Mossel Bay Harbour

If Knysna is the glamorous, beautiful sister of the Garden Route, then Mossel Bay is the working class hero brother. A town of industry, rugged fisherman and oil rig workers, the intermittent patches of attempted gentrification look out of place.

The best part of Mossel Bay is the harbour which is an old-fashioned fishing port and handles little commercial cargo – husky men wander around in yellow waterproofs and white rubber boots, forklifts stacked with canned pilchards trundle around, and the sound of the sea gulls hovering over incoming vessels is deafening.

We had to go to customs yesterday to sort out shipping documents and timed the visit so we could have lunch at the Sea Gypsy Cafe. This bright blue wooden hut, situated just at the harbour gates, has been there forever and is packed every lunchtime. Fish and chips, mussels, calamari, oysters – have your pick of cheap, fresh sea food with an uninterrupted view of the ocean.

Bright blue harbour landmark - The Sea Gypsy Cafe.

Fish and chips washed down with a beer, spitting distance from the sea. . .

The Port Authority bans many activities, but you can't accuse them of being suicide unfriendly.


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7 Responses to “Mossel Bay Harbour”


  1. 1 Lisa July 6, 2010 at 7:39 am

    But if you were suicidal, wouldn’t the fish and chips (and that lovely marina-blue-washed clapboard vibe) yank you straight back from the edge? Now I want a walk in a cold, salty harbour and some fish and chips…

  2. 2 Mike July 7, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    We who live in Sedgefield are fortunate because we can save petrol by getting our fish and chips from Mr Kaai. Sure, the outlook ain’t as good, but the fish is outstanding and Kevin & Mandy are really customer oriented.

    • 3 Jeannine July 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm

      Geez Mike, I’m going to have to charge you an Ad rate 😉

      You’re right though, Mr Kaai is excellent, but sometime you might have to go on a trip, and on that trip you might go via Mossel Bay. If that happens, at least you now know where to get good fish and chips!

    • 4 Steve Williams January 6, 2011 at 6:56 pm

      Are you joking??! Customer oriented my arse! I have never experienced more rudeness than from Mr Kaai. Not sure of the woman’s name, but the attitude I got when I innocently walked in to place my order was outrageous. Needless to say I walked right out again – luckily I found another fish & chips shop next to La Piazza which serves their fare sans attitude and a lot cheaper – it was every bit as good too! If you’re facing La Piazza they’re on the right.

      • 5 Jeannine January 7, 2011 at 5:46 am

        Geez Steve, that’s terrible, sorry you had a bad time at Mr Kaai.

        I also like the fish and chips from the guy next to Lappies. He looks pretty cool too, with the long hair and big hat!

  3. 6 shoreacres July 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Ohhhhh… It looks wonderful, both the building and the food.

    Count your blessings – we’ve had plenty of Gulf ports filled with rugged fishermen and oil rig workers, but now you can’t eat the seafood and both the fishermen and rig workers are out of work, compliments BP and our government.

    The first oil came to Texas this past weekend – not much, just tarballs, but it’s here. I’m going to be making an effort to eat fresh seafood over the next weeks. There’s no guarantee the local product will be available much longer, since a full third of the Gulf is closed to fishing now ;(

    On the other hand – that Transnet sign is laugh-out-loud funny. I’m with Lisa – that car doesn’t have anyone in it, because they’re all over at The Sea Gypsy, enjoying themselves!

    • 7 Jeannine July 8, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      Awful about the tarballs Linda, I can just imagine how much that must sicken you. And no end in sight right now.
      Never mind your own groceries, you are going to have to become the lady in your pic, and farm your own chickens!


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