If you’re ever looking for something different to do in Mossel Bay, take a guided tour of its (haunted) history. Leon van der Walt is the local Mossel Bay Historic Ghost Walk guide every Friday night, where he gives guests some insight into the interesting and eerie history of the sleepy Garden Route town.
“My first interest was in geology but I had trouble finding work in that field. Jobs are pretty scarce in Mossel Bay, so I decided to create one myself and combine it with something that has always been close to my heart, my hometown and history. I eventually started the Mossel Bay Ghost Walk in February 2019.
“I believe that the more you know about the past, the bigger your perception becomes of the future because things tend to happen in a circle. And ghost stories, they really connect the past with the present. With a place like Mossel Bay, we have such a rich history that it makes for great stories.
“I get certain premonitions during my walks, a feeling of energy, but it’s my wife who has the third eye. My wife has actually seen apparitions like at the graveyard or at the Cork and Plunger, I just pick up on certain energies in the places I take my people to.
“I believe that energies are left behind and they might be reoccurring or scenes being played over and over again. I have my own opinions based on what I’ve seen and heard, but science hasn’t been able to explain it yet.
“I think people’s fascination with ghosts comes from a quest to understand the unknown. We live in the here and now but none of us knows what happens after we die. We even invent religions from that very question. We have to find a purpose and I think ghosts or paranormal activities give us something to hold onto, some concept of life after death.