GEORGE ON THE GARDEN ROUTE - SOUTH AFRICA

Welcome to George, South Africa, which is the capital of Nature's ‘Garden Route'. George is located in the Cape Wildflower Floral Kingdom next to the coast at the eastern end of the Western Cape Province and has a low rainfall Mediterranean type climate with activities to keep you busy all year round. We probably have the largest number of bed-nights accommodation available in this holiday paradise with its large conference facilities and many tourist attractions. 

Try us for Sun, Sea & Sand, Forests, Game Parks, Lakes, Magnificent Scenery, Wild Flowers and Xhosa Culture.

George is at the center of Nature’s ‘Garden Route’ and nestles at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains. Our airport connects you to and from all the main centers in South Africa and main roads and rail, link with the Klein Karoo hinterland. This is an ideal place to begin your holiday. No special health precautions are necessary. 

Whilst George is mainly a holiday destination, many families have relocated to this most attractive town, which is located in one of the fastest growing areas in South Africa.

George has a Mediterranean Maritime climate, with moderately hot summers, and mild to chilly winters. It is one of the richest rainfall areas, most of which occurs in the winter months, brought by the humid sea-winds from the Indian ocean. Ant time of the year is good for visiting the area, depending if you enjoy a peaceful retreat during the winter months, or a bustling holiday resort during the summer. George is the sixth oldest town in South Africa, situated in the beautiful Western Cape Province and is the Capital of the Southern Cape. The town is very centrally situated: halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and centre of the Garden Route - ideal from where to explore the area's many variant and diverse scenic wonders. Situated on a 10 kilometer plateau between the majestic Outeniqua Mountain to the north and the Indian ocean to the South. 

George also has an extremely sophisticated infrastructure with banks, conference facilities, businesses, major shopping chains, transport and sporting facilities, yet retaining its small town and country atmosphere of peace and tranquility. The town is also a major accommodation centre with a vast array of facilities on offer to suite every taste and pocket. George has many historical landmarks to be visited. Like The Slave Tree, an ancient English Oak planted by Landdrost van Kervel. Known as the Slave Tree because of the very large chain and lock embedded in the trunk, it has been declared a national monument. And the King Edward VII Library building is said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in George. The First Class School for girls was started by Miss Christina Petronella van Niekerk, a "New Age" young lady with visions for the future which were very different to those ideas held by the conservative population of George. George has much to offer the visitor with its city-like infrastructure but not forgetting its small town roots.

Excursions: 
Transnet Heritage Museum
Outeniqua Power Van
Hop Farms

Water sports:
Fishing
Surfing 
Bathing
Motorized Water Sports
Scuba Diving
Snorkeling

Don't miss:
Redberry Farm
Victoria Beach
Groeneweide Hike
Golf at Fancourt
Transnet Heritage Museum
George Museum
Scenic Flights 
Whale watching 
The Slave Tree
Ocean Bathing
Scuba Diving 

Wilderness

The climate is wonderful all year round, temperatures hardly ever dropping below 8°C. The average rainfall is around 700 mm, spread all year round, meaning that the winters are as warm and sunny as the summertime. Back in the 1800's, Wilderness was already renowned for it's hospitality and the natural beauty of the surrounding area. 

Back in those days, a small stone farmhouse was the only form of lodging and it was through this that the legend of Wilderness hospitality and goodwill was established. A seaside-boarding house was established in the old farmstead, which was later to become the Karos Wilderness Hotel. Wilderness is set between the Kaaimans River and the Goukama Nature Reserve, whilst being bordered by the Outeniqua Mountains. 

Renowned for it tranquil sea and beaches which stretch on forever, Wilderness has become a Internationally sought after holiday resort. Wilderness is also surrounded by many rivers and natural lakes and lagoons. This makes it a great spot for water sport enthusiasts, who flock there regularly. There is 2500 ha National Park with five rivers, five lakes, two estuaries and 18 km of coastline. Wilderness sports many types of wildlife, in particular birds. 

Many types of water birds breed here and this makes it ideal for bird-watchers. The many other types of recreation include hiking, dolphin and whale-watching, hang-gliding, paragliding, horse riding, mountain-biking, scenic drives, Wilderness Lakes Art Route, day tours, ferry cruises, angling, boating and other water sports. Wilderness also has a great number of craftsmen and women in the area. There work is often for sale and the tourist can pick up many bargains at the monthly craft markets, held in the middle and end of the month. 

This and many other interesting aspects of the town add to it's rustic charm. A place that must be visited by any tourist in the Garden Route, it truly is a place of timeless beauty. There are many things to do and see in this small village. The famous "Map of Africa Viewpoint" offers fantastic view of the Kaaimans River Valley and an ocean vista rivaled by few. Another great viewpoint is Dolphin Point which gives a magnificent view of the ocean for miles and was named after the number of dolphins which can be spotted from here on a regular basis as well as whales during the winter months which is their breeding season.

The Kaaimans River Bridge is known as an excellent spot for taking photographs of the scenery and the Outeniqua Tjoe-Choo as it passes over the ocean on its journey between George and Knysna. The Woodville Tree is another attraction in the area, thought to be about 800 years old and is a favorite picnic spot.

Herold's Bay

Herold's Bay is 15 km West of George, nestled in a magnificent and sheltered rocky cove where the golden beach sands meet the frothy, turquoise waters of the ocean. Herold's Bay has coastal walks and trails ideal for spotting dolphins and whales. The unspoilt coastal fynbos makes it a popular spot for birders and nature-lovers.

The seaside village is very quiet (no bright city lights) and its wide stretch of sheltered perfect beach make it perfect for relaxing under an umbrella in the summer. 

On cold days in the winter, one can watch the wild ocean from the comfort of an armchair near a cozy fire! Of all the Garden Route towns, Herold's Bay is the closest to the George airport - only five minutes away. All the attractions of the town of George are only 20 minutes from Herold's Bay.

Victoria Bay

One of the smallest and most hidden beautiful bays on the Garden Route. Traveling along the N2 National Road it is 3 km off the N2 and situated between George and Wilderness. 

Victoria Bay, a cove enclosed by cliffs. The little resort comprises a number of cottages clustered around the water front. The gently-sloping beach makes bathing safe and big waves from far out give surfers a long ride.