The beautiful City of George is surrounded by the Outeniqua mountains, forests, rivers, open sea and picturesque farmlands. George has grown exponentially in the last 10 years with many South African’s choosing to settle here and rather commute to larger metropolises. Located on the magnificent Garden Route half-way between two major cities, Cape Town in the Western Cape and Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha) in the Eastern Cape, George is an ideal stop-over.
As befits the largest city in the region, you will find a range of sophisticated amenities: accommodation, banks, conference facilities, shopping malls, transport and sporting facilities. The additional, to the main Garden Route Mall, the Eden Meander mall has brought in new chain store businesses and with that job opportunities, as George gently expands its borders.
History enthusiasts will be interested to learn that George is the sixth oldest city in South Africa and has many historical landmarks to be visited: The Slave Tree, an ancient English Oak planted by Landdrost van Kervel, King Edward VII Library building and the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the country. The Outeniqua Transport Museum which houses replicas of old stations, displays of locomotives and coaches – well worth a visit!
The city has excellent road, air and rail links to all major centres within the country, and is a convenient base from which to explore the many attractions of the Garden Route and Klein Karoo.
There is never a dull moment in the city with numerous activities and attractions available for the whole family. The Outeniqua mountains offer an abundance of trails and mountain walks in unspoilt indigenous forests, as well as mountain bike tracks. An easy hike ideal for the whole family, is the circular Forest Buzzard Trail starting at Witfontein Forestry Station. It meanders through pine plantations and indigenous forest and features a waterfall - a wonderful place to picnic and soak up the quiet. While the beaches of Herold’s Bay and Victoria Bay are great for swimming and surfing.
George, on the Garden Route of the Western Cape, is home to a variety of restaurants that offer something for everyone. From seafood restaurants offering freshly caught fish to high-end steak and sushi restaurants, there's something for all tastes and budgets. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner or just a quick bite on the go, George has plenty of restaurant options to choose from.
As one of South Africa’s renowned golfing destinations, George has some world-class golf courses including Fancourt, Oubaai and George Golf Club, as well as an exceptional golf academy.