Situated on the estuary of the Gouka River that spills into the warm Indian Ocean, and one of the most popular and lively resorts in the region of the renowned Garden Route and Klein Karoo is the sleepy town of Stilbaai.

This picturesque coastal village is affectionately known as the Bay of Sleeping Beauty, due to its close proximity to the landmark Sleeping Beauty Mountain.

The village is characterised by long stretches of sandy white beaches; including an international Blue Flag beach; mild weather and a river that is navigable for 15km; there is also a small fishing harbour and landing strip for small aircrafts.

Stilbaai is part of the whale coast that stretches from the Gourits River Mouth to Witsand and whale watching has become a huge draw card between mid-July and mid-November annually, when the mighty Southern Right Whales migrate to the warm waters to calve and frolic in the bay.

Nature flourishes here and results in a calming and restorative visit for travelers.

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