between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, and right in the middle of the famous`Garden
Route` of South Africa, nestles the seaside town of Mossel Bay
.A bustling holiday resort in summer and the ideal retreat in winter, it is situated
on a spectacular sun washed peninsula, embraced by the warm Indian Ocean.
greater Mossel Bay area has a well deserved reputation among the thousands of holiday makers who frequent these areas every
wonder Mossel Bay was voted the second most popular holiday town in South
After being blown around the Southern tip of Africa, Bartolomeu Dias, in search
of a route to India, became the first seafarer from Europe to round the Cape
into Mossel Bay on 3 February 1488, 165 years before the Dutch settlement
in Cape Town.Dias did not complete the journey to India as he had to
back at the fish river to avoid mutiny.When he rounded the Cape on his way
called it the Cape of Good Hope.In 1500 a Portuguese fleet,
en route to India, was almost completely destroyed
in a storm. The remaining ships sought shelter in Mossel Bay,and spent
some time here.
One of the sailors left a letter in a sailors boot which he hung in a very big milkwood tree. The letter was found in 1501 by
a crew member of another ship,
who took it to his family back home.This tree became the first post office in Southern Africa, and is there to this day.The tree is an estimated 800 years old,
and a mere 200 meters from where the Santos
Express is today.
DID MOSSEL BAY GET IT`S NAME FROM ?In 1601 the Dutch captain Caerden named it Mossel Bay,after
they could only find mussels
when actually looking to replenish
their meat supplies. Mossel Bay is famous for it`s seafood
to this day.
to the Guinness Book of Records, this `Karoo-by-the-sea` town has the second most moderate
climate in the world, and has the
only north facing beach in South Africa. The sea temperature in summertime is 20 to 22 degrees C,
and in the winter 14 to 16 degrees C.The averagetemperatures for September - May is 21 to 28 degrees C,and May to Sept is 16 to 21 degrees C
INHABITANTS :The Khoi-san people lived in the area for hundreds of years, and in a cave many
artifacts have been discovered that date back
and more. They even discovered a vase of Eastern origin
under 2 meters of guano!
OCEAN AND IT`S INHABITANTS :From right in front of the Santos Express one can watch dolphins, seals and
whales at play. Seal
Island is home
to a large colony of seals and their cubs, while scuba diving at Santos Beach opens
a colorful and astonishing underwater wonder world. Mossel Bay
is also famous
for marlin, sole,
mussels and oysters.
LOCOMOTIVES : The history of steam trains in South Africa is closely linked to Mossel
Bay, and it is therefor no wonder that Mossel Bay has
become the biggest centre for
restoring steam locomotives of all classes in the South African rail network.Enthusiasts
from all over the world come
here to see in
real life locomotives they`ve only read about.
WRECK SITES: The
history of Mossel Bay is closely linked to maritime activities.The
site of the PHILIA and other wrecks
(there are 45 wrecks in the area !) was
identified for an underwater
museum because of easy accessibility.