Chas Everitt for sales, rentals and holiday accommodation from Vleesbaai to Groot Brakrivier.
Mossel Bay is located in the heart of the Garden Route area in South Africa. It is also commonly known as the halfway mark between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, about 400km to either side on the N2. One can almost say it is right on the border of the “forestry” side and the more fynbos or Karoo side. The diversity in these two aspects of the Garden Route is what makes this area so unique and a paradise for residents and visitors throughout the year.
Mossel Bay can be easily accessed by air as well. George Airport is about a 25 minute drive away from where there are connecting flights to all major centres in South Africa. There is also Mossel Bay Airfield for private, non-scheduled flights.
Properties in the Mossel Bay area range from the multimillion rand mansion to the average family home, townhouse and apartment. The old stonewalled houses in the centre of town are being revamped while retaining their historic look, and areas such as Dana Bay are new and modern. Mossel Bay boasts with two of the country’s finest golf estates, Mossel Bay Golf Estate and Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort, ideal for the discerning buyer.
Weekend and holiday visitors keep the apartment and townhouse market very active.
The competitively priced properties and overall property market allow for good opportunities, and sales have remained remarkably stable over the past 10 years.
320 Sunny days per year. Rain falls mostly at night and mostly during summer. Frost is rare and snow has never been recorded in Mossel Bay, although it is sometimes seen on the peaks of the Outeniqua Mountains, 60 km to the north.
The CBD of Mossel Bay is surrounded by a number of smaller villages:
• VLEES BAY / BOGGOMS BAY - Traditional fishermen’s cottages and two environmentally-sensitive property developments
• DANA BAY - A residential area within a conservancy, Dana Bay boasts 116 species of birds and is known for its 16 km-long sandy beach.
• HERBERTSDALE - Inland and nestled in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains, Herbertsdale is a historic village. The picturesque Langfontein Valley (on the road out of town towards Cloete’s Pass) is known for its witblits.
• FRIEMERSHEIM - Originally a mission station and the site of the slave quarters for Great Brak River. The old slave buildings can still be seen near the entrance to the village.
• RUITERBOSCH - A beautiful valley just off the Robinson Pass between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn - scenic drives, hiking trails and 4x4 routes and is a must-see for bird lovers and anyone interested in the mountain fynbos.
• MOSSEL BAY’S CBD - The town of Mossel Bay itself is broadly divided into two major areas - the Old Town, which is centred around the harbour and the Dias Museum Complex - and the Newer District of Diaz Beach and Voorbaai. Both areas boast hotels and guest houses, excellent shopping and access to Mossel Bay’s famous white-sand beaches. Many high-lying areas offer excellent whale- and dolphin watching (particularly between May and September, when the migratory species visit the Bay).
• TARKA - One of the oldest suburbs (it dates back to 1898), famous for its stone houses that were built of local rock which was quarried in a unique way: boulders were buried under bonfires during the day and then exposed to the cool night air to crack. The resulting stones were then dressed and made ready for the masons.
• KWA NONQABA - One of the largest residential areas of Mossel Bay, Kwa Nonqaba is known for its Township Homestay and the ever-popular non-alcoholic shebeen, the Emgolweni Kamama’s Café.
• HARTENBOS – Above all a holiday village where the endless sandy beach is an irresistible magnet for South African families. This is the home of the ATKV Resort (Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur Vereniging) - one of the largest self-catering resorts in the country - and its museum