About Hartenbos

Hartenbos is situated on the Garden Route, between the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South Africa. Show on Map

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Between the towns of Mossel Bay and George lies a perfect holiday resort with an endless expanse of golden beach for walkers and anglers and a shallow, sandy lagoon that offers safe swimming and canoeing.

Hartenbos lends itself to family holidays and during school vacation the tranquil town becomes a bustling seaside destination. The village of Hartenbos started life as a farm granted to Esaias Meyer, a local farmer, as a reward by the Dutch East India Company after he helped shipwrecked sailors.

He called the farm Hart en Bosch (deer and bush). Most of the farm was later bought by the Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuurvereniging (Afrikaans language and culture organisation) and turned into a holiday resort for its members during the years of apartheid. Today it is still very popular with visitors from Limpopo to the Cape and thousands of people spend their annual summer holiday in Hartenbos.

Whale, dolphin and seal watching are very popular, particularly during May through November and the river mouth is an active breeding ground for sea birds.

During peak season, the Hartenbos beachfront is lined with colourful kiosks selling anything from seafood to clothing and there is also a heated indoor pool, a supertube, amusement centre and the local museum has an excellent exhibition of the Great Trek.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Hartenbos


Self Catering


MeTime Guest House is a self-catering guest house in the heart of Hartenbos. Perfectly situated within walking distance ... more

Alikreukel B29

Self Catering

Alikreukel B29

This affordable self catering apartment on the second floor (no lift) with sea view is 150m from the beach and it is ... more

Bay Lodge

Guest House

Bay Lodge

Bay Lodge offers luxury accommodation close to many popular activities. Rooms are offered on a bed only basis and include ... more

Reviews of Hartenbos

If you have kids they can entertain themselves during the school holidays with other kids and be close to nature so I highly recommend...

Merideth, PE

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