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Mossel Bay / Mossel Baai - Accommodation on the Garden Route, Western Cape

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Mossel Bay
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Mossel Bay (Mosselbaai in Afrikaans) lies on the southern coast of South Africa, east of the Cape of Good Hope and west of Knysna. It lies on the Indian Ocean coast and is part of the Garden Route.

Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias arrived here on February 3, 1488, thus proving to his sponsors that Africa had a southern tip; making it theoretically possible to sail from Europe to India. Originally called by Dias Aguada de São Brás (Bay of Saint Blaise), the village/harbour was renamed Mosselbaai (Bay of Mussels) in 1601 by Dutch navigator Paulus van Caerden, as he found the bay to be abundant with mussels. He also called a nearby bay, where he found cattle herders, Vlees Bay (Bay of Meat).

Mossel BayNomadic Khoisan people were the first inhabitants of the Mossel Bay area. Caves in which the remains of several Khoisan settlements have been found are located nearby, with the one located the starting point of the walking trail to the nearby town of Dana Bay, now a national monument. A Khoisan cultural village is also located at the cave, but has been criticised for being "commercial". Other tribes also lived in the area, including the Gouriquas. Certain traditional leaders have asked that the town be renamed "Gouriqua". A more recent discovery at nearby Pinnacle Point is claimed to be the earliest evidence of human seaside settlement.

The Dias Museum Complex marks the spot of the historical landing of Dias. The 500 year old Post Office Tree, a national monument, can still be seen at the site, now harbouring a post box shaped as a shoe.

Mossel BayThe original Mossel Bay Stone has been moved to the National Cultural History Museum of South Africa, but a cast is in the collection of the Dias Museum.

Also located in the complex are the remnants of the spring used by sailors, although the stream now flows underground.

The Maritime Museum houses a replica of the caravel on which Dias arrived. The caravel arrived in Mossel Bay in 1987, a gift from the Government of Portugal. Another highlight is a map of Mossel Bay produced by early Dutch sailor, Cornelius de Houtman in 1595. The Museum is housed in the old Saw Mill Building.

The Granary (now the entrance to the complex) includes an exhibition on the cultural life of Cape Coloured communities in Mossel Bay during apartheid. The Shirley Building hosts the shell museum and a small aquarium including a 476 kg great white shark caught of the coast of nearby Hartenbos. Munroshoek in the complex includes the oldest houses in town. Recently, the building in which a Cultural History Museum was housed for many years was sold and became a private arts centre.

Also see: Mossel Bay - a Small Harbour Town with a Lot of Muscle!   by: Gregory Hudson

Sky diving in Mossel BayHere are some other great facts about Mossel Bay that many people do not know about:

Mossel Bay has the second most moderate climate in the world, second to Hawaii, with 320 sunny days in the year, 24 km of Beautiful Beaches, Golf Courses, Cape St Blaize Cave and Lighthouse, Game Reserves, Whale watching and Boat trips, Shark Cage Diving and even swimming with sharks, Ethno Botanical Garden and Braille Trail (for sight-impaired), The Old Post Office Tree (where letters were posted under a rock under this tree as far back at 1501), Maritime Museum (Bartholomew Dias) and a Shell Museum, Billeon Surf and Sand Boarding, Horse Trails, Helicopter Flips, Fishing, Skydiving and so much more.

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African Oceans Manor on the Beach African Oceans Manor on the Beach, Guest House/Self-Catering, MOSSEL BAY
Experience the essence of African Oceans luxury holiday accommodation, awakening to the sight and sound of the sea. Guests have a choice of luxurious stylishly appointed air conditioned suites with balconies/patios overlooking the golden beach and beautiful Outeniqua Mountains. Self catering and bed and breakfast options are available. Situated between Mossel Bay and Hartenbos on the Garden route, South Africa.  Jacuzzi pool, bar facilities, 24 hour ADSL internet facilities, credit card and laundry facilities, Dinners, breakfast baskets and light lunches are available by arrangement.
Bay Lodge
Bay Lodge on the Beach offers unique beachfront accommodation. Enjoy 4 star luxury, comfort and the tranquillity of Bay Lodge, blending luxury beachfront accommodation with superb facilities & services to meet the demands of the global traveller.  Of course with a view to match!  Take our steps to the beach, take a refreshing swim in the ocean or pool or just spend a day relaxing on the beach.  Unwind with a drink overlooking the Bay. Cosy Pub with well stocked wine cellar.  True South African hospitality is on offer. Enjoy a traditional home cooked dinner or a Braai (BBQ) by prior arrangement.  All rooms with en-suite bathrooms decorated in a nautical style.
Lilies & Leopards B&B Lilies & Leopards B&B, MOSSEL BAY
Situated in Dana Bay, a suburb of Mossel Bay, this upmarket and stylish 4-star accommodation offers you warm hospitality and breathtaking sea views. Come and relax in this tranquil environment and the best South Africa and the Garden Route has to offer.  We would love to share our little piece of heaven with you. Beautiful views of the ocean right from your bedroom or balcony. Watch the African sunrise or sunset or spot the dolphins in the waves. Whales can be watched from June - October, Dolphins can be seen daily.  With Dana Bay being a nature conservancy, bushbuck can still be seen roaming in the area and bird life is abundant. Dana Bay is well known for it's "Fynbos". Lilies & Leopards B&B offers you a perfect place to relax and enjoy nature at its best.
Melkhoutkloof Guest House
Melkhoutkloof Guest House, MOSSEL BAY
Elegant Guest House situated in the heart of South Africa's Garden Route.  Go on a 4x4 Game drive, Visit the Cango Caves, Crocodile and Ostrich Farms, or just relax on pristine sandy beaches. Watch the Whales and Dolphins from your private balcony. Walking distance to pristine sandy beaches.  Easy distance to Oudtshoorn, Wilderness and Knysna.  5 Elegantly furnished en suite (bath and shower) bedrooms with kloof and sea views.  Situated between Mossel Bay and George. Breakfast and dinner are served in the common dining room or outside on the patio, while the hotel’s bar offers refreshing drinks. There are many restaurants near the guesthouse..
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Hotel Portao Diaz Hotel Portao Diaz, D'Almeida, MOSSEL BAY
This great value for money hotel consisting of 33 sea facing en-suite rooms with DSTV.  The hotel is situated in a previously disadvantaged community and in the apartheid era was the only hotel in Mossel Bay open for them.  Now of course the hotel is open for all South Africans as well as a great place for tourists to experience the local culture and at the same time stay in a clean and comfortable room.  Our hotel offers spectacular views of the bay, a popular restaurant, heated pool and a cozy bar with big screen TV for live sport as well as pool tables.
Protea Hotel by Marriott Mossel Bay Protea Hotel by Marriott Mossel Bay, MOSSEL BAY
North facing with superb seaviews. Part of Dias Museum Complex, adjacent to the famous Old Post Office Tree, walking distance to beach, harbour and town.  31 Units vary from 3 star rooms to 4 star self catering harbour suites. Room categories vary from std to de lux.  Facilities : Breakfast patio with seaviews, Café Gannet Seafood Restaurant, trendy Blue Oyster cocktail Bar, outside swimming pool, Jacana Curio Shop.  Personal and efficient service, a gracious style of “olde worlde” hospitality….AA Accommodation Awards Winner 2007 and 2006 "Best Small Hotel"
The Point Hotel The Point Hotel, MOSSEL BAY
Superbly positioned on the rocks at Mossel Bay's famous Lighthouse, 52 seafacing en-suite rooms with private balconies overlooking the Indian Ocean. A huge tidal pool in front of the hotel offers safe bathing and a 15 km walking trail along the coast starts at the hotel.  The property has an unique location built on rocks above a huge rock pool and overlooks the endless blue expanse of the Indian Ocean.  A four star hotel consisting of 52 seafacing en-suite rooms with private balconies, will offer you the most exhilarating views. Rooms are equipped with direct dial telephones, international plug points, TV with DSTV, ceiling fans, panel heaters, lock-up safes and internet access in every room. The Hotel is paraplegic friendly and all floors are serviced with a hydraulic lift and serviced by surveillance cameras
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Botlierskop Private Game Reserve Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, near MOSSEL BAY
Set on the foothills of the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains near Mossel Bay and George in a Malaria Free area in South Africa's Garden Route, Botlierskop Private Game Reserve ensures a truly unique safari experience.  The Safri Park is only a 4-hour scenic drive from Cape Town, the Mother City of South Africa, this malaria free, family owned and privately operated game reserve is home to an abundance of animal and birdlife including 4 of the Big 5.  All inclusive rates: accommodation, snacks and drinks on arrival, tea with the elephants, dinner, breakfast and two game drives. Half board rates also available.
Nyaru Game Lodge Nyaru Game Lodge - Garden Route Safaris, Brandwacht, MOSSEL BAY
Situated in a malaria free area on South Africa's picturesque garden route, Nyaru Game Lodge nestles between the Outeniqua Mountains and surrounding beaches. Nyaru Game Lodge is strategically situated in the heart of the Garden Route (Eden), only 3 hours drive from Cape Town, 30 minutes drive from the George airport and 10 minutes drive off the N2 from Mossel Bay on the R328 to Oudtshoorn. You can experience close encounters with our wildlife you will never forget. Activities between free roaming animals - Quad Bike Safaris, 4x4 Safaris, Horse Back Safaris, Bush walk Safaris and sun downer & sunset picnics. 
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Lodge 64 Pinnacle Point, Holiday Home, MOSSEL BAY
Located in Mossel Bay, this vacation home features free WiFi and a terrace. The property is 5 km from Santos Beach and features views of the sea. An oven and a microwave are provided in the kitchen and there is a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. A TV is available. Other facilities at Lodge 64 Pinnacle Point include a spa center, sauna and outdoor pool. You can play tennis at the property, and the area is popular for golfing and horseback riding. Diaz Strand is 5.1 km from Lodge 64 Pinnacle Point, and Diaz Musuem is 5.1 km from the property. There are lots of activities in the area, such as diving and biking. George Airport is 33.8 km away. 
River Shack River Shack, Holiday Rental Home, Dana Bay near MOSSEL BAY
If you are looking for rustic yet luxurious accommodation, you will love this unique venue with unsurpassed views over the river and ocean.  Situated on the Blind River Mouth, in a nature reserve 12 km from Mossel Bay, this self-catering cabin can comfortably accommodate 8 guests in four bedrooms with two bathrooms (main en-suite). The kitchen is fully equipped, all linen and towels are supplied and DSTV is available. The 'finishing touches' at the River Shack are testimony of the special care that has been taken to ensure that guests enjoy every aspect of their stay at the cabin. This very unique venue offers total privacy and is ideal for nature lovers or honeymooners who want to get away from it all. Key features include a sea facing balcony with deck loungers and a river facing balcony with braai area.
Sundowner Loft, Self-Catering Apartment, MOSSEL BAY
Located a 5-minute walk away from the harbour in Mossel Bay, Sundowner Loft is a spacious and homely loft apartment with a private deck and sea views. The beach is a 900 m walk away. The apartment has wooden flooring and features a seating area with TV and DVD player and a kitchenette with a small stove, toaster and refrigerator and wooden dining table. There is a small library with books and the bathroom is fitted with a shower. Sundowner Loft has barbecue facilities and offers free WiFi. If you feel like visiting the surroundings, check out the Diaz Museum, which is 850 m away. 
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