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Harry Giddy Park

A Hidden Gem of Mossel Bay

The Harry Giddy Park is truly a hidden gem and less known, situated right in the center of Mossel Bay.
There are numerous pathways to take from the main entrance, leading you between huge Milkwood trees, lush plants, waterfalls, and fountains. There are benches, as well as tables and chairs for enjoying a picnic should you choose. 

The park was proclaimed on the Queen’s Golden Jubilee on 21 June 1887 and was named the “Victoria Park”. The historic gates at the Southern entrance were erected in 1903 to commemorate the Jubilee of the reign of Queen Victoria of Britain. The name of the park was changed to Harry Giddy Park in 1969 to honor the man, Harry Giddy, who took a great interest in the park from the 1930’s and paid for much of the features, stonework and paths as seen in the park today. Efforts are being made to regain the interest of the public by holding an Art & Craft Market there occasionally on Saturdays and during the December holidays.

A section of the park has been enclosed where they have different species of birds including Exotic birds, free roaming duck and geese, turkeys, tortoises, “Billy-goats” and peacocks showing off their beautiful colors during courtship to say the least.

Entry is absolutely FREE, yes! No charge! There is a donation box, should you wish to make a small contribution which goes towards the feeding of the animals. There is an enclosed play park for the children as well with on-site ablution facilities should the need arise. This park is a must visit and great for families to enjoy the tranquility.Do not forget to take your camera!!

Next time that you are staying at Villa Chanté and planning a day out with the kids, Get your free town map at reception and head to the Harry Giddy Park and see why Mossel Bay has more!



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Blue Flag Bliss

Santos Beach & Jackal On The Beach Restaurant

Mossel Bay is well known for its pristine beaches and Santos is a popular choice among visitors, especially for its white sandy Blue Flag status and swimming beach.
On arrival, you are welcomed with spectacular views, and almost get that feeling as if you are on a exotic island with the thatch umbrellas scattered all over the beach.
Santos Beach is the perfect choice for a outing on hot summers’ day, to sunbathe, enjoy the water at moderate temperatures of 15’C- 19’C or to experience dining on the beach at next level. The ablution facilities are convenient and immaculately clean, as you would expect from a Blue Flag Beach.
The beach is within walking distance to to shopping facilities, right next to the Dias Museum and Mossel Bay Tourism offices, The Santos Express Restaurant and function venue as well as the Mossel Bay Harbor.

Jackal On The Beach Restaurant, previously known as the Pavilion has a unique setting, right on the Santos beach, offering visitors warm hospitality and a extensive menu to satisfy each guests’ taste buds. They are the sister-establishment of the Jakkalsvlei Wine Estate, a Award winning wine cellar in Herbertsdale, about 50km from Villa Chanté.

Read their story here on the history of the Pavilion

When entering the Restaurant, you get the feeling of luxury and fine dining with the splendid décor, done by Ansie Steyn Interiors, a local Interior Designer who has placed her fingerprint on well known Hospitality establishments in Mossel Bay.

Enjoy a meal, paired with their selection and well-stocked Jakkalsvlei wines, cocktails or a refreshing milkshake to compliment the views with the famous call of the Seagulls or the occasional seal that pops up from the surface in surf, right in front of you.

As evening falls, the restaurant gets a ambiance like no other with a almost Romantic feel as they light the lamps, the sound of the crashing waves outside and the cozy little table settings, also making this restaurant ideal for a date night.
Next time that you are staying at Villa Chanté and planning a day out to the beach, Get your free town map at reception and head to Santos and see why Mossel Bay has more!


+27 44 698 2160 / +27 60 672 6136


The Do-Stuff Destination


Mossel Bay was not just voted Town Of The Year 2017 for the warm hospitality that our friendly locals provide and for the natural beauty of the town, but also for the array of activities and attractions that Mossel Bay offers visitors, hence the slogan “The Do-Stuff Destination”. Mossel Bay is quickly becoming the number one holiday destination in South Africa. Here you will never just sit around waiting for time to pass. The Sky is the limit when it comes to keeping yourself and your family entertained. Villa Chanté offers a free Concierge service to help you plan and book your activities during your stay with us. We also recently had the pleasure to have 6 of the country’s most loved bloggers stay in Mossel Bay to share their experiences of our town and ever so, Mossel Bay trended on Twitter for at least a week!

Before heading out to experience the best of Mossel Bay, it all starts with a good breakfast to get you going. Mossel Bay offers a variety of Beachfront Restaurants and Cafes that not just only serves up a great breakfast, but lunch and dinner too.

Delfino’s is one of the best spots in town to enjoy a delicious breakfast, freshly prepared with spectacular views.

Breakfast vouchers can be booked with your stay to redeem at a selection of restaurants.


This boat based charter offers memorable trips around Seal Island, home to more than 3000 resident Cape Fur Seals, Whale Watching trips in season and nostalgic sunset cruises around the bay. They depart from the Mossel Bay Harbour every hour on the hour and is weather permitted.

White Shark Africa

Mossel Bay is one of the best sites in the world to get up close and personal with the ocean’s most feared predator – The Great White Shark. They are iconic animals of Mossel Bay and are known to breach completely out of the water. White Shark Africa offers visitors the chance of a lifetime to get wet and enjoy a cage diving experience. Pack your camera for a once in a lifetime chance to catch these amazing animals surface and maybe surprise you with a breach while watching from the upper deck.


Get a birdseye view from Mossel Bay while taking a airplane flight over Mossel Bay and the Magnificent Outeniqua Mountains for 25 minutes. Once mid-air you will take a free fall for 25 seconds at 220km/hour, enjoy flying under a parachute for 5 – 6 minutes and land. This is also your chance to capture the experience on video as they film the dive.

Elephant Experience at Indalu

Indalu Game Reserves offer you the chance to interact with the African Gentle Giants. Enjoy a guided tour by walking with and feeding the elephants and take photos of them up close. You can also enjoy the option to take a elephant back ride. Indalu also offers game drives and bird watching experiences.

Dias Museum

The Dias Museum is situated in the hub of Mossel Bay in a spectacular setting with breathtaking views from the premises. Take a stroll to the over 500 year old Post Tree (Milkwood Tree) with the famous shoe that was used as a post box back in the day. Mossel Bay was the first town in South Africa that had a Post Office. 

a Identical Replica of Bartholomew Diaz’ caravel is on display in the vessel section of the museum where vistors can climb onboard for a closer look at what the vessel used to look like exactly. The museum also offers a maritime section with a variety of marine life and a seashell display section.

Go back in time and explore the rich history of Mossel Bay on display.

The Garden Route Casino

Mossel Bay has it’s very own Casino – the only one in the Garden Route region, where visitors can enjoy the luxury of the Tsogo Sun brand. Enjoy a meal at the Admirals Buffet or Red Cherry Cafe, Catch a live show by well-known South African Artists at the Bravo Lounge, if you are feeling lucky then hit the Casino main floor with its different slot machine sections, Blackjack, Poker and Roulette tables, Cash Bars and waiting staff doing the rounds on the floor for your convenience. 

While this is just a drop in the bucket of things to do during your visit, you can visit for more activities and attractions and create your own free Travel itinerary

After a long day of excitement and family fun, you can head to dinner at the selection of restaurants by making use of the Free shuttle service, yes! you read correctly – absolutely free, that will collect you at Villa Chanté, drive you safely to the restaurant of choice and ensure that you return safely. Alternatively, you can enjoy our BBQ facilities for a stay-in BBQ dinner.

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Welcome to Our Blog!

Welcome to our First Blog!
If you have not heard of Villa Chanté yet, please allow us to introduce ourselves to you.
We are a Self-Catering Accommodation establishment in the picturesque Coastal town of Mossel Bay, the Holiday Mecca of South Africa. We are situated in the Dana Bay Nature Conservancy also well known as a hidden gem in the Garden Route Region.

Our accommodation consists of 8 fully equipped units, from cosy twin and family rooms, to our more spacious and convenient 1 – 4 bedroom apartments and duplexes.
We specialize in holiday accommodation, weekend breakaways, family stays, corporate accommodation and romantic escapes. Whatever your travelling purpose, we have a unit just for you!
Villa Chanté is a accredited member of Mossel Bay Tourism and very well known for being one of the most convenient and affordable establishments in town. We strive to provide our guests with comfortable accommodation, personal service and to ensure that you, our valued guests, have a memorable stay whilst travelling through the Garden Route.
We are situated within close driving distance to the local beaches, amenities, attractions, the Garden Route Casino and George Airport, for those traveling by air.
We invite you to come and experience our guest accommodation and see for yourself why we call it “Your home away from home”.


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