"visit Mossel Bay, where the..." South Africa Favorite Tip by Kallista

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Favorite thing: visit Mossel Bay, where the first European seafarer, Bartolomeu Diaz, set foot on the African soil in 1488 after rounding the southern tip of Africia!

On our way there, we passed by several small villages and Gourits River Bridge. This is where all the dare-devils perform the extraordinary stunt of jumping off the bridge ? <i>bungee jumping</i>! Well, that's what Deon, our S.A. local guide, told us ... it's too bad I didn't see any jumper!

<font color=#009966>Mossel Bay is a port and holiday resort, which lies on the west end of the Garden Route, along the coast of the Indian Ocean. How did this town get it's name??? Apparently mussels was the staple diet of the Khoikhoi inhabitants of this area ? hence its name.</font>

We checked out the Post Office Tree after walking around town and buying some postcards to send to family and friends. The story about the Post Office Tree began 500 years ago ... A ship's captain left a letter under a local giant milkwood tree, which was later found, and the custom started ? whereby the passengers and sailors of passing ships deposited letters and documents in the trunk of the tree (which still stands) for collection by other seafarers.

Soon, the sun began to set and the captivating view that awaits us was so incredible that I just got to share it with all of you!

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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