Mossel Bay Travel Guide



Mossel Bay is considered by many to be the westernmost extent of the “real” Garden Route. It’s a rather sprawling town, with a natural gas refinery and huge storage tanks on the outskirts so its approach is not particularly attractive. However, it has some of the most wonderful beaches that are, incidentally, among the sunniest in South Africa as they are north-facing.

There are also some lovely old buildings and a fabulous museum, which focuses mainly on the 15th Century Portuguese exploration of South Africa. There is a full size replica of the boat in which Bartholomeu Dias sailed to the Cape. And it’s not just a model – it was sailed from Portugal in 1988.

A tree in the grounds of the museum is the site of South Africa’s first “post office”. In the 15th Century homesick sailors left some letters in an old boot under the tree in the hope that they’d be found and taken back to Portugal. They were!

Mossel Bay has some fantastic activities on offer. You can ride a horse along the beach, the diving is good and the surfing is spectacular.
There is boat-based whale and dolphin watching and a shark cage diving operation that has one major advantage over the better known ones in Gansbaai in that it has exclusivity in the bay. It’s still a rather controversial operation, though.
The Gouritz River Bridge, where you can do a bungy jump or a bridge swing is close to the town.

The Oyster Catcher Trail, which is portaged and catered, starts in Mossel Bay. It’s a great trip; you walk along the beach and rocky coastline, carrying only a day pack, sleep in lovely comfy cottages and get fed copious amounts of yummy food, usually including oysters, fresh line fish and other sea food.

Mossel Bay is a great beach destination – but it’s no secret. This means that – in peak season – the beaches are crowded with families and you may need to carefully weave your way between flying frisbees, crying toddlers, frazzled fathers, moody mothers and flocks of frenetic teenagers.

In and Around

Accommodation near Mossel Bay

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

Lodge 93 – Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort
from R1050
1 night, 2 adults

Lodge 93 – Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort

Sleeps 4 Pinnacle Point Self-catering in Pinnacle Point

Lodge 93 – Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort is a fully furnished self-catering lodge located in ...

from R850
1 night, 2 adults

Aquamarine Guest House Mossel Bay

Sleeps 11 Mossel Bay Guest House in Mossel Bay

Aquamarine Guest House offers guests luxury 4 Star accommodation in the centre of Mossel Bay. A del...

from R650
1 night, 2 adults

Purple Gate Accommodation

Sleeps 3 Dana Bay Self-catering in Dana Bay

Situated in the little seaside village of Dana Bay, Purple Gate Accommodation is a great option for ...

from R450
1 night, 2 adults

Sea Breeze 58

Sleeps 5 Diaz Beach Self-catering in Diaz Beach

See Breeze 58 is a quaint caravan cottage located in the heart of Diaz Beach in Mossel Bay; it is wi...

from R495
1 night, 2 adults

Villa Chante

Sleeps 44 Dana Bay Guest House in Dana Bay

Situated in the Dana Bay Conservancy, 9 km from Mossel Bay, this luxury family orientated self-cater...

from R1250
1 night, 2 adults

16 La Palma Villas

Sleeps 6 Diaz Beach Self-catering in Diaz Beach

Situated right on the beach front, the fully equipped duplex house is located in a security complex ...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

The Happy Tortoise

Sleeps 4 Boggomsbaai Self-catering in Boggomsbaai

The Studio Flat is located in Boggomsbaai, a sea side town only 20 km from Mossel Bay. Beautiful se...

from R850
1 night, 2 adults

Nautica 410

Sleeps 4 Diaz Beach Self-catering in Diaz Beach

Nautica 410 offers luxury accommodation in a classic, contemporary style two-bedroom en-suite apartm...

from R1800
1 night, 2 adults

Palm Tree House

Sleeps 10 Dana Bay Self-catering in Dana Bay

Palm Tree House offers comfortable self-catering accommodation situated in the lovely town of Dana B...

from R790
1 night, 2 adults

C Cottage right on the C

Sleeps 6 Diaz Beach Self-catering in Diaz Beach

The self-catering C Cottage right on the C is a duplex unit in a security complex with beautiful se...

White Shark