Mossel Bay, Western Cape, South Africa
Mossel Bay is a sheltered coastal village, once a haven for European sailors in the early days of exploration of the African coast. It was here that a sailor left a message in an old boot under a milkwood tree and, amazingly enough; it was found and delivered to Portugal.
This amazing act of postal efficiency is commemorated in the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, where you can still see the gnarled old post office tree. This museum plays host to many other displays as well, including a full size replica of a 15th Century Portuguese caravel.
Other attractions include excellent seafood restaurants, nearby game sanctuaries with small game, wonderful diving, exceptional surfing and the opportunity to go sea kayaking, sailing, horse riding or bungi jumping. The nearby St Blaize Trail offers lovely daily walks, with the chance to enjoy wonderful cliff top sightings of Dolphin and, in season, Whale.
Hikers are also catered for. The Oyster Catcher Trail runs along the coast and is escorted and catered, with all luggage being taken to the overnight spots by vehicle.
Mossel Bay is considered to be the western edge of the Garden Route. It is located on the N2, about 400 kilometres east of Cape Town and just a little bit closer to Port Elizabeth in the opposite direction. The closest airport is in George.