Mossel Bay Cape Town is a 400 kilometer stretch of the N2 national road in a westerly direction. Mossel Bay Port Elizabeth is 400 kilometers to the east. This makes Mossel Bay the halfway mark between the 2 big southern cities of South Africa. It is also considered to be the unofficial southern start of the Garden Route
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex
Mossel Bay is a harbor city with a population of about 130,000 people that is a farming region and a tourist attraction. The old town area occupies the north-facing side of the Cape St Blaize Peninsula. The modern suburbs bestride the Peninsula and have expanded eastward along the sandy bay.
The name Mossel Bay originates from the ascendancy of the Dutch shipping dealers in the 16th and the early 17th Centuries. The Dutch explorer Cornelis de Houtman dubbed it Mosselbaai when he arrived. Most of the explorers that landed there enjoyed eating the abundant amount of seafood that was available.
The Mossel Bay Cape Town climate is considered the winter rainfall region and the Mossel Bay Port Elizabeth climate is the all-year rainfall region. Therefore Mossel Bay is mild year round because the city is located where the winter rainfall and all-year rainfall regions merge. The weather is affected by the Agulhas Current of the Indian Ocean and the proximity of the Outeniqua Mountains which are to the north. Most of the rainfall, about 80%, occurs at night. There is very little frost and no snow at any time of year. A compelling bit of trivia is it is featured in the Guinness Book of Records as having the second mildest all-year climate in the world.
The Bay has been a popular beach vacation destination for South Africans for over 100 years. A local Afrikaans farmer purchased a farm in the 1930s, and developed the land as a vaction resort. Over the decades it has grown to become a modern and comfortable haunt. The major attractions are the agreeable weather and the pristine beaches. The infrastructure including the paved roads and inland accommodations is modern and conducive to tourism. Mossel Bay was where the first contact between Europeans and indigenous people took place. The many cultural attractions include:
- Jukani Predator Park is a wildlife sanctuary on the Garden Route.
- The Botlierskop Private Game reserve which has a variety of activities including guided game drives, a helicopter flight and a horseback safari through the mountains.
- The White Shark viewing adventure.
- The Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex.
Mossel Bay has a tradition of being hospitable and there is a great deal of natural beauty in the town and the surrounding areas. The history, culture and weather make it an exciting and fun place to visit.
The Mediterranean climate and lush setting of Cape Town make it a favorite destination for world travelers. Its beautiful vistas sweep up from the beaches of Table Bay to the majesty of Table Mountain
. This lively city invites you to explore everything from its fascinating culture to its unique ecosystem. You'll find the most exciting tours of Cape Town are off the usual maps.
Different Ways to Go
The city offers many different experiences, and you can decide how to enjoy each one. Sticking with an itinerary and taking your touring points from a brochure is a good place to start. However, give yourself a chance to explore Cape Town on your own time, and create your own adventures.
- Let Cape Town Day Tours be your guide. The locals know where to find the city's best culinary and sightseeing treasures.
- Hop a bus or train for your own tour. Public transportation is an affordable way to see the sights.
- Splurge on an aerial view. A helicopter tour offers a breathtaking perspective of the city.
- Trust your own two feet. Take the time to get to know the city, and discover its charms.
Natural Places to Visit
Cape Town thrives in the center of an incredibly diverse ecosystem. A safari bus trip through the Aquila Game Reserve
is your opportunity to be on the lookout for African elephants, Cape buffalo and endangered snow leopards. Hiking through Table Mountain National Park lifts you out of the city and into the company of zebras, baboons and more than 250 species of birds. The incredible Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, like Cape Town itself, is a world-class destination for nature lovers.
Thrills to Experience
If you crave heart-stopping action, Cape Town delivers with tours that take you where the Great Whites swim. Spend a day cage diving
with the sharks off the coast, and you'll leave with a lifetime of memories and stories to tell. If you'd rather not swim with the fish, enjoy them from the shore. Cape Town is one of the few areas in the world that offers spectacular whale watching from land, and boating excursions provide an even closer view.
There are so many fascinating tours of Cape Town and its lush surroundings, and they're all as unique as the South African setting. From the exceptional wineries in the countryside to the jazz and reggae festivals in the city, treat yourself to the tours less travelled, and discover your own exciting adventures.
One doesn't always associate Cape Town with wildlife. Most commonly when nature is discussed, flowers get the nod long before fauna. Looking around Cape Town and surrounds I am often astounded by the diversity of wildlife we actually possess.
July to November sees the largest of the mammals coming to visit. Southern Right Whales visit to give birth and mate as well as clean off a layer of skin on the rocks before making the long swim back to the feeding grounds in the Southern Oceans. Sightings of these magnificent mammals occur from Namibia to Durban with Hermanus being given the title of 'best land based Whale Watching' in the world.
Only living in the Southern Hemisphere are Penguins. The variety near Cape Town is 'African Penguins' otherwise known as Jackass Penguins due to the donkey noise the male produces. Colonies around Cape Town include Boulders Beach and Stony Point at Betty's Bay.
Cape Fur Seals are common in the cold waters of the Benguela Current. These animals can grow in excess of 300kg. Named after the fine fur found on their bodies. They feed on the schools of pilchards that abound in the nutrient rich waters of the Southern Atlantic. A popular trip is done at Hout Bay Harbour and lasts about 45 minutes.
Where there are seals there are sharks. Big ones, Great White Sharks. Some have been measured at over 6m in length and 2000kg. Now a protected species, people have swapped rods and reels for going in cages with cameras. Shark Cage Diving has become a popular activity. Gans Bay and Seal Island in False Bay are well known spots.