General Information on Mossel Bay | Location, Getting here, Safety, Emergency Services, Events & Weather

Mossel Bay, South Africa

Mossel Bay is located in the heart of the Garden Route area in South Africa. It is also commonly known as the halfway mark between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, both about 400km to either side. One can almost say it is right on the border of the “greener” ( foresty ) side and the more fynbos / Karoo ( semi desert ) side.  The diversity in these two aspects of the Garden Route is what makes our area so unique and a paradise for visitors throughout the year.

Getting here

Mossel Bay can be easily accessed by any travelling method.  George Airport is about a 25 minute drive away.  You can either rent a vehicle fromthe airport or make use of the transit or taxi services.

Being on the N2 road between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, you can travel to Mossel Bay by bus as well.  Mossel Bay’s Shell Truckport is a popular stop along their routes.  The most popular way of getting here would be by car.  We find that a lot of our visitors rent vehicle from Cape Town and do a self-drive towards Port Elizabeth or even sometimes Johannesburg.

Mossel Bay Map

You can download this high resolution map of Mossel Bay by clicking on the image.

Mossel Bay Map

Intercity Coach Services

  • Central Booking Office for Intercape, Citiliner, City to City, Translux and Greyhound: Voorbaai Truckport Telephone: 044 695 1172
  • Translux – Telephone: 0861 589 282
  • Baz Bus – Telephone: 0861 229 287
  • Intercape – Telephone: 021 380 4400
  • Greyhound – Telephone: 083 915 9000
  • City to City –  Telephone: 0861 589 282

Getting here by air No Worries about getting here – Mossel Bay is served by a domestic airport at George (with connecting flights to all major centres in South Africa) – and there’s the Mossel Bay Airfield for private, non-scheduled flights.

Scheduled Flights

  • George Airport (40 km from Mossel Bay central). Flight enquiries: 044 876 9310
  • Mossel Bay Airfield Telephone: 044 695 4025 Controlled by George Airport and used for private, non-scheduled flights only. Coordinates: South 34 9′ 30s; East 22 3′ 45s

Overview of the town

Mossel Bay is a very popular destination that appeals to everyone.  This historic town has something to offer to everyone whether you are visiting for leisure or business – we have something for you.

*Download our Facts Sheet here (PDF 1.0 MB) – 11 pages packed with information about visiting and doing business in Mossel Bay.

Accommodation in Mossel Bay can be found in any form.  From Guest Houses & Self-Catering options to Hotels, Camping and other interesting accommodation options.

The activities in Mossel Bay is very diverse and will accommodate the whole family.  From adventure activities like Shark Cage Diving and Sky-Diving to more family orientated activities like Safari Game Drives, Museums, our Blue Flag Beaches, great restaurants and many more..

There are also many sporting activities in Mossel Bay.  The Garden Route has 12 Championship Golf Courses, 2 of which is located in Mossel Bay in the form of Mossel Bay Golf Course and the fairly new but exciting Pinnacle Point Golf Resort.

Mossel Bay has also become a popular business hub.  We have found more and more business travelers visit us each year.  Our great facilities and hotels offer the perfect setting for business meet-ups.


320 Sunny days per year. Rain falls mostly at night and mostly during summer. In 1992, the Guinness Book of Records reported Mossel Bay as having ‘the second mildest climate in the world” (first was a small town in Hawaii).

Summer (September – April). Day Time: 26 C Night Time: 12 C Dress sense: Wear light clothing, a hat and sun block. Winter (May – August) Day Time: 19 C Night Time: 8 C Dress sense: Wear light clothing during the day; you’ll need a sweater or coat at night and during the occasional cold snap. Frost is rare and snow has never been recorded in Mossel Bay, although it is sometimes seen on the peaks of the Outeniqua Mountains, 60 km to the north.

Proud Mossel Bay

Proud of Mossel Bay? Then show it – we urge you to use Mossel Bay’s Brand Identity (our logo) wherever you can: on your signboards and letterheads, on your T-shirts and umbrellas, on your gift tokens and product packaging, on your bumper stickers and on your … well, on anything that’ll showcase Mossel Bay.

There’s just one thing, though: you need to agree to use the Brand Identity in a consistent manner. This will prevent confusion in the market place and will serve to increase the reach of Mossel Bay Tourism.

To become a part of Proud Mossel Bay all you need to do is download a .PDF version of our Brand Identity Guidelines brochure (Click here to download our Brand Identity Guidelines brochure) or collect a copy from our offices on the corner of Market & Church Streets, Mossel Bay.