Stilbaai and Surrounds

Stilbaai is a convenient stopover between Cape Town and Knysna on the explorers garden route. With only 5000 permanent residents the population swells to between 50,000-60,000 people in December and January when South Africans take their long summer holidays.

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

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    • Airstrip, Contact us if you are flying in and need transport
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    • Bars,
      • Puffies pub and grill – 082 210 4493,
      • Four Seasons – 028 754 3963,
      • Karibou – 084 533 7315
    • Beaches, 3 Beaches, 2 Blue flag – Lappies Baai and Main Beach for swimming. Skulpies Bay for snorkelling, paddling and Fish Traps.
    • Birdwatching, Bird Hide on Skulpies Gravel road
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    • Cafes
      • Lavender Social Cafe – 028 754 1412
      • Paradisso – 082 864 0711
      • Press Room – 082 961 3380
      • Alleghaartjie – 028 754 3299
      • Lilliput – 028 754 3933
      • Cupz – 028 754 2605
    • Safe Cycling – Cycle Routes, 5-80 KM’s, MTB, Road
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    • Drone Footage of Stilbaai from Charlotte House by celebrated Drone hunter Marcel du Plessis
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    • 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
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    River Mouth with Golf course in background

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    • Harbour, see Anchor Restaurant, also to buy fresh fish and launch to the sea.
    • 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
    • Hessequa, Wikipedia information on our region
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    • Ice Cream, Lappies Baai, Jongensfontein, Drie Pikkewynnes.
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    • Kayak, To rent at the river near Lapskuit, 082 781 5012 or 082 560 0413
    • Kite Surfing – Stilbaai Kite school, Timo Pretorius – 082 878 0626. Excellent kite surfing in predominant SE wind
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    •  Massage – See Health and Beauty
    • MTB – See Cycling
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  • Restaurants
    • On The Rocks – Traditional Steak House – 028 754 2367
    • Lapskuit – Freshest fish, Setting by the River – 076 053 5637
    • Anchor – Great views over the bay – 028 754 2002
    • Hanlies Bistro – Fine dining and candles – 072 746 1943
    • Press Room – 082 961 3380
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    • Scuba, Good scuba diving particularly at Skulpies bay or Preekstoel.
    • Sea Rescue – NSRI – Tel 0829905975, 0828559460
    • Swimming – 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
    • SUP – Stand up paddle board Hire is available (See Kayak’s)
    • Surf – Excellent Surfing for all levels of surfer, at the Point (Advanced), Skulpies (advanced), Lappies and Memorial both beginner. Also at Jongensfontein 10Km’s away
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    • Tennis, 2 x courts, at tennis club, next to Rugby pitch, R20 Honesty box
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    • Touch Rugby, Every year on the 26th of December at Lappies Baai.
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    • UV – Don’t forget to wear your sun screeV
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    • Walking, 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.
    • Whale Watching, Whales can be seen in the bay during the Winter months,
    • Witsand is also within a short drive.
    • Wharf, to launch to the river
    •  Wine,
      • 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.
    • Winter – Quiet season, Great for Hiking, Surfing and Fishing. Call us for low rates and our 3 nights for price of 2 special.
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