Mossel Bay is a port town with natural harbour and population around 130,000. It is located on South Africa's Southern Cape (Garden Route). This is a major farming and tourism region of Western Cape Province and lies approx 400 km (250 ml) east of Cape Town and approx 400 km west of Port Elizabeth. City's older parts occupy the north-facing side of Cape St Blaize Peninsula, while the newer straddle the Peninsula and spread eastwards along the shore. The total area of Mossel Bay is approx 42 km2 (16 ml2).
The economy of the town relied heavily on fishing, farming and its commercial harbour, until the discovery of natural offshore gas fields in 1969 led to development of gas-to-liquids refinery that is operated by PetroSA. Another driver of economy is tourism.
Port of Mossel Bay (owned and managed by Transnet National Ports Authority) is the tiniest commercial harbour on the coast of South Africa. It caters mostly for oil industry (in late 1980s off-shore gas was discovered), and for a fishing fleet.
For more than a century, Mossel Bay has been a holiday destination for many South Africans. The situation received a boost after ATKV (Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur Vereniging) purchased the farm Hartenbos during the 1930s, and started developing it for its members as a holiday resort.
The major attractions in Mossel Bay include the stable dry and warm weather, the Indian Ocean and the beaches. With the development of inland accommodation, modern vehicles and good roads, the broader environment of the region is now vital to tourism economy. The history of the city (Mossel Bay was the place of the first contact between indigenous people and European explorers), and its cultural attractions are strong draw cards.
Mossel Bay lies halfway between Cape Town (Cape Winelands) and Port Elizabeth, and is a popular resting point on itineraries of international visitors to Western and Eastern Cape Provinces.
Port Mossel Bay cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Mossel Bay, South Africa. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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