritage Trail-run

We regret to inform you that the 2023 Heritage Trail-run has been cancelled.

The amount of damage to the coastline between Jongensfontein and Stilbaai and to the hiking trail due to the massive storm last Saturday (16 September), has been substantial and with not enough time for the necessary clean-up and to rebuild sections of the trail, we feel that it is not safe enough for runners. 


  1. Entries can be paid back OR
  2. If you ‘donate’ your entry fee, we will make a donation to the Jongensfontein Inwonersvereniging and to the organisation in Stilbaai who need all the assistance and funding to do the necessary rebuilding.

The Hessequa Heritage Trail-run is taking place for the 5th consecutive year in Stilbaai and will be hosted on Saturday, 23 September 2023.

The activities will include the following:
– The Hessequa Heritage Trail Run: a 16km Trail Run from Jongensfontein along the coast to Stilbaai
 The short and scenic 5km Mini Trail


The Hessequa area and Stilbaai specifically has many interesting heritage and historical sites and there is no better way than to celebrate Heritage Day than to participate in the Hessequa Heritage Trail Run where you will pass a few very interesting places.
This 16km Trail Run starts in Jongensfontein (there are one-way shuttles from Stilbaai to Jongensfontein that depart from the Registration point at the Stilbaai Community Hall). This scenic coastal route takes participants along the beautiful coast line and past various historical places – like ancient fish traps at Skulpiesbaai; the ‘Wafra’ tok (the fishing boat with a sad story – look out for it at the NSRI building at the harbour); various monuments as well as some of the oldest beach houses – along a marked route to the Stilbaai Tourism Bureau at the Palinggat Homestead in Stilbaai.
Find all the information and online (and manual) entry HERE:


The Mini Trail is perfect for the not-so-fit or the not-so-brave and is 5km in distance. Runners and walkers will start at the Skulpiesbaai parking area (at the fish traps) and will enjoy a route through the spectacular Skulpiesbaai Nature Reserve, past the harbour, along the beach and the hiking trail next to the river to finish at the Stilbaai Tourism Bureau at the Palinggat Homestead. This route is beautiful and not too difficult although it includes something of everything!
Find all the information and online (and manual) entry HERE:


  • General information and Trail Runs: Elza Thiart-Botes (Tel: 082 458 8517 – also WhatsApp) / Adolf Botes (Tel: 082 337 6286)
  • E-mail: mystilbaai@worldonline.co.za
  • Facebook page: Hessequa Heritage Festival


The 2023 Hessequa Heritage Festival is made possible by:

Explorer’s Garden Route (Hessequa Municipality)