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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$351.52 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 - Oudtshoorn We 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 Bay After 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 – Sedgefield Today 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 Town On 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.

$1080.37 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.

$573.90 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.

$538.03 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Garden Route Experience from Cape Town

Day 1: Cape Town Start your adventure with a morning pickup from your Cape Town hotel or the arrivals lounge at the Cape Town International Airport. Departure at 08h00. Travel through some of the wine-producing valleys of the Western Cape. Enjoy wine tasting at an elegant estate before making your way into Klein Karoo. Arrive in the town of Oudtshoorn, where you will visit an Ostrich Show Farm and observe the development from an egg to an adult.  Overnight in Oudtshoorn at a 4 star Guest House. Day 2: Oudtshoorn - Knysna (B)After breakfast, visit the Cango Caves to admire the astonishing formations of glittering drip-stones. Then, traverse the Outeniqua Mountains and descend into the heart of the Garden Route. Next, discover craftsmen in Knysna, a region that holds a wide variety of arts and crafts. End the day with an optional Yacht or boat  sunset cruise on the beautiful Knysna Lagoon. Overnight in Knysna in the Knysna Waterfront. Day 3: Knysna (B)After Breakfast we make our way to the tiny settlement of Nature's Valley. Creep through the ancient forest of the Outeniqua Yellowoods as its tangle of trees and ferns surround you. The Robberg Nature Reserve is available for touring as well. If preferred, you may choose an optional activity such as: Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, or the Knysna Elephant Park. Follow a horse trail through the forest, canoe along a river trail, or play a round of golf. Overnight in Knysna .Day 4: Knysna (B)Once you are finished with your breakfast, drive to Mossel Bay. Enjoy a boat ride to Seal Island where you will see seals, whales, and occasionally, a great white shark. Then explore the Diaz Museum before taking the opportunity to shop and have lunch at the mall (at own expense). In case of poor weather conditions, the boat cruise may be replaced by a wine, juice or craft beer tasting including lunch. At the end of the day, you will be dropped off at the George Airport (Road transport to Cape Town or Port Elizabeth may be arranged at an extra cost)

$832.16 Multi-day & Extended Tours

ASIA TO AFRICA: Explore Cape Town & Garden Route - 6 Days

 DAY 1:  Arrival at Cape Town International Airport. After a Hotel transfer and check-in, guests are taken to the V&A Waterfront. Here you may enjoy some optional activities such as: Robben Island tour; Table Mountain; boat cruises & Two Oceans Aquarium. Free for Asian  Dinner at the Waterfront. Guests are then dropped off at their hotel after dinner. DAY  2  (B L): After breakfast join the tour of the Cape of Good Hope.  A visit to Cape Point will reward you with the opportunity to witness the meeting of the mighty Atlantic & Indian Oceans. The first stop is Cape Point where guests can take a short hike to the Cape of Good Hope. The Penguin Colony at Sea-forth always proves to be a lot of fun. For lunch, fish & chips and salad will be served next to the ocean. The return journey takes you along the scenic Chapmans Peak Pass and Hout Bay.We go on a boat cruise to Seal Island to get up close to hundreds of Cape Fur Seals. The evening is free for you to Explore the Waterfront. In the evening guests are taken to a traditional Cape Malay or similar Eastern Restaurant.Day 3   (B L D): After breakfast we head to the Cape Winelands. We stop to visit  a wine estate  and do a wine or juice tasting. Transfer to a Private Game Reserve. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the Game Lodge. In the late afternoon we enjoy a game drive in an open 4X4 vehicle to look for the  Big Five. Dinner at the Lodge. DAY 4  (B):  The day starts early with a another Big 5 Game Drive followed by breakfast. We then depart for Oudtshoorn. Our itinerary includes a visit to a fascinating Ostrich Show Farm.Overnight in Oudtshoorn.DAY 5  (B D): After breakfast you will  visit one of the great wonders of Africa - the subterranean wonderland of Cango Caves for a tour of this vast sequence of caverns, each filled with astonishing formations of glittering stalagmites and stalactites.We  journey to Knysna via the Wilderness.  Visit the Knysna Heads where the mighty Indian Ocean rushes in and out of the Knysna Lagoon. Wind up the day with an optional Lagoon Sunset Cruise.  This evening guests are invited to the Knysna Yacht Club for a Barbeque. Overnight in Knysna. Day 6  (B): After breakfast we head down to Mossel Bay. Enjoy an optional boat ride out to Seal Island to view Seals, Whales and sometimes the Great White Shark. We also explore the Diaz Museum. We drop off our guests in the early afternoon at George Airport for your onward flight or coach/road transport to Cape Town or Port Elizabeth. 

$692.27 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Vegetarian & Vegan Vacation: Explore the Cape Winelands & Garden Route - 5 Days

DAY 1 (L D)    Leave Cape Town at 09h00 and travel to the Cape's famed Winelands. We visit some of the area's most elegant wine estates,  tasting their superb Vegetarian and Vegan Wines. Stop for lunch at the Greenhouse Restaurant situated on the Babylonstoren  Wine Estate. All food is served picnic-style in wooden crates with the preserves, jams and salads packaged in weck jars, while fresh bread is baked from our old wood-fired oven.Overnight in The Breede River Valley a region, famous for its fruit and wine farms.  Enjoy a traditional South African Dinner.DAY 2  (B L)   Head through the unique and scenically spectacular Klein Karoo Route 62 to arrive in Oudtshoorn, the "ostrich capital" of the world. Enjoy a wine tasting and cheese platter at a wine estate on Route 62. Experience a visit to a fascinating Ostrich Show Farm.   Overnight in Oudtshoorn. DAY 3  (B L)   We proceed to one of Africa's great wonders - the subterranean wonderland of the Cango Caves.   Lunch is enjoyed along with a tasting of Klein Karoo Wines or Juices. Crossing the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains, we descend into the Garden Route. Our first Stop is the Wilderness where we stop for optional Craft Beer and Gin Tasting. (Juice and non-alcoholic beer available) Arriving in Knysna, we begin to explore this charming village with its myriad attractions for visitors. Overnight Knysna. DAY 4  (B L)  Today you will explore the Tsitsikamma region. Plettenberg Bay is a spectacular setting for you to spend time in its environs. We will do some whale and dolphin spotting. Lunch will be enjoyed at Bocca Dolce Restaurant. This quaint vegetarian/vegan café is on the farm Quarry Lake, where owners Lello and Lisa Incendiario grow and sell their own organic vegetables, microgreens, and wheatgrass.The coastal road we follow wends it's way along steep river gorges, over spectacular mountain passes and through dense indigenous forests and ferns. We visit the tiny settlement of Nature's Valley, one of the loveliest havens of tranquility along the Garden Route. An optional tour of  Monkeyland or the Birds of Eden or the Knysna Elephant Park is available before departing back to Knysna.  Optional sunset cruise on the Knysna Lagoon.DAY 5  (B)   We head down to Mossel Bay. Enjoy a boat ride out to Seal Island to view seals, whales and sometimes the Great White Shark. After an opportunity to do some last minute shopping and enjoy lunch at the Mall, We drop off our guests in the mid afternoon at George Airport for your onward flight or road transfer.