Mossel Bay Travel Guide

 

Description

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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Accommodation near Mossel Bay

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

from R1450
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 R1200
1 night, 2 adults

Diaz Beach Apartment

Sleeps 6 Diaz Beach Self-catering in Diaz Beach

Absolute beachfront self-catering apartment on Diaz Beach, Mossel Bay. Three bedrooms sleep six and ...

from R2150
1 night, 2 adults

Protea Hotel Mossel Bay

Sleeps 72 Mossel Bay Hotel in Mossel Bay

from R300
1 night, 2 adults

Santos Express

Sleeps 118 De Bakke (Mossel Bay) Backpacker in De Bakke (Mossel Bay)

The Santos Express is a train lodge situated on the Santos Beach in Mossel Bay. It is a genuine tra...

from R2400
1 night, 2 adults

The Anchorage - Apartments

Sleeps 6 Mossel Bay Self-catering in Mossel Bay

Relax in our spacious three-bedroom apartment which offers stunning sea views. The property is situ...

from R560
1 night, 2 adults

Brian's B&B

Sleeps 11 Mossel Bay Central Self-catering in Mossel Bay Central

Six en-suite bedrooms with TV, fans, coffee & tea facilities. A 11m pool in a quiet area. Walking di...

from R500
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 ...

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