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A Holiday Week at Pinnacle Point Estate in Mossel Bay (2020-01-03) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 25 MAY 2020

Yeah, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and this lockdown accompanying it, I am pretty sure that we are all longingly staring out of the window and dreaming of taking a holiday that is anywhere so long as it is as far from home as possible. For us the last holiday was our December school holidays break which saw us head down to the usual family haunt of Pinnacle Point in Mossel Bay for a few days of well deserved rest.

Having only headed down following the New Year’s celebrations, the estate wasn’t quite its usually bustling December holiday self, meaning that we had much more freedom in crafting a break that we really wanted to – when the weather played along of course. We did a fair bit of swimming in the warm waters of the heated pool at ATKV Hartenbos, browsed the various Saturday markets of Sedgefield and George, went for a boat ride to the Heads on Knysna Lagoon with the Featherbed Co., and of course spent a lot of time in Mossel Bay itself – from drinking coffee at The Coffee Club, tucking into fish and chips at the Sea Gypsy Cafe, watching the surfers have fun from the deck of Delfino’s, to slurping up soft serve ice-cream whilst watching the waves crash down at The Point.

Back in the estate we went for long walks up and down all the hills, played lots of games with my Mom and Dad (who were there with us), built a ton of Lego houses with the girls, did a lot of colouring in (well that was me mainly), braaied of course, and had the most unbelievable amount of fun armed with an ultraviolet torch to hunt for golf balls and scorpions in the middle of the night. (Oh, and we even popped into the clubhouse for some cake that Chantelle simply swore we absolutely had to do given how good it is meant to be.)

And yes, of course the girls and I did a lot of driving around the estate on the golf cart whilst taking photos of anything and everything that moved! :D

Scooting about Pinnacle Point Estate in Mossel Bay (2019-09-28) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 01 FEB 2020

Last year September saw me take the girls up for a weekend away at Pinnacle Point in Mossel Bay, a slightly more out of the ordinary visit than normal given that mom and dad were restricted to home in Bellville (due to mom’s hip replacement) and Chantelle was busy frantically churning out cakes in Gordon’s Bay, meaning that it was just me, my two girls, and my younger brother Ryan inhabiting the great big house for the handful of days.

Obviously we made the most of it (despite the damp, overcast, predominantly grey conditions). Lots of sport on TV, golf cart shenanigans, animal and fynbos spotting in the estate, fish and chips at the Sea Gypsy (as is now customary for any visit to Mossel Bay), Lego building, colouring in, and the highlight of each and every day – a swim in the warm water pool at ATKV Hartenbos.

We also confirmed that scooting around on scooters in such a hilly estate is no fun at all – if you’re little.

December Holiday Family Fun in Mossel Bay (2018-12-29) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 03 OCT 2019

So the last term of school has just kicked off, meaning that we are now happily barreling towards the end of the year again. I’m not entirely sure what we’ll end up doing for the holidays this time around, but last year certainly saw us repeat what has become a bit of a tradition over the last couple of years – i.e. spend a chunk of the December school holidays with family on Pinnacle Point Estate in Mossel Bay.

Having now well established that December in the Mossel Bay/Hartenbos area is absolute chaos because of the hordes of people that make their way down to this popular coastal resort town for the holidays, we much better tailored our holiday expectations and managed to miss pretty much all of the crowds.

That’s not to say we just stayed in the estate and didn’t have any fun. Besides the swimming, exploring and enjoying of the natural fynbos beauty of Pinnacle Point, we also indulged in plenty of ice-cream fuelled strolls at The Point and Cape St. Blaize Cave in Mossel Bay, silly fun at Tuinplaas in Albertinia, cotton candy and wine at Jakkelsvlei near Herbertsdale, a walk through the ferns and forest in the Garden of Eden outside Knysna, fresh farm produce at Wild Oats market in Sedgefield, coffee and sliders at Getafix in George, and of course marvelled at the lions and jaguars of Jukani and the pigeons and parrots of the Birds of Eden at The Crags near Plettenberg Bay.

We tucked into donuts in Hartenbos, ambled down the beach in Dana Bay, took a bite at the Nibbling Squirrel in Riversdale, enjoyed refreshments at Pure Craft & Foods in George, admired the lagoon and Heads of Knysna, watched the sunset in Buffalo Bay, and sipped on milkshakes from Milk & Sugar in Buffeljagsrivier.

My mom and dad, my sister and her family, Chantelle’s mom and dad (who were also holidaying in the region) – in other words a proper big family December holiday experience!

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Jenga, Go Fish, and Colouring Books at Pinnacle Point in Mossel Bay (2019-07-04) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 15 SEP 2019

The June school holidays this year was split into two distinct parts, the first a little time soaking up the warm waters of Warmwaterberg whilst exploring Barrydale, the second some nice downtime in Mossel Bay. And by Mossel Bay I do of course mean the fabulous Pinnacle Point Estate (as always).

Chantelle wasn’t with us for this part, and so my girls and I joined my mom and dad, two of their friends, and Riley plus the boys for a couple of decent days of relaxing, late night walks (often in search of stray golf balls), ice creams, strolls and dassies at the Point, copious amounts of Jenga and colouring in, the odd braai or two, and of course a lot of riding up and down in the golf cart. (The girls like that.)

Oh, and a fun drive up to Jakkalsvlei just to round things off. (No golf this time around though…)

A Long Weekend in Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay (2018-09-22) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 17 JUN 2019

The Heritage Day long weekend last year saw Jessica, Emily and I take a drive up to join Mom and Dad at their holiday house in the Pinnacle Point golf estate just outside Mossel Bay. With Spring now upon us, we were treated to plenty of sunshine and flowers – as well as some pretty rough seas thrown into the mix!

Starting off with breakfast and some silly fun at Tuinplaas outside Albertinia, the rest of the laid-back weekend revolved around long drives in the golf cart, ice creams at The Point, sightseeing drives around the area, lots of Jenga block towers, and even an enjoyable dip in Diaz Water Park’s indoor heated pool (in case you were wondering, the one at Hartenbos was closed for renovations).

All in all a fantastic way to spend a long weekend then.

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The Birds and the Trees of Harry Giddy Park in Mossel Bay (2018-06-29) Family Attractions | Photo Gallery 05 JUN 2019

Right as you start your entry into Mossel Bay’s old CBD, at the very top of Marsh Street on the right is a lush green haven called Harry Giddey Park (or Harry Giddy, the Internet can’t quite make up its mind), a public park with trees, running water, a bandstand, a playground, an aviary and even a couple of farmyard animals scattered about.

First laid out as Victoria Park in 1887 (complete with ornate metal gates erected in 1903 in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee), the park was later renamed as Harry Giddey Park in honour of the man who spent much of his time and money revitalizing the grounds during the early 1940’s.

The end result of all this work is a wonderfully laid out park that has a little bit of something for everyone. It has a good collection of interesting trees and plants, interesting pathways, a few bits and pieces with historical significance dotted around, the triple play of birds, animals and a small playground area as entertainment options for the kids, and then of course a lot of lawn to be enjoyed by families in search for some family down time in what is a lush green tranquil space.

(It also just happens to be the home for the Mossel Bay bowls club too).

Honestly, I’m a little surprised that it took the girls and me so long to get out and explore this little block of green on the Mossel Bay map.

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Caravel and Post Office Tree at Bartolomeu Dias Museum in Mossel Bay (2018-06-26) Historic Attractions | Photo Gallery 01 JUN 2019

As one of the larger Western Cape museums in existence today, Mossel Bay’s Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex is a treasure trove of local cultural, Portuguese maritime, and natural history. In addition to the outside displays of the famous Post Office Tree, the Ethno-Botanical Garden, the Fountain, the Munrohoek Cottages, and the Malay Graves, the complex is also home to three distinct museums, The Granary, The Shell Museum (the largest shell museum in Africa), and the primary focal point of the complex as a whole, the Maritime Museum.

Although its history stretches back to that of about 1963, the museum complex in its current form was only really established in 1989, a direct outcome of the incredibly successful and well attended 1988 Dias Festival which celebrated the 500 year anniversary of the 1488 arrival of the first European explorer to set foot on South African soil, the highlight of the festival being the big spectacle landing of a seaworthy, life-size replica of Bartolomeu Dias’ famous caravel.

Now after dawdling through the grounds, touching everything in the garden, reading up on the historic mountain passes in The Granary, marveling at the beautiful mollusk homes in The Shell Museum, hiding under the Post Office Tree, and rolling down the sloped lawns (the kids, not me), we next traipsed over to the secret big reveal of our museum visit – the nondescript stone building marked as The Maritime Museum.

And yes, just like the surprise we ourselves as kids experienced when walking into the museum for the very first time, my girls got just as big a thrill when they entered down the stairs and walked into this:

And yes, of course we explored it.

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Fish and Shells at The Shell Museum in Mossel Bay (2018-06-26) Historic Attractions | Photo Gallery 15 MAY 2019

The Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex in Mossel Bay consists of a number of different elements all clustered in one location. There are the outside attractions of the famous Post Office Tree, the Munro Cottages, the Ethno-Botanical Garden & Braille Trail, the Fountain and the Malay Graves, and then the main buildings namely the Granary, the Maritime Museum, and finally the Shell Museum.

The Shell Museum is an interesting little animal in that it is part aquarium, part shell museum, and part African mask museum. Housed in a building that was erected all the way back in 1902, this small museum is a wondrously colourful look into some interesting examples of aquatic life (complete with touch tank – an absolute delight for the little ones), and hosts a very nicely displayed collection of sea shells and masks – all well presented with copious amounts of interesting, informative (and quite often artistic) displays.

The museum itself is not a particularly big space (it does have two levels though), but as with any museum installation, the value that you get out of visiting is directly proportional to how long you stay and more importantly how much you read.

And if you are as curious a person as what I am, then those two usually end up being a lot longer than any of my kids like!

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Hitting Balls at the Mossel Bay Golf Club (2018-03-18) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 06 APR 2019

See the sea from every tee. That’s the tagline on the Mossel Bay Golf Club’s official website. Mind you, that is pretty true. Sitting nicely elevated above sea level means that you do have a pretty good view no matter what direction you look in, not to mention the added glee of having a herd of springbok bounce out in front of you every now and then.

The Mossel Bay Golf Club itself is well over a hundred years old, having been established way back in 1905. However, its current grounds only came into play around 1924, with a massive redevelopment taking plac in 1999, resulting in the creation of the Mossel Bay Golf Estate and massively upgraded facilities.

The end result? A delightful course that is well looked after, offers great views, and is easy enough for a rank amateur who only plays golf a handful times a year (i.e. me) to tackle.

So that is exactly what Ryan, Dad and myself then did.

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