The Preekstoel (Pulpit) is an impressive rock formation on the beach section on the far eastern side of Still Bay, Western Cape now known as Preekstoel Beach.
We know and love Still Bay for many things – it’s beaches, the sea, the harbour, scenic hiking routes, the river – and of course Die Preekstoel.
The Preekstoel Beach
The shape of this rock formation reminds of a pulpit therefore the name the Preekstoel.
The current Preekstoel looked somewhat different a few decades ago because storms and deterioration have resulted in pieces breaking off. You can see one of these pieces in front of the Post Office in town.
Preekstoel Beach is a Blue Flag beach and is in a Marine Protected Area.
Lappiesbaai Hiking Trail
To the right of Preekstoel in the direction of Still Bay, the white beach and dunes stretch all the way to where the Goukou River and the ocean meet. This section is known as the Lappiesbaai Hiking Route.
Geelkrans Hiking Trail
To the left of Preekstoel, away from Still Bay, there are the most beautiful yellow rock formations.
This section forms part of the Geelkrans Hiking Trail. One can choose to end the hike here, or one can follow the beach section past the yellow sand cliffs for more breathtaking scenic views.
There is some parking available at the entrance to the Geelkrans Nature Reserve that is quite close to the entrance to the Preekstoel beach only a few metres from the dunes.
Die Preekstoel in Stilbaai
‘n Imposante rotsformasie ‘n entjie oos van Stilbaai wat aan ‘n preekstoel herinner. As gevolg van storms het stukke al verkrummel of verweer en afgebreek sodat dit nie maar dieselfde lyk as vroeër jare nie. Dit bly egter ‘n baken van die dorp in die Wes-Kaap op die Tuinroete.
Follow Main Road East in Still Bay in the eastern direction to the signboard Preekstoel (to the left). Follow Preekstoel Road to where it ends.
GPS: Latitude: -34°22’5.6″ Longitude: 21°27’9.04″