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General Info about Mossel Bay, South Africa

Visas
All that EU, US, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand nationals require to stay as a tourist in Mossel Bay for a period of up to ninety days is a valid passport. In order to receive the required stamp on your passport, it must have two free pages and must be valid for 6 months beyond your date of departure from South Africa. Citizens of all other countries should check with their South African embassy to see what the visa requirements are for their particular nationality.

Currency
The currency used in South Africa is the Rand which is made up of 100 cents. Notes come in denominations of R10, R20, R50, R100, R200 and the coins in use are R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.

Language
South Africa has 11 official languages and of these 11, some of the main languages spoken in Mossel Bay are Xhosa, English and Afrikaans.

Climate
Mossel Bay is blessed with pretty great weather all year round. During the summer months, sunshine is by far the norm during the day with temperatures hovering around 26ºC. In winter it stays pretty warm, even in July which is the coldest month with average temperatures of 18ºC. Remember it will get cooler at night so pack accordingly. Rain isn’t a very regular occurrence in this sunny seaside town; however, when it does rain it’s usually at night and during summer.

Time Zone
Mossel Bay is located in the South African Standard Time (SAST) zone which is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Opening Hours
Shops in Mossel Bay are generally opened from 8.30am until 5.00pm from Monday to Friday and on Saturdays from 8.30am-1pm. Some stores maybe also open on Sundays, and larger stores may have longer weekend opening hours.

Tourist Office
The Tourism Information Centre in Mossel Bay is located on the corner of Market and Church Streets. The office is open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-4pm and Sun 9am-4pm and the contact telephone number is: +27 (0)44 6912202.

Currency Exchange
Banks in town offer currency exchange services. There are also a number of ATMs in Mossel Bay, from which you can withdraw local currency.

Electricity
Electricity in South Africa is 220V/230V, 50 Hz and you’ll need to use a round 3-pin plug.

Telephones
To call Mossel Bay from abroad you first dial 00, followed by 27 which is the country code for South Africa, the local area code 044 and the local number, but don't forget to drop the 0 on the area code.

If you wish to call abroad from Mossel Bay, dial 00, followed by the international calling code for the country you are calling, the area code (without the 0) and then the local number.

Post Office
The main post office in Mossel Bay is located on Marsh Street.

Tipping
While a service charge tends to be included in restaurant bills, it is still customary to leave a tip if the service was good. This tip usually amounts to 10%. Café employees, taxi drivers and tour guides should also receive a small tip.

Public Holidays
It is worth noting what the public holidays are as the majority of businesses, banks and shops usually shut for the day. In South Africa they are New Years Day (January 1st), Human Rights Day (March 21st), Good Friday and Easter Monday (March/April), Freedom Day (April 27th), Workers Day (May 1st), Youth Day (June 16th), National Women’s Day (August 9th), Heritage Day (September 24th), Day of Reconciliation (December 16th), Christmas Day (December 25th) and Day of Goodwill (December 26th).

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