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Until the second half of the 20th century, Mossel Bay remains a rather sleepy harbor nest with a few holiday resorts. In the summer months, Mossel Bay has risen to become one of the most popular resorts in South Africa. Mossel Bay offers its holidaymakers the second best climate in the world after Hawaii and is located halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth at the beginning of the Garden Route.
Mossel Bay is one of the few places on the Garden Route that are not shared by the N2. Mossel Bay offers its visitors dreamy corners and many attractions, especially noteworthy are the beautiful sandy beaches of Dana Bay and Groot Brak River, which invite to long walks.
A detailed city map, available at the Tourist Office, invites you to explore the city on foot. Mossel Bay today has about 99,000 inhabitants.
One of the highlights is the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex. The announced whale watching opportunities can not compete with Plettenberg Bay, Hermanus or the De Hoop Nature Reserve. Worth mentioning are the beautiful and safe swimming Santos Beach below the town and the boat trips to Seal Island, which depart from the harbour to a seal colony.
Furthermore, Mossel Bay offers opportunities for shark cage diving, deep sea fishing, reef diving, quad biking, bungee jumping, horseback riding, surfing … just to name a few.
Mossel Bay begins the so-called winter rainfall of the Cape. The rainfall here is significantly lower and are at the coast at about 400 mm / year, rising inland and especially on the mountains but to about 600 mm / year. Thus, this area is well suited for agriculture (wheat, wildflower, sheep, dairy cows and ostrich). Huge fields and pastures surround the N2 along Tsitsikamma and, with their bright shades, always contrast beautifully with the darker Langeberg chain, whose silhouette still lays the crown on the whole. The landscape here changes abruptly, is rarely as famous as the Garden Route, but has certainly their charm.
- Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex with the Old Post Tree
- Rides on the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe from George to Mossel Bay
- St. Blaize Lighthouse and St. Blaize trail with spectacular views
- Shark cage diving tours and boat trips to Seal Island
Mossel Bay is a cosy harbour town that offers something for everyone with its wide variety of diverse attractions and activities. Diaz Beach is a popular sandy beach where you can learn how to surf. Many surf schools use it daily for this purpose. Or you can join a scuba diving course at the SCUBA diving centre, or if you are already qualified, go on a dive to our shallow reefs offshore.
Opposite (across the street) from Diaz Beach Haven are the Diaz Water Park (including a waterslide), a miniature golf course and a heated pool. These public facilities are only open in high season. Enjoy a sunset cocktail at the beach bar.