Welcome back to another “read-a-sode” of “My South African Adventure”!
This week my travels took me from the beautiful coastal town of Still Bay, to Dana Bay, a suburb of Mossel Bay in the Western Cape.
What makes Mossel Bay so special?
This is the town where the Garden Route officially starts.
But what is the Garden Route?
The 200 km stretch of coast connecting Mossel Bay to the Storms River Mouth is commonly referred to as the Garden Route due to the amazing diversity of wide sandy beaches, lovely lakes and lagoons, shady evergreen forests and protea-studded slopes. The region is home to the Garden Route National Park and a host of protected indigenous forests. Large terrestrial wildlife is scarce, but the region offers fabulous aquatic and forest bird watching.
Don’t forget to take a peak over the cliffs to spot some dolphins, seals or whales having a splash in the water!
If you are feeling like some fun in the sun and spending some time on the beautiful waters of Mossel Bay, I would definitely recommend a boat trip out to Seal Island.
Seal Island in Mossel Bay is populated by over 2500 Cape Fur Seals and the island is surround by their greatest enemy - The Great White Shark.
If you are feeling gutsy and up for a challenge, cage diving with Great White Sharks might be the thing for you! Many companies in Mossel Bay offer this experience.
Next up, it is time for a coffee, or “Boeretroos” as the Afrikaans community would call it.
Situated on a hill, the Blue Shed is your perfect option for that perfect cup of coffee! With it’s rustic feel and antique collections, this coffee shop will keep you intrigued for hours on end!
Now that’s what you call cake!
Is that an elephant in my coffee?
Ending off the day with a bit of shopping?
Why not visit “The Goods Shed”?
When it was built in 1900, the Goods Shed was used as a cargo store, and was the largest clear-span structure in the region. Its interior measures 15 x 90 meters and is now occupied by an indoor flea market.
The adjoining building with its instantly recognizable clock tower was erected in 1901 for the Mossel Bay Boating Company, which managed the harbour. The clock is said to have been used to time the speed with which ships were loaded and unloaded.
Before I leave you, here are a couple of honourable mentions:
- If you are looking for an on-the-go quick lunch or breakfast, Wimpy is the place to be! There is nothing like a Wimpy Cheese Burger and Chips!
- Always, always, always be super careful when walking around in bushes where there are no clear paths! This “little” guy (Puff Adder) was taking a very peaceful stroll down our road!
The Puff Adder is responsible for more bites and fatalities in Africa than any other snake due to its habit of not moving away from approaching footsteps, instead blowing out air as a warning, hence the name.
- Make yourself aware of the safety guidelines when it comes to swimming in the ocean. South African waters might look beautiful, but the rips and currents can be deadly.
- Last but not least, always read up about possible load shedding / power cuts that might be taking place. Power cuts can come at a days notice and can last up to 2.5 hours, 3 times per day (at the worst of times).
I leave you with a beautiful panaramic view over Dana Bay with its amazing coast during load shedding!