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The Oystercatcher Trail is one of the BBC's 'Unforgettable Walks to Take Before You Die'.
In Mossel Bay you can explore the beautiful fynbos environment by tackling a number of Garden Route hiking trails. Trails vary according to difficulty and length, and you can choose between guided walks or self-exploration.
The five-day Oystercatcher Trail is very famous and bookings have to be made far in advance. Comfort is a priority on this guided, ‘slackpacking’ trek. There are three versions of the trail. Gold and silver versions are fully catered, while the green version is self-catered. You do have to carry a day pack, but that’s about it: the rest is taken care of for you.
Costs depend on the size of your group, the season and the version of the hike you choose.
The Hunter-Gatherer is the Oystercatcher’s slightly less luxurious sister hike and offers four days of coastline, sand dunes, beaches and marine life. Guides share their knowledge about the area’s Stone Age beach inhabitants as you walk.
If you are on a tight schedule, choose the Cape St Blaize trail. It’s about 13km long and starts at the car park at The Point in Mossel Bay. The contour path leads you along the spectacular cliffs towards Dana Bay.
These hikes are also likely to offer whale-watching and dolphin-spotting opportunities.
If you head into town you can explore the local architecture on the Mossel Bay Historic Walk. There are more than 50 impressive buildings on this walk and the town’s Old Quarter has well preserved buildings. A detailed map (available from the Mossel Bay Tourism Information Office) offers insights into the development of the town during the second half of the 19th century.