Stilbaai at a glance
Stilbaai is a charming seaside village, known as the ‘Bay of Sleeping Beauty’, situated on the southern coast of the Western Cape, it forms part of the picturesque and world famous Garden Route. Established in 1894, this coastal resort is located approximately four hours from Cape Town, between Riversdale and Mossel Bay on an inlet where the Indian Ocean and the Goukou River converges. Stilbaai or Still Bay is home to nearly 4 000 residents, who enjoy its pollution-free, safe and tranquil location, as well as its beautiful scenery.
This scenic destination boasts a shallow bay and vast, clean sandy beaches – of which Lappiesbaai Beach bears a Blue Flag status. With its pristine lagoon and the magnificent Goukou River right on its doorstep – Stilbaai is one of the most beautiful places to live and visit.
There are two main suburbs parallel to one another in Stilbaai; Stilbaai West and Stilbaai East. Mixing old and new, every type of property is available in these areas from new luxury homes on the beach, to old Cape-Dutch abodes, modern apartments and even farms and smallholdings.
Stilbaai East borders the Geelkrans Provincial Nature Reserve and stretches to the banks of the Goukou River. In this suburb, you will find the Stilbaai Airfield and Pauline Bohnen Nature Reserve and the Preekstoel rock is another popular attraction. Being in close proximity to schools and the well-known Lappiesbaai Restaurant adds to the attractiveness of this suburb.
Stilbaai West is the more developed side of town with most of Stilbaai’s services and amenities located here. Several world-class restaurants are dotted around this suburb and the Skulpiesbaai Local Nature Reserve offers residents many fun outdoor activities including bird-watching and hiking.
Healthcare and Fitness
There are numerous medical services in Stilbaai including; dentists, optometrists, the Fynbos Pharmacy and the Namo Natural Health Club, all entirely equipped to deal with a selection of medical issues. CareWell Stilbaai Sub-Acute Hospital is a private facility that forms part of the Fynbos Lifestyle Estate and is open to the public – the facility also has highly qualified radiologists, general practitioners, and physiotherapists on call.
There are also a few fitness institutions which are available to the residents of this quaint town, one of which is Daly’s Gym- a family owned gym that has a friendly atmosphere and specialises in; overall wellness, fitness, weight loss, body shaping, body building and personal training.
There are almost a dozen schools in and around Stilbaai, which are renowned for their high-level of academic excellence and sporting accolades. One of the most prestigious schools in one of the surrounding areas is Hoërskool Langenhoven. Established in 1893, the school produces top-notch results yearly, with excellent athletics and sports programmes. This Afrikaans high-school prides themselves on tradition and loyalty.
Another respectable institution is the Bertie Barnard Primary School, founded in 1954. Named after its first principal; this small school dedicates themselves to delivering the best individual care to each student with their team of highly qualified teachers. Placing importance on their values of respect and integrity, they boast several top sport, culture and academic programmes.
Blombos Cave and Museum
Surrounding the banks of the Goukou River, Stilbaai enjoys a rich and ancient history; for thousands of years the ancestors of the Khoisan people and the San themselves populated this area. As hunters and gatherers, they lived off the ocean, river, and veldt – leaving behind various artifacts. This led to various significant archaeological discoveries made in the famed Blombos Cave; with excavations yielding new information on the behavioural evolution of modern humans and items dating back tens of thousands of years. The Blombos Museum of Archaeology is therefore not to be missed.
Stilbaai Ancient Fish Traps
These ancient intertidal stonewall fish traps, built thousands of years ago by the Khoisan, are still in working condition and is used by enthusiasts to this day. This is truly something unique that the family will enjoy and is easily accessible from the Stilbaai Beach; this unusual ancient activity is open to the public so remember to take your fishing nets and add this one to your itinerary.
Stilbaai is the only place in South Africa where you will find tame eels. When visiting the tourism bureau located in the Palinggat Homestead you will have the rare opportunity to witness these freshwater eels that have called the Palinggat Fountain their home for the past 125 years- being fed by the staff of the Bureau from Monday to Saturday just before 11:00.
There are also an array of outdoor activities for nature lovers including; birdwatching at the Botterkloof Resort, several nature reserves, hikes and tours along with beautiful sandy beaches for those wanting to bathe in the sun or go for a dip.
The little town of Jongensfontein is a mere 10-minute drive outside of Stilbaai and is just as jam-packed with attractions and things to do. Far reaching views of the ocean and great surf conditions have made Jongensfontein a popular surfing hub, though all water-related activities can be enjoyed here. Its historical landmark, the ‘Fonteinhuisie Museum’ depicts the history of the town and serves as a local information centre.
7km inland from Stilbaai, Melkhoutfontein is a town proud of its heritage, and this is displayed in the township tours that are on offer – explore the area, cook traditional meals and enjoy the comfort of authentic accommodation. There is also a yearly garden display hosted at the Soete Inval Botanical Garden, which runs from July to October.
Though it has always been known as a retirement village and holiday destination - Stilbaai has become increasingly popular among buyers who seek the peace and quiet of a coastal town away from the hustle and bustle of the city, however, it is perfectly positioned in close proximity to all of the conveniences one would need.
Whether you are in the market for a holiday home or a seaside residence, Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty has the ideal property for you. There is a wide variety of property types in Stilbaai; including small fisherman’s cottages, vacant land to build your dream home, family homes and apartments with spectacular views.