About Stilbaai

Stilbaai, also known as the Bay of Sleeping Beauty, is part of the Garden Route. It is situated 26 km away from the N2 main road between Mossel Bay and Riversdale at an estuary where the Goukou river meets the Indian Ocean.
The nearest national airport is at George, 150 km from Stilbaai. It has its own landing-strip for small aircraft and a small fishing harbour. Although the popularity of Stilbaai as one of the best tourist destinations on the Garden Route is growing at an ever-increasing rate, it maintains its characteristics as a pollution-free, safe and peaceful destination. It has long stretches of white sandy beaches, mild weather and a river which is navigable for 15 km.

Stilbaai is developing and expanding rapidly, but manages to maintain well-balanced commercial interests and to keep its natural environment intact. It has a number of nature reserves within its boundary. Good quality accommodation is available at competitive prices. It is recommended, however, that early bookings be made for the December and Easter holiday seasons. All the necessary services such as medical and supply services which include three franchised grocery shops, many excellent restaurants and take-away food providers are present.

The weather is ideal for holiday making with moderate temperatures, and beautiful sunshine days. 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 6000 permanent residents and also has two villages, Jongensfontein and Melkhoutfontein, within its boundary. 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.


Stilbaai is situated off the N2 highway, between Riversdale and Albertinia. Turn south at the Stilbaai signpost. After 26 km the road ends in our beautiful town.


Stilbaai is blessed with a moderate climate and the fresh unpolluted air is due to a gentle breeze blowing from the placid ocean.
This area receives rain almost equally in all four seasons with peaks in autumn and spring.
Temperatures fluctuate between 20 °C and 28 ºC on average in summer and between 12 ºC and 20 ºC on average in winter. Rainfall averages 639,2 mm per annum.