Local Stilbaai photographer, Richard Webb, regularly visit the harbour for photo opportunities. He was quite surprised when he looked at his photos and noticed the ‘dancing waves’ – can you see this ‘couple’ dancing?
View more of Richard Webb’s photos HERE.
It is March and the “Candelabra Flowers” (Brunsvigia Orientalis – or ‘Koningskandelaar‘ in Afrikaans) are making their annual appearance – and how beautiful are these photos taken by Gavin Joyce!
This plant comes from the Western Cape where it blooms in late summer before the leaves sprout. The large bulb sends up a huge flower cluster up to 24 inches across resembling a red chandelier!
It forms a large bulb that can grow over 8 inches across. It usually makes 4 to 6 large, tongue-shaped leaves that lie flat along the ground.
The leaves grow throughout winter, and the bulb goes dormant for the summer. In late summer or early autumn, its dramatic flower stalk sprouts from the bare ground.
The cluster has from 20 to 80 scarlet blooms that face upward, which serve as a landing pad for birds. After flowering, the round cluster dries up, breaks off from the stalk, and rolls around in the wind like a tumbleweed, which spreads the seeds around.
The plant can reach blooming size at 6 to 8 years old.
“This extraordinary battle till death took place on my front lawn a while ago and although the quality it not great as I used a mobile phone to record, it still gives one an idea what happens in nature. These things happen so unexpectedly and can be over before you’ve blinked I didn’t have time to get a camera. Thanks for watching.” – Ballie Bizza (YouTube).
Watch until the end to see who won this battle – in Stilbaai.
5 August 2020 – The long weekend is here and although there will sadly be the traditional Galjoen Derby will NOT take place this weekend (for the first time in 29 years!) there will always be sunrises and sunsets.
Get up early to experience the beauty – like Nelia Schreuder did earlier this week.
If you are looking for something to do, please support Stilbaai’s local businesses, markets, shops, restaurants and coffee shops. You can also view and buy art from our talented local artists at the Stilbaai Tourism Bureau on Saturday morning (10:00 till 14:00) and stay to watch the feeding of the freshwater eels. The Country Shop will be open as well as the tea garden. Our Tourism Bureau is dependent on tourists and visitors and will really appreciate all the support.
The Burg Mark in the east (just after the bridge) will also be open from 8:30 until 13:00. Buy something pretty and stock up on delicious food stuff.
Remember that most shops are closed on Saturday afternoon as well as on Sunday and as Monday is a public holiday, many might be closed (or only open during the morning). SPAR and OK Foods also close at 13:00 on Sundays.
Enjoy the long weekend!
The whales are back!
The Southern Right whales visit from March till November to breed while the Humpback whales are also seen in the waters of the southern Cape during these times.
Take your time, sit back and watch them enjoying their annual visit. Go to the Whale Look-out Point above the harbour from where you have a spectacular view. Hein Oosthuizen took these awesome drone footage of the Humpback whales in Stilbaai recently.
There were some floods in 2008 in Stilbaai and although information about it are somewhat scarce, Stilbaai Tourism shared these photos (photo credits unavailable).
We were unable to find more information about these floods while it seemed that some flooding also occured in 2013. Feel free to contact us with information (and photos). Send e-mail to email@example.com or send WhatsApp to 082 458 8517.
June 2020 – How serene is this?!
Rowing on the Goukou River in Stilbaai in winter. The weather has been beautiful and with the COVID-19 Lock-down regulations that were lifted somewhat, many longed to be walking on the beach and practice their watersport again.
There are so many great organisations, initiatives, businesses and actions that make Stilbaai GREAT!
We would like to share some information during this 21-Day Lock-down time due to the Coronavirus.
And when this is all over, let us see where we can get involved and support.
𝘿𝙊𝙋𝙋𝙄𝙀-𝙋𝙍𝙊𝙅𝙀𝙆 𝙑𝙄𝙍 𝙍𝙊𝙇𝙎𝙏𝙊𝙀𝙇𝙀 – waar ELKE plastiekproppie ‘n verskil kan maak!
Vir elke 450 kg plastiekproppies en doppies of broodknippies wat by Interwaste in George ingegee word, skenk hulle ‘n rolstoel.
Freda Kleynhans en Marijke Uys Kleynhans, wat die doppies, proppies en broodknippies ontvang en sorteer, het onlangs Stilbaai se eerste 450 kg-vrag gaan aflewer.
Hou dus alle proppies van botteltjies en houers en selfs enige harde plastiek en maak ‘n bydrae tot ‘n rolstoel wat aan Huis Stilbaai en Huis Soeterus in Melkhoutfontein geskenk kan word.
Neem die doppies / proppies / plastiek na: ▪️ MC Varsproduktemark (langs die Poskantoor) ▪️Jongensfontein Betonprodukte (op die Blombos-pad)
Would you like to taste a wine before you buy it?
Well, at the fourth annual Stilbaai Craft Beer Gin & Wine Expo you can do just that!
A wide variety of wines from 23 exceptional wine farms in the southern and western Cape as well as the Karoo and Western Cape Coast, will be showcased as well as various award-winning craft beers and craft gins.
The Expo, hosted by Stilbaai Kelders, is also known for the high quality products from local olive and cheese producers. With more than 30 stalls under one roof, that will also include great food, this is a Tasting Experience not to miss!
Meet the wine makers, estate owners, craft beer brewers and gin distillers – all the experts will be there!
Entry fee: R80pp (including tasting glass)
Times: 17:00 – 21:00
Card Facilities available
Buy at great prices!
This event falls within the school holidays while the Inflatable Powerboat World Championships are also taking place in Stilbaai during the same period. With so many things happening in Stilbaai, you just have to be here!
For information, visit the Stilbaai Craft Beer, Gin & Wine Expo on Facebook or contact Stilbaai Kelders at (028) 754-1655.