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A Guide to Accommodation, Activities, Restaurants & Businesses in Mossel Bay, South Africa

General Information

Mossel Bay, famous for the Old Post Office Tree and Bartholomeu Diaz, is a seaside town in the Garden Route of the Western Cape in South Africa.

Mossel Bay is situated approximately half way between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

Mossel Bay is closely linked to maritime activities with its lighthouse being first lit in 1864.

One of the most famous landmarks in Mossel Bay is the Post Office Tree, where ancient seafarers on their way to the east left their letters for home in a shoe or iron pot. Sailors returning to Portugal would collect these letters and so the first Post Office in Southern Africa was founded.

Accommodation in Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay offers the full spectrum of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget. Camp sites and caravan parks, B&Bs, luxury lodges and hotels are spread out around the town.   Beach-front accommodation is also widely available.  Please view our Accommodation Directory for a full list of options.

Activities in Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay has many activities to suit all adventure and leisure visitors!   Seal Island is home to a breeding colony of hundreds of seals and they can be viewed taking the daily boat trip out to the island.  

Mossel Bay is a sportsman’s and water sport lovers paradise, offering a wide variety of adventure sports including shark cage diving, wreck diving, surfing, and snorkelling.  Conventional sport facilities are also in abundance with golf, squash, tennis, indoor heated pools, horse riding and swimming.

Mossel Bay is the only north-facing beach in Southern Africa.  The beaches are very popular especially during the holiday seasons.

The Dias Museum Complex explains the historical landing of Dias in 1488 and a replica of the Caravel is housed in the museum.   Due to its abundant history, there are many museums in the town including the Maritime Museum, the Granery, the Shell Museum and the Cultural History Museum.  All well worth a visit.

Restaurants in Mossel Bay

There are many restaurants on offer to suit every visitors budget.  There is a great selection of restaurants, coffee shops and pubs to choose from!

Businesses

Mossel Bay offers a selection of conference facilities, corporate breakaways and investment opportunities.  Please view our business directory for more information, or add your own free business listing.

Mossel Bay Tourism Office Information
Web address: http://www.visitmosselbay.co.za/
Telephone: +27(0)44 691 2202
Fax: +27(0)44 690 3077
E-mail: admin@visitmosselbay.co.za
Address: Corner of Church & Market Street
P.O. Box 1556
Mossel Bay
6500

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