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George is located 430 kilometres from Cape Town, a few kilometres inland from the N2, and is regarded as the business hub and administrative centre of the Southern Cape. George provides key access to the Southern Cape and Garden Route, by both a sophisticated road network and the regional George Airport, which links all the major cities in South Africa.

 George is situated between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean and is sur­rounded by forests and an ancient lake systems. The lakes date back twenty thousand years and were formed during the Late Pleistocene era. As the sixth oldest city in South Africa it proffers a rich historic legacy, as George was established in 1776 as an outpost for the provision of tim­ber to meet the demand for timber, wood used in building, transport and furniture. The forestry industry gave rise to a small community of woodcutters. The town was however only offi­cially proclaimed in 1811, and named after the then reigning British monarch, King George III.


Many historical landmarks attest to the history of the city: the Slave Tree – the ancient Eng­lish Oak tree planted by Landdrost van Kervel in 1811 and named for the large chain and lock embedded in its trunk.(It is purported that slaves were once chained to the tree and sold here. This is however a myth).

The George Museum – showcasing an eclectic Victoriana collection, Meade House – one of the oldest and most beautiful houses in George, St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s Catholic Church – the oldest Catholic church in South Africa built in 1850, St. Mark’s Anglican Cathedral – designed by Sophie Grey and built in 1843 and the Dutch Reformed Mother Church – consecrated in 1842. The King Edward VII Library building is reputed to be the best ex­ample of Edwardian architecture in George. The scenic Montagu Pass - completed in 1857, was proclaimed a national monument in 1972.


 

Other places of interest include the Outeniqua Transport Museum – home to a large collec­tion of carriages and steam locomotives and the Outeniqua Power Van - a unique rail experience affording travellers the opportunity to experience the forests surrounding George, four spectacular passes, waterfalls, Fynbos, Proteas, bird and animal life. The Garden Route Botanical Gardens accommodates the storage dam and original furrows created by the Mayor of George in 1819, to supply the first 36 plots in George with water and the Moriarty Environmental Centre. The Garden Route Botanical Gardens play a vital role in the conservation of the rich diversity of plant life in the Garden Route, integral to the Cape Floral Heritage Region.

Due to the city- and surround’s natural beauty, outdoor leisure pursuits rank highly among George’s key attractions and include the Cradock (1578 m) and George (1337 m) Peak Trail, which links the Outeniqua and Montagu passes. Other outdoor activities include nature walks, bird watching, canoeing, mountain bik­ing, 4 x 4 routes and horse trails.

Photo: Fancourt South Africa

Best known as a golfing destination, the city of George offers some of South Africa’s best golf­ing experiences. Courses include the interna­tionally renowned Fancourt Hotel, Country Club and Golf Estate which accommodates three golf courses designed by Gary Player, and are ranked in the top 20 in South Africa. These courses include The Links, Montagu and Outeniqua courses. Other golf courses in George include the manicured George Golf Club, Glenwood Short Golf Course and the Kingswood urban lifestyle Golf Estate.
 

The Garden Route Mall, the Garden Route’s largest regional shopping centre is located a few kilometres from the George city centre and offers a relaxed, one-stop shopping experience.
 

Accommodation in George includes: guest houses, historic homesteads, cottages, villas, hotels, guest lodges, bed and breakfasts, back­packers’ lodges, farm stays, golf estates, camp­ing and caravanning as well as tented camps. Accommodation grading ranges from budget accommodation to luxury five star establish­ments. Culinary offerings include a diverse range of establishments from franchised fast food outlets to five star restaurants.
 

As the city’s motto infers (City for all reasons), George as a leisure destination offers a wide variety of experiences which include:

4 x 4 routes, Abseiling, Art exhibitions. Bird watching, Canoeing, Children’s adventure activities, Cinema, Craft markets, Events and festival, Farmers market, Golf, Hiking trails, Historical mountain passes, Historical architecture, Horse trails, Kayaking, Mountain biking, Museums, Natural attractions, Nature education, Natural experiences, Nature trails, Night life, Quad adventures, Scenic drives, Scenic views, Shopping, Spa and wellness treatments, Theatre