Escape to the Garden Route's epitcentre

George was initially established as a timber hub in the late-eighteenth century – and it’s not hard to see why. Spread across a 10-kilometre plateau at the foot of the verdant Outeniqua Mountains and surrounded by alpine forest and perpetual streams, George is conveniently located halfway between the cities of Cape Town and Port Elizabeth - making it a perfect stopover point when travelling between the two. 

George has come a long way from its timber-felling roots. Now a popular tourist destination and golfing mecca, the town boasts world-class golf courses (such as Oubaai, Le Grand George and Fancourt) designed by PGA professionals. Popular annual events include the George Old Car Show, George Cheese Festival, and the George NBM Sevens Premier League.

The town serves as an ideal base from which to explore the nature-lovers paradise of the surrounding Garden Route which is renowned for its lush forests and cliff faces that drop into the sea. The nearby Tsitsikamma National Park is home to the Otter Trail—an intense five-day hike through the Garden Route. Wildlife in the area includes klipspringer, leopard, duiker, and black eagles. Shy elephants are still rumoured to be found in the forests.

Highlights

  • George is the sixth-oldest town in South Africa and conveniently located halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth 
  • In the heart of the Garden Route, framed by the Outeniqua Mountains
  • Nearby attractions include the historic Montagu Pass, the Tsitsikamma National Park, and the Knysna Elephant Park
  • The nearby George Airport services domestic flights from Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban 
  • The gateway to the Garden Route, and also an excellent base from which to explore surrounding towns 
  • Best time to go:
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  • Mixed

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