VLEES BAY / BOGGOMS BAY
Traditional fishermen’s cottages and two environmentally-sensitive property developments characterise the Vlees Bay / Boggoms Bay area – as does the coastal fynbos. A lovely, remote region that’s worth visiting for its peace and tranquillity.
A residential area within a conservancy, Dana Bay boasts 116 species of birds and is known for its 16 km-long sandy beach.
Inland and nestled in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains, Herbertsdale is a historic village with forts dating back to the South African War (1899 – 1903). The picturesque Langfontein Valley (on the road out of town towards Cloete’s Pass) is known for its witblits – a South African version of moonshine or poteen.
Worth visiting for its sweeping views of the Bay, Friemersheim was originally a mission station and the site of the slave quarters for Great Brak River. The old slave buildings can still be seen near the entrance to the village.
A beautiful valley just off the Robinson Pass between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn. This is a region of scenic drives, hiking trails and 4×4 routes and is a must-see for bird lovers and anyone interested in the proteas and ericas of the region’s mountain fynbos.
MOSSEL BAY’S CBD
The town of Mossel Bay itself is broadly divided into two major areas – the ‘Old Town,’ which is centred around the harbour and the Dias Museum Complex – and the ‘Newer District” of Diaz Beach and Voorbaai. Both areas boast hotels and guest houses, excellent shopping and access to Mossel Bay’s famous white-sand beaches. Many high-lying areas offer excellent whale- and dolphin watching (particularly between May and September, when the migratory species visit the Bay).
Hartenbos is above all a holiday village where the endless sandy beach an irresistible magnet for South African families. This is the home of the ATKV Resort (Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur Vereniging) – one of the largest self-catering resorts in the country – and its museum explores the Great Trek of 1838.
One of the oldest suburb (it dates back to 1898), Tarka is famous for its stone houses that were built of local rock which was quarried in a unique way: boulders were buried under bonfires during the day and then exposed to the cool night air to crack. The resulting stones were then dressed and made ready for the masons.
One of the largest residential areas of Mossel Bay, Kwa Nonqaba is known for its Township Homestay and the ever-popular non-alcoholic shebeen, the Emgolweni Kamama’s Café, which is a place where local children can play safely during the day.
LITTLE BRAK RIVER
Popular with lovers of water sports and anglers – it offers excellent fishing spots on the river and the 4 km-long beach. The outlying areas of Reebok and Tergniet are known for their excellent landbased whale and dolphin watching.
GREAT BRAK RIVER
A holiday spot on the shores of the Great Brak River Lagoon. Known for its fishing, boating and beaches, the village boasts a number of marked walking trails, and a local history museum.