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Hartenbos, Mossel Bay

Hartenbos is situated next to the Mossel Bay industrial town, known as Voorbaai. The resort is on the banks of the Hartenbos river and is extremely popular and during peak season, December to January, when about 100 000 visitors from the interior flock to the resort.

Visitors can enjoy all kinds of activities but boating and fishing are by far the most popular. The Hartenbos resort was started in 1936 by an organisation called the ATKV - Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur Vereniging, (The Afrikaans Language and Culture Organisation) which was part of the old South African Railways.

Initially the Hartenbos Resort was reserved for railway workers only, but currently it is open to anyone. The resort has a 10 000 seat stadium which is used for entertainment like traditional dancing festivals and church services.

The Voortrekker museum in the Hartenbos resort displays ancient relics associated with the Great Trek in 1938 to Pretoria. The exhibit includes Bibles, clothes, and two of the carriages that were on the trek, owned by Magdalena De Wet and Andries Pretorius.

Hartenbos, situated near Mossel Bay along the Garden Route in the Western Cape of South Africa, offers a variety of attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy.

Here are five things to see or do in and around Hartenbos:

  1. Hartenbos Beach: Spend a relaxing day soaking up the sun and enjoying the pristine sands of Hartenbos Beach. This family-friendly beach offers safe swimming conditions, perfect for a day of fun in the sun. Visitors can also explore the tidal pools and take leisurely strolls along the coastline.

  2. Diaz Museum Complex: Explore the rich maritime history of the region at the Diaz Museum Complex in nearby Mossel Bay. The complex includes the Maritime Museum, which showcases exhibits on early explorers, indigenous cultures, and maritime artifacts. Visitors can also climb the replica of Bartolomeu Dias' caravel, the ship that sailed around the Cape of Good Hope in 1488.

  3. Hartenbos Waterpark: Cool off and have a blast at the Hartenbos Waterpark, located right next to the beach. The waterpark features a variety of slides, pools, and water-based activities suitable for all ages. It's a perfect destination for families and groups looking for some aquatic fun.

  4. St. Blaize Trail: Embark on a scenic hike along the St. Blaize Trail, which starts in Mossel Bay and offers breathtaking coastal views. The trail follows the rugged coastline, passing by historic sites, caves, and viewpoints along the way. Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales during the winter months.

  5. Botlierskop Private Game Reserve: Experience the thrill of a safari adventure at the Botlierskop Private Game Reserve, located a short drive from Hartenbos. The reserve offers guided game drives, allowing visitors to spot a variety of wildlife, including lions, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, and more. It's a fantastic opportunity to get up close to Africa's majestic animals in their natural habitat.

These are just a few of the many attractions and activities waiting to be explored in and around Hartenbos, Mossel Bay, and the Garden Route in the Western Cape of South Africa. Whether you're seeking relaxation on the beach, adventure in the wilderness, or cultural experiences, this region has something for everyone.





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