Stilbaai (Still Bay), also known as the Bay of the Sleeping Beauty, is situated on the Southern Cape Coast, and falls within the Garden Route. We are approximately 330 km from Cape Town, 150 km from George (our nearest national airport), 100 km from Mossel Bay - our nearest large commercial town, and 40km from Riversdale. We also have a landing strip for light planes, with some hangars to rent for temporary parking.
Stilbaai is divided into an East and West side by the Goukou River, a beautiful, well-kept estuary, of which the tidal part is approximately 16 km long. We enjoy a very moderate climate, and temperature variations are mild. Our rainfall season is during winter, with occasional summer rains.
The town offers all the essential services and a variety of supermarkets, shops, eating places and restaurants, as well as a small industrial area. Our beautiful safe beaches with warm Indian Ocean waters, are known all over the world, and the main beach has been the proud carrier of the International Blue Flag, for many years, maintaining the same strict standards for qualifying, year after year. We have a harbour, from where fishing boats, professional and recreational, are launched, and fresh fish can be bought daily.
There are numerous walking trails along the coast, and Morris Point nature reserve offers good surfing and fishing, while the estuary is very popular for swimming, fishing, canoeing, water skiing, or just leisure cruises. Our 9-hole golf course has a magnificent view of the bay, and a modern club house with all the facilities. We also have a tennis club, bowls club, angling club, etc., to cater for leisure activities.
The crime rate is exceptionally low, and we still enjoy the luxury of living a peaceful life, without all the negative threats of the cities. There are a good number of guest and B&B's, as well as 3 caravan parks, so holiday accommodation can easily be found. For the peak holiday season (December and January), bookings must be done at least six months before the time.
A sub-acute hospital was opened recently, which offers excellent professional care for recovering and terminal patients. Currently, a fully equipped hospital is being built which will offer comprehensive medical services to all inhabitants and visitors of the Hessequa area, which includes Still Bay, Jongensfontein, Riversdale, Albertinia, Gouritsmond, Heidelberg, and Witsand. The project is expected to be completed in 2015
Jongensfontein lies 10 km from us, and is mainly a holiday destination, with a relatively small number of permament residents. It is also an excellent fishing area, as well as a surfing spot, and for the campers, the Municipal caravan park is so popular, that bookings have to be made more than a year ahead.
About 20 - 25km from Jongensfontein, on the Blombos coast, is one of mankind's oldest dwellings, the world famous Blombos Cave, which have revealed evidence of early humankind, dating back 100,000 years. More information can be seen at this Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blombos_Cave. Around Stilbaai, Koisan fish traps dating back 2,000 years and older, can be seen and visited.
At our Information Centre is a very popular tourist attraction in the form of eels (blue eyed), which are hand fed daily at 11:00. Generations of these eels have been inhabitants of a freshwater spring for hundreds of thousands of years. When they are ready to spawn, they move all the way to the Mozambique coast, where they lay their eggs, and the young eels migrate all the way down our coast line to estuaries such as the Goukou River.
Realty1 Stilbaai has been trading since 1999. The current owners, Johan Kirsten and Estelle von Maltitz, have been business partners since 2005. Estelle has been in the property business for a total of 22 years, and Johan since 2003. The Marketing team consists of 5 full-time agents. We have a good selection of Houses, Stands, Farms & Small-holdings, and Businesses for sale. We are proud of our new offices in a new building along the Main Road in Stilbaai East, just before the Engen garage, and all visitors to our beautiful town, are welcome to visit us.