Don't go to Jukani!!
This is a much hyped big cat sanctuary/animal park. The animals/cats are kept in captivity!! We drove a long way to see this place and were thoroughly disappointed. It is a very badly kept place with very few caged animals. Total rip off!
Seals, dolphins and whales
There are a few operators that organise trips to Seal Island to watch the seals. During the whale season there are also whale watching trips and there's always the chance of seeing dolphins. Ramonza is one of the operators with a nice sailing boat, they do hourly trips to Seal Island and two whale watching trips a day.
- Whale Watching
- Sailing and Boating
White Shark Africa is the only cage diving company in Mossel Bay, that is only allowed to cage dive around Seal Island. Sharks are only there during the winter months, so it's best to do it during that time because in the other months the chances of seeing a shark in the cage are very small. They will however try their hardest to find a shark on the surface, so you'll at least see a shark.
There are better chances of seeing sharks in Gansbaai and False Bay, but Mosselbay is more sheltered, so there's less chance of becoming seasick.
- Diving and Snorkeling
This museum stands at the spot where Dias first met the locals. It has a lot of information on the local history, maritime and an aquarium. In the big gardens around it stands the Old Post Office Tree, where people used to place their mail in an old shoe for it to be collected. You can spend a good couple of hours in the museum.
- Museum Visits
This is a diving company in the harbor, where I started doing my PADI Advanced. You can do several dives with them; the Dolosses are great for beginners, as it is a shore dive that doesn't go much deeper than 7 meter. You see a lot of stuff though, like anemones, sea urchins, sea stars, butterfly fish, rock cod, flounder and tons of local fish. They've also got a dive at Phluffy Reef where they occasionally see ragged tooth sharks, but they've also got special shark feeding dives.
- Diving and Snorkeling
This is technically not much of a beach, as there is very little sand. You can lie on the grass and the rest is rocky. It's great for snorkelling though, there's a wall where you can get down the stairs to get in. This is also where the more advanced people go surfing.
- Diving and Snorkeling
This is the beach in front of Diaz hotel. It is a very long stretch of beach with life guards during weekends and holidays. Because it's not as rocky as the other beaches, it's a great spot to learn to surf. There's also a waterpark next to it and a few restaurants.
This is a game reserve just a 15 minute drive away. I did a 3 hour game drive there and saw elephants, rhino's, giraffe's, buffalo, wildebeast, waterbok, impala, lions and more. If you haven't got time to go to one of the big game reserves, this is a good alternative.
There's also the possibility of hinking, horseback riding and overnight stay.
This beach is just next to the harbor. It is nice and sheltered from most wind directions and there's nice sand. There is a restaurant next to it, but there also are braai's, so you can cook your own food.
- Water Sports
The Shark Lab
This is a local aquarium that displays fish that can be found in Mossel Bay. It has a small benthic tank with pajama-jacket, leopard and puff adder shysharks. There's also a big tank with soupfin sharks, octopus and pelagic fish.
They also have very nice ecosystem displays and nice posters explaining about the different species. Every visitor gets a guided tour and there's also a great gift shop attached to it.
The Malay Graves
This site was discovered in 1968, not far from the Post Office Tree. Records show that a piece of land had been granted more than 100 years before as burial ground for Muslims.
It is believed that one of the graves is that of an important Moslem who was buried here in the 19th Century after dying on board a ship at sea. The graves faces Mecca.
There is a collection of plants that occur naturally in the Mossel Bay area and which were used by the Khoi, San, Coloured, Xhosa and European settlers for shelter, food and medicinal purposes. As well as for magic and superstitious beliefs.
The Braille trail makes it accessible to visually-impaired people so that they can read about, feel and smell the wonderful collection.
The Post Office Tree
In 1500 Pedro de Ataide, Commander of one of Cabral’s ships, on his return journey from the east, left a letter of importance in a shoe or iron pot under or near a large tree.
In 1501 this letter was found by Joao da Nova, commander of the third East India fleet en route to India. In this way the first Post Office in South Africa was founded. The large tree, a Milkwood (Sideroxylon inerme) has been declared a national monument and is generally known as the Post Office Tree.
The local post office has organised a wonderful way of communicating with the loved ones back home. The post box at the Old Post Office Tree can be used to post postcards and letters. A special frank is used on all outgoing mail to commemorate the fact that South Africa’s first post office was this tree! The reason for the boot-shaped letterbox is that it is presumed that the first letters were left at this old tree from the 1500’s in a sailor’s boot!
Bartholemeu Dias Museum Complex
The Dias Museum Complex is situated near the beach, shops, restaurants, banks and the tourist information centre.
Inside the Maritime Museum is a shop where postcards, stamps, books, souvenirs and small gifts can be bought.
A 65 mt jump at Gouritz.
This those who love the adrenalin rush should enjoy!
On the N2 Near Gouritz, you will see the board next to the N2.
Please note: you are not allowed to stop your car ON this bridge to watch people jumping, there is a place where you can pull off the road., those who don’t jump and prefer to watch can take with a picnic basket.
Please check the web site for more info.
- Family Travel