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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Mossel Bay

Afrikaans name: Mosselbaai

Mossel Bay lighthouse

Mossel Bay lighthouse

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Western Cape

Mossel Bay is a town situated on the southern coast of South Africa. It is about 400 km east of Cape Town.

The town is located in a good area for both farming and fishing and these are the activities that provide most of the jobs in the area. It is also popular with tourists. In the last 50 years ago a gas-to-liquids refinery was established after natural gas was discovered off shore. This now plays an important role in the locla economy.

Although there is evidence of humans inhabiting the area for over 160,000 it was the arrival of Bartolomeu Dias on the 3rd February 1488 for which it is best remembered. Dias was trying to find a trade route to India but this particular mission was aborted on 12th March 1488 when his crew refused to go any further.

Mossel Bay

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References and further reading

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 133

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 665 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 34

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 684 - Author: - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 38

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 98

Country Life - Issue 182 - Author: - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 68

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 50

Getaway - Vol 32 No 2 - Author: - Year Published: 2020 - Page: 22

go! - Issue 084 - Author: - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 106

go! - Issue 157 - Author: - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 122

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 65

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 61

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 200

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 107

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 74

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 182

The Dive Sites of South Africa - Author: Anton Koornhof - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 53

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 64

Things ewe never kn'ewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 146

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