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Business name: Stilbaaitjie
CATEGORY:: Activities
Type: Beaches
About (Owner’s description): Stilbaaitjie is situated on the Fransmanshoek Peninsula which forms part of the Fransmanshoek Conservancy. The peninsula has a number of paths and walkways and there are two access points to the beach. As you enter the peninsula the beach can be found on your left with access via wooden stairs or further along at the tip there is a walk way down via a path. The beach is small but tranquil, no life guards are on duty. The three areas to look out for are Stilbaaitjie, Die Saal and Malbaai.

The peninsula also affords visitors a number of scenic view points with panoramic views of Blok-se-Baai, Vleesbaai and Rooibankies. Rest benches and braai facilities are dotted around the peninsula, making for an ideal picnic spot.

The Peninsula is a fisherman's paradise, the rocks (Die Saal) are popular point to cast from. A permit is required to fish here and these can be obtained at any post office, the closest of which is at Johnson’s Post, approximately 7.3 km westbound on the way to Gouritzmond.

There is also a walking trail that can be accessed from the Fransmanshoek road, the Geoff Cowley footpath, that leads down to Fonteintjies and Vegkop.

On 11 September 1763 the French warship Le Fortune was wrecked off Fonteintjies (named after small springs higher up on the beach). Fransmanshoek Peninsula gets its name from the French people who were stranded there for a fair amount of time after the wrecking of the Le Fortune. A copper plaque donated by the French Embassy in memory of the Le Fortune and its crew is mounted on the Fransmanshoek Peninsula next to the information kiosk.

Established in 1994, Fransmanshoek Conservancy is situated approximately 35 kilometres west of the town of Mossel Bay and stretches from Springerbaai Eco Estate in the east to Cape Vacca Nature Reserve in the west.This beautiful stretch of coastline encompasses the laid back coastal towns of Boggoms- and Vleesbaai, and is the oldest established conservancy in the Western Cape.

The peninsula is accessed via a long gravel road. Over the holiday season a control boom is in place that is monitored by a guard. Limited number of visitors are allowed in due to the amount of parking available but also due to conservation of the area. There are a number of ablution facilities available, however no shops. Entrance to the peninsula is free, you will receive a day permit on entry with a map on the back.
Town: Vleesbaai
Region: Garden Route, South Africa
Garden Route Meander Office Use Only
Registration Date: Sep 24, 2014
First Name: Garden Route Meander
Last Name: Office Use Only
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