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Tourist Route – Station 9

Stations
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Google Maps Co-ordinates -34.18260228036809, 22.145526920226576

Tour Guide Tips and Information: Station 9

Read the Floral Kingdom Story on the pedestal or below.

Station 9 is located next to an area with natural vegetation which is an example of the natural floral assets the Mossel Bay area possesses. The Mossel Bay area, 2007 square kilometers in size, has a divers landscape from the seaside and beaches to the Mountainous areas called the Outeniqua Mountains too semi-arid landscapes. Several public and private conservation areas are located in the mentioned areas. Please contact our Tourism Office by visiting it next to Station 1 or visit the website at www.visitmosselbay.co.za .

FLORAL KINGDOM

The Western Cape Province of South Africa is hailed as one of the most botanically rich areas in the world. The Mossel Bay area consists mainly of the Fynbos Biome. The Fynbos Biome is part of an internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot with 12 vegetation types – of which 7 are threatened.

Fynbos environments are characterized by low nutrient soils and a mediterraneum climate due to the cold sea current. Dominant plant group include the proteas, Erica, restios and geophytes. Large mammals are primarily absent. This ecosystem is primarily fire driven. Most plants and some animals have adapted to survival in this frequently burnt, fire driven ecosystem.

The natural vegetation in the Mossel Bay area has been impacted negatively by agriculture, invasive plant species, urban expansion and other human activities. Most of the natural vegetation has critically endangered status. The expansion of nature conservation areas in the Mossel Bay rural areas forms part of the municipal strategies to ensure that the remaining natural vegetation in the areas remain intact.

The First People trod lightly on this captivating landscape. However, over the past 300 years the human footprint has become increasingly heavy. The future of mankind on earth is dependent on our ability to adjust to a rhythm dictated by the patterns and flows of the ecosystem.

Several private and public conservation areas are located within the Mossel Bay area. Please contact the Tourism Office or visit www.visitmosselbay.co.za , the Tourism Office’s website for more information regarding nature-based activities and experiences.

To the next station

Proceed west along Point Road. Point Road becomes Marsh Street at the Upper Cross and Point Road intersection. Follow Marsh Street in a westerly direction to Station 10 (480 m) which is located on the corner of Marsh and Beach Street next to a large tree. You will pass several tourism related
businesses, restaurants, Pubs, coffee shops and historic buildings on both sides of Marsh Street; Point High School (1909), St Blaize Terrace (1909), The Ark (1910), Villa Point (1900)