Have you ever been to a place where waves can be heard right into the confines of your own home? Where the sound of the sea is the white noise that echos incessantly, softly and delicately giving an almost musical touch to every conversation and every thought. If you ever find your self in a similar situation, chances are you are in Mossel Bay.
What really hits you immediately is the immense ocean and the jagged cliffs, or rocks you can say, perched on top of which is the sprawling town of Mossel Bay, and of course the lilting breeze, laden with the warm and salty ocean scent. Now that was my first impression of this lovely town.
After driving through the rustic mountains and scenic farms of Oudtshoorn, it was a totally different world out here, so laid back, softly shining with the secret glow of an eloquent interlude.
We drove straight to our hotel, Sir Edward Charles Manor, right atop one such cliff facing the great Indian Ocean. To our surprise we were upgraded to a larger room with a great view by the wonderful staff. So if you find yourself in Mossel Bay, it’s worth it, to check this place. The view and location are great but the hospitality and food are awesome.
The evening was spent admiring the sandy beaches scattered all around the town, the best yet was the pinnacle point, it’s a corner of land surrounded by ocean on two sides, the wonderful view of the great ocean and the super huge waves clashing from different directions is really an experience to behold.
The next day we took off to knysna just an hour and a half’s drive from there, it is another lovely town on the garden route. Sadly, the fires on the western Cape had affected knysna quite a bit, due to which we had to take it off of our itinerary, however we did spend a lovely afternoon there.
Knysna is never complete without trying the wonderful cuisine and sea food, especially oysters. My suggestion go for the fresh raw oysters served on a bed of ice.
Here’s some practical information about Mossel Bay
Mossel Bay is situated along the garden route it can be easily reached though oudtshoorn in the north, George in the east and Capetown in the west via N2.
Nearest rail head is George ( 50 kms )
Nearest airport is George (50 kms )
The best way according to me is definitely by road along the scenic garden route.
So, moving on with my story.. The last day we did all the touristy touch points Bartolomeu Dias museum complex, Point of human origins, the shark lab ( it’s a wonderful experience for kids) and finally my favorite the short trek up to Cape St. Blaize Lighthouse, it’s totally worth it.
Following day we drove to George airport a short drive ( again about half an hour ) away for our onward journey to Durban.
My takeaway from Mossel Bay, the sweet and lilting sound of the waves and the wonderful taste of fresh oysters in Knysna.
I am taking off for now and will be back soon with another story of the grand city of Durban a stately home of fun and entertainment. Full of water parks, beaches, casinos, amusement parks, wonderful food and so much more.
Leaving you with a lovely travel quote..
‘oh darling ..let’s be adventurers‘
– The Gypsy Gurl
What is your favorite beach holiday destination? Do let me know in the comments, I would love to hear it.❤