Day 2 : Mossel Bay and Wilderness
Drive Time : 2 hours +
Mossel Bay was originally, because of its natural harbour, the place where the first European explorers landed and moored their ships. For many years, it traded simply as a small port until the discovery of natural gas just off shore, which transformed both the appearance and economy of the town. The large refinery just outside might make you wonder why on earth anyone would want to spend their holiday here but tourism, particularly local tourism, is a huge draw here as the climate is moderate all year round and the beaches are lovely.
It’s nicer, though, to drive through Mossel Bay and go through the Groot Brakrivier Pass (watch the speed cameras!) to Wilderness to stay. It’s a wonderfully serine village where the Outenique Choo Choo (a vintage train that traverses this wonderful stretch of coast) passes through. You should definitely spend time hiking and birdwatching here as there is a large lagoon and river too (the Touw Rivier). You can also rent bicycles and hang out paragliding or just walking on the (almost) wind-free beach.
Places to Stay :
The Old Trading Post
Tel : 044 882 1207
This tiny house (there are only four letting rooms) is run by husband and wife team Mike and Harja in a truly hospitable style. The building was originally a country store and its remote location guarantees you abundant birdlife and total tranquility. Choose from Lara’s Room with a huge Victorian bathtub or the Garden Room which is a private building on the grounds that used to be the dairy.