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Posted on: Thursday, 4 October 2012

A Visit to Mossel Bay

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A Visit to Mossel Bay

A Visit to Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay is one of South Africa’s quintessentially traditional coastal towns. It is situated along the beautiful Garden Route, almost precisely halfway between Nelson Mandela Bay and Cape Town.  Mossel Bay is the favoured hotspot of travellers from all over the country (and, indeed, the world) who love the seaside and relaxed atmosphere.

The vast expanses of beaches (almost 60 kilometres of them, in fact) make Mossel Bay the ideal getaway for watersport enthusiasts but are just as loved by young and old who prefer to laze on the warm sands, frolic in the waters or build sandcastles. Popular watersports include surfing, swimming, SCUBA diving, snorkelling, jet-skiing, and more.

Mossel Bay is, essentially, an old fishing village that has blossomed and boomed over the decades. While it still acts as a major player in the fishing industry, it is also equipped with the infrastructure, activities and attractions to delight the tourists that flock to this town every year. It is close to Tsitsikamma, Knysna, George and Plettenberg Bay, as well as to the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountain ranges. In addition, it is only about three to four hours from both Cape Town in the Western Cape and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, making it accessible.

Mossel Bay’s well equipped and busy harbour is frequented by fishing vessels as well as private boats. It is here that a number of tourist cruises are based. The harbour also provides a picturesque escape for anyone wanting to watch the gentle bobbing of the boats on the blue of the Indian Ocean.

During your time in Mossel Bay, be sure to indulge in some of the following attractions and activities:


  • The Shell Museum
  • The Maritime Museum
  • The Post Office (a National Monument)
  • Whale watching (particularly productive between July and December) for the opportunity to see magnificent Humpback and Southern Right whales
  • A show at the Barnyard Theatre
  • Seal Island cruises

Being situated along the coast means that even sweltering summer days are often cooled by a breeze that comes off the ocean. Winters in Mossel Bay are cool and most of the rain occurs during this time of year.

Other Mossel Bay Pages:


Mossel Bay Attractions
Things to Do in Mossel Bay
Mossel Bay Hotels
Garden Route Hotels
Hotels South Africa


Mossel Bay


Amelia Meyer


Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

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