STILBAAI, ALSO KNOWN AS THE BAY OF THE SLEEPING BEAUTY.
Stilbaai is a charming seaside village which forms part of the famous “Garden Route” with its close neighbours Jongensfontein and Melkhoutfontein. It is situated along the banks of the Goukou River estuary where it meets the Indian Ocean on the Southern Cape coast of South Africa.
The town can be reached by road and lies 26 kilometres from the turnoff of the N2 main road between Mossel Bay and Riversdale. Stilbaai can also be reached by air or sea. The town is serviced by a national airport at George, 150 km to the east and the local airstrip for small aircraft as well as a fishing harbour.
FUN IN THE SUN
Stilbaai is the perfect holiday destination where, thanks to the shallow bay, the clean extensive sandy beaches, (of which “Lappiesbaai” has Blue Flag status during the Dec – Jan holiday season) the lagoon and the 15 kilometres long navigable Goukou river, every kind of water-related activity can be undertaken: swimming, sunbathing, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, angling, walking, sailing, canoeing, boating and waterskiing.
Other sports e.g. golf, tennis, bowls, “jukskei”, squash, cycling, mountain biking, can also be played to one’s heart’s content.
THERE IS MUCH MORE TO STILBAAI THAN FUN IN THE SUN.
All the necessary services such as medical and supply services which include three franchised grocery shops, many excellent restaurants and take-away food outlets, clothing shops, beauty salons, gift shops, hairdressers, sport shops.
Despite the rapid development of the town, well-balanced commercial interests are maintained and the natural environment is fervently protected.
The permanent population of Stilbaai and the two adjacent villages, Jongensfontein and Melkhoutfontein, is approximately 6000.
Although the popularity of Stilbaai as one of the best tourist destination on the Garden Route has been well established and is ever-increasing, it remains a pollution-free, safe and peaceful place to be.
Situated 10km west of Stilbaai, this little hamlet is one of the most popular holiday resorts along the Garden Route and offers spectacular views of the ocean. Accommodation facilities, of a very high standard, include a caravan park close to the beach front, self catering houses and flats, B+B’s and guesthouses. Facilities and services include shops that also provide take-away foods, a postal service, and ATM. Sporting facilities include a 9-hole golf course, jukskei and tennis. The waves at Jongensfontein are very popular among surfers while fishing, swimming, snorkelling and scuba-diving can also be enjoyed. The “Fonteinhuisie” is a historical landmark and serves as museum and local info centre.
Situated about 7 Km inland from Stilbaai. Not too many years ago this township was amongst the poorest places in the country. Today Melkhoutfontein has a proud heritage and is blooming with tourism activities. Visitors are connected to the people, with the promise of heart-warming un-staged intra-cultural encounters. These include a local walkabout tour, Cooking up mouth watering traditional food with the Kamamma and comfortable, affordable accommodation.