Things To Do in Still BaySee the Pallingat Eels
Where? Stilbaai Tourism Bureau, Palingat Homestead, Still Bay.
When? Daily hand feeding of the eels is at 11h00, except Sundays. During December to January they are also fed on Sundays and public holidays with the exclusion of Christmas day.
How? Call +27 (0)28 754-2602
How much? Free
Visit the Stilbaai Tourism Bureau housed in the Palinggat Homestead in Stilbaai where you will see the only tame eels in South Africa fed in the fountain adjacent to the Tourism Bureau.
These freshwater eels belong to the Anquilla genus of the family Anquillidae. The eels in the Palinggat Fountain have been living here for the past 125 years. These eels move to a specific area in the ocean to mate and spawn. The larvae are carried to the mainland of Africa by ocean currents.
The environment at the Palinggat Fountain seems to be ideal for the eels. Nowhere else in the country are so many eels concentrated in one secluded invironment and as tame as the "Palinggat" eels. They are pampered and cherished by the staff of the Tourism Bureau and are hand-fed daily on chicken livers which is open for viewing by the public. (See times above).