Things To Do - Mossel Bay, South Africa
Dana Bay Guest House
Enjoy our long pristine beaches - for a leisurely stroll! Go Scuba- diving, deep Sea Fishing or White-shark Cage Diving.
The freshest seafood in the country served at various restaurants in our area. Our Malaria Free Game Farms offer a great variety of entertainment for all. Helicopter flips over the greater Mossel Bay area are just as popular for sight seeing!
Further north there is the renowned town of Oudtshoorn - home of the world's largest bird namely the ostrich! When visiting the ostrich farms, you could even try to ride one.
The cheetah & crocodile park enables you to view these magnificent animals from up close and for the brave of heart you can even do a cage dive with a crocodile.
The world famous Cango Caves, only a 10-minute drive from Oudtshoorn, can be visited during the day. Wine tasting can be done on the estates along the Garden Route as well as in the Klein Karoo. An exciting experience is grape picking during February where you can indulge in the amazing sweet taste of the Hanepoot grape.
Diaz Water Park
The Diaz water Park, situated at Diaz Beach is a one-stop family fun park with a fast track water slide, one of the first built in South Africa, a giant indoor heated pool with slides and various outdoor slides.
They also offer birthday parties and pool parties. This is the perfect spot to beat the heat and your children will love you for it – forever!
Tel: 044 630 0429
Botlierskop Day Safaris
Situated In the spectacular mountains on the outskirts of Mossel Bay, Botlierskop Private Game Reserve is a unique African Experience and is blessed with a great diversity of habitats and 26 different species of wildlife.
The 3000 ha game reserve is a paradise for bird watchers with more than 200 species to be seen.
In this modern setting, day visitors can partake in all activities on offer including game drives and even enjoy a light lunch before the drive at the on-site restaurant. This is indefinitely a experience not to be missed.
Tel: 044 696 6055
Indalu Elephant Experience
Guests are invited to join the Indalu team for an experience of a lifetime as you go on a guided walk with the elephants.
The experienced handlers will introduce you to these gentle African giants for an informative session as you get to interact with them and feed them a healthy snack bucket.
Up close and personal photos can be taken. Game drives are also on offer at Indalu to observe the elephants in their natural habitat and where you have the chance to observe the Big 5.
Tel: 082 990 3831
Strawberry picking @ Redberry Farm
Choose a container size at the farm stall and head off to the strawberry picking rows where the real fun begins.
There are different strawberries to choose from - we grow Californian varieties Honour, Splendour, Virtue, Commitment, Albion and Valour. Each variety is unique with differences in size and taste. The sweetest strawberry is bright red, eaten fresh from the fields at room temperature.
Rates: small container R15 container (+-500g), large container R25 container (+-1kg)
Please Note: every person entering the fields requires their own container. Little ones will need plenty of supervision when picking their strawberries. For hygiene reasons, no eating is allowed in the fields. Once your container is full and you have exited the field, the eating can begin!
Strawberry picking is seasonal and weather dependent.
Tel: +27 44 870 7123
Wine Tasting at Jakkalsvlei
Come visit our brand new tasting hall and taste the Garden Route.
We now offer 'create your own' cheese platters and pizzas.
Be sure to visit our new deli section with a variety of home made rusks, jams and our very own range of olive preserves and olive oil.
Cheese Platter & Pizza Menu
"Taste the Garden Route"
Nested between the vineyards, Jakkalsvlei invites you to our state of the art tasting room, where you can enjoy our white, rosé, red and dessert wines while enjoying the breathtaking view of our farm and the mountains.
Tasting hours & sales:
Open Monday Friday: 09:30 17:00
Saturdays: 09:30 15:00
Closed on: Sundays Christmas Day and Good Friday
Cheese platters available or order items from our restaurant menu.
Picnic baskets on request.
Tel: +27 (0) 28 735 2061
Deep Sea Fishing
Deep sea fishing for the brave. Leaving early in the morning or even evening trips. These are for the fishing enthusiast and a fun and rewarding experience.
Nothing needs to be taken on board execpt your own personal stuff.
Fishing rods, bait and refreshments are organised by the operators to ensure you have a fun filled experience and hopefully catch that "Big one".
This is a popular adventure and booking in advance is essential. Group bookings can be made, we cater for up to 40 people.
Don't forget your hat, sunscreen and towel. This is a adventure of a lifetime.
Mossel Bay Food Route
Discover a world of tastes in one district!
Without travelling too far you can experience an amazing variety of taste sensations in and around Mossel Bay. Menus vary from gourmet (try the menus created by talented chefs Stefan Jamneck of Transkaroo
Restaurant and Emile Nel of Villa Point) to traditional (Sunday lunch at Stoepsit near Boggomsbaai should be booked well in advance).
If you like seafood, try Café Gannet (Mossel Bay's 'seafood house'), De Vette Mossel (if you have a big appetite) or the numerous popular restaurants that are situated right on the water's edge.
The Mossel Bay Food Route was launched during the first Proe Mosselbaai festival held in 2013. During the festival special foodie events take place at venues all over the district.
Mossel Bay Historic Walk
Put on your walking shoes and discover the historical buildings and facts in the Old Quarter of Mossel Bay.
You can pick up a map at the Mossel Bay Tourism office that will mark all the historical buildings along Mossel Bay's Historic Walk.
Some of the buildings you will see include churches, schools, homes, municipal and commercial buildings as well as the Cape St Blaize Lighthouse all of which were built between 1830 and 1900.
You may also come across an unusual type of terrace housing which was built in 1909.
St. Blaize Terrace was refurbished and revamped in 1986.
Mossel Bay Scenic Helicopter Flights
Join us on any one of the many breathtaking helicopter flights offered daily, departing from Botlierskop Game Reserve, notably one of the most scenic areas on the Garden Route.
We cater to suit everyone's needs, from short helicopter flights to all day charters, tailor made tours and transfers with many more options like: viewing whales, great white sharks and frolicking dolphins as we fly along the Garden Route's beautiful coastline.
These exhilarating helicopter flights have carefully been selected to show you the absolute best of the Garden Route, including the coastal plateau, rivers, ocean and coastal resorts, all adding to the natural splendour of this region.
Walking with Lions
An opportunity to accompany and interact with lions. A once in a lifetime experience, no leashes just a wild nature adventure.
There are lots of time for beautiful photo opportunities!
Our Catwalk (walk with the lions) is one of the pleasures we like to share with guests. Lions are one of South Africa's most majestic predators and one of the famous Big 5 animals in the world. We raised the cubs and give them, on a daily basis, the opportunity to experience the wild and pleasure of the farm.
Zorgfontein is also proudly home to a number of animals such as red and black impala, giraffe, kudu, eland, waterbuck, zebra, springbuck, blue wildebeest, buffalo and bontebok.
On a typical day at the farm, apart from the animals, you can expect to see the outskirts of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains as well as a beautiful landscape that is made up of breathtaking green hills.
Shark Cage Dives
Come and join us on one of South Africa's most popular adventures where we take you to meet one of nature's most feared predators!
The Great White Shark must be experienced and let us assist you in booking one of the most awesome experiences of a life time.
Great White Shark waters of Mossel Bay. Experience our sensational Ocean Safari in one of the best sites in the World. Witness the Great White Shark and countless other magnificent ocean wildlife in their natural environment, above and below water.
White Shark Africa Ocean Extreme ensures a day in your life to remember - what you forget about the experience the personal DVD will remind you of! Please visit our office @ Prince Vincent Building, Cnr. Church/Bland Street - Mossel Bay - or contact us for your enquiries.
Tel: +27 (0) 44 691 3796
Cell: +27 (0) 82 455 2438
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Since 1977, Cango Wildlife Ranch has been able to thrill its visitors with its variety of animals and breeding programmes. It is a facility offering far more than the average zoo. Cango Wildlife Ranch believes in conservation and they know it is vital to protect all species for the generations to come. By educating the public, they try to ensure that the message of conservation comes across and that visitors, both young and old, realize just how fragile our planet is and how vital it is to conserve endangered species before it is too late.
Initially, Cango Wildlife Ranch started off as a crocodile show farm and in 1986 it was bought by Andrew and Glenn Eriksen. 1988 saw the birth of The Cheetah Preservation Foundation to highlight the plight of the endangered cheetah. Today more than 170 cheetahs have been born at this facility and the Ranch's many visitors are given the opportunity to become actively involved in and form part of The Cheetah Preservation Foundation.
Tel: +27 (0) 44 272 5593
29km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lie the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo - the Cango Caves.
Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations.
Cango Caves is the only show cave in Africa which offers a choice of Heritage (easy) or Adventure Tours.
All tours are lead by experienced, knowledgeable and accredited Cave Guides.
All tours are offered in English but Afrikaans, German, French and other language options may be available.
(Please check language availability when making reservations).
Tel: +27 44 272 7410
The Garden Route offers numerous great golf courses. In Mossel Bay you view the sea from every tee. It's a birdie's eye view!!
Another great tourist attraction is The Garden Route Casino, just around the dune. Our many restaurants in and around our establishment cater for diverse tastes - from Family diners to exquisite restaurant delectable fresh seafood to Cuban cuisine, take-a-ways to home deliveries. A free shuttle service transporting guests to and from 6 of our most popular restaurants is an added bonus!! Considering that Mossel Bay is a small coastal town, which is rich in history, it is well established to supply such a vast variety of tastes to satisfy diverse palates.
Dana Bay is only 10 min away from the popular Hartenbos ATKV Holiday Resort that offers many forms of entertainment during the festive season such as Water Front Activities, Live Performances and the Flea Market is also a great attraction during the holiday season.
For retail therapy you could visit the many Shopping Malls, Flea Market Stalls and local shops that sell anything to suit every need. Also for the visitor who needs pampering therapy to de-stress, there are Beauty Salons and Spa's.
Then after a day of sightseeing and bathing head back to your guest house and experience a breathtaking sunset whilst making a fire for a barbeque, taking a romantic stroll on the beach to end off a perfect day or just relax and plan the next day's holiday program.
Make Dana Bay Guest House your first and final stop to explore the Garden Route and Little Karoo - Route 62, as it is known.