Why Stilbaai?

Stilbaai is a convenient stop-over between Cape Town and the popular Garden Route destinations such as Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg bay. With miles of wonderful sandy beaches Stilbaai is a hassle free place to come and recharge your batteries.

Still bay or the bay of the Sleeping Beauty is beautiful and crime free. A paradise for walkers, nature lovers and water-sports enthusiasts. Below are some ideas and useful links. Please contact us for further information or if you would like us to organise an itinerary.


Blombos Caves - The Cradle of Human Culture. (Oldest evidence of Human culture found in the world) site is being studied world wide. Occasional talks held at the Community Hall by International speakers/scientists)


  • Feed the Eels at the Tourist Office and have a look through the Museum and old Farm School. (11am daily)
  • Spend the morning birdwatching at the Bird Hide (left at the stop street, follow the gravel road, bird hide on the right after 350m) or carry on down the gravel road to the car park where you will find the amazing ancient fish traps which are great for snorkelling when the tides are low!
  • Inverroche Distillery (18+):  Call: 028 754 2442   ** BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL**
    Here you can enjoy a informative but fun Gin Tasting by the friendly staff, or spend a day in the Gin School learning how to make your own Gin which you can take home with you. Don’t miss out on the home made Gin infused Italian Gelatos.
  • On your way out stop at The Press Room Cafe for a late lunch, Coffee and Cake or another Gin!
  • Kasselshoop Cheese Tastings: Call: 028 754 2430


    Puffies (18+) Pub & Grub Call: 083 442 0227
    Four seasons Pub, Pool, Friendly welcome, Brandy and Coke specials.
    Sterrehemel (Cocktails, Gin on tap beer, food platters) Call: 066 272 6784%MCEPASTEBIN%


    2 Beaches, 2 Blue flag - Lappies Baai and Main Beach for swimming. Skulpies Bay for snorkelling and Fish Traps.


    Bird hide on Skulpies Gravel road.

    Cafes/Daytime eats

    • The Press Room Cafe... (fresh breakfasts and great coffee. Handmade wood fired pizzas, burgers, very popular Homemade Cakes, a selection of local Craft Gins and a home-brewed Pale Ale on tap. French style outdoor seating and child friendly play area). Pet Friendly (on leash).  Call: 082 961 3380
    • Allegaartjie...  (breakfast/coffee and cake).  Call: 082 754 3299
    • Coffee and Cream...  (daytime restaurant 7am-3pm). Call: 028 754 1412
    • Appelliefie Coffee House... (quiches and cakes) child friendly with large play area.  Call: 028 754 1224
    • House Of Sarah Nursery and coffee shop... (cake and coffee only). Call: 028 754 1551
    • Putstop.. (Pies, sandwiches, cakes and light snacks, also child friendly with large play area).  Call: 079 208 1401

    ** All above mentioned cafés menus available as take always as well as sit-down dining. **

    ** Menus can be found on their websites**


    Safe cycling - cycle routes, 5-80 Kms, MTB, Road

    Explorers Garden Route

    Hessequa is the name given by the indigenous Khoi, meaning ‘people of the trees’. The region nestles between the shadow of the Langeberg Mountains and the warm embrace of the Indian Ocean, and stretches from the Breede River in the west to the Gourits River in the east.


    • Fishing on the river, from the beach or deep sea charter. Skipper Gavin has been fishing these waters for 40 years - 083 448 2222
    • Stilbaai Hengel Club
    • Stilbaai Adventures, 072 994 2585, [email protected]

    Gifting and Decor

    • Matchbox - 028 754 1445
    • Allegaartjie - 028 754 3299
    • Bluebells Nursery Florest and Decor Shed - 028 754 1551
    • Trends - Vintage Furniture, Decor - 082 840 4769


    Stilbaai Golf club, 2 x 9 hole with uninterrupted sea views. Club hire available.

    Health and Beauty

    • The Skin Zone – 028 754 3909
    • Namo Natural Health – 028 754 1654
    • Linda Health and skincare – 028 754 2174
    • Res-Q, Massage Therapy – 083 520 667


    • To rent at the river near Lapskuit, 082 781 5012 or 082 560 0413.
    • Stilbaai Adventures, 072 994 2585, [email protected]

    Kite Surfing

    • Stilbaai Kite school, Timo Pretorius – 082 878 0626.  Excellent kite surfing in predominant SE wind.
    • Stilbaai Adventures, 072 994 2585, [email protected]

    Nature Reserves

    • SkulpesBaai
    • Geelkrans
    • Pauline Bohnen


    Nardos Pizza - 028 754 1232


    • Dave's Kitchen...  (bookings essential- regularly changing menu). Call: 028 754 2640
    • On The Rocks Steakhouse... (steak, ribs, fresh fish and pizza). Call: 028 754 2367
    • Ghians BBQ and Grill... (steakhouse, American style decor, bookings advised via phone).  Call: 061 546 9784
    • Hanlies Bistro... (fine dining, cozy ambience). Call: 072 746 1943
    • Die Lapskuit... (fish and chips, afternoon and evening). Call: 076 053 5637
    • Anchor... (Fresh fish and stunning views over the harbour and bay). Call: 028 754 2002
    • The Stables Eatery... (pub and grill, great outdoor space, often have live music). Call: 028 754 2402 

    ** All above mentioned restaurants menus available as take always as well as sit-down dining. **

    ** Menus can be found on their websites**

    Scuba & Swimming

    • Good scuba diving particularly at Skulpies bay or Preekstoel.
    • Safe swimming in the river or beaches either side, but do be aware of the possibility of rip currents and always swim perpendicular to the rip.

    NSRI – 082 990 5975, 082 855 9460


    Excellent surfing for all levels of surfer, at the Point (Advanced), Skulpies (advanced), Lappies and Memorial both beginner. Also at Jongensfontein 10Km’s away.

    Takeaway Restaurants

    • Chick or Fish... (chicken, Fish, Sushi). Call: 076 913 3660
    • Nardos Pizza... (Pizza + Gluten free available). Call: 028 754 1232
    • Hillside Kitchen... (Burgers, Pizza, Fish and Chips). Call: 028 754 1176
    • Pizza World... (Pizza). Call: 028 754 1473
    • Lihong’s Asian Cuisine... ( Sushi, Noodles, Fried Rice etc…) Call: 084 894 5219

    Taxi Service

    • Knusbus ( Airport shuttle, Local Transport and Tours) Call: 071 148 3063
    • Smooke (airport shuttle and transport)
    • Lello Shuttle Service (shuttles to local attractions and restaurants) Call/Whatsapp Mandy: 084 407 4785


    2 x courts, at tennis club, next to Rugby pitch, R20 honesty box.


    • Lots of walking/hiking trails locally and for the adventurous, near to Riversdale is the Sleeping Beauty trail.
    • Skulpies Bay to Jongensfontein, approx 10 KM, We can arrange transport.
    • Preekstoel, 10Km uninterrupted along the beach from Stilbaai East.
    • Alikreukel Trail, A wonderful coastal slackpacking trail in the Blombos, Stilbaai and Jongensfontein area.

    Whale watching

    Whales can be seen in the bay during the Winter months, July to September.


      • Excellent Pinot Noir and Shiraz from Baleia Wines.
      • Biggest and best selection at Stilbaai Kelders, Clients of Charlotte House get complimentary wine club membership and 10% discount.