Mossel bay

Picturesque beauty of Mossel Bay. Photo: canva

A Mossel Bay-cation: Top things to do in this incredible Western Cape spot

If you find yourself visiting Mossel Bay, or the “Bay of Mussels”, as the name literally translates to, here are a few things you have to do!

Mossel bay

Picturesque beauty of Mossel Bay. Photo: canva

Mossel Bay is regarded as one of the tourist hotspots in the Garden Route (and South Africa, some might argue), and for good reason too. If you find yourself visiting the “Bay of Mussels”, as the name literally translates to, here are a few things you have to do…

Zipline over the ocean 

Why you should experience it: At 1 100 metres in length, the Mossel Bay zipline is the longest over-ocean zipline in the world and is definitely something to brag about. Whoosh past dramatic coastal scenery at 80km/h from the cliffs below Point High School to the deck of the Shark Lab Aquarium. 

How much does it cost: A ride costs R800 per person and includes transport up to the starting point of the zipline.

How to get there: Find it on 6 Point Road in Mossel Bay.

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Stay on a train in Mossel Bay

Why you should stay here: Just 30 metres from the Indian Ocean, The Santos Express Train Lodge is as unique as unique accommodation gets! The Lodge allows you to sleep in an actual train in rooms with mountain or sea views. Choose from either a basic compartment, honeymoon caboose or luxury suite. You’ll also get to enjoy a free light breakfast with any of your room options – bonus! 

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Enjoy oysters with a view

Why you should experience it: Situated right on the water of the Mossel Bay Harbour, the Mossel Bay Oyster Bar is an incredible spot for sundowners, sushi and the freshest oysters! Watch the sun sink over the ocean as you sip a delicious cocktail or two.

How much does it cost: Check out their menu with prices here.

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Enjoy the freshest seafood at the Mossel Bay Oyster Bar. Photo: supplied

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Visit a historical cave in Mossel Bay

Why you should visit: Cape St. Blaize cave is the site of some of South Africa’s first Middle Stone Age archaeological excavations and was once used by hunter-gatherers around 160 000 years ago. There are guided Point of Human Origin tours available for those keen on history but the cave itself is accessible to the general public. ( Just wear comfortable shoes and clothes for the short but steep walk. 

How much does it cost: The cave is free and open to the public for viewing. 

How to get there: Located just below the St Blaize lighthouse on Point Road.

St Blaize cave
The walk up to St Blaize cave in Mossel Bay. Photo: Supplied