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ossel Bay lies halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth in the heart of the famous Garden Route.  A very busy holiday resort in summer and the ideal retreat in winter. Mossel Bay is said to have the mildest all-year climate in the world, second only to a small town in Hawaii. mossel_bay

It is the towns fascinating history that grants it the status of “historical capital of the Garden Route”, it is one of the most significant towns in South Africa.  The first meeting between Europeans and inhabitants of Southern Africa occurred at Mossel Bay in 1488 when Bartolomeu Dias made landfall in the bay and encountered the ancient Khoi people.  Almost 10 years later, in 1497, Vasco da Gama landed in the Bay. He traded with the indigenous people he found on the beach, possibly the first trade in South Africa.

 

The first Post Office in Southern African was founded at Mossel Bay when in 1500, Pedro de Ataide left a letter in a shoe tied to a milkwood tree. He hoped it would be found and forwarded, it was and this site was used by all passing ships as a “mail stop”.  Mail is still posted at the ancient Post Office - today a national monument.

 

The first place of Christian worship and first Chapel on Southern African soil took place at Mossel Bay in 1501 when Joao da Nova erected a small stone prayer chapel dedicated to St Blaize.  Mossel Bay's proud history is evident in its well preserved buildings and houses built from local stone. There are examples of Cornish stone masonry dating back to the 1830s.  The mystery and romance of ancient people and explorers is on display at the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex. With fabulous seascapes, this must be the museum with one of the best views in the world, a place where history comes alive in a spectacular setting.

 

There is plenty to do in Mossel Bay, hiking, Great White Shark cage diving, scuba diving, safe swimming beaches and water sports.  Enjoy a 4X4 game viewing drive or a bungy jump off the Gouritz River Bridge. Relax on a cruise around Seal Island and see the Whales up close in season.

 

The town is small enough for you to park your car and walk around enjoying the quaint old buildings and homes as well as the historical cemetery. Mossel Bay is renowned for its good restaurants. There are golf courses, sun-drenched beaches, and a working harbour for commercial and leisure craft.

Contact Details

(T)  +27 (0)44 6904554

(F) +27 (044) 690 4665

(C) +27 (0)76 339 5245

(E) info@bar-t-nique.co.za

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