Sunset over Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay, a brief history..

Although it is today best known as the place at which the first Europeans landed on South African soil (Bartolomeu Dias and his crew arrived on 3 February 1488), Mossel Bay’s human history can – as local archaeological deposits have revealed – be traced back more than 164,000 years.

You can visit the Dias Museaum’s website here

The modern history of Mossel Bay began on 3 February 1488, when the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias landed with his men at a point close to the site of the modern-day Dias Museum Complex.  Here they found a spring from which to replenish their water supplies. By the time the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama reached the area in 1497, the Bay had been marked on the maps as Aguada de São Brás.

The Lighthouse - Mossel Bay

Things to do in Mossel Bay

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Perfectly Located in the Garden Route

Mossel Bay and Dana Bay is conveniently located in the Garden Route.  With the warm Klein Karoo ( Oudtshoorn, Calitzdorp, De Rust & Prince Albert ) and the eastern part of the Garden Route ( George, Wilderness, Knysna & Plettenberg Bay ) all within 90 minutes scenic drive from our location.


We are fortunate that we have very unique restaurants in our area that will truly cater for anyone.  Our restaurants are well located in town with very scenic views.  Some of the restaurants are based right next to the ocean where you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere whilst having drinks or a meal.

Wine tasting in the area

The Garden Route area is growing in wine producing farms and we have some great wine estates close to the Mossel Bay area.  With Jakkalsvlei Wines, the Boplaas tasting house and golfer, Retief Goosen’s, Goose Wines so close, wine lovers will be spoiled to some of the best wines in the area.

Jakkalsvlei Wines

Outdoor Activities

Mossel Bay and Dana Bay is surrounded with great activities for the whole family.  If you are an outdoors enthusiast you will definitely find your cup of tea in the area.

We are located very close to the St. Blaize Hiking Trail.  This trail hugs the rocks and cliffs all the way from Dana Bay to the Mossel Bay point.  It is a 15km breathtaking route and it is also often used by trail runners.

St. Blaize Hiking Trail

Other outdoor activities in our area include, Skydiving, SCUBA Diving, Mountain Biking, Walking on our beaches, Scenic driving routes, Swimming, Surfing, Shark Cage Diving, Whale & Dolphin Trips, Game Drives etc..

Other activities :

Great White Shark Cage Diving

Whales in Mossel Bay

The Garden Route is known for its golf courses.  The Mossel Bay Golf Course is in town where you can see the sea from every tee.  Pinnacle Point Golf Course is less than 5 km away and now rates within the Top 10 courses in the world.  There are quite a few championship courses in the Garden Route area and all are within a 90 minute drive away.

Pinnacle Point Golf Course


Mossel Bay’s Pinnacle Point Caves – which have revealed the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour – are now accessible to small, escorted groups of visitors.

All the tours will be conducted by Peter Nilssen, or a similarly qualified scientist, and all of them will begin with a short introductory lecture in the Club House.

Mr. Orban said that the tours are open to members of the public, and that they’ll now be offered as optional add-ons to the Oystercatcher Trail’s already established, award-winning Silver and Green packages, and that they’ll be included in its Gold Packages. (The Oyster Catcher Trail is a multi-day, guided, portered walk along the coast from Mossel Bay’s Cape St. Blaize to the Gourits River Mouth).

Pinnacle Point Cave Tours

Our Ocean and Beaches

As previously mentioned we have stunning beaches right at our doorstep.  Our beaches are safe and perfect for relaxing on.  During sunset walking on our beaches is both relaxing and romantic.

Mossel Bay Beaches