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Dana Bay is situated on the outscrits of Mossel Bay is a port city in South Africa. It is in this bay that the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias docked on February 3, 1488. It was then named Aguada de São Brás (Bay of Saint Blaise). It was the Dutch navigator Paulus van Caerden who renamed the place Mosselbaai (Bay of Mussels) in 1601 because he found mussels in abundance. The Diaz Museum is dedicated to the history of Mossel Bay. It includes the maritime museum and its reproduction of the Diaz caravel, the exhibition on the cultural life of coloured communities during the apartheid era, the museum of shellfish, an aquarium including a specimen of great white shark and the oldest houses in the city.
With an average of 320 days of sunshine a year, Dana Bay has the second warmest climate in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records. Enjoy walks along the beautiful beaches, go horseback riding and go whale and dolphin watching hunt for prey on an exciting safari or cruise to Seal Island, populated by more than 2,500 Cape fur seals.
The Garden Route is a mix of modern golf courses, primitive forests, retired artist communities, retirement homes, shopping and craft centres, mountain retreats and beaches. A large number of artists and creative individuals have settled in the area, attracted by the beauty of the coast.
The main highway on the South African Garden Route (a highlight for most visitors) is the N2, which runs from Victoria West in South Cape to Storms River Village on the Western Cape border
Although the Garden Route is renowned for the beauty of its landscapes, it is the hidden destinations, accessible via secondary roads, that make all the charm of the region.
Other popular towns include Prince Albert, Willowmore, Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. The Garden Route is a paradise for nature lovers. With its wild beaches lined with rivers and rolling hills, dotted with forests and valleys, it is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most scenic spots and one of the most spectacular coastal regions in the world.
Its millennial forests, home to some wild elephants as well as yellow-crowned vultures over 700 years old, are perfect for hiking. Its beaches offer excellent surfing areas, and the charming towns along the coast boast some of the best golf courses in Southern Africa. Thrill seekers will also find one of the highest bungee jumping sites in the world.
Mossel Bay is the perfect place for sports enthusiasts and water sports enthusiasts. There is a very wide variety of facilities available such as golf, squash, tennis, water activities, visitors can choose between different types of diving: diving with sharks, diving in the wrecks -marine, snorkelling. It is also possible to do power boating.
Thanks to its important past, the city includes many museums such as the Maritime Museum, the Shell Museum and the Museum of Cultural History.