Things to do near
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
Mossel Bay (2.3 km from Hartenbos)
Langeberg Mall’s exciting retail fusion offers a number of franchise and boutique fashion stores; numerous fresh food outlets, restaurants and cafes; a variety of health and beauty shops, convenience and service outlets, banks and ATMs. Tourists, day trippers, international visitors and local residents alike are all drawn to this airy convenient shopping centre.
Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00
Saturday 09:00 – 17:00
Sunday 09:00 – 14:00
Public Holidays 09:00 – 14:00
+27 (0) 44 695 2880.
Diaz Beach (2.5 km from Hartenbos)
Diaz Beach Water World is part of the Diaz Beach Hotel & Resort, offering a totally fun experience for young and old.
This is a great place to take the kids, and if you're in need of some cooling during the summer heat, then Diaz Beach Water World may be the best alternative to the beach.
Diaz Beach (3.5 km from Hartenbos)
Dias Beach is a long 3-km stretch of beautiful sands, part of the many beaches located in and around the Mossel Bay area.
The beach is safe for swimming and there are ablution facilities, a social area and even a caravan park nearby.
Little Brak (6.2 km from Hartenbos)
The lovely Little Brak Beach and Little Brak River mouth are both just 6 km from Mossel Bay. The golden sandy beach is immaculate and perfect for long romantic strolls. The river is great for water sports such as water skiing, canoeing, boating and fishing. During the winter months the coastline is a prime spot for whale watching.
Mossel Bay (6.2 km from Hartenbos)
Mosselbaai Mall Shopping Centre is located on Louis Fourie Road. The Centre has 3 entrances, free parking and a variety of shops. Mosselbaai Mall is Mossel Bay’s friendliest, most convenient shopping centre, and is situated in the heart of Mossel Bay central.It is easily accessible from the N2 highway. The street access grants easy entrance to and from 700 open-air parkings. The Mall's anchor tenant is Checkers. A total of 60 national and independent retailers make up the balance of an exiting range of shops
Mossel Bay (6.4 km from Hartenbos)
Santos Beach is a newcomer to the Blue Flag programme. Located in Mossel Bay. Look for the sign on the George road. Ideally located close to a number of fine restaurants and local attractions, Santos beach is a wide, sandy beach with very safe bathing conditions ideal for families. Visit the local museums and the famous Post Office tree.
Lifeguards on duty during the season (December and January) and activities on the beach will keep the family entertained.
Galleries and Museums
Mossel Bay (6.8 km from Hartenbos)
View a life-sized replica of the caravel that brought master mariner and explorer Bartolomeu Dias to the shores of Mossel Bay from Portugal.
Diaz is reputed to be the first European explorer to set foot on South African soil in Mossel Bay on 3 February 1488. He named Mossel Bay ‘The Watering Place of Saint Blaize’ after collecting fresh water from the spring on the day of the patron Saint Blaize. Today the spring still flows and can be seen in the Diaz Museum complex grounds.
The caravel replica sailed into Mossel Bay in 1987 with much festivity, a gift from the Government of Portugal. Another treasure is a 1595 map of Mossel Bay by the early Dutch sailor, Cornelius de Houtman. Also on view are interesting artefacts and displays of maritime history during the time of the early Portuguese, Dutch and English navigators.
Monday to Friday 09:00 – 16:45
Public Holidays and Weekends 09:00 – 15:45
1 Market Street, Mossel Bay
+27 (0) 44 691 1067
Galleries and Museums
Mossel Bay (7 km from Hartenbos)
Watch renowned local artists at work while you shop to your heart's content. The Craft Art Workshop in Mossel Bay is committed to empowering township folk though transferring skills and creating opportunities. You'll find beautiful gifts made of paper, cardboard, glass, ostrich eggs, shells, feathers, wood, pearls, fabric, wool, recycled material, porcupine quills and lots more.
Mossel Bay (7.2 km from Hartenbos)
Tee off into the sea breeze on one of the stunning Garden Route golf courses. Founded in 1905, Mossel Bay Golf Club commands beautiful views of the Indian Ocean will most definitely leave you with lasting memories. The club house has excellent facilities, including a well stocked Pro Shop, bar, the Fairways Restaurant and even resident springbokkies that manicure the greens. The 18 hole links course is an easy walk and very playable from tee to green for all golfers.The Mossel Bay Golf course signature hole is the 3rd hole, which is a par 4. Well-placed bunkers on either side of the fairway will catch any errand tee shots. The green is a large two level undulating green, which makes a guaranteed par 4 on the hole uncertain, should you find the green with your second shot.
Mossel Bay (7.6 km from Hartenbos)
Famed for having a view of the Indian Ocean from every tee, this 18-hole links-style course, with its large undulating greens, makes for an idyllic yet challenging round of golf.
Mossel Bay (7.7 km from Hartenbos)
Are you feeling lucky and itching to roll the dice in the Garden Route? Visitors to Mossel Bay are now able to enjoy gaming facilities 24 hours a day in addition to an exceptional golfing experience at the picturesque Pinnacle Point Estate and Golf Resort.
The Smart Casino offers a choice of 412 slot machines, 16 gaming tables including the new Texas Hold'em Poker tables and the Salon Prive. In addition to this there is The Admiral's Buffet, Red Cherry Coffee Shop and the Cosmic Candy Sweet Shop.
Kids are kept entertained at the Educare Facility while parents are trying their hand on the casino floor. Computer games and movies will keep older kids busy in Cartoonland while little ones are cared for in the creche. There is even a Games Arcade for young and old. These facilities are open daily from 10:00 to 22:45.
Mossel Bay (8.2 km from Hartenbos)
Bored with driving around in the stuffy car? Explore Mossel Bay with zero carbon footprint! In Cecil Shepherd Road you will find easy access to the St. Blaize Trail. The 15km trail follows the coastline between Dana Bay and Mossel Bay and is an easy hike. The views are breathtaking!If you stroll for 30 minutes towards the Point you will reach the St. Blaize Cave, a Khoi San midden dating back to the Iron Age. The stretch from Cecil Shepherd Road to the cave has awesome views of the Indian Ocean and various fynbos, birds and animals.And the fun doesn't stop here - from the Point you’ll have several options. You could explore the city centre and Mossel Bay’s historical buildings – the Bartholomew Diaz Museum Complex is definitely worth a visit. Feeling peckish? Soak up the sun's rays and dine al fresco on the patio at Jazzbury’s Restaurant on Marsh Street. You could also embark on a fascinating boat trip to the seal colony.
Mossel Bay (8.3 km from Hartenbos)
Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Estate includes two secluded beaches along the Garden Route’s spectacular coastline. Here an abundance of birds, small animals and coastal vegetation have led to a diverse biosphere. Secluded and unspoiled, Pinnacle Point's main beach is protected from the wind and offers a lovely stretch of sand.
Mossel Bay (8.4 km from Hartenbos)
The St Blaize Hiking Trail is a wonderfully scenic combination of craggy coastline, interesting caves and rock formations, sweeping ocean views and pretty fynbos.Starting at the Khoi San Cave at The Point, it follows the coastline for 13.5 km to Dana Bay and usually takes about 4 hours at a moderate pace.The trail has recently been upgraded and is a comfortable walk along a contour path and through fine stands of coastal fynbos. Along the way there are a few spots for a cooling swim in rock pools or a small sandy beach.On a good day the views from the path are spectacular and you have a good chance of spotting whales, dolphins and even sharks in the water below. Peak whale watching season is from June to October and dolphins can be seen all year round.Hot Tips:Arrange transport from Dana Bay unless you are up for a mega hike and return along the trail back to The Point. Children should be accompanied by adults. Some of the sections are fairly exposed and care should be taken on steep sections. Watch out for waves at the sea caves and rocky sections of this rugged shoreline. Avoid hiking this trail in high winds. Obtain a map and directions from Mossel Bay Tourism - corner of Market & Church Street (near the harbour), +27 (0) 44 691 2202.
Mossel Bay (8.4 km from Hartenbos)
The Point is a happening, vibey beach and dramatic rocky point within central Mossel Bay. Here you can stroll for 3 kilometers along a walkway across the rocky coastline or venture on the 15 kilometer long St Blaize hiking trail to Dana Bay. Kids enjoy the sandy play areas and small tidal pool on the beach. There's also a long, natural tidal pool great for swimming in front of the Point Hotel. Home to numerous restaurants, bars, an aquarium, the Khoi-San Cave and St Blaize Lighthouse, The Point also has some great waves. Two popular restaurants look right onto the spectacular surfing spots. So after shredding the waves you can kick back and grab some grub while watching the action!