Thursday, June 24, 2010

mossel bay (june 15-17)

After five days in Cape Town, I embarked on the third of the three legs of my extended South African vacation: the Garden Route. The first stop was Mossel Bay, a town on the coast that, despite its name, sadly does not have ANY mussels. This was hugely disappointing, but we were able to find a fish market to whet the seafood craving with some local, freshly caught fish. I didn’t do much in Mossel Bay besides go on a short walk/hike around the St. Blaize Cave, which opens up right on the coast. Once again, the contrasts of huge mountain peaks and caves right on the coast was breathtaking.

St. Blaize Cave, on the coast in Mossel Bay

These little critters were all around the parking lot and rocks near the cave... People were feeding them, so they swarmed. I think they are dassies.

One more stand-out feature of Mossel Bay was my accommodation… Santos Express B & B. It is a train car turned bed & breakfast, and the rooms are actually in the train cars! Apparently it was ranked #2 on a top 10 list of most eccentric places to stay in the world.

The Santos Express Train B&B

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