Be sure to view the Dias caravel in the Dias Museum.
ATKV Hartenbos Museum
A museum of the Great Trek (1836-38) and South Africa’s famous Voortrekkers. Objects from the Great Trek as well as the Commemorative Trek of 1938 are displayed in nine themed rooms (preparation for the journey; outspan; repair and maintenance; games; song and dance; and women’s activities, amongst others) Tour groups are welcome. Visit www.hartenbos.co.za or phone 044 695 2183.
The museum is situated in Hartenbos.
Back Road Safaris
"Meet the People" tours for visitors wanting meaningful cultural exchanges, safaris, tours, adventure holidays, mountain-, coastal- and forest walks and trails.
They also cater for those who want to explore the quiet roads of the beautiful Garden Route. Online reservations are offered for hotels, accommodation, transportation and vehicle hire through the worldwide WHL network.
They are situated on the Rietvlei Farm, off the N2 in the direction of Cape Town.
Cape St Blaize Cave
A popular whale-watching spot, ancient shelter and an important archeological site with artefacts dating back 80 000 years, it was first excavated in 1888. Sign boards provide information about archeology and whales. Provision is made for ample tour bus parking.
The cave is situated below the land mark St Blaize Lighthouse, at the start of the St Blaize Trail.
This is a collective space where local artists display their products, work and teach (the resident artists are all committed to training and helping disadvantaged people to create opportunities for themselves). It offers the ideal shopping opportunity for original products.
They are situated in Market Street, Mossel Bay, next to the Tourism Office.
Dias Museum Complex
Send a specially franked card from the world’s oldest Post Office - Mossel Bay’s Post Office Tree. The Dias Museum Complex surrounds the tree - a venerable Milkwood (Sideroxylon inerme) - and includes:
* A Shell Museum South Africa’s largest collection of shells.
* An indigenous ethno-botanical garden - with a Braille trail, historic Malay graves, a replica of the padrae (commemorative cross) which Dias erected during his visit, and the spring from which Dias and his crew are thought to have drawn water.
* Mossel Bay’s maritime Museum - which houses a full sized replica of the kind of caravel in which Bartolomeu Dias would have sailed when he and his crew became the first Europeans to land in South Africa (in February 1488).
They are situated in Market Street, Mossel Bay, opposite the Tourism Information Office).
Footprints Social Entrepreneurs
Personalised heritage tours with special reference to the history of Mossel Bay’s indigenous people. Cultural tours of the Dias Museum Complex, historical sites in Mossel Bay, mission stations of the Southern Cape, the Cape St Blaize Lighthouse and the St Blaize Trail.
They are situated at 19 Dial Brand Street in Extention 6, Mossel Bay.
Great Brak River Museum
Showcases the history of Great Brak River village (established in 1859) and the Searles - its founding family. Many photographs dating from 1881 to the present; household, military and other interesting artefacts. Visits to the village’s restored hydropower station (1924) can be arranged on request. Suitable for tour groups.