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Mossel Bay is a town with just over 82,000 inhabitants. It lies in the Western Cape province, on the Garden Route. It borders the Indian Oceans and has the only north facing beach in South Africa and is therefore also a popular surf spot. Mossel Bay has the second mildest climate in the world (Hawaii is the first).


Nomadic Khoisan people were the first inhabitants of this area, the caves they used to inhabit are still visible.
Bartolomeu Dias arrived here in 1488, naming it Bay of St Blaise. It was renamed to Mossel Bay by the Dutch navigator Paulus van Caerden in 1601.


Mossel Bay is home to a resident population of bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins and humpback dolphins can also be seen on a regular basis. During the whale season (june-october) humbacks and southern right whales also visit the bay.
There is an island (Seal Island) in the bay that has a population of over 5,000 seals, that can often be seen playing along the rocky shores.
The seal population also attrackts white sharks, that are always present in the area. There are no shark nets along the beaches, but there has only been one shark attack since recording began.

  • Last visit to Mossel Bay: Apr 2009
  • Intro Written May 18, 2009
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  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2009 at 4:44 AM

    Hello, nice tips here for Mossel Bay. We always bypass this town as the road from PE to CapeTown bypasses it. Pity - I know it has become a new tourist attraction oin South Africa.


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