• Explore Mossel Bay
    Explore Mossel Bay

Attractions in Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay has a tradition of unhurried hospitality and there is sufficient natural beauty in the town and its surrounds to make a stopover essential. Mossel Bay features in the Guiness Book of Records as having the mildest all-year climate in the world, second only to Hawaii. Add to this the long stretch of beaches, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, a championship golf course or two and Mossel Bay becomes an ideal retreat for both summer and winter.

Golf Courses near Dana Bay Guest House: Mossel Bay has two Golf Courses as well as others near in George (Kingswood Golf Course, George Golf Club, Montagu Golf Course, Outeniqua Golf Course and The Links at Fancourt.) Knysna.

Mossel Bay has a significant history and there are a number of historic houses worth a visit, including about 200 stone homes built a century ago by Cornish stonemasons. She received her present name in 1601 when the Dutch navigator, Paulus van Caerden found a collection of mussel shells in a cave at the headland of Cape St Blaize although Mossel Bay was 'discovered' as far back as 1488, when Dias first encountered the ancient Khoi-San people upon stepping ashore.

Mossel Bay is still famous for its mussels and oysters and some of the largest catches of tunny and black marlin are made on this part of the coast. Tunnel Cave is a 60-metre passageway through the headland of Cape St Blaize, which emerges on stretch of wild coast where the beaches are notorious for their variety of sea shells.

Of real interest is the fact the very first Post Office in South Africa was at Mossel Bay in 1500, when a man named Pedro de Ataide left a letter in a shoe under a milkwood tree. Today the ancient Post Office is a national monument and mail is still sorted here.

Amongst the surfing fraternity, Mossel Bay is up there on the list with Jeffreys Bay and Port Elizabeth and Outer Pool is probably Mossel Bay's most famous wave. Water sports are enormously popular and whale and seal watching and scuba diving a way of life.

Mossel Bay with its wide beaches for safe swimming and the awesome cliffs of Cape St Blaize's southern shores, with the ever-watchful Outeniqua Mountains in the background provides a welcome and a worthwhile stopover on the Garden Route.

Bartholomeu Dias Maritime Museum

Visit the Bartholomeu Dias Maritime Museum. Not only will you be able to see a life-sized model of the very vessel (Dias Caravel) that brought traveller Bartholumeu to Mossel Bay all the way from Portugal but there is a wide variety of other interesting displays to see. Discover original maps, ancient artefacts and a wide range of other maritime displays giving you an insight into the history of the Dutch, English and Portuguese Navigators and Explorers.

Point of Human Origins Experience

It is understandable then that since the discovery that Homo sapiens arose in Africa between 200 and 100 thousand years ago in the Pinnacle Point Caves there has been increasing interest in this part of Mossel Bay's coastline.

The caves remain part of ongoing international studies under Professor Curtis Marean from Arizona State University, with over 40 scientists from all over the world involved in the process.

Cape St Blaise Lighthouse

Whilst it might not be as obvious today that Mossel Bay is named for the plethora of mussels that used to bedeck the bay, there is a story about the Dutch navigator, Paulus van Caerden, who arrived in the bay to find nothing other than mussels to add to his ship's rather depleted provisions in the year 1601.

The presence of mussels adds credence to the description of a lot of the coastline as rugged and dangerous for ships, despite the long, sandy beaches that attract holiday makers for most of the year. The harbour town thus erected a square, white tower lighthouse on the incredible cliffs of St Blaize that stands 20,5 metres high above a cliff face, the foundation stone of which was laid in 1862 by visiting Governor Wodehouse.

Mossel Bay Craft Art

4 renowned artists have joined hands to create a spectacular array of artworks. All achieved through the love and labour of the local people, empowering the township folk with skills and job opportunities.

A favourite amongst visitors to Mossel Bay, visit the Mossel Bay Craft Art Workshop and watch Andre, Hein, Matthews and Zandra and their teams and trainees at work.

Sandboarding In Mossel Bay

Love sandboarding? Head to Mossel Bay to experience the longest sandboarding dune in South Africa! Situated on a private farm 35 km just outside of Mossel Bay, Dragon Dune is a 320m ride that will pump pure adrenalin through your veins.

The dune is in top shape most of the time, due to the prominent South Westerly winds that's blowing straight into the dragons face.

Santos Beach

Santos Beach is a Blue Flag Status beach - wide and sandy and with over 1km of beach and excellent views of the bay, it is a popular swimming beach. Lifeguards are on duty during the peak holiday periods from November to January each year.

De Bakke Beach

De Bakke Beach is a special attraction for Mossel Bay, albeit small and relatively quiet. In fact, it is one of the country's esteemed Blue Flag beaches. This is a well respected award that takes the educational, environmental and cultural value of the beach into account, ensuring that each Blue Flag beach is one that is not only beautiful and safe, but also environmentally and socially responsible.

Diaz Beach

Diaz Beach is truly enormous, miles of golden sand, beautifully clean, great to walk along or to swim from. Plenty of places nearby to eat or drink.

Hartenbos Seefront

Hartenbos Seefront offers you the full package and we want to make sure you get everything you need without having to drive anywhere. Have the time of your life with a wide variety of shops, conference facilities and beauty and health services. The centre offers you everything from groceries and banking services, to restaurants that will satisfy any craving – everything close enough for your convenience! The prestine Hartenbos beach stretches as far as the eye can see, perfect for long beach walks, sunbathing and swimming.

Attakwaskloof 4x4 Trail

Situated just between Mossel Bay (along the Garden Route) and Oudtshoorn (in the Karoo) is the magnificent Attakwaskloof 4x4 Trail in the Outeniqua Nature Reserve. This part of the Garden Route is particularly breath-taking in terms of its aesthetic appeal, and is ideally experienced from the comfort of your vehicle on this 4x4 trail.

The pass along which the trail is laid out was completed in 1869. The trail is 20 kilometres long, and takes about three hours to explore. It is a gravel road that requires a low range, high clearance vehicle, and drivers capable of handling a trail of a 3 to 4 grading.

Bozzola Equestria

Whether you are an experienced rider or this is your first encounter with one of these powerful animals, Bozzola caters to your needs and abilities. The trails meander along the foot of the magnificent Outeniqua Mountain Range and take about two hours to complete.

Cross farms, travel through forests and take old footpaths, immersing yourself in the unspoilt beauty of Mossel Bay.