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'''Mossel Bay'''  is a small harbour town situated on the [[Garden Route]] in the [[Western Cape |Province]] of [[South Africa]]. A favourite coastal and holiday destination, it has over the years developed into a town of unhurried hospitality, complementing the natural beauty and rich cultural history of the [[District of Eden]]. It was here that the first modern Europeans have set foot on southern African shores – commemorated at the Da Gama Museum Complex in the town-centre. Washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Mossel Bay offers sandy beaches stretching into the horizon, whale watching in season (June – mid November), water sport and extreme adventures. The ''Bay of Attraction'', as Mossel Bay is often referred to, is also a paradise for any shopper hunting for local art and craft or maritime objects, and a hub for good entertainment and exquisite dining on the Garden Route.
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'''Mossel Bay'''  is a small harbour town situated on the [[Garden Route]] in the [[Western Cape |Western Cape Province]] of [[South Africa]]. A favourite coastal and holiday destination, it has over the years developed into a town of unhurried hospitality, complementing the natural beauty and rich cultural history of the '''District of Eden'''. It was here that the first modern Europeans have set foot on southern African shores – commemorated at the Da Gama Museum Complex in the town-centre. Washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Mossel Bay offers sandy beaches stretching into the horizon, whale watching in season (June – mid November), water sport and extreme adventures. The ''Bay of Attraction'', as Mossel Bay is often referred to, is also a paradise for any shopper hunting for local art and craft or maritime objects, and a hub for good entertainment and exquisite dining on the Garden Route.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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===By Rail===  
 
===By Rail===  
There is a daily train from Hartenbos to [[George]]. Hartenbos is a village just east of Mossel Bay ; the station is directly above the beach.
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There is a daily train to [[George]] via Hartenbos, Great Brak River and Little Brak River.
  
This service will only operate as long as the regular [http://www.onlinesources.co.za/chootjoe Outeniqua Choo Tjoe] train between [[George]] and [[Knysna]] is suspended (due to severe flooding and landslides in 2006).
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This service will only operate as long as the regular Outeniqua Choo Tjoe[http://www.onlinesources.co.za/chootjoe] train between [[George]] and [[Knysna]] is suspended (due to severe flooding and landslides in 2006).
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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==See==
 
==See==
* '''Bartholomeu Dias Museum Complex''', ''+27'' (0)44 691-1067, [http://www.gardenroute.net/mby/mbmuseums.htm]
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* <see name="Bartholomeu Dias Museum Complex" alt="" address="1 Market Street" directions="" phone="+27 44 691-1067" email="info@diasmuseum.co.za" fax="" url="http://www.diasmuseum.co.za/" hours="M-F 9AM-4:45PM, Sa, Su 9AM-3:45PM" price="">This museum has expansive waterfront gardens, and exhibits which include reconstruction of the ship itself. You can go on board for an extra fee.  Allow several hours to visit the entire site.</see>
 
* The lighthouse and Dias exhibit.
 
* The lighthouse and Dias exhibit.
  
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* Take a boat ride to the seal island near the harbour.
 
* Take a boat ride to the seal island near the harbour.
 
* Visit the market at Hartenbos beach.
 
* Visit the market at Hartenbos beach.
* Buy some wine and go sit at the cliffs in the southern part of the town, enjoying the view of the ocean. We were lucky enough to see a whale there, which gave us a private performance.  
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* Buy some wine and go sit at the cliffs in the southern part of the town, enjoying the view of the ocean. You can sometimes see whales from the headland.
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* Just walk along one of the world's most beautiful beaches, packed solid in holiday season, empty in the 22 degree winter
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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Get one (or more) of the nice handmade crafts in the Craft Shop next to the Tourism Info. You won't get souvenirs from Kenya / China or other countries - here you can buy pure Mossel Bay only.
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*<buy name="Skydive Mossel Bay" alt="Skydiving" address="Mossel Bay Airfield" directions="30 09'30S - 22 03'44E" phone="+27 82 824 8599" url="http://skydivemosselbay.com/" hours="daylight" price="R1500" lat="" long="">Tandem skydive in the Garden Route with a fabulous option to land on the beach of the Indian Ocean coastline.</buy>
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
* Boteliers Kop is a nearby game farm / resort that offers a classy buffet. It's located 6 km North of [[Klein Brak]]. Currently they have 2 rhinos on the farm.
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The beaches offer a variety of very good restaurants (mainly fresh fish).
*The beaches offer a variety of very good restaurants (mainly fresh fish).
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<eat name="Red Lobster Seafood and Steaks" alt="" address="Langeberg Mall" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.redlobsterseafoodandsteaks.co.za" hours="" price=""></eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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* <drink name="Desperados Pub and Dance" address="Voorbaai" url="http://www.despos.co.za/">A lively night club.</drink>
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
* Bantry House is a very nice establishment, situated above the bay and harbour. All four-star rooms have seaview and from here you will see one of the best sunrises in the world. Breakfast is served and wide range of drinks is available all day. Walking to town and the beach, as well as many restaurants is easy and parking available. Prices start from R300pps.
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*<sleep name="Avenues Guesthouse" alt="" address="23, 21st Avenue, Mossel Bay" directions="" phone="+27 44 691-1097" url="http://www.avenues-guesthouse.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="From R280 per person sharing per night B&amp;B" lat="34°11'23,15'' S" long="22°8'39,09'' E">Situated on top of Mossel Bay, Avenues Guesthouse is a place of tranquillity with personal touch and attentive care. We offer comfortable en-suite bedrooms (partly with DSTV) and a family unit, solar-heated saltwater pool, secure parking and free WIFI. Close to golf courses, beaches, hiking trails, restaurants and sightseeing spots. German and English spoken.</sleep>
* Boteliers Kop (see above)
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*<sleep name="Bantry House" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">... doesn't exist anymore.</sleep>
* '''Santos Express''', ph: ''+27'' (0)44 691 1995 (''mailto:beds@santosexpress.co.za''), [http://www.santosexpress.co.za] is an old train parked right at the beach. You sleep on the train. Comfort is mediocre but its worth the experience and prices are affordable.  
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* <sleep name="Botlierskop Private Game Reserve" alt="" address="" directions="Near the R328 between Oudtshoorn and Mosselbay" phone="+27 44 696-6055" email=" info@botlierskop.co.za" fax="" url="http://www.botlierskop.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="In low season R550-R2560pps and in high season R2107-R3120pps">A private game reserve, where you can stay for the night, spend a day or just  eat in their superb restaurant.  The higher prices means a lot of inclusions, game drives, meals, and more.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Santos Express" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+27 44 691-1995" email="beds@santosexpress.co.za" fax="" url="http://www.santosexpress.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="">An old train parked right at the beach. You sleep on the train. Comfort is mediocre but its worth the experience and prices are affordable. </sleep>
 
* Lots of camping sites near Hartenbos beach.
 
* Lots of camping sites near Hartenbos beach.
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*<sleep name="Dolphin House Backpackers" alt="Dolphin House self-catering" address="15 Marsh Street, Mossel Bay" directions="" phone="+27 44 690-6446" url="http://www.dolphinhousembay.co.za/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Offers 24-hour friendly self-catering and backpacker accommodation located close to The Point in Mossel Bay and within walking distance to attractions and amenities. (http://www.dolphinhousembay.co.za/) We are situated across the street from Trawlers Restaurant and Pub, and next to Patrick's Restaurant and Pub. Mossel Bay offers a selection of shops and art galleries and great surfing spots. Outdoor adventures such as shark cage diving and historical sites including the Diaz Museum are easy day trips to enjoy from the self Catering. </sleep>
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*<sleep name="Blue Whale Lodge" alt="" address="22 Upper Cross Street" directions="" phone="+27 044-691-3147" url="http://www.bluewhalelodge.co.za" checkin="Noon" checkout="10 AM" price="350 ZAR/night" lat="" long="">A Bed and Breakfast that also offers self-catering units. Within walking distance to the Lighthouse/St. Blaize Trail, restaurants, bars, attractions, and amenities. It's run by a great couple that make you feel at home.</sleep>
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==Get out==
 
==Get out==
  
==Economics==
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* Continue along the [[Garden Route]]
Mossel Bay relies on tourism and natural gas extraction and processing.
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Latest revision as of 07:38, 31 March 2014

Mossel Bay beaches

Mossel Bay is a small harbour town situated on the Garden Route in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. A favourite coastal and holiday destination, it has over the years developed into a town of unhurried hospitality, complementing the natural beauty and rich cultural history of the District of Eden. It was here that the first modern Europeans have set foot on southern African shores – commemorated at the Da Gama Museum Complex in the town-centre. Washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Mossel Bay offers sandy beaches stretching into the horizon, whale watching in season (June – mid November), water sport and extreme adventures. The Bay of Attraction, as Mossel Bay is often referred to, is also a paradise for any shopper hunting for local art and craft or maritime objects, and a hub for good entertainment and exquisite dining on the Garden Route.

Get in[edit]

By Road[edit]

Mossel Bay is situated along the Garden Route, connected with the N2 and therefore easily reached from Cape Town in the West and George in the East, as well as Oudtshoorn in the North.

By Rail[edit]

There is a daily train to George via Hartenbos, Great Brak River and Little Brak River.

This service will only operate as long as the regular Outeniqua Choo Tjoe[1] train between George and Knysna is suspended (due to severe flooding and landslides in 2006).

Get around[edit]

You can easily walk around the city centre, but taking a car to some of the outside destinations or restaurants is favourable.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Bartholomeu Dias Museum Complex, 1 Market Street, +27 44 691-1067 (), [2]. M-F 9AM-4:45PM, Sa, Su 9AM-3:45PM. This museum has expansive waterfront gardens, and exhibits which include reconstruction of the ship itself. You can go on board for an extra fee. Allow several hours to visit the entire site.  edit
  • The lighthouse and Dias exhibit.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Take a boat ride to the seal island near the harbour.
  • Visit the market at Hartenbos beach.
  • Buy some wine and go sit at the cliffs in the southern part of the town, enjoying the view of the ocean. You can sometimes see whales from the headland.
  • Just walk along one of the world's most beautiful beaches, packed solid in holiday season, empty in the 22 degree winter

Buy[edit][add listing]

Get one (or more) of the nice handmade crafts in the Craft Shop next to the Tourism Info. You won't get souvenirs from Kenya / China or other countries - here you can buy pure Mossel Bay only.

  • Skydive Mossel Bay (Skydiving), Mossel Bay Airfield (30 09'30S - 22 03'44E), +27 82 824 8599, [3]. daylight. Tandem skydive in the Garden Route with a fabulous option to land on the beach of the Indian Ocean coastline. R1500.  edit


Eat[edit][add listing]

The beaches offer a variety of very good restaurants (mainly fresh fish). Red Lobster Seafood and Steaks, Langeberg Mall, [4].  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Desperados Pub and Dance, Voorbaai, [5]. A lively night club.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Avenues Guesthouse, 23, 21st Avenue, Mossel Bay, +27 44 691-1097, [6]. Situated on top of Mossel Bay, Avenues Guesthouse is a place of tranquillity with personal touch and attentive care. We offer comfortable en-suite bedrooms (partly with DSTV) and a family unit, solar-heated saltwater pool, secure parking and free WIFI. Close to golf courses, beaches, hiking trails, restaurants and sightseeing spots. German and English spoken. From R280 per person sharing per night B&B. (34°11'23,15'' S,22°8'39,09'' E) edit
  • Bantry House. ... doesn't exist anymore.  edit
  • Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, (Near the R328 between Oudtshoorn and Mosselbay), +27 44 696-6055 (), [7]. A private game reserve, where you can stay for the night, spend a day or just eat in their superb restaurant. The higher prices means a lot of inclusions, game drives, meals, and more. In low season R550-R2560pps and in high season R2107-R3120pps.  edit
  • Santos Express, +27 44 691-1995 (), [8]. An old train parked right at the beach. You sleep on the train. Comfort is mediocre but its worth the experience and prices are affordable.  edit
  • Lots of camping sites near Hartenbos beach.
  • Dolphin House Backpackers (Dolphin House self-catering), 15 Marsh Street, Mossel Bay, +27 44 690-6446, [9]. Offers 24-hour friendly self-catering and backpacker accommodation located close to The Point in Mossel Bay and within walking distance to attractions and amenities. (http://www.dolphinhousembay.co.za/) We are situated across the street from Trawlers Restaurant and Pub, and next to Patrick's Restaurant and Pub. Mossel Bay offers a selection of shops and art galleries and great surfing spots. Outdoor adventures such as shark cage diving and historical sites including the Diaz Museum are easy day trips to enjoy from the self Catering.  edit
  • Blue Whale Lodge, 22 Upper Cross Street, +27 044-691-3147, [10]. checkin: Noon; checkout: 10 AM. A Bed and Breakfast that also offers self-catering units. Within walking distance to the Lighthouse/St. Blaize Trail, restaurants, bars, attractions, and amenities. It's run by a great couple that make you feel at home. 350 ZAR/night.  edit


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