162,000 years of holidays
Why should you visit Mossel Bay?
To answer that question, here’s our list of our ten favourite home-town attractions.
162,000 years of holidays in Mossel Bay
The archaeology of Mossel Bay (the Bay of Mussels!) has revealed the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour - beginning 162,000 years ago. And, since genetic research tell us that we’re all descendants of a tiny, core group of people who probably lived in our area, we can confidently say:
Welcome to Mossel Bay. Welcome home.
Good. Now that you’re comfortable, here’s our list (in no particular order) of our ten favourite things to do here at home:
Explore our origins
Visit the Pinnacle Point Caves - the site that's revealed the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour.
- Point of Human Origins Tour - a 90-minute tour of the caves with highly experienced and knowledgeable guides. (Daily on demand). www.humanorigin.co.za
- Point of Human Origins Experience - audio visual presentation and tour with Dr. Peter Nilssen, the archaeologist who introduced the caves to science. (By arrangement only). www.humanorigin.co.za
Whale watching & boat trips
Trips to Seal Island and licensed boat-based whale-watching and dolphin-watching with Mossel Bay’s famous yacht Romonza. romonzaboattrips.co.za
Skydive Mossel Bay
Tandem skydiving and skydiving courses at Mossel Bay Airfield - the most beautiful drop zone in South Africa! www.skydivemosselbay.com
Mossel Bay’s Wine Route
Surprised? Don't be: the Mossel Bay produces some award-winning wines!
- Jakkalsvlei Private Cellar - wine estate, pizzeria and tasting room near Herbertsdale, in the foothills of the Outeniquas (About 40 minute’s drive from Mossel Bay): www.jakkalsvlei.co.za
- Boplaas Wine’s Garden Route Tasting Room - test the award-winning cool climate ‘Cool Valley Sauvignon Blanc’ as well as the full range from Boplaas Family Vineyards. (Boplaas itself is situated in Calitzdorp in the Klein Karoo, but this Tasting Room is situated near Klein Brak River). www.boplaas.co.za
- Stoepsit - this restaurant is open on Saturdays and Sundays only. It’s a traditional South African kuierplek on a farm near Boggomsbaai, and its wine list is extensive! www.stoepsit.co.za
Eat out: Mossel Bay's Harbour Wall
You always get the freshest seafood at the harbour - and you’ll find a selection of restaurants on our Harbour Wall at the end of Church Street:
- Mossel Bay Oyster Bar - oysters, sushi, sparkling wines. www.mosselbayoysterbar.co.za
- Kaai 4 Braai Restaurant - spitbraai, braaivleis, potjiekos, whole fish on the grid, freshly baked breads. www.kaai4.co.za
- The Sea Gypsy Café - Mossel Bay’s original harbour café. Seafood, meat, and other dishes. www.seagypsy.co.za
- The London Bus Fish & Chip Company - according to the Oystercatcher Trail’s founder, Fred Orban, “The best value hake and chips in Mossel Bay.” www.londonbus.co.za
Klein Karoo Restaurant
The Klein Karoo Restaurant on the Great Brak River Station ranks as one of the finest we’ve ever had the privilege to enjoy. A revolving menu of reimagined, traditional South African dishes accompanied by a selection of excellent local wines. www.greatbrakriver.co.za
We take our pleasures very seriously in Mossel Bay. Coffee, for instance, must always be excellent!
- Blue Shed Coffee Roastery - an old SAR&H workshop that’s now a very new and trendy coffee shop with great views of the Harbour and Mossel Bay. A place for lingering. www.blueshedroasters.co.za
- Baruch’s Coffee Roastery - Mossel Bay’s oldest independent roastery uses only single-origin, 100% Arabica coffee beans. And it serves delicious Israeli cuisine, too. www.baruchscoffee.co.za
A place as beautiful as Mossel Bay is *going* to attract many fine artists and crafters.
- Mossel Bay Art & Culture. A web site with information about artists, crafters, galleries, and more. www.mosselbayart.co.za
- House of Maria. Art gallery in the CBD; fine art paintings, sketches in mixed media, quality prints, home décor, clothing, etc. www.houseofmaria.co.za
- Bert du Plooy. `Artist specialising in recreating the art of the San peoples of Southern Africa. View his work at the Sandpiper Leisure Centre, Boggomsbaai, and online at www.mosselbayart.co.za
Great Brak River Museum
Local history museum with one of the oldest collections of photographs in South Africa- there’s also a display about the Middle Stone Age history of early modern human life in our area. www.ourheritage.org.za
Visit The Point & Cape St Blaize
Rich in history, big on surfing! The Point (the area at the tip of Cape St Blaize) has always been a gathering place - ever since our first ancestors lived in Mossel Bay. Here are just some of its attractions:
- Cape St Blaize Cave - site of South Africa’s earliest scientific archaeological excavations, and a great whale-watching and dolphin-watching view point. www.essentialtravelinfo.com
- Cape St Blaize Lighthouse - a working lighthouse that’s open for visitors. www.transnetnationalportsauthority.net
- Delfino’s - this popular restaurant and coffee shop overlooks a kiddies play area and tidal pool, and the surfing spots at Inner Pool and Outer Pool. www.delfinos.co.za
- Die Poort - the longest natural rock pool on the South African coast - is great for swimming on a hot summer's day. It’s situated in front of The Point Hotel. www.pointhotel.co.za
- Cape St Blaize Trail - a 13 km contour path along the cliffs between Cape St. Blaize and Dana Bay. Also the first 13 km of the Oystercatcher Trail! You don\'t have to follow the whole path - you can do an out-and-back again walk, or arrange for friends to collect you at various exit points along the way. See the map in the online (printable) brochure below.