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Information of Mossel Bay

 

DISTANCES

 

 

Mossel Bay -  half way  between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Only 4 hours drive both ways

Mossel Bay -  40 km from George Airport

Mossel Bay -  1 hour from  Knysna and Oudtshoorn

Mossel Bay - very central and ideal to stay and unpack your bags and visit the Garden Route
WEATHER

 

Mossel Bay has the only North facing beach in South Africa.

Average temperature between 20° and 30°C all year around

Mossel Bay has the second moderate climate in the world

Mossel Bay  has perfect weather all year round

RESTAURANTS

Mossel Bay – Afrikaans to Zulu  cuisine

Villa Marν`s favourite restaurant is Jazzbury`s

ACTIVITIES

Barn Yard Theatre

Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

Billeon Surfing

Bonnie Dale Holiday Farm

Botlierskop Game Farm – Malaria Free

Bungi Jump/Bridge Swing/Kiwi Extreme

Deep Sea Fishing

DP Fishing Charters

Electro Dive

Garden Route Game Farm – Malaria Free

Horse Riding on the beach

Indoors warm swimming pool

Meet the people

Model Shipyard

Mossel Bay Casino and Spa

Mossel Bay Country Golf Club

Mossel Bay Yacht and Boat Club

Ocean Sailing

Paint Ball

Romonza Boat Trips / Seal Island

Salt water Fly Fishing

Scuba Diving

Sea Kayaking

Seven Seas – Island trips

Shark Cage Diving

Skaap Plaas

Sky Dive Mossel Bay / Tandem Skydiving

St Blaize Hiking trail

Trail of the Oystercatcher

Vlees Baai 4x4 Dune Route

Wild Thing Adventures

Zingela Quad Bikes

Mossel Bay has everything to offer and more!

 

How to find us - - GPS Coordinates Latitude 34°10’49.82”S & Longitude 22°08’19.63”E

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Mossel Bay Tourism

c/o Market & Church Street, CBD

P O Box 1556, Mossel Bay, 6500

 

 

Tel: +27(0)44-691-2202

Fax: +27(0)44-690-3077

E-Mail: mbtb@mweb.co.za

 

 

AN INTRODUCTION TO SOUTH AFRICA

 

At the southern most tip of the African continent,  flanked  to the  west  by the Atlantic Ocean and to the south and east by the Indian Ocean,  is the Republic of  South Africa.   The new democracy, aptly called "The Rainbow Nation", is a colourful combination of ethnic cultures living in a land of scenic contrasts.

South Africa occupies 1 223 410 sq. km (472659 sq. miles) and stretches from The Limpopo River in the north to   Cape Agulhus in the south.  It is five times the size of Britain,  twice as  big as  France is about one eighth  of the size of the  United States.  South Africa  borders Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe to the north, and Mozambique and Swaziland to the Northeast.

South Africa enjoys a wealth of  fauna and flora.  The miracle of spring flowers in the arid Namaqualand region,  herds of elephant,  endangered  black and more common  white rhino and,  most revered of all, the lion, are an inspiration to all those who seek the wonder of the African bush.

 

CLIMATE

South Africa  enjoys a  high number of clear, sunny days.  Summer in  South Africa  lasts from  October until March.  Despite regional differences,  South Africa's  climate is generally mild throughout  the year. Snowfall  is limited to the highest mountain peaks.  South Africa  is a relatively  dry country with a mean annual rainfall of 502mm.

Kwa-Zulu Natal has a mostly subtropical climate with high humidity in summer.

The Gauteng  region  ( Johannesburg  and  Pretoria area ) enjoys hot summers with  occasional thunder showers,  and  frosty  winters while  the  Mpumalanga  and  the  Kruger  National  Park ( known  as  the Lowveld ) has mild winters.

The  Cape  interior and the  Free  State  have  similar  weather  conditions to the  Gauteng region.   The Western Cape region enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters.

 

BANKS

 

Most  banks  are  open  Monday to Friday  09h00 to 15h30  and  Saturday from  08h30  to  11h00.   The following  banks  offer  foreign exchange services:  First National,  Nedbank,  Standard Bank, and ABSA. Various  teller  machines  ( ATM's )  are found in every large town.    Several  international  banks  have branches in the main cities. The banks and the Bureaux de change at the airport offer the best exchange rates, but it is also possible to change money at the hotel reception.

 

 

BEACHES

 

South Africa   has some of the finest beaches on earth,  with literally hundreds of miles of golden sands. For the majority  of the time the surf is safe for swimming,  but it  does have  dangerous undertows and side washes.  In the  Western Cape  the water  is  extremely  cold all year round.  The water is warmer along the  Garden Route,  with the  best  swimming beach being  Mossel Bay.  Around  Durban  and  the resorts to the north of KwaZulu Natal, the water is ideal for swimming.

 

 

BIRD WATCHING

 

Bring  your  binoculars if you are a  keen  bird watcher,  as  South Africa  ranks  as one of the finest bird watching destinations in the world.   The  Kruger  National  Park alone  has recorded  500  different bird  species, many of breathtaking beauty.  The best time for bird watching is October to March, when intra- African and European migrants are in residence.

 

 

CREDIT CARDS

 

Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted throughout the country. American Express and Diners are less widely accepted, however more acceptable in the main city centres.  In  South Africa, petrol ( gasoline ) can only be paid for by cash. Ordinary credit cards may not be used for the purchase of petrol.

 

 

CURRENCY

 

New System: 1,2,5 (birds) 10,20,50 cents (flowers) - in bronze 1,2,5 (Antelopes)
Rand - in silver 10,20,50,100,200 Rands notes (each bearing the effigy of one of the 'Big Five')

 

 

CUSTOMS

 

Customs charges:
You  will  have to pay duty on  items which are over  the allowed  limits.   You  normally  have  to do this before you leave the customs hall.

Duty-free Allowances:
Cigarettes  400,  Cigars  50,  Cigarette  or  pipe tobacco  250g,  Wine  2litres, spirits  or  other  alcoholic beverages 1 litre, Perfume 50ml, Eau de Toilette 250ml, Gifts, souvenirs and all other goods R500.00. No person under 18 is entitled to a tobacco or alcohol allowance.

 

 

DRINKING WATER

 

We are fortunate, compared to many countries in Africa,  in that we have clean, drinkable tap water. All water  from  hotel  taps is  purified  and  visitors  need  have  no hesitation  in  drinking it.   Water  from boreholes  in  various  camps  and lodges is  also good.  We recommend  that you do not drink standing water or water from rivers or lakes. Ice supplied throughout the country is safe to consume.

 

 

FOOD

 

South African  meat,  fruit,  vegetables,  freshwater fish  and sea fish are of the highest quality.   Fruits, salads and vegetables can be eaten without concern.

The country's restaurants,  which are superb,  offer a wide range of culinary delights.  While there is no such thing as South African cuisine,  the culinary traditions of some of the colonial and immigrant groups have been particularly influential.  Examples of these include fiery curries from KwaZulu-Natal which has a large  Indian population,  Malay cuisine  from  the  Cape  which is  famed for it's  fragrant bredies and boboties,  and  old  cape  Dutch  cooking featuring  Karoo Lamb,  venison ( springbok ),  sweet potatoes, pumpkin as well as a  piquant concoction made  from waterblommetjies  or  'water flowers'.  One of the best-loved South African traditions is the standard braai, or barbeque, literally translated as "grilled meat".

 

 

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES AND PHONES

 

All electrical  appliances run on  220  volts.  Outlets are round  3 pin,  15 amp type. Special adapters for video cameras,  chargers  and hairdryers  are  needed and can  sometimes be  supplied  by  some hotel receptions.  Various safari camps and lodges may not have 220 volts and may operate on solar powered 12-volt  electricity.  Phones  are  available  at all  hotels and restaurants,  but not all safari lodges. Public phones  either  operate  with  coins  or  cards ( these can be bought from any  Telkom outlet ).  Dail the international code followed by the area code (without the zero) and the number. The UK is 0944, France is 0933, USA is 091, Germany is 0949, Australia is 0961, Holland is 0932.

 

 

GRATUITY

 

Useful  Ino are not included in  the bills of  restaurants,  hotels and  guesthouses.  A tax of  14%  VAT is added to your bill.  Some  restaurants  automatically  include a tip,  but most leave the  Useful Info up to you. A tip of approximately 10%  of the total amount is expected if good service  has been given.  Useful Info for guide,  drivers and  porters are  also not included.  Tipping is not compulsory and should only be done if you have received good service.

 

 

LANGUAGE

 

South Africa  has  11  official languages:  Afrikaans,  English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swazi,  Tsonga,  Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu.  English however, has been declared the language of record and is therefore the main language of business.  Languages such as French,  German  and Italian are  spoken  by  staff members at  many up-market hotels and shops.  South  African  English  is heavily influenced by Afrikaans and, to a lesser extent, by some of the African languages. First-time visitors may have trouble understanding the South African accent, which lengthens certain vowels, clips others short, swallows othersand use a lot of slang.

 

 

PETROL (GASOLINE) FILLING STATIONS

 

Filling stations are conveniently situated throughout the country. Unleaded petrol is available. Most filling stations are open 24 hours a day.  Please bear in mind that you are only able to pay for petrol with cash money.

 

 

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

 

New Years Day: 01 January
Human Rights Day: 21 March
Good Friday: 09 April

Family Day: 12 April

Freedom Day: 27 April
Workers Day: 01 May
Youth Day: 16 June
National Women's Day: 09 August
Heritage Day: 24 September
Day of Reconciliation: 16 December
Christmas Day: 25 December
Day of Goodwill: 26 December

 

 

PURCHASES AND V.A.T

 

When visiting  South Africa,  foreign tourists can  have  sales tax ( known as  Value Added Tax  -  VAT ) refunded at  a port  of exit provided the value of each invoice for goods purchased exceeds  R50.00  and the total value of  all items purchased exceeds   R250.00.   To  qualify  for  a  refund  visitors must be in possession of a valid passport,  valid  tax invoices and  must produce the  goods purchased. Please note that a receipt stating  " for information only "  is  not accepted  by  the  VAT  refunders It has to say VAT invoice and show the amount. The VAT rate is 14 percent and is levied on most products.

 

 

RULES OF THE ROAD

 

An excellent network links the largest metropolitan areas with the smallest villages.  South Africa  drives on the left.  Gravel roads are generally well maintained however you should not exceed 80km/h to avoid skidding or  losing control  of the vehicle.  The speed limit  in urban areas  is usually  60km per hour; on rural roads 100km per hour, and on freeways 120km per hour unless otherwise indicated. Wearing seat belts is compulsory.  Driving  under the  influence  of  alcohol is  a  serious offence and  traffic  laws are strictly enforced.   A valid driver's licence,  provided the photograph  is an integral part of the document, and provided it is printed in English, is accepted. For finding your way when lost, and for your safety and " peace  of  mind ",   we strongly recommend  that  Cellular telephones be hired for the duration of your holiday. You can hire these on arrival at International Airports.

 

 

SAFETY GUIDELINES

 

It's sensible to take the same precautions in major cities as you would in any of the world's metropolitan areas.  Never leave  luggage unattended  in  front of the hotel, Guesthouse or in the lobby.  Deposit your valuables in  the hotel's  safety deposit box.  Don't stroll around  the streets after dark.  Always lock your car doors and keep the windows closed.  Do not walk around the city looking like a tourist and keep your camera concealed. Do not walk with cameras around your neck.  Its more relaxed in the smaller towns.

 

 

SHOPPING

 

A variety of shopping centres,  local handicrafts markets and roadside stalls are found.  Quality gold and diamond jewellery  is  high  o the list of the most popular purchases.  Leather goods,  wooden carvings, sculptures,  paintings  and  local handicrafts including  pottery,  beadwork  and  woven articles  are  also available for purchase.

 

 

TELEPHONES

 

Phones  are  available  at all accommodation  and  restaurants,  but not all  safari lodges.  Public phones either operate with coins or cards (these can be bought from any Telkom outlet). The international code for the  USA is 091  followed by the area code  ( without the zero )  and  the  number.   The UK is 0944, France is 0933, Germany is 0949, Australia is 0961and Holland is 0932.

Phoning from any hotel or questhouse room can be very expensive.  There are phone booths at some of the hotels.  Inquire  at  the reception desk.  The  international code  for  South Africa  when dialing from abroad is 27. Do not dial O before the city code,  e.g. Johannesburg would be  +27 11.  To call overseas from your room,  dial 0 to get a line and then 09 ( from S.A.) then the international country code e.g. 44 (U.K.) and the local number.