Emily Moon River Lodge

Emily Moon River Lodge Romance is in the air at this quirky lodge. Let your imagination fly while taking in dreamy views of the river and indulgent creature comforts including bathing with a view, wood-burning fireplaces, private decks and charming quirky décor details. For parties of up to six, a beautiful self-catering cottage is available. Rates: R1105-R1270. Emily Moon River Lodge Contact...

Bay Lodge

For privacy, relaxed luxury, modern amenities and thoughtful touches, this six-room top-rated lodge is an excellent choice. It’s an easy walk to Central Beach but the hotel rim-flow pool and rooftop jacuzzi make going any- where optional. Sometimes street noise can be a problem. No under-12s allowed. Rates: R2 596-R4 750 per unit (sleeps two).

Anlin Beach House

Anlin Beach House Sleep to the sound of the surf in one of four beautifully furnished accommodations located in a quiet residential neighbourhood where the beach is only a quick walk away. Quite comfortably furnished units are all self-catering with optional breakfast. Friendly hosts are happy to help guests with their travel needs and itineraries. Rates: R420-R685.

The Deli Factory

The deli factory, a treasure trove for foodies, supplies most local restaurants with a wide variety of ingredients: Italian pastas, Asian noodles, sauces and spices, slabs of chocolate and specialty vinegars and oils. The cold room houses imported and local cheeses and meats – great for picnics or parties. Their signature fresh juices are always on hand. Hours: 8.00am-5....

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour Tarzan and Jane flights of fancy come thrillingly to life as guests from 7 to 70 soar among the ancient yellowwoods – some up to 700 years old. Adventure seekers are secured to strong cables and accompanied by guides as they whizz from platform to platform 30m above the dense forest floor. Hours: 7.00am-4.00pm daily. Winter 8.00am-3.30pm daily. Rates: R450.

The Sand & The Sandbar

The Sand & The Sandbar When your tastebuds need pampering, pull out all the stops and book at The Sand, wholly deserving of its Relais status. Start the evening with cocktails at the chic Sandbar and then enjoy European classic cuisine with a nod to African ingredients, served with elegance and prepared with panache. The superb wine cellar is stocked with the very best of South Africa and...

Kitchen Café

Kitchen Café A wisely short menu of local seasonal ingredients can be ordered à la carte but the chef’s menu is good value – two courses for R99. Local mussels, line fish and delicious steak with port sauce are hearty mains. Order thin-crusted pizza in the café or at the pizza counter. Hours: Noon-3pm, 6pm-late Mon-Sat. Pizza kitchen open 11am-9.30pm Mon-Sat. Main courses: R79.

Hunter’s Country House & Sage

Nestled away in a back country road where you’d least expect to find this five-star level of sophistication, Hunter’s provides two lovely settings – either the crystal- chandeliered gazebo for more casual meals or the antiques-filled dining room. Tanya Kruger, Hunter’s young chef, is already earning culinary awards. Try the bangers and mash, duck confit mousseline with...

The King Fisher Seafood Restaurant

The King Fisher Seafood Restaurant It just wouldn’t be right to visit the seaside without trying a local seafood restaurant, and this one’s one of Mossel Bay’s most popular. Line- fish and prawns are the house speciality, and the Queen Platter is the recommended choice. Hours:10.30am-11.30pm Mon-Sat; 10am-11pm Sun. Main: Courses starts from R70.

De Vette Mossel

De Vette Mossel It’s laid-back (your crockery is a paper plate, and your cutlery is – seriously – a washed-out mussel shell), but it’s an experience you’ll never forget. It’s a meal, sure: three hours, nine courses, all you can eat, with dishes ranging from mussel meat with onions, garlic and farm butter to coffee and koek sisters via ostrich neck and goulash pot (course 4) … but it’s...


Delfino’s Looking for a pizza? Look no further. Delfino’s boasts some of the best pizzas and light meals in town, with a stupendous view to match. Only drawback is, it gets insanely busy in season, so in summer you may struggle to find parking, a table and – sadly – a waiter. Hours: 7.00am-11.00pm daily. Main Courses: starts from R60.

De Dekke Restaurant

De Dekke Restaurant A classic locals hang-out (it’s all langarm danc- ing and playing pool), De Dekke Restaurant offers more-than-decent pub food and live entertainment on Wednesdays and weekends. Hours: 9.00am-10.00pm Mon-Thurs; 9.00am-11.00pm Fri, Sat. Main courses: starts from R62.

Café Havana

Café Havana A Cuban-themed cigar lounge in the centre of town, Café Havana boasts a fine tapas menu, along with meatier main courses – all in a pseudo-South American style. Try the pollo con manchego al horno (which is, if you can believe it, a stuffed chicken breast with bacon, cheese, mushroom and chilli). Then light up in their cigar lounge. Hours: 11.00am - late daily. Main...

Café Gannet Restaurant

Café Gannet Restaurant Located across the road from the Dias Museum Complex, this charming seafood restaurant offers alfresco dining with views across the bay. The menu features light lunches and seafood specialties, with wild Mossel Bay oysters at the top of the list. Hours: 7am-11pm daily. Main courses: starts from R80.

Woodbourne Holiday Resort

Woodbourne Holiday Resort This place has a real country feel. Horses, sheep and a plethora of birds are in close proximity with a safe beach for kids just across the road making it an idyllic holiday spot. Convenient features like all-day access to hot water, ablution facilities and a scullery plus electricity at each camping/caravan site are provided, or opt for a rustic chalet with a full...