|Mossel Bay - a Small Harbour Town with
a Lot of Muscle! by: Gregory Hudson
Bay” by the famous Dutch navigator Paulus van Caerdon, whose crew consumed
huge amounts of tasty molluscs after landing here in 1601. Today, this
coastal town's famous muscles are prized by connoisseurs around the world,
but Mossel Bay has other tasty treats just waiting to be discovered...
Between the East Coast
and the Eden District
This area, known for good
reason as the Eden District, is located on the East Coast of South Africa.
Found at the start of a scenic strip aptly named the Garden Route. Mossel
Bay is only 4 hours drive from Cape Town on an equally picturesque stretch
of road well worth travelling for its own sake.
This is the place where the
Indian Ocean laps pristine beaches and prehistoric fynbos dashes over hills...
The climate has been compared to Hawaii, though it has its own unmistakable
character. The Mozambique current, whose warm waters make for excellent
swimming and sailing, have created a surfers Mecca similar to Plettenberg
or Jeffrey’s Bay.
Mossel Bay rests on a tooth-like
cape, or point, named Cape St Blaize. From here several beaches lie waiting
to be devoured, sandy stretches like Dias Beach, Victoria Bay and Santos
Reef are famed for good all year conditions, miles of walking space and
dazzling-pink painted sunsets.
The land of the Gouriqua
and Khoisan peoples
During the past two thousand
years, the Mossel Bay region was inhabited by the Gouriqua, an indigenous
Khoi khoi tribe, and earlier by the San people who were mainly hunter-gatherers.
Cultural tours escort travellers to their existing settlements and enlighten
them to the ways of these friendly inhabitants, the forefathers of our
present indigenous people. A rich history is unravelled through cultural
stories and the art of their ancestral cave paintings.
you'll discover in and around Mossel Bay...
Many hidden details are waiting
to be discovered in Mossel Bay. Among the fascinating museums dedicated
to the explorer Bartholomeu Dias, you'll find a curious old Tree. This
old giant, named the Post Office Tree, is a Milkwood that is more than
500 years old. This tree oddly acquired the name “Post Office Tree” after
mariners posted letters in an old boot strung around one of its wild and
willing branches. A freshwater spring, which for the past 500 years has
not run dry, flows beneath its aging roots. This tree is only one of Mossel
Bay's many historical sites. Adventures in and around the town will uncover
Repeatedly called “The Bay
of Attractions” you can guess that there are no shortages of things to
do in Mossel Bay. The only problem is where to start...
See the Great Karoo, Little
Karoo (Semi-Arid deserts) and return to Mossel Bay via the garden route,
all in one day:
Take the Klein-Karoo Day
trip to Oudtshoorn and ride on the back of an Ostrich. See the Crocs and
enjoy the Ostrich Show at an Ostrich Farm.
Stop by the Cango Wildlife
& Cheetah Ranch to see the wildlife and even hug a cheetah! Visit the
Cango Caves and lose yourself in the magnitude and beauty of this subterranean
Experience the wonders of
the indigenous forest with a Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour. Suspended 30 metres
over the forest canopy, you can traverse from one platform to another along
a steel cable.
Close to Mossel Bay is the
experience and thrill of coming eye to eye with one of nature's oldest
predators - The Great White Shark. With no diving qualifications or experience
required you can face your fears surrounded by professional shark tour
operators and a steel cage.
For a tamer experience, Mossel
Bay provides the ideal viewing location for nature's friendlier sea fairing
animals. Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales, Brydes Whales, Bottlenose
Dolphins and Jackass Penguins can all be seen by boat on the open seas.
Mossel Bay is more than
just a muscle bound oasis at the end of the road...
Not that the journey to the
garden route is something to complain about; it's only a semi-arid desert
crossing after all. Apart from the superb scenery, rich historical excursions
and a reputation as the Bay of Attractions, Mossel Bay is also a holiday
destination with value for money, excellent dining experiences that suite
everyone’s tastes and a fair-weathered, and an all year-round destination
where the local advice of sitting back and just allowing life to happen
makes a lot of sense once you get there.
If you ever find yourself
adventuring in South Africa, discover Mossel Bay for yourself. The oasis
at the end of the Garden Route...