Destination

George Holidays

The gleaming gateway to the Garden Route

Nestled in the fertile valley beneath the imposing Outeniqua Mountains, amid scenic forest and farmland, the town of George is often referred to as the gateway to the Garden Route. The lush greenery of the Western Cape town is dotted with golf courses, gardens and delicate wild flowers and, at just over 250 miles from Cape Town and 200 miles from Port Elizabeth, George is a great spot to stop and explore. 

With a laidback atmosphere and pleasant climate, you'll enjoy an array of outdoor adventures in this naturally beautiful setting; hike through the fynbos (from the old Dutch word meaning fine bush) for far-reaching views over George and the expansive coastline beyond.

Take a leisurely drive out to Victoria Bay – just nine kilometres from the centre of town – for the perfect surfing waves and a chance to watch dolphins and whales (especially between June and November). Alternatively, Herold’s Bay is a really popular and pretty beach for bathing and exploring rock pools. Fishing is abundant and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are ideal for diving, water skiing, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing and surfing.

George is the largest town along the Garden Route and offers plenty for you to see and do, from historical architecture and sites of interest – with the George Museum and some of South Africa's oldest monuments, houses and churches – to retail, in the shape of the one-stop shopping Mecca, the Garden Route Mall. 

Destination Highlights
  • Enjoy a round of golf at two of South Africa's top ten courses
  • See the mythical Old Oak Slave Tree
  • Nature-lovers should visit nearby Tsitsikamma National Park and the Botanical Gardens
  • Take an Outeniqua Power Van guided tour to Oudtshoorn and the Outeniqua Mountains
  • Experience traditional Xhosa crafts, culture and hospitality at Khulani Xhosa village
  • Indulge in some retail therapy at the Garden Route Mall, a few kilometres from the city centre

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