Mossel Bay

Welcome to Mossel Bay - the 'Do stuff' destination on the Garden Route of South Africa’s Western Cape Province.

Why the ‘Do stuff’ destination? Well – it has more attractions and adventures than you'll find in most other towns of its size. This is due to its ideal position on the Indian Ocean coast and in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains.

And because it’s got 60 kilometres of beaches - and warm, year-round beach-going weather, with more than 300 days of sunshine in every 365!

Mossel Bay is situated exactly half way between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth (400 km in each direction), and just 45 km from the regional airport at George - so it's the ideal place to stay, and the ideal place from which to explore the Garden Route and the Klein Karoo.

Attractions

  • Beaches - with a total of 60 km of sand, and four seasonal Blue Flag Beaches
  • Beauty salons & spas
  • Bird watching
  • Boat trips: Romonza boat trips; Legally permitted boat-based whale watching
  • Boat Trips: Seven Seas Pleasure Cruises - educational trips around Seal Island
  • Cape St. Blaize Cave – a popular whale-watching spot, an ancient shelter, and an important archaeological site
  • Cinemas
  • Craft Art Workshop - local artists
  • Cultural tours
  • Deep sea fishing charters
  • Elephant experiences – elephant feeding, elephant picnics, and elephant-back rides.
  • Entertainment: Barnyard Theatre - a constantly changing programme of live performances
  • Entertainment: the Bravo Lounge at the Garden Route Casino
  • Fun and challenging 4x4 trails
  • Game drives
  • Garden Route Casino
  • Golf: Mossel Bay Golf Club - 18 hole, par 72 links-style course
  • Golf: Pinnacle Point Beach & Golf Resort - 18 hole, par 72 links course
  • Harry Giddy Park touch farm
  • Horseback safaris
  • Monroe Theatre - Live shows, vintage movies and traditional high teas
  • Mossel Bay Airfield - Scenic helicopter & fixed wing aircraft flips; charters; pilot training; aircraft maintenance
  • Mountain Biking
  • Museums: ATKV-Hartenbos Museum of the Great Trek
  • Museums: Dias Museum Complex – the Post Office Tree, Shell Museum, ethno-botanical garden, Braille Trail, historic Malay graves, Maritime Museum with a replica of the caravel in which Bartolomeu Dias and his crew sailed to become the first Europeans to land in South Africa
  • Museums: Great Brak River Museum of local history & archaeology
  • Outeniqua Moon Percheron Stud – draft horses; horse cart and pony rides. Children's playground
  • Oyster Bay Reserve - 330 ha community-based nature reserve with hiking trails and bird hide. Guided tours.
  • Personalised heritage tours
  • Scuba diving
  • Shark aquarium and research facility
  • Shark cage diving
  • Sport rock climbing
  • Tandem skydiving; static line and formation skydive training
  • Team-building
  • Trails: Cape St. Blaize Hiking Trail – 12.5 km ocean-side, self-guided, cliff-top hike
  • Trails: Hunter Gatherer Trail - 4-day, guided trail from Mossel Bay to the Gourits River.
  • Trails: Oystercatcher Trail - Portaged, guided hiking trail with luxury catering and accommodation.
  • Visit an aloe factory that produces cosmetics and health care products
  • Water World - Lazy River, Super Tube water slide, heated swimming pools
  • Whale & dolphin watching – from the shore or aboard the Romonza (whale watching boat with permit)
  • Zorgfontein Reserve cat walk - interact with young African lions.

Accommodation

Another thing that makes Mossel Bay different? Here you can get beach front accommodation across every budget range: from inexpensive tent site to luxurious 4- and 5-star hotels and lodges.

And we’ve got great self-catering resorts, too.

Please contact Mossel Bay Tourism www.visitmosselbay.co.za OR +27(0)44 691 2202 for more information.

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