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City Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay in the Western Cape Province and it is the starting point of the Garden Route. It is exactly in the middle between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The wonderful climate and beautiful surroundings have helped to ensure that it is an attractive holiday destination. Located on the Indian Ocean and surrounded by the Outeniqua Mountains, Mossel Bay is a place attractive in all seasons.

It is a small, quiet harbour town that has become a holiday village with kilometres of white sandy beaches and plenty of hiking trails. One of the trails is the St Blaize Hiking trail (12.5 km) which starts at the St. Blaize Caves, where you will find the St Blaize lighthouse from 1864. In addition to an important archaeological site it is also a popular place to spot whales and dolphins.

Mossel Bay has a history because of Bartolomeu Dias. This Portuguese explorer landed here in 1488 after a storm, after which he came from the Cape of Good Hope. In the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex several museums are housed. The maritime museum is a replica of the Dias ship. Many of the buildings that you can visit, have a historical value and are from the time of the East India Company, an important time for shipping and commerce in and around South Africa.

From the time the Dutchmen came ashore here the name Mossel Bay comes as mussels and oysters were a good change from the bland diet of sailors. Unfortunately, the mussels are gone, but it is mainly about Sole. A less imaginative explanation is that of Jacob Mossel, Governor of Batavia when he landed here and the place is named after him.

You can visit the oldest mailbox of South Africa, a more than 500 years old Post Office Tree. If you post a postcard here, it gets a special postmark. There is a shell museum, an aquarium, Hartenbos museum and a botanical garden.

You can go to Seal Island by boat, which lies about 2 km from the port. On this island that is 100 m long and 50 m wide, live about 4 000 seals.

You can go scuba diving at the Mossel Bay coast to see shipwrecks and sharks. Other activities that can be taken; abseiling, bungee jumping, parasailing, kayaking, quad biking as well as deep sea fishing and fly fishing. Go horseback riding and mountain biking a few hours on the beach or in the woods which is a wonderful pastime. Or spend some time in the harbour and chat with the fishermen.

In and around Mossel Bay there are several golf courses, so you see there is an activity for every athlete!

Travel from Mossel Bay to the beautiful Robinson Pass through the Outeniqua Mountains to Oudtshoorn and enjoy beautiful nature and scenery. You can stop by the 80-year-old Eight Bells Mountain Inn for a snack or drink, a place you would not want to miss...

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