Outeniquasbosch Wildlife Village is located three kilometers from Hartenbos in South Africa’s wondrous Western Cape.
What started as a holiday resort for South African Railways and Harbours employees in the 1930s, and was later bought by the Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuur Vereniging (ATKV) has since become a thriving town, which forms part of the Mossel Bay Local Municipality.
A small seaside resort town with golden beaches as far as the eye can see, Hartenbos is easily accessible to nearby towns and cities, and an easy 45 kilometre drive from George. During holidays, the tranquil town becomes a festive seaside destination.
Residents and visitors alike enjoy angling and taking long walks on the beach. The shallow, sandy lagoon is a great place for safe canoeing and swimming.
Hartenbos has a well-established infrastructure, which includes:
- Schools (preschools, a primary school and private schools)
- Several churches catering to a number of faiths
- A private hospital
- Sports clubs
Although the town has several stores, nearby Mossel Bay offers Langeberg Mall, which offers a number of independent and chain stores, restaurants, banks and other facilities. Alternatively, you could visit the Garden Route Mall in George for world-class shopping enjoyment.
What to Do In Hartenbos
Surrounded by beautifully fresh air, rolling green hills and spectacular ocean views, nature lovers have their pick of recreational opportunities, including hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, golfing, paragliding, whale watching, and much more.
Some interesting places to visit include:
- Bird of Prey Rehabilitation and Awareness Centre
- Wildlife Awareness Centre
- Point of Human Origins
- Cango Caves
- Cango Wildlife Ranch
- Featherbed Nature Reserve
- Knysna Elephant Park
- Monkeyland Sanctuary
- Outeniqua Power Van
- The many wine estates on the Garden Route
The ATKV resort regularly hosts Afrikaans cultural festivals, as well as a Christmas Carol Service, a Kersdiens on Christmas morning, and a New Year Church Service at midnight which is attended by thousands of people in the resort’s amphitheatre.
The resort, which boasts five kilometres of Blue Flag beaches, also has a fun park, heating swimming pool, conference facilities, paddle boats, super tube, shopping centres and flea markets.
Hartenbos Waterpark, at the Diaz Hotel, which is located at the corner of Port Natal Way and Kaap de Goede Hoop Avenue, offers the widest array of water slides in the province and promises hours of fun in the sun for the whole family.
Hartenbos and the Mossel Bay area boasts the world’s second-most moderate climate, with average midday temperatures in winter reaching 18.6 degrees Celsius and 26.6 degrees Celsius in summer. Mid-winter nights are the coldest, when temperatures drop to 7.7 degrees Celsius.
Living in the Outeniquasbosch Wildlife Village will provide you with access to the small resort-town lifestyle Hartenbos has to offer, while you still have easy access to the conveniences of nearby bigger towns, such as Mossel Bay, George and Plettenberg Bay.