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.

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Great place to unwind
This is our second time to Mossel Bay and we love it here. It's pretty, it's clean and its charmingly relaxing. For our quick weekend getaways from Cape Town, Mosel bay is where we go.
Clinton Emslie
South Africa

Linkside (Mossel Bay)
Suburb of Mossel Bay

I fell in love with Mossel Bay
Mossel Bay was my husband's second home growing up so he has always been fond of visiting the area.It was my longest stay to date and I fell in love with the place! The people are friendly, it has the most amazing scenery, the food was delicious and there was always something to do!
Nadine Smith
South Africa

Every time we visit Mossel Bay, we hope things will have improved, but we are always disappointed. It's too big to have that small-town charm anymore, but doesn't have the proper infrastructure of a larger town. It's probably fine if all you're interested in is the beach (which is beautiful), but don't expect fine dining or tourist attractions.
Amy Lehner
South Africa

De Bakke (Mossel Bay)
Suburb of Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay is so clean!
Before we decided to have a holiday in Mossel Bay, a friend commented that it was 'so clean'. Absolutely true. Even though the Buffalo Rally was on while we were there, everything was well controlled. And the day after some 3000 bikers had left, the campsite was spotless again. The city is so well-kept, it is a real example for us in Gauteng where litter is the order of the day. Santos Beach doesn't have waves so is great for 'exercise swimming'; however, Dias Beach, just up the road does have great waves. All in all a great holiday!
Doug Laurie
South Africa

Dana Bay
Suburb of Mossel Bay

Small town outside Mossel Bay
If you want to be outside Mossel Bay to enjoy the peace and tranquil surroundings then stay in Dana bay and explore around it
heidi geyser
South Africa

Garden Route's Adventure Capital
Anyone looking for adventure should come to Mossel Bay. We can keep you busy for a few days. See some of the origins of modern man with a visit to the Pinnacle Point Caves. Also of recent historical interest are the relics of the first Europeans to land in South Africa. The museum has interesting info about the first trade with local inhabitants, the first church service, and the first letter posted in South Africa and more. Mossel Bay has one of the mildest climates in Africa.
Louis & Joy Cook
South Africa

As we were only a day in Mossel Bay we did not see much but the area we were in Klein Brak is beautiful and we definitely will go again.
Ronald Dericks
South Africa

Great Mossel Bay
I just love Mossel Bay. I could move there tomorrow. It is so clean! The people of Mossel Bay are so friendly and it is a safe destination. Sea Gypsy is the best place to eat.
Nico Van Jaarsveld
South Africa

Lovely holiday destination
We spent 5 wonderful nights in Mossel Bay and were very pleasantly surprised by the beauty and friendliness of the place.The beaches are magnificent and the warm sea swim a real delight.
Rodney Berman
South Africa

De Bakke (Mossel Bay)
Suburb of Mossel Bay

Wonderful de Bakke
It is wonderful to stay in de Bakke Mossel Bay.Centrally situated, near to Hartenbos, near to CBD, Lovely beach which has blue flag status. Dolphins and whales frequently play in the bay and can be spotted from de Bakke without binoculars.Lovely caravan park and chalets.
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Eleanor Groenewald
South Africa

Mosselbay Stay /Stop over a MUST
I grew up with Mosselbay Holidays and it is tradition that i want to carry over to my Children and their children's children Mosselbay I will recommend to anyone to try and i gaurantee that they will want to go back again and again When i need accommodation , Safarinow staff are always willing to help and recomend so too with other holiday letting organizationGreat town , great accommodation , great family fun and great family memories are made in Mossel Bay.
Cathleen Davis
South Africa

Review Mossel Bay
Mossel Bay is indeed one of my prefered holiday destinations in South Africa. Mossel Bay has everything you need for a perfect holiday - beautiful beaches, plenty of shops, fun things to do and it is tranquility itself. I will definately go back for more. Crystelle Arends on Mossel Bay - Cape Town
Crystelle Arends
South Africa

Dana Bay
Suburb of Mossel Bay

What a lovely place to stay! Great view of the ocean and close to Mossel Bay.Too bad we didn't stay more than a weekend!C & CJ van HeerdenPaarl
Carmen van Heerden
South Africa

Short stay in Mossel Bay
We spent a night in Mossel Bay on our way to a sports competition. We spent some time with Peter and Christine at the Outeniqua Moon Percheron Stud Farm. We were treated like old friends. Later in the afternoon we went to the Dias Museum complex where we saw amazing sea creatures and the lifesize replica of the Dias Caravel was a winner. We slept at Cross Court self catering accomodation. The little touchs like fresh milk in the fridge and bananas and OTees for the children just enforced the fact that we would definitely go back for a longer stay. The accomodation was very comfortable...
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Tracy Hill
South Africa

Mossel Bay
We did not spend much time in Mossel Bay. We took the kids to Hartenbos which has more entertainment for them.
Lizelle Hickson
South Africa

Mossel Bay’s motto is: “Explore Endless Horizons”
There are many reasons for this.When a town’s climate is rated “Best in the World next to that of Hawaii “ you know that you are in for a special treat!A town that entices you to return again and again!We have beautiful, clean, Blue Flag status beaches where you can spend days Swimming, Surfing, Rock fishing, Diving (Even White Shark Cage diving for the more adventurous), and many other activities. Or just laze in the sun building Sandcastles with the wonderful golden sand.Mossel Bay is also known for it’s good food with a variety of Restaurants to suit every taste, be it Fine dining or a...
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Neil Bisschoff
South Africa

2nd most temperate climate in the world!
Did you know that according to the Guiness Book of Records Mossel Bay has the 2nd most temperate climate in the world after Hawaii? This charming small town with it's special climate is ideally situated at the beginning of the Garden Route almost half way between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town making it an ideal stopover.There is plenty to do here, we have 2 Blue Flag beaches (one of which has small waves which makes it perfect for swimming and small children), good surfing, fishing, boat rides to seal island, whale watching (from July - November), shark-cage diving and scuba diving, walk the...
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Lesley Peju
South Africa

Lovely holiday destination
I love Mossel Bay. There is so much to do here - beaches, wildlife, super-tubes, restaurants, boat trips, shopping, walks and so much more. Something for everyone, whatever your age.
Lynn strydom
South Africa

Bit boring
We went to Mossel Bay for shark diving, and it was fantastic. The village does not have much going on.
Nicole Papke

I have been to Mossel Bay four times and each time was absolutely amazing. The Dias Museum is awesome and it's always developing.
Paula Xavier
South Africa