This original old farmhouse has been fully restored. Set on a working wine farm (with restaurant and facilities for children) has a private pool and is fully...
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Mossel Bay is synonymous with good weather – perfect for enjoying our beaches and the great outdoors.
Summer (September – April). Day Time: 26° C Night Time: 12° C
Dress sense: Wear light clothing, a hat and sun block.
Winter (May – August) Day Time: 19° C Night Time: 8° C
Dress sense: Wear light clothing during the day; you’ll need a sweater or coat at night and during the occasional cold snap. Frost is rare and snow has never been recorded in Mossel Bay, although it is sometimes seen on the peaks of the Outeniqua Mountains, 40 km to the north.
Mossel Bay is in the Guinness Book of records as having the second most moderate climate in the world. Our house is 15km from Mossel Bay in Groot Brakrivier, one of many towns that form part of the Mosselbay Municipality. Mossel Bay is in the Garden Route that stretches for about 200km along the coastal region. The Garden Route is called after its beauty and splendour, with a breathtaking coastline, beautiful mountains, indigenous forests and green vegetation. Much like the Garden of Eden. An excellent road system connects the towns along the Garden Route.
Direct domestic flights from Johanesburg or Cape Town international airport to George will get you here in 1 hour and 10 minutes. Some of our domestic airlines are reliable and quite cheep with flight costs from Cape Town or Johannesburg ranging from about ¤45 - ¤100. We can supply you with the detail of that airlines. From George airport it is 15 minute's drive on countryside road to our house in Groot Brakrivier. We can arrange free pickup for you at George airport. Rental cars are also available at the airport if a car exchange is not negotiated.
Mossel Bay was first used by Portuguese sailors trading up the East coast of Africa and India, over 500 years ago. The sailors stopped at Mossel Bay to replenish fresh water. In a "mailbag" that they left hanging in a particular prominent Milkwood tree, they "posted" letters, for other passing sailors. The freshwater spring and Milkwood tree now form part of a museum that is a must-see for visitors. Housed in the Maritime museum is a replica caravale (boat) sailed from Portugal in 1988 to comemorate the voyage.
The calm bay of Mossel Bay is visited annually by whales that calf and nurse their young from June to November. It is a common sight to see them playing in the water, sometimes just about 100 meters from the shore! A whaling station forms part of this fishing village. In the bay is an island called Seal Island, the breading place of the Great White Shark. The fishing industry is very much active and restaurants all serve the catch of the day or one can buy fresh fish and other seafood from the factory shops located in the harbour. Long walks on white stretched beaches or even along the cliffs at the lighthouse at Mossel Bay is a must do.
The region is fast becoming a golfing Mecca. In Groot Brakrivier is a 9 hole course. The world famous Fancourt, Pinnacle Point and Oubaai courses are just about 15 minutes drive from us. Mossel Bay itself has a top class golf course with 18 holes..
For the more adventurous, one can cage dive with Great Whites at Seal Island, or take a boat trip around the island. You can visit one of the game farms within half an hours drive from us to view the Big Five or take a nice drive inland for round about an hour to Oudtshoorn and take a ride on an ostrich at one of the Ostrich Farms. Near Oudtshoorn is the world renown Cango Caves (must-see). It is a 3 km long sequence of caverns of glittering stalagmites and stalactites, which makes it the longest underground cave sequence in the world. At the end of the cave, some people take the challenge to crawl through the "Devil's Chimney".
More adverture is waiting at Nature's Valley (2 hours) in the form of bungy jumping.The Bloukrans Bridge is an arch bridge located near Nature's Valley, the world's highest commercially operated bungee jump.Or you can do tree top gliding in the forests of Knysna (1 hour) or walking the steps down to the beach at Noetzie to see the castles of the locals. In Knysna is the breathtaking view of the "Heads", the entrance from the sea to the Knysna Lagoon, the breading place of the tiny seahorse. There you can order fresh oysters or just drive through the forests where the famous Knysna Elephant used to roam. A trip on the Knysna Lagoon with a ferry can be booked that takes you to the Heads. Or just sit and relax with a glass of wine. We have many fine restaurants nearby with beautiful scenery that serves traditional dishes, seafood, pastas, pizzas, Beef, etc. The game farm, Botlierskop, (15 min) from us, serves excellent traditional dishes like impala buck, crocodile, buffalo, ostrich, lamb, bobotie, etc in a buffet. Phone to book seats and to get the menu. 1Km from us is a open air restaurant on the beach called De Vette Mossel. It serves seafood like moule, crayfish, fish, homemade breads just to mention a few and all on open fire.