Mossel Bay Information

Mossel Bay information – accommodation, climate and statistics

The seaside town of Mossel Bay nestles halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, in the heart of the famous Garden Route.

Cape-St-Blaize-Lighthouse
The iconic Cape St. Blaize lighthouse

A bustling holiday resort in summer and the ideal retreat in winter, Mossel Bay is situated on a spectacular sun-washed peninsula embraced by the warm Indian Ocean.

Accommodation

Mossel Bay offers the full spectrum of accommodation establishments and you’ll find a welcoming place to stay no matter what your budget. Camp sites and caravan parks, inexpensive B&Bs and top-end lodges and hotels are spread out around the town.

You will find beach-front accommodation across the spectrum, whether you’re into rough-and-ready camping or sophisticated up-market pads equipped with all the modern conveniences.


Mossel Bay is a gentle seaside town, one where you will really relax and quickly slip into our “No hurries, no worries” frame of mind.

Mossel Bay Climate

The area is synonymous with good weather – perfect for enjoying beaches and the great outdoors. We enjoy an average of 320 sunny days per year. Rain falls mostly at night and mostly during summer. In 1992, the Guinness Book of Records reported Mossel Bay as having ‘the second mildest climate in the world” (first was a small town in Hawaii).

In the colder months you will need a sweater or coat at night and during the occasional cold snap. Frost is rare and snow has never been recorded in Mossel Bay, although it is sometimes seen on the peaks of the Outeniqua mountains

Mossel Bay information - pristine, safe beaches

Average Temperatures

Summer (September – April)
Day Time: 26° C
Night Time: 12° C
Dress sense: Wear light clothing, a hat and sun block.

Winter (May – August)
Day Time: 19° C
Night Time: 8° C
Dress sense: Wear light clothing during the day.


Mossel Bay has been named Town of the Year for 2017 by the popular kykNET TV program Kwela.


Statistics, facts & figures

Population
29887 (813.17 per km²)
Households
9033 (245.77 per km²)
Province
Western Cape
District
Eden
Municipality
Mossel Bay
GPS
34°11′00″S 22°08′00″E
Population group
People
%
Coloured
15379
51.46%
White
10237
34.25%
Black African
3799
12.71%
Indian or Asian
243
0.81%
Other
229
0.77%

First language
People
%
Afrikaans
23720
81.47%
English
2689
9.24%
isiXhosa
1904
6.54%

Gender
People
%
Female
15628
52.29%
Male
14259
47.71%

Emergency Services

  • 10111 – Police (National Number)
  • 044 691 2222 – Mossel Bay Police Station
  • 10177 – Ambulance (National Number)
  • 044 691 1911 – Private Ambulance Service


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