About Mossel Bay
Mossel Bay is a charming coastal town on the renowned Garden Route in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. A popular coastal holiday destination, Mossel Bay has developed into a town of unhurried hospitality, complementing the natural beauty and rich cultural history of the area. Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, Mossel Bay is a year round travel destination making it the ideal location for the 2016 Fireball World Championships.
In December, the summer climate and warm seas create perfect sailing conditions. The prevailing wind at this time is South East, which generally builds towards the afternoon peaking at around 15-18 knots. These conditions are ideal for exciting downwind legs sailing with the swell. The swell is rhythmical and you can expect at least 1.5 metre waves. If the South Easter doesn’t turn up, then the Westerly will probably dominate, which makes for an interesting upwind leg beating with the swell.
The launching facilities from the protected bay in front of the yacht club are superb, making it easy for boats to launch from the slipway or the neighbouring beach. The Yacht Club has successfully hosted numerous big regattas and they are excited to greet the Fireballers in 2016!
Things to do in Mossel Bay
While most of your time in Mossel Bay will be spent competing on the water, there is plenty on offer for those not participating in the races and to keep you busy on the available rest days. Known as the Do Stuff Destination, Mossel Bay has a host of adventurous, cultural, historical and relaxing activities on offer. For the adventure seeker, dune board the 300 meter dragon dune or go skydiving from one of the most scenic drop zones in South Africa. History and culture enthusiasts can take in the sites along the Mossel Bay art route or visit one of the many maritime and human origins museums to explore the regions rich cultural history and diversity.
The Garden Route is renowned for its wide variety of unique tourist attractions and with Mossel Bay’s location at the gateway to the popular tourist route there are plenty of nearby attractions worth exploring during your stay. We highly recommend booking onto our organised excursions to Gondowana Game Reserve and Knysna for a taste of what this magical region has to offer.
However if you prefer to explore on your own or book a guided day tour you’ll be spoiled for choice. There are a variety of guided day tours available from Mossel Bay including trips to the nearby big five game reserves, the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn or the local wine and whiskey distilleries to name a few.
For many, visiting South Africa is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we highly recommend extending your stay to explore some of the countries popular highlights. For assistance with planning your travel view our post travel tours itineraries where you can plan and book your vacation.