Travel Tuesday: Magical Mossel Bay

Monday’s over, but it’s still only Tuesday. So, if you’re in need of a pick-me-up, strap on your travelling shoes and take a sho’t left with us up the Garden Route to magical Mossel Bay.

Mossel Bay has become known as the Do Stuf destination, as it caters for all tastes and inclinations.

This gorgeous coastal town is conveniently located, as 18 of the country’s national roads all lead here.

Route 62, which runs through majestic mountains and some of South Africa’s most beautiful mountain passes to link the Klein Karoo and Garden Route passes through Mossel Bay.

Mossel Bay is also the last destination on the N12 Treasure Route, which runs from Emalahleni (Witbank) via Potchefstroom near the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site, passed Three Sisters to Beaufort West, where the N12 turn to Meiringspoort, De Rust, Dysseldorp and eventually Oudtshoorn. From here, you follow the Outeniqua Pass to get to George and the N2 that will lead you to beautiful Mossel Bay.

The moderate climate makes it a haven for summer sunseekers with its beaches – four of which have blue flag status, fantastic fishing spots, shark cage diving and skydiving for the adventurous, sandboarding down tall dunes, mountain biking, 4×4 routes and hiking trails, to name but a few.

For those with nerves of steel, the Shark Lab allows you to experience swimming with smooth hound sharks.

Experience the wind in your hair, the salty taste of sea spray on board the Romonza, as you take a trip to Seal Island, or ride the Diaz Express in the trolleys Tom, Dick & Harry.

For those with children, visit the Harry Giddey Park where you can learn about animals and picnic.

The Diaz Beach Water Park offers supertubes and pools for those wanting a water experience without all the sand.