In 1488 Bartolomeu Dias threw anchor in the Bay of St Blaize and it was Vasco da Gama who named it "Aguada de Sào Bras" because it was a great source of fresh water. It was renamed Mossel Bay in 1601 by the Dutch navigator, Paulus van Caerden, as the mussels found here were much appreciated by his crew.
Visitors can take a virtual tour of the history of Mossel Bay at the Bartolomeu Dias Museum complex, which houses an interesting padrao (stone cross), donated by the Portuguese government to commemorate Da Gama's landing.
Mossel Bay also boasts a Khoi-San cave, which contains artefacts dating back eighty-thousand years. Experience the local culture in the Khoi-style village which includes an open-air museum, a curio shop and traditional dancing. Enjoy a game drive at Botlierskop. The 24km of pristine, wind-protected beaches of Mossel Bay make surfing a popular activity. The Mossel Bay Golf Club has excellent sea views and a memorable course. Deep-sea fishing and diving, and boat-based whale watching is available and for something a little more extreme, visitors can go shark cage diving or bungee jumping.
Did you know? Mossel Bay boasts the first 'post office' in South Africa, if not the entire African continent, The Post Office Tree!