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George Holidays

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
  • The Slave Tree

    George has become a bit of a golfer's paradise. Three of South Africa's top golf courses are here, as well as a golf academy. The popular Fancourt Golf Estate, designed by Gary Player, is the premier golf resort in the area. Or head to the endless rolling hills, bumps, and dunes of the Links Golf Course. George Golf Club offers a scenic setting interspersed with a densely wooded forest. Whatever you fancy and whatever your skill level, George has it on its many greens and fairways.

  • Tsitsikamma National Park

    In front of George's old library building, you will see one of the city's most iconic landmarks—a giant, 200-year old oak tree. Now designated as a national monument, this tree is called the Slave Tree because of the old chain embedded in the tree trunk with the remains of an old lock attached to it.

  • Outeniqua Power Van

    Mythically beautiful, Tsitsikamma National Park includes rocky coastline, remote mountains, secluded valleys, and emerald forests. This is where you go to experience the outdoors. Take a treetop canopy tour, explore the lush hiking trails, or make your way to Nature's Valley, the unspoiled little village perched at the mouth of the Groot River. If you want true outdoor thrills, bungee jump from Bloukrans Bridge, the world's highest commercial bungee jump location.

  • Khulani Xhosa Village

    Your holiday in George should not leave out the three-hour Outeniqua Power Van outing. The six-cylinder diesel engine takes you up the Outeniqua Mountains, through the forest, over four passes, through six tunnels, and past fynbos, proteas, and waterfalls, to a panoramic picnic area at the top of the mountains.

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