George

Nestling at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains, George finds itself at the centre of the Cape Garden Route.

 

Situated approximately 430 kilometres out of Cape Town, George is widely regarded as the hub of the Southern Cape Region, and an ideal base from which to explore the Southern Cape and Little Karoo. 

George offers a variety of activities throughout the year. The Outeniqua Transport Museum houses a large collection of steam locomotives and carriages dating back to the glorious age of steam. The museum is also the departure and arrival point for the Outeniqua Power Van, a motorized trolley which offers trips deep into the Outeniqua Mountains from where the most scenic views of the Garden Route can be experienced.

Enjoy country pleasures while exploring the Outeniqua Country Hop Route. Winding up from the delightful Herolds Bay on the R404, turning off through farmlands to explore strawberry and herb farms and partake in cheese and candle making while children and adults alike enjoy the dairy farm, horse riding and mountain biking.

The more energetic can play serious or amateur golf, walk or cycle the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains. Blanco still retains the quaintness of an old fashioned village with diverse cultures and budding entrepreneurs. Drive up the Outeniqua Pass and explore the hops and flower farms of Waboomskraal. Complete the route by exploring the old Montagu Pass, constructed by engineer Sir Henry Fancourt-White, to Herold. Visit the Herold Wines cellar and the 4 x 4 routes.

The Outeniqua Hop Route also features excellent restaurants. George is especially known for its wealth of wild flowers, and the red George Lily (Cyrtanthus elatus), which is unique to the Southern Cape, figures prominently on the George municipal logo.

 

George has much to offer the visitor with its city-like infrastructure but not forgetting its small town roots.