With the Outeniqua mountains as the backdrop for Mossel Bay and Santos Bay’s gleaming shorelines at its forefront, it’s not hard to see why 15th century Europeans decided that this was the first point at which they’d put their feet on South African soil. The town’s Protea Hotel is an ideal stopover point as it is located halfway between the Cape Winelands and the Eastern Cape’s Big 5 game reserves.
The Dias Museum Complex is home to the Protea Hotel, whose walls were first erected in 1846. It also boasts the 500-year-old post office tree, a life-size replica of the Dias Caravel, an Ethno-Botanical Garden and the Shell Museum and Aquarium. Travellers can also visit Cape St Blaize lighthouse, Pinnacle Point Golf Club and Garden Route Casino.
Guests can stay in the hotel’s 11 Manor Suites, 11 Deluxe Rooms or their 7 self-catering Harbour Suites. All rooms and suites have air conditioning, TV, a telephone, and tea/coffee-making facilities. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi, conference facilities and outdoor pool.
- On SA’s main coastal road, halfway between Cape Town and the Eastern Cape’s Big 5 game reserves
- Pinnacle Point Caves have evidence of early man
- Activities in the area include sports, whale-watching, shark cage diving and craft markets, among others
- Located in the historic Dias Museum Complex with a restaurant, Café Gannet and the Blue Oyster Bar
- Perfect stopover when self-driving along the coastline and exploring the Garden Route