"Stilbaai & Jongensfontein" Stilbaai by Stilbaai-Salome

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Stilbaai Still Bay Blue Flag Beach & Activities

Although Stilbaai is a peaceful destination, it doesn't mean that there is not more than enough to keep old and young busy.

Enjoy the sun and the water of the endless beaches and river. Swimming is safe and all watersports can be enjoyed, with the exception of jetskis.
Go snorkelling

Surfing conditions are recognised country-wide and are the best in the area.
Cycling is very popular. Ride to Jongensfontein and back and then to Preekstoel and back. This is a 40km cycle all along the coast with spectacular views.
Hiking routes along the coast, next to the river and through the Nature Reserve are available and very popular. Five hiking trails of between 2 and 5 hours are available.Overnight route are presently being planned.
Horse riding is available (only during season)

Sight Seeing

The small, but active fishing harbour is a wonderful attraction. The harbour is used especially by small concerns. Primarily Hake and Cob are sold here.Fresh fish may be bought at the harbour.
See the remnants of an extinct culture. The ancient fishtraps are circular stone structures that the Khoi-San created hundreds of years ago to catch fish at low tide. Some of these traps are still maintained and used. The middens are piles of shells created by the accumulation of ancient domestic refuse consisting primarily of mollusc shells. These ancient shell middens are open for close viewing. Middle Stone Age artifacts and replicas of artifacts of the world famous Blombos Cave are on display at the Tourism Bureau. Due to the sensitive nature of the cave, it is regretfully not open to the puiblic.
Conducted tours of the reachable sites on the outskirts of the town are arranged to co-incide with lowtide in order to also view the ancient fish traps.
In Jongensfontein the historic little White House serves as a local museum and information centre.
Between July and October the whales visit the coast between Stilbaai and Jongensfontein in large numbers. Excellent vantage points for whale watching are available. The whales can be observed from the restaurants at Lappiesbaai and from the harbour.

Blue Flag is an exclusive international eco-label awarded to beaches in 24 countries across Europe and South Africa, and is a symbol of high environmental standards and good sanitary and safety facilities.

It encompasses highly qualified lifesavers, management of beach activities and compliance with recreational bathing water quality, as well as environmental educational projects. Results of sea water quality has shown that Lappiesbaai beach in Stilbaai has of the cleanest bathing water in the Blue Flag is an exclusive international eco-label awarded to beaches in 24 countries across Europe and South Africa, and is a symbol of high environmental standards and good sanitary and safety facilities.

It encompasses highly qualified lifesavers, management of beach activities and compliance with recreational bathing water quality, as well as environmental educational projects. Results of sea water quality has shown that Lappiesbaai beach in Stilbaai has of the cleanest bathing water in the country.

Eels

Visit the Stilbaai Tourism Bureau, housed in the Palinggat Homestead, a famous historical building which is a National Monument. It also houses a historical exhibition and adjoins a nature garden. Here you will have the rare opportunity of viewing the only tame eels in South Africa fed in the fountain adjacent to the Bureau.
These freshwater eels belong to the Anquilla genus of the family Anquillidae. The eels in the Palinggat Fountain have been living here for the past 125 years. These eels move to a specific area in the ocean to mate and spawn. The larvae are carried to the mainland of Africa by ocean. currents. The environment at the Palinggat Fountain seems to be ideal for the eels.

Nowhere else in the country are so many eels concentrated in one secluded invironment and as tame as the "Palinggat" eels. They are pampered and cherished by the staff of the Tourism Bureau. They are hand-fed daily on chicken livers at 11:00, excluding Sundays. During December-January they are also fed on Sundays and public holidays with the exclusion of Christmas day.

The popularity of this attraction is reflected in the fact that a yearly figure of 5000 visitors attend the feeding of the eels.

Golf

Play golf on a beautiful 9 hole course with a view stretching over the sea from almost every hole and the modern, spacious clubhouse .
Golf carts available .

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Explore the sea wonders on our clean white sandy beaches and coastline in a laid back town . NSRI station at harbour.
  • Cons:Only 130 km from George Airport , and 350 km from Cape town .
  • In a nutshell:Enjoy, surfing, snorkeling, fishing, boating, sports, whale watching in a safe coastal town with selfcatering facilities
  • Last visit to Stilbaai: Oct 2008
  • Intro Updated Oct 29, 2008
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