Due to all the floods that we had experienced, the beaches are not looking too good at the moment, but I am sure that by the time that the December school holidays start, they will be in their usual pristine condition again.
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.
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
Come and enjoy touch rugby during december, contact tourism for dates each year( this year 2007 the touch rugby will be on 26 december, its usually on east side of the river at the river mouth, for info to write in to take part call +27 (0) 8600 86824) or see the web site
Plane flips contact Andre' +27287558303
Pedal boats contact Henk +27287542352
Blombos horse trails contact +27287131081
Walks with a guide contact +27724480604
The picture is of the tidal pool at Jongensfontein 10 km from Stilbaai.
Reins is situated along the garden route... it has a quaint little church so you can come and get married here........how romantic!!!
The coastline here is breathtakingly beautiful.
Rein's Coastal Nature Reserve is situated between Stilbaai and Gouritsmond
Mossel Bay is only 40km from Rein's Coastal Nature Reserve
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.
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.
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.
Explore Agulhas, the southern-most point of Africa. Go to the historical towns of Swellendam and Bredasdorp. In Bredasdorp visit a candle factory and a factory which dries and exports indigenous flowers.
Albertinia, Riversdale, Heidelberg and Witsand. This area includes many activities, such as guided tours to various fynbos export farms, while scenic areas such as the Korente/Vette River Dam offer peace and tranquility. Grootvadersbosch, a beautiful indiginous forest just outside Heidelberg is also included.
Witsand via Blombos and Vermaaklikheid where beautifully renovated cottages can be seen. Cross the Breede River at Malgas with the famous pontoon ferry - the only operational one of its kind in South Africa
Visit the Aloe factory in Albertinia. Watch, or experience, bungi jumping at the Gouritz River bridge. Explore Mossel Bay's historical tourist attractions such as the Maritime Museum, The Old Post Tree and many others.
you can buy a cheap braai grid at the supermarkets and there is place to make a Braai at the Jongensfontein tidal pool, there is a table with chairs( cemented in ) , or take your picnic basket and enjoy the scenery, there are also toilets here with a basic cold water shower for after swimming, or even if you just on the road and need to refresh!! ( basic facility)
See old fish traps..built years ago
Stilbaai is situated 26 km away from the N2 main road between Mossel Bay and Riversdale at an estuary where the Goukou river meets the Indian Ocean. The nearest national airport is at George, 150 km from Stilbaai. It has its own landing-strip for small aircraft and a small fishing harbour. Although the popularity of Stilbaai as one of the best tourist destinations on the Garden Route is growing at an ever-increasing rate, it maintains its characteristics as a pollution-free, safe and peaceful destination. It has long stretches of white sandy beaches, mild weather and a river which is navigable for 15 km.
Archeological site get info from Stilbaai tourism, from June to October the Blombos area has a beautiful *FYNBOS* flower route .