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Mossel Bay Introduction

Mossel Bay enjoys the best of both Western and Eastern Capes. Sitting in the midpoint between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, this seaside resort gives its visitors access to the fabulous Cape Winelands and the game reserves surrounding Port Elizabeth. This doesn't mean Mossel Bay doesn't have its own attractions. It has long beaches kissed by the Indian Ocean's warm, surfer-friendly waters. The Outeniqua Mountains make a stunning background. The bay's archaeological sites are also significant to chronicling the world's natural history.

Hotels in Mossel Bay

Whether you're a backpacker on a tight budget or a luxury traveller seeking the best holiday accommodation, you'll find what you're looking for in Mossel Bay. Backpacker hostels here feature basic amenities, though some also have beach access, swimming pools and restaurants. Most have dorms with bunk beds and shared bathrooms, but some offer private rooms. Luxury hotels in Mossel Bay, on the other hand, come with elegant rooms and topnotch facilities like spas, gourmet restaurants and sports facilities. There are also mid-range hotels that provide excellent amenities for a fraction of the cost.

Where to stay

Mossel Bay Central is the town's central business district. Situated on the harbour itself, this area is where you'll find many of the town's cultural institutions, shopping centres and historically significant edifices. The neighbourhood also enjoys easy access to the beach. Adjacent to Mossey Bay Central is Diaz Beach, a newer, more high-end development. This neighbourhood is mostly residential, though it does have a few quaint shops and eateries. The beach is also accessible from this area. The Pinnacle Point Estate, home of Pinnacle Point Golf Club, also offers accommodation picks on the pricier end of the spectrum.

Things to see

The Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex on Diaz Beach is a compound housing a number of cultural attractions in Mossel Bay. The complex includes the Ethno-Botanical Garden, the Shell Museum and Aquarium, the Maritime Museum, the Malay Graves and the Post Office Tree. The Shark Lab is a research facility that seeks to study and rehabilitate sharks. The lab opens its doors to tourists every summer. Observing sharks from inside an underwater cage is one of the summer thrills the lab offers. Just outside Mossel Bay is the Garden Route National Park. The park protects the biodiversity of the Garden Route and is a popular spot for camping, hiking and picnics. If you're an archaeology enthusiast, you might want to visit the Pinnacle Point Caves. This cave system is where scientists discovered the buried remains of ancient humans, as well as their tools and other artefacts.

How to get to Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay sits right smack on the N2 highway, which means you can get to it by car. The N2 connects Mossel Bay to Cape Town in the west. There are around 385 kilometres between these 2 cities. Driving from Cape Town to Mossel Bay can take up to 5 hours. To the east, the N2 links Mossel Bay to Port Elizabeth. The drive to Port Elizabeth will cover 372 kilometres in a little over 4 hours. To the north, Mossel Bay is connected to Oudtshoorn. The drive north is much shorter at around 86 kilometres. It will take you around an hour and a half to complete the journey.