Mossel Bay and surrounding areas offer the avid tourist much more than just glorious beaches and wonderful surf. Take the time to experience some of the other interesting offerings, however, note that the list below is by no means complete.
Point of Human Origins Experience
Take a walk on St Blaize trail
Aloe Ferox Factory
Visit the Aloe Ferox Factory for an informative tour and see how aloes are processed. The factory shop stocks cosmetic and health care products, delicacies and pet care products. Tour groups are welcome. Find them on the N2 between Mossel Bay and Albertinia.
Watch craftsmen design and build model ships - including the much acclaimed Stephens & Kenau range of museum quality models; custom projects for film and interior design and admiralty-style models (plank-on frame - with the inside of the hull an exact miniature of the original). Kits are also for sale.
For more information, go to www.shipyard.co.za or phone 044 691 1531.
The 'walking with lions' encounter is a unique opportunity to interact with lions in nature: no collars, no leashes, real lions! The leisurely walks take about an hour - depending on the lions. Fantastic photo opportunities. A maximum of eight to 10 guests can be hosted on each excursion at Zorgfontein Eco & Wildlife Reserve near Great Brak River.
Take to the dunes
Unsurpassed views from the Cape St Blaize Lighthouse
The Cape St Blaize Lighthouse has been a beacon to navigators since 1864. It is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 - 15:00. Billed as the only rock lighthouse on the South African coast, all navigational aids are fully automated now, but a senior lightkeeper and two lightkeepers are still employed. A constant radio watch is kept and the regular meteorological duties are also undertaken.
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex
Really worth a visit, especially for the children who will want to explore the replica of the Dias Caravel. The museum grounds house five National Monuments, four of which are buildings dating between 1830 and 1902. The museum grounds themselves, situated on the shores of the Indian Ocean, are a magnificent historical setting.