Mossel Bay Travel Guide

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Mossel Bay Highlights

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    nora_south_africa says…

     Lots and Lots to do 

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    baldmancry says…

     the town doesn´t hold much itself apart from a nice little museum. 

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     Silverbells & coccleshells 1/2 way to Capetown a garden grow 

Mossel Bay Things to Do

  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • Cage Diving

    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...

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  • Dias Museum

    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.

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  • Electrodive

    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....

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  • Point Beach

    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.

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  • Diaz Beach

    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.

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  • Botlierskop

    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.

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  • Santos Beach

    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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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.

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  • ETHNO-BOTANICAL GARDEN

    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...

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Mossel Bay Restaurants

  • Fantastic Chinese food

    This restaurant is bang opposite to the Information center in Mossel Bay. It serves delicious Chinese food. The service is great, the people friendly and ready to talk if you want to. They also do customised orders to the extent possible. Vegetable noodles and Fried rice. We were too happy with the food here. I enjoyed their Jasmin tea too!

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  • Huge portions

    This is an amazing restaurant in the harbour. It has a great view of the bay and it's a great place to get something to eat after your boat trip. The portions are huge and it's pretty cheap. I would definitely recommend the Pirate's Breakfast: steak, 2 eggs, 2 bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomato and toast for only 39 rand. If breakfast has run out,...

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  • Seafood

    This is a seafood restaurant that serves good and cheap fish and chips. They've usually got specials going on, so you can get yourself a cheap lunch there. I had some pretty good calamari&chips there for 30 rand.

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  • Good food

    At this restaurant, it doesn't really matter wether you get pizza, a burger, steak or seafood, it's always great food. They also have weekly specials that get you a very cheap lunch or dinner. There's also a childrens room with video games (also fun for adults) and a seperate bar. You can sit outside with ocean view or inside at tables or boots. I...

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  • African food

    This restaurant does traditional african food such as bobotie and also ostrich. Sometimes they buy kudu or springbok, although this is usually a bit more expensive. Kudu is a really nice meat, but I had 400 gram of ostrich there once and that was great too.

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  • Sushi

    This is a seafood restaurant that also does sushi. The sushi is really good, but the meat they serve is also really nice. On monday there is all you can eat sushi for 65 rand, the sushi is of less quality than that off the menu, but it is a good meal. Strangely enough the best dish I had here was stuffed ostrich, which was great. The chocolate...

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Mossel Bay Nightlife

  • Nightclub

    This is a predominantly black nightclub, against which you'll probably be warned by the locals. It is a really cool place though, with better music than at Carouse. There are also a lot of tables to sit at and another good thing is that there are no drinks alowed on the dance floor. There's also a big area where you can play pool, darts and video...

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  • Nightclub

    This is a predominantly white nightclub. There is a small dancefloor with a bar and couches and another seperate bar where you can play pool. If you come there more often, you'll notice that the DJ plays the same songs. It stays open till late though and usually has drinks on special. Entrance fee is 10 rand.

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  • Swings

    This is a bar at the point that also serves food. The drinks are pretty cheap and brandy&coke is always on special for 15 rand. The interior is pretty original, with swings hanging at the bar, logs as bar tables and a boat with a picnic table in it just outside.They've got a special cocktail called the shark bowl thats pretty good and the food is...

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Mossel Bay Transportation

  • Car rent

    There is an Avis in Mossel Bay, so you can rent a car there or drop it off and see the surroundings. Avis is at the petrol station across the street from the bus station.

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  • Bus station

    The bus station of Mossel Bay is actually 7 kilometer removed from the city centre, so unless you're coming on the BazBus, you'll have to arrange for a taxi to get you to the centre. The bus station is at the Shell petrol stop.

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  • For Mossel Bay, you'd better have a car!

    Although it's possible to get to Mossel Bay by bus, train, and air (George Airport isn't very far away), you'd better plan to rent a car once you're there. We saw no evidence of any kind of city buses or trams. There may be a few taxis around, but they weren't exactly visible. For good or ill, a car really IS a necessity here.

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Mossel Bay Shopping

  • Your Office away from home

    This shop in Langeberg Mall is like your office away from home, its got internet, does faxes, copies, and almost any office requirement you may have, you can even book a bit of office space if you want to sit and work.

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  • Cheap clothing store

    JETS is a clothing store at good prices, found in various locations in Mossel Bay.This store sells mens clothes, ladies clothes, childrens clothes and underwear.Some branches will sell other baby equipment like a pram or a camping cot, or a baby bath.So if you forgotton your warm jumper... this is the place to get it without cutting a big hole in...

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  • Gift shop

    This is also a shop where you can buy great souvenirs and gifts. It has biltong, local produce, souvenirs and paintings. I bought a really nice painting of the lighthouse here. And shaved ice once when I had an hangover...

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Mossel Bay Off The Beaten Path

  • Caves and St. Blaise Trail

    This is a walk that starts at the caves under the light house, where you can also see dassies (rock hyrax). The caves were home to the first human inhabitants and they are an important archaelogical site.The walk runs along the cliffs in the direction of Vlees Baai. It's a really nice walk on which you can sometimes see dolphins. Just be carefull...

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  • Lighthouse

    The lighthouse offers an amazing view of the town and the bay. If you get there early morning or late afternoon, you can often see the dolphins entering and leaving the bay. You can also do a tour of the lighthouse for 5 rand.

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  • Hartenbos

    A small town a few km away from Mossel Bay. Excellent beach. Restaurant with deck, seaview. About 10 min drive from Mossel Bay. Ideal for a day on the beach.Great place for children. The ATKV resort offers a lot of activities.

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Mossel Bay Sports & Outdoors

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    by Kurtdhis Written Mar 14, 2003

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    In the Mossel Bay area the most popular surfing sports are at Cape Saint Blaize and Die Bakkie. Further east there is often good surfing at Glentana, but by far the most famous surfing spot is at Victoria Bay where the angels of the rocky shore and the incoming waves breaking from west to east often combine to provide unusually long rides.

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Mossel Bay Favorites

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    by nora_south_africa Written May 1, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Some public toilets ( like all places) run out of toilet paper quickly so carry a bit of your own with you.

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