Welcome to Mossel Bay


At first glance, the town is the ugly sister of the Garden Route. It was a hugely popular destination until the 1980s, when the building of the world’s largest gas-to-oil refinery and concomitant industrial sprawl marred it, and it fell into a slump. But if you can see beyond the unimpressive approach road, you’ll find a cheery town with plenty of sunny-day pursuits.

Much of the holiday action happens around the Point, a promontory with an old-school seaside vibe. There are ice-cream kiosks, a caravan park and minigolf, and it's also a prime spot to surf.


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$1080.55 Cultural & Theme Tours

5 Day Garden Route Tour

Day 1, we depart at about 08h00 from your hotel in Cape Town and head north via the Du Toit’s Kloof Mountain pass on our first League of the journey. Cape Town to Oudtshoorn the Ostrich capital.The R62 known as the longest wine route in the world takes us through the beautiful towns of Robertson, Montagu and Ladysmith. En-route we stop for some wine tasting and lunch. The journey takes us through the Little Karoo where you will observe the scenery changing from lush greens to brown semi-desert areas making this a day of surprises. Oudtshoorn is the commercial hub of the Klein Karoo and the ostrich capital of the world. Here ostriches are found in great numbers and the region produces the best feathers, leather products and ostrich meat worldwide.We visit the Cango Wildlife Ranch to learn more about crocodile, cheetah, reptiles and the other animals onsite, with a chance to view cheetah, tiger, lion, puma, and jaguar. After breakfast we visit the world famous Cango Caves where we take a guided tour full of fascinating things to see.From the Caves we travel to an Ostrich farm on the other end of Oudtshoorn. You will receive a tour of a working Ostrich farm and possibly have the opportunity to ride an ostrich.  Day 2, after a breakfast we visit the world famous Cango Caves where we take a guided tour full of fascinating things to see.From the Caves we travel to an Ostrich farm on the other end of Oudtshoorn. You will receive a tour of a working Ostrich farm and possibly have the opportunity to sit on and ride an ostrich.  Day 3, we will have an opportunity to visit Tsitsikamma nature reserve and Plettenberg bay. The region stretches from the Bloukrans River in the west to Eerste Rivier in the east, is bordered on the north by the imposing Tsitsikamma Mountains and in the south by the Indian Ocean. Arguably the most beautiful part of the Garden Route in South Africa, Nature’s Valley is unique in that it lies nestled in the Tsitsikamma National Park coastal forest, – the only residential area within a South African National Park. Southern Cape Bushbuck, Bushpigs, and wild birds can frequently be seen in the gardens of Nature’s Valley village. The area is covered in large tracts of indigenous forest, commercial plantation and Fynbos.  Day 4,  after a breakfast we visit Knysna heads and spend some free time at the Knysna waterfront. Later we will make our way to Mossel Bay where we visit the Post Office Tree and Diaz museum where early pioneers left mail for the homebound ships to Europe. Late, we return to our Hotel. Day 5, the last day of your tour you will visit Knysna heads and spend some free time at the Knysna waterfront. Later we will make our way to Mossel Bay where we visit the Post Office Tree and Diaz museum where early pioneers left mail for the homebound ships to Europe. We travel via the rolling hills off Swellendam en-route to Cape Town to arrive in Cape Town at about 17h00.

$438.06 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Garden Route Adventure Tour from Cape Town

The 4-Day Garden Route and Addo Adventure from Cape Town is a fast-paced, adventure-packed tour showcasing the best of what the Southern coast of Africa has to offer. Day 1: Cape Town – Barrydale - OudtshoornWe depart from Cape Town/Stellenbosch early on Friday morning. We travel to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo, known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, via the scenic and spectacular Route 62, which is South Africa’s longest wine route. We will have a lovely lunch and wine tasting at a local winery, before experiencing the subterranean beauty of the Cango Caves on a guided adventure tour. For dinner, we will have an authentic braai (barbecue) in Oudtshoorn.Day 2:  Oudtshoorn – Mossel BayAfter breakfast we head over the Robertson Mountain pass to enter the Garden Route at Mossel Bay. We can spend some time on the spectacular beaches, hike the Cape St. Blaize trail along the cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, and visit the famous Diaz Museum complex, commemorating the first known European exploration around the tip of Africa. The more adventurous can try a 10,000-foot tandem skydive or sandboarding on the longest dune-ride in South Africa. In the afternoon we will go on a game drive on a private game reserve, hoping to see wildlife such as zebra, lion, antelope, and African buffalo.  The evening will be spent in Mossel Bay, with options for several seaside restaurants for dinner. Day 3:  Mossel Bay – Tsitsikamma – SedgefieldToday we continue along the coastline to Tsitsikamma National Park. En route we will stop at Bloukrans Bridge to view the world’s highest bungee jump bridge (216 meters). There is plenty of time for the adventure seekers among you to test their courage. The afternoon will be spent in Tsitsikamma National Park, with its unique combination of indigenous forest and beautiful Indian Ocean coastline. The park has a wide choice of activities for all, including hiking, kayaking, crossing a suspension bridge and swimming. Late afternoon you can spend exploring Sedgefield with its spectacular views and beaches. For dinner, we will have a traditional potjie (stew) at a beach bar.Day 4: Sedgefield - Wilderness – Cape TownOn our final touring day, we will travel to Wilderness National Park, where we will explore the Touw River by canoe. After about 40 minutes, the canoes will be left for a 2km hike along a boardwalk, which will take us to a lovely waterfall and rock pools. After the canoeing, we will drive back to Cape Town, finishing the tour between 17:00 – 19:00 on Monday evening.

$22456 Private & Custom Tours

CAPE TOWN , Garden Route Golf Hyatt Resort 4 Days Package tour

Cape Town to Knysna 4Nights Departs every day from your hotel or guesthouse in the Cape Town area.HIGHLIGHTS Day 1: OudtshoornThe charming town of Oudtshoorn, situated in the Klein Karoo is home to South Africa’s ostrich farm industry and the world famous Cango CaveWine Tasting RobertsonVisit the Ostrich farmDinner & overnight stay in OudtshoornDay 2: Knysna / Plettenberg BayKnysna, situated between lush forests and the shores of a peaceful lagoon offers a wide variety of activities and attractions.Cango CavesSwartberg PassLunch at "Kobus se Gat"Knysna Heads and WaterfrontElephant Park (optional)Dinner & overnight stay in KnysnaDay 3: Mossel BayDepart from your hotel to Mossel Bay. Venture on a 4X4 Safari, one of the biggest attractions on the Garden route.Visit Mossel4X4 Safari (duration 2h)Return to Cape Town in the afternoon

$1093.92 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 Days 2 Nights Garden Route Tour in 3 Star Hotel

The following itinerary is what guests can expect on this 3 days/2 nights Garden route tour 3-star:Day1Collection from Guest's hotel/guest house by a qualified tour guide/driver in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle. We travel on the N2 through Elgin and pass through small towns like Caledon, Riviersonderend and Riversdale. We stop in Albertinia at the Aloe Vera factory (20 minutes) for coffee and a bit of shopping. From there we proceed to Zorgfontein to Walk with the lions (1 hour). This will be followed by a stop in Mossel Bay. At approximately 15:00 we travel to Botlierskop Game Farm for a 3-hour game drive in an open 4×4 truck. This is a unique occasion to fully experience the Big 5. After the game drive we set off for Knysna, passing through the scenic towns of George, Wilderness and Sedgefield. After check-in at accommodation and freshening up, guests will be taken for dinner. Thereafter, guests will be dropped off at their hotel/guest house. Day 2Collection from Guest's hotel/guest house after check-out and breakfast. We explore the Knysna Heads, drive to the top of one of the heads and down to the beach. We stop at Garden of Eden for a guided walking tour for approximately 15 minutes. Thereafter we dedicate an hour to admire the largest bird sanctuary in southern hemisphere, Birds of Eden and also visit Monkey land sanctuary. From there, guests will have an opportunity to interact with the elephants. Our next stop is at the Storms River mouth where lunch will be served. After lunch we embark on a guided walking tour of about 900 meters to the Hanging bridge. We depart from there at approximately 15:00 and travel back to Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich capital. We overnight at De Poort Country lodge at the foot of the Swartberg mountain where dinner will be served. Estimated time of arrival at accommodation – approximately 18:30/19:00. Day 3Collection from Guest's hotel/guest house after check-out and breakfast. Our first stop is at the Safari Ostrich farm to interact with the Ostriches. Our next attraction will be the Cango wildlife Ranch for a wildlife encounter. Thereafter we visit the Cango caves for a standard tour. After the tour, lunch will be served at one of the Restaurants as per our itinerary. From there we depart for Cape town via route 62 with optional stops. Guests will be dropped off at their accommodation in Cape town. Should guests prefer to be dropped off in Port Elizabeth instead, this can be arranged.Vehicles include free cold bottled water, complimentary Wi-Fi and snacks.Drinks and Gratuities are excluded in the cost unless otherwise informed. The Garden Route private tour departs from Cape Town with a minimum of two guests. A departure at 07:00am is recommended.

$1179.25 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 Days 2 Nights Garden Route private tour

Our 2-nights 3-days Garden Route private tour from Cape Town or Port Elizabeth is fully customizable as guests are able to book their own accommodation, choose their own restaurants for meals and select their own activities and places of interest along this tour route. Below is an example of an itinerary which is customizable:Day1 • 6:30am: Pick up at accommodation in Cape Town or Port Elizabeth by a private tour guide/driver and private vehicle. • We travel on the N2 through Elgin and pass through Caledon, Riviersonderend and Riversdale. • An optional stop at the Aloe Vera factory (20 minutes) for coffee and a bit of shopping. • Proceed to Mossel Bay for a 12-minute Helicopter tour along the coastline. • 12:30pm: We travel to Botlierskop Private Game Reserve for a recommended lunch. • 14:00pm: Depart on a 3-hour game drive in an open 4×4 truck. This is a unique occasion to fully experience the Big 5. • 17:00pm: Depart Botlierskop Game Reserve for Knysna, passing through the scenic towns of George, Wilderness and Sedgefield. • 18:30pm: We check in and freshen up before dinner time. The tour guide/driver will be available for dinner transfers. Day 2 • 9:00am: Today guests will be picked up at their accommodation in Knysna after breakfast. • We explore the Knysna Heads, drive to the top of one of the heads and down to the beach. • We stop at Garden of Eden for a guided walking tour for approximately 15 minutes. • Thereafter we admire the largest bird sanctuary in southern hemisphere, Birds of Eden and also visit Monkey land sanctuary. • We visit Elephant Sanctuary for a Walk with the Elephants encounter (1-hour) in The Crags.  • Our next stop is at the Storms River mouth entering through the Tsitsikamma National Park. • 14:00pm: We recommend lunch at the Cattle Baron restaurant at Storms River Mouth. • After lunch we embark on a guided walking tour of about 900M to the Hanging bridge. • 16:00pm: We depart Tsitsikamma for Knysna and return to the hotel for freshening up and relaxing before dinner. The tour guide driver will be available for dinner transfers. Day 3 • 8:00am: Pick up at accommodation in Knysna after breakfast and check out. • We travel to Oudtshoorn for a fun-filled day of activities in the Klein Karoo. • Our first stop is at the Safari Ostrich farm to interact with the Ostriches. • Our next attraction will be the Cango wildlife Ranch for a wildlife encounter. • Thereafter we visit the Cango caves for a standard tour. • After the tour, we recommend lunch at the Cango Caves Restaurant. • 14:30pm: Depart Oudtshoorn for Cape Town.  • Guests will be dropped off at their accommodation between 19:30 and 21:00pm.

$603.77 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Overnight Shark Cage Diving Excursion for Small Groups in Mossel Bay

Day One. We pick up our guests from any hotel in Cape Town. The group will be small with a minimum of 3 guests to a maximum of 12 guests. We depart for Mossel Bay, a journey of 400 km along the N2 highway. Arrival in Mossel Bay is early evening at a hotel within walking distance of the Mossel Bay bars and restaurants. Day Two. Up early the next morning and on to the Shark Dive Boat from the nearby harbour. The boat returns at approximately 1 pm. Lunch and then we return to Cape Town, arriving approximately 7pm. In the event of inclement weather and no feasible dive we will make a stop at Garden Route Game Lodge for a game drive. The guests will have the option of extending their stay in Mossel Bay for more diving or snorkeling.