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Information on Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa

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Mossel Bay is a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa which lies on the southern coast of South Africa, west of Knysna and east of the Cape of Good Hope on the Indian Ocean coast and is part of the Garden Route.

Mossel Bay features a mild semiarid climate. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Mossel Bay has the second mildest all year climate in the world. The first is Hawaii.

Well traveled pleasure boats dock regularly as well as other international seafarers using the modern docking facilities. Mossel Bay is a rapidly growing tourist destination as more and more travelers are discovering the Jewel of the Cape Garden Route.

Mossel Bay is a sportsman's and waters sport lover's paradise, it has a remarkably wide range of adventure sports facilities as well as sport of the conventional type, such as golf, squash, tennis, bungi and bridge diving, indoor heated pools, horse riding to name but a few. And if you are into water sports, there is some of the countries most adrenalin induced activities available such as, shark cage diving, ship wreck diving, snorkeling, power boating and others

Mossel Bay History

Nomadic Khoi-San people were the first inhabitants of the Mossel Bay area. A cave in which there have been found remains of KhoiSan settlement is now a national monument and the starting point of a walking trail to the nearby town of Dana Bay.

The first contact between Southern Africans and Europeans took place on Santos Beach in Mossel Bay in 1488 between Diaz and the Khoi-San. The meeting was peaceful, and both sides were willing to trade. Diaz erected a cross, and called the bay Augauda de São Bras, as they landed on the festival day of St. Blaize.

The first trading between inhabitants of Europe and Southern African was in 1497 between Vasco da Gama and the local Khoi-San tribe. In the following years, Portuguese sailors would use the Bay as a halfway station where the KhoiSan offered them food. A small stream was used for fresh water and now only flows beneath the surface.

The Diaz Complex marks the location of the historical landing of Diaz. The 500 year old Post Office Tree, a national monument, can still be seen at the site, now harbouring a mail box shaped as a shoe. Also, located in the complex are the remnants of the Spring, the Maritime Museum, which houses a replica of the caraval on which Diaz arrived, which arrived in Mossel Bay in 1987, a gift from the Government of Portugal. Another highlight a map of Mossel Bay produced by early Dutch sailor, Cornelius de Houtman in 1595. The Museum is housed in the old Saw Mill Building, the Granary which is now the entrance to the complex which boasts a fascinating exhibition on the cultural life of coloured communities in Mossel Bay during apartheid, inter alia, the Shirley Building where the shell museum and small aquarium is located - it also hosts a 476 kg Great White Shark, caught of the coast of nearby Hartenbos and Munroshoek, the oldest houses in town. Recently, the building in which a Cultural History Museum was housed for many years was sold and became a private arts centre. The first settlers were granted land in Mossel Bay in 1729, 77 years after the Dutch colonised the area presently Cape Town.

Towns and Suburbs of the Western Cape province of South Africa

Arniston , Albertinia , Bantry Bay , Bellville , Barrydale , Beaufort West , Bloubergrant , Bloubergstrand , Brackenfell , Caledon , Century City , Ceres , Camps Bay , Cape Town , Citrusdal , Clanwilliam , Claremont , Constantia , Darling, De Rust , De Waterkant , Durbanville , Fish Hoek , Franschhoek , Fresnaye , Gardens , Gordon's Bay , Gansbaai , George , Grabouw , Green Point , Greyton , Hout Bay , Hermanus , Kenilworth , Kleinmond , Knysna , Lakeside , Lambert's Bay , Langebaan , Malgas , McGregor , Melkbosstrand , Milnerton , Morreesburg , Muizenberg , Montagu , Mossel Bay , Mowbray , Newlands , Noordhoek , Observatory , Oranjezicht , Oudtshoorn , Paternoster, Paarl , Parow , Pinelands , Plettenberg Bay , Prince Albert , Pringle Bay , Rawsonville , Robertson , Riebeeck West , Rondebosch , Stellenbosch , Somerset West , Simon's Town , Saldanha , Sea Point , Sir Lowry's Pass , Stanford , St Helena Bay , Strand , Swellendam , Table View , Tokai , Tulbagh , Tygerberg , Uniondale, Vermont , Vredendal , Wellington , Wilderness , Witsand , Worcester , Wynberg , Yzerfontein

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