Mossel Bay

The coastal town of Mossel Bay can trace its origins back to 1488, when it was discovered by seafarer Bartholomew Dias. This interesting town marks the beginning of the Garden Route. It is positioned to provide easy access to inland and seaside adventures and wonderful beaches.

Mossel Bay is located exactly halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, making it the ideal mid-way break on a coastal road trip. This town was initially developed as a busy export harbour for wool, ochre and ostrich feathers. It was renamed in 1601 as Mossel Bay and this town is still known today for its fine mussels, which can be gathered in spring.

The Garden Route with its spectacular natural beauty plays host to fynbos and forestry. This area offers visitors a wide variety of attractions, from adventure to family activities, cultural experiences, local cuisine and pristine beaches. Visitors on day trips from Mossel Bay can discover the semi-arid Karoo town of Oudtshoorn with its Cango Caves and famous ostrich farms, or venture to George and Knysna for some shopping and sightseeing.

  • Enjoy fresh seafood, especially local mussels
  • Visit the Diaz Museum Complex, which includes the Granary and Culture Museum (with its Cape St Blaize Cave where artefacts dating back to 80 000 years can be viewed), the Maritime Museum, the Post Office tree, The shell museum and Aquarium, a historic freshwater spring, the Padrao, an indigenous garden and braille trail, the Munro Hoek Cottage and Malay graves
  • Play golf at the nine hole Boggomsbaai Golf Club or the challenging 18-hole Mossel Bay Golf Course
  • Kayak at Diaz beach
  • Bungee jump (or tandem jump) at the Gouritz River bridge
  • Shark cage diving
  • Game viewing at Botlierskop Game farm, Nyaru game farm and the Garden Route Game Lodge

Mossel Bay’s warm, beach-going weather can be enjoyed on its Indian Ocean beaches stretching and area of 60 kilometers. The Garden Route is known for its mild climate all year round and the popular holiday town of Mossel Bay is surrounded by a sunbathed peninsula. Summertime gets busy in Mossel Bay, so it is fortunate that this historical capital of the Garden Route is also an ideal winter retreat.