PICS: Cape Pioneer Trek along the Port of Mossel Bay kicks off
Mossel Bay really does get a tough wrap when it comes to Garden Route trips.
Set at what is best described as an entrance to this exceptional, must-do coastal route of South Africa, very few linger longer than for a quick pit stop.
And yet there is much to explore when it comes to this underrated part of the Wetsern Cape's Garden Route.
Mossel Bay really has more.
When you talk about Mossel Bay and take into account that seaside villages and tiny dot towns like Herbertsdale, Friemersheim, Vleesbaai, Boggomsbaai, Ruitersbos and Tergniet all for under the Mossel Bay municipality, a myriad of experiences awaits; Mossel Bay packs some serious holiday muscle.
Some 300 pro-riders are set to journey through the top attractions within the Port of Mossel Bay, including Cape St Blaise Lighthouse, the famous Mossel Bay Cave and the Point area, as the Garden Route's community welcome's the thrilling start of the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek from 8 to 14 September.
But the seven-day annual event is not just about showcasing the Klein Karoo. It provides a major boost to the local communities and schools by creating over 420 jobs and raising , which in 2019, include Milkwood Primary School in Mossel Bay, Van Kervel High School in George and Langenhoven Gimnasium in Oudtshoorn.
Giving back to the community and supporting schools is a priority of TNPA, Port Manager, Shadrack Tshikalange said the port’s participation in the race for the 7th year was only fitting. “We are committed towards supporting initiatives and events that are in line with our corporate social investment strategy that places emphasis on education, youth development and job creation,” he says.
“TNPA is focused on transforming South Africa's ports into 'people's ports’ that benefit and uplift their communities through tourism, leisure, recreation, sport, careers and business opportunities. We invite the public to enjoy the race as it journeys through the key points within port limits,” he says.
The Garden Route community can also look forward to a weekend of spectacular harbour highlights in November, as TNPA firms up 2 and 3 November as the dates for its new-look Port Festival in Mossel Bay.
Showcasing portside fun for all ages, the two-day festival aims to help TNPA to bring communities closer to the port, in line with its ‘People’s Port’ focus.
The public can look forward to an array of family-friendly entertainment including tours of ships, boat rides, a careers and business exhibition, a sailing regatta, sea rescue displays, a special kids’ zone, craft and food markets, live music and entertainment by crowd pullers and emerging artists, plus an array of other waterside and landside activities.
*Compiled by Selene Brophy