Die-tuin-op-die-brak in Stilbaai is a unique fynbos park featuring the calcareous limestone fynbos specific to this particular region. These plants have probably played a crucial role in the survival of humans at a time of drastic climate change.

The probability that humankind survived in this vicinity when the rest of the world had been rendered uninhabitable by extreme cold, is strongly supported by archeological finds. Viewed together with museum exhibits and other local heritage components, this park has the potential to become a tourism attraction without an equal anywhere in the world.

The park is at present partially developed. The overall design and the more detailed design of exceptional features has been undertaken by the award-winning landscape architect, Dr Ben Farrell, and his equally talented daughter, Berdien Farrell.

The project is driven by a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers on behalf of the Hessequa municipality.

These are our aims

  • to establish plants endemic to the region
  • to assist in saving endangered plant species (we already have 8 species on the red data list)
  • to inform schoolchildren about their exceptional environment (plants are properly labeled)
  • to promote tourism, thus creating sustainable jobs related to the further development and maintenance of the park; such jobs would require various levels of education and training, from unskilled labourers to specialist researchers.
  • to generate a positive trickle-down effect on the business section of Stilbaai, in particular the hospitality industry, thus creating yet more sustainable work by attracting visitors throughout the year.


We cater for physically challenged visitors
The park has been designed to be wheelchair-accessible, with broad, level paths. A wheelchair-friendly toilet has already been installed in the existing kiosk.

A section of the park, not yet established, will be devoted to strongly scented plants to appeal to sight-impaired visitors, with labels in braille.

We have installed an analemmatic sundial, which is already a great attraction to visitors
This is a sundial constructed in such a way that a person standing on it forms the gnomon, indicating the time. Every such sundial on earth has to be individually designed. This component of the park is extremely popular with all our visitors, especially children.

The park boasts specially designed garden seats

Made of concrete, cast in a simple, sturdy form, these seats are durable yet elegant.


We need funds

Since the park requires several built features as well as many more trees and plants, completing the total design is an expensive undertaking. Contributions of above R1000 will be acknowledged on our sponsor board in the kiosk. Sponsor a tree, a meter of paving, a garden seat, a full garden feature, fountain, fishpond or a feature for the sight impaired.

For more information contact:
Naomi Van Schalkwyk: +27 (0)28 754 2087
Alice Duddy: +27 (0)28 754 2490

Contact Details:

Contact: Naomi Van Schalkwyk
Tel: 028 754 2087


Osler Street
Stilbaai East
South Africa