Cape St Blaize is a rocky promontory that juts out to sea and is part of the Mossel Bay town structure which is situated right next to The Point Hotel.
There’s a huge cave at Cape St Blaize that was once occupied by Khoikhoi hunter-gatherers, who probably had the finest ocean-view residence in Africa at the time.
Looming above the cave is the still-working Cape St Blaize lighthouse, which was always a favoured posting among the South African light-keeper community.
Often light-keepers and their families were sent to far-flung coastal places, where they lived in isolation and where schooling and supplies were a constant logistical headache.
This particular lighthouse stands in one of the most active, booming towns along the Western Cape coastline. There have always been good shops and schools and a welcoming community available to the ocean guardians sent there.
The building of the Cape St Blaize lighthouse was completed in March 1864. The tower has a spectacular placement on a cliff overlooking both Mossel Bay and the passing ocean lanes.
In his landmark book called Southern Lights – Lighthouses of South Africa, author Harold Williams says that in 1880 a public works official complained of the lighthouse that: ‘Quarters and light satisfactory, but goats must not be kept in the quarters.’
Williams comments: ‘It must be assumed that he had in fact discovered goats or evidence of them in the living quarters – strange bedfellows?’
The lighthouse is fully automated these days, but still manned by light-keepers who maintain radio watch and do meteorological studies.
Up until the late 1970s, however, the lens turned on a clockwork system, which meant that a light-keeper had to ascend the tower and wind it up at three-hour intervals.
Back in the days of fully manned lighthouses, 1 of the sweetest postings you could have in South Africa was to be assigned the duty of the Cape St Blaize light-keeper – because is stands right next to the bustling seaside town of Mossel Bay, between the Garden Route and the southern Cape.
The Point area boasts several diverse restaurants - all with spectacular sea views of the Indian Ocean and and within walking distance of The Point Hotel. It's a great place for families to stroll around and enjoy the summer sunshine and fresh Ocean breeze.
The Ponto Grille and Carvery offers a daily buffet and carvery in the evenings with Portuguese inspired dishes available on the a la carte menu. Big Blu is a Greek-themed venue with wonderful views onto the rocks and the natural tidal pool below. Both are situated alongside The Point Hotel.
The old Mossel Bay Aquarium - beneath Big Blue - has been completely refitted and now includes a sharks and rays tank (which will appeal to the kiddies particularly), a small curio shop and, just outside the front door, an Oyster Bar which must rank as the smallest (and friendliest) in the land.
At the opposite end of The Point Area, Delfinos and The Kingfisher Restaurant are popular gathering spots on the beachfront. Delfinos is open from early in the morning and its large terrace is a popular spot for watching the surfing - which takes place not 50 metres away.
The Lighthouse Restaurant, which has a diverse A La Carte menu specialising in Mossel Bay's famous seafood, completes The Point's quintet of restaurants by the sea, and offers an elegant Cocktail bar for pre-dinner drinks.
Mossel Bay offers a wide range of historic architecture, the arrival of Bartholomew Diaz in 1488 was witnessed by the Khoi-San. A life Size replica of his magnificent ship "Caravel" can be viewed at the Maritime Museum Complex, which includes the Shell, and the world famous Post Office Tree which is a treat to view.
Next to the Hotel is the War Memorial erected in memory of those Mossel Bay citizens who gave their lives fighting wars
Various art and craft shops, curio and speciality shops can be found in Mossel Bay.
The Point Hotel is an ideal home base for making day trips to surrounding areas and towns such as:
George/Wilderness (30 minute drive)
- Wilderness lake areas - water skiing, para-sailing and canoeing
Oudtshoorn (1 hours drive)
- Cango Caves
- Ostrich farms
- Cheetah & Crocodile Farm (Cheetah breeding program)
- Klein Karoo Wine Route
Knysna (1 hours drive)
- Scenic Knysna Heads
- Featherbed Ferry
- Bird Watching
- Forests and castle's
- Monkey Land
- Galleries and flea markets
Contact reception for additional details and brochure regarding the above activities.