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HHartenbos Beach promises visitors ‘everything under the sun’ – starting with its Blue Flag status, which indicates the quality of its environmental health and the available amenities.
This beach earned this prestigious status through its strict control of water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and beach safety.
The kilometres of clean sand are perfect for long walks, and the beach lends itself to a range of other activities. You can swim at several designated spots and enjoy beachfront facilities, like a heated indoor pool, a super-tube water slide, a bowling green, tennis courts, an amusement centre, conference facilities and a stadium for festivals.
The beautiful and safe lagoon of the Hartenbos River is also great for family-friendly water sports and is known as a good fishing spot for shad and white steenbras.
Hartenbos beach attracts watchers of whales, dolphins and seals, too, as well as nature enthusiast and birders who enjoy the abundant wildlife – particularly near the river mouth, which is an active breeding ground for sea birds.
And as a final point in its favour, the location of Hartenbos Beach between Mossel Bay and George means that visitors have easy access to the rest of the Garden Route.
TTravel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Mossel Bay Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)44 691 2202
ATKV Hartenbos Beach Resort
Tel: +27 (0)44 601 7200
How to get here
From George airport, take the N2 towards Cape Town and follow the signs to Hartenbos – it’s a drive of around 35km. From Cape Town, take the N2 towards Port Elizabeth and follow the signs for Hartenbos – about 400km.
Tours to do
Visit the Hartenbos Museum, which has an impressive collection reflecting various aspects of South African history and culture.
Where to stay
The beach has a camping and caravan site and holiday chalets. The ATKV Hartenbos holiday village just north of Mossel Bay also provides good accommodation options.