“My husband and I had a very lovely stay for about a week in Hannes's Mossel Bay home. Their house is so beautiful with a magnificent view over the bay. I loved waking up with the ocean view! :) When we arrived, Hannes was so kind to pick us up from where we left our car rental (and at the end of our stay, his daughter took us back to the car rental place) and showed us everything around the house. There were also some delicious treats left for us. We arranged car exchange as well which was great, because you do need a car to move around. The house was very clean and also our homes were left in great condition. We had excellent communication all the time and got helpful tips from Hannes. Before coming to South Africa, we read a lot about crime issues, but once there, I didn't notice anything we should be worried about, a place like any other, and as anywhere else, just use common sense. Not once did we feel any kind of discomfort. More so, the area actually has a Mediterranean feel to it and reminded me of home. Mossel bay is a lovely town with several beaches and it is a great base to explore near by game reserves (safari), little towns and nature spots that are on the Garden route. We loved the antique and thrift stores that are all along the main street. We cannot thank Hannes and Johlene enough for such a wonderful exchange and experience!”
Johlene and Hannes's reviewsAs a host (4)
“We had an incredible experience in South Africa. Hannes and Johlene are very good and charming hosts and have helped us tremendously with the preparation of our journey. The house is well cared for and has a beautiful view over the sea. We have been very well received by the daughter Linelle and she helped us very well and made us feel home. Mosselbay is the perfect location to explore the Western Cape. We can recommend the house exchange with Hannes and Johlene and they took good care of our home. Thank you for that!”
“If you like to visit the Garden Route in South Africa the house of Hannes & Johlene in Mossel Bay must be one of the best places to stay. It is a very beautiful modern luxurious house with splendid sea views and very centrally located in Mossel Bay. The house is within walking distance to the white sandy beach and city center. From Mossel Bay, you will be able to get to most of the interesting places along the Garden Route within a few hours. Not just along the splendid coast but also into the mountains and passes. Furthermore, the warm welcome, picking me up from George airport, the wine and food waiting for me in the home were overwhelming. On top of that Hannes and Johlene with their daughter, Linelle and her kids made a delicious “braai” for me that made their hospitality hard to match. I am so grateful. South Africa is such a beautiful country with such a warm and friendly people. This is my fifth exchange in this country and if you want to have one of the best exchanges in this area I really, really can recommend the place of Hannes & Johlene from the bottom of my heart. Thank you so much. “Baie Dank U”. Ed – Moncarapacho – Portugal. ”
“Hannes & Johlene were very kind, generous and helpful. We had a very good contact with them. Their daughter Linelle welcomed us very good. The house was very comfortable and equiped for us and our two children. It is very well placed near the sea and with a beautiful view on the bay. This is very safe. South Africa is a beautiful and exotic country with its magnificent landscapes, wild beaches and animals. We saw seals, penguins, sharks, whales and many more. St Blaize trail at Mosselbaai is a very good for hiking (great views, dolphins and whales). Again thank you for these extraordinary holidays. Maud and Mat.”
Where is it?
Mossel Bay is a harbour town with about 130,000 people on the Southern Cape (or Garden Route) of South Africa. It is an important tourism and farming region of the Western Cape Province. Mossel Bay lies 400 km east of the country's seat of parliament, Cape Town (which is also the capital city of the Western Cape Province) and 400 km west of Port Elizabeth, the largest city in the Eastern Cape Province. The older parts of the town occupy the north-facing side of the Cape St Blaize Peninsula, whilst the newer suburbs straddle the Peninsula and have spread eastwards along the sandy shore of the Bay.
The town's economy relied heavily on farming, fishing and its commercial harbour until the 1969 discovery of natural offshore gas fields led to the development of the gas-to-liquids refinery operated by PetroSA. Tourism is another important driver of Mossel Bay's economy.
Mossel Bay’s human history can, as local archaeological deposits have revealed, be traced back more than 164,000 years.
The modern history of Mossel Bay began on 3 February 1488, when the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias landed with his crew at a point close to the site of the modern-day Dias Museum Complex.
Mossel Bay’s climate is mild throughout the year as the town is situated in the area where the winter rainfall and all-year rainfall regions of the Western Cape Province meet. Its weather is influenced by the Agulhas current of the warm Indian Ocean and by the presence of the Outeniqua Mountains. Mossel Bay receives 80% of its rainfall at night.
------------------------------------Day time Night time
Summer (September – April)... 26ᵒ C 12ᵒ C
Winter (May – August).............. 19ᵒ C 8ᵒ C
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