|The treasure of nature unique to Still Bay (Stilbaai) has attracted
visitors to this Bay of Sleeping Beauty for centuries. The unique
limestone area with its abundance of natural springs, provided the
ideal habitat for ancient man, whose footprints still linger here.
For close on two hundred years Stilbaai has grown in favour as
a holiday resort and retirement village for those charmed by the
safety, tranquility and harmony.
It has long stretches of white sandy beaches, mild weather and
a river which is navigable for 15 km. The weather is ideal for
holiday making with moderate temperatures, and beautiful sunshine
Stilbaai offers wonderful water-sport facilities including fishing,
scuba-diving and lots more as well as other types of sport.
It has a population of about 4000 permanent residents and also
has two villages, Jongensfontein and Melkhoutfontein, within its
In line with what the tourist expects Stilbaai offers a wide
variety of shopping amenities ranging from well-stocked modern
supermarkets and convenience stores to smaller family-run concerns.
Service providers such as the medical profession, ie doctors,
dentists, a clinic and pharmacies are also available.
Stilbaai also boasts a large number of family friendly restaurants
and up-market gift shops.
Stilbaai offers a wide range of accommodation, such as camping,
caravanning self-catering private apartments and homes, chalets,
as well as luxury guesthouses.
Jongensfontein, a coastal village, is 10 km away along the coast
and offers a spectacular view on the ocean.
Melkhoutfontein, about 7 km inland from Stilbaai, is a friendly
community mainly consisting of the descendants of the original
fishermen of this area and are today mainly involved in the fishing
and building industries.
- 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 and scuba diving.
- The Goukou River is the only river in the area that is navigable
- Excellent fishing from the beaches and rocks, as well as
deep-sea fishing and river fishing
- Surfing conditions are recognised country-wide and are the
best in the area.
- Play golf on a beautiful 9 hole course with a view stretching
over the sea and a modern, spacious clubhouse.
- Tennis, bowels and squash are available.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- In Jongensfontein the historic little White House serves
as a local museum and information centre.
- Stilbaai Tourism Bureau houses a historical exhibition and
adjoins a nature garden.
- Visit the Jagersbosch homestead, a national monument and
the headquarters of the well known Jagersbosch Community Care
- Also visit the Soete-Arbeid Craft Centre, an art workshop
and the Soete-Inval Botanical Garden at the Soeterus Care Centre
- The Pauline Bohnen Nature Reserve is also another worthwhile
area to visit.