Resting in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountain Range on South Africa’s famous Garden Route, George is known for its remarkable mountain scenery and dramatic coastal vistas. A mecca for outdoor adventures, George’s pristine lakes, verdant valleys and wild beaches sit alongside interesting museums and world-class wineries.
Things to do in George
For magnificent mountain views, hire a car and cross the Outeniqua Pass to find various lookout points and hidden treasures. Stop by Herold Wine Estate for a wine tasting experience or go strawberry picking at Redberry Farm, home to the largest hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere.
George’s coastline is peppered with superb beaches, from calm, secluded coves to terrific surf breaks. Spend a relaxing day at Harold’s Bay, a sheltered rocky cove ideal for swimming or venture east to the Wilderness National Park to go horseback riding along the beach, surf the rolling waves and spot whales and dolphins.
Immerse yourself in George’s native flora and fauna at the Garden Route Botanical Gardens. This beautiful nature reserve features an array of walking tracks, from 10-minute nature trails to more challenging mountain climbs, including the popular George and Cradock Peaks.
Step back in time at the Outeniqua Transport Museum, showcasing a brilliant collection of steam trains and vintage cars. If you’re interested in the history of George, visit the George Museum. Themed around the timber industry, the museum tells the story of the city, from the Indigenous tribes to the first European colonies.
Getting around George
George is a 4.5-hour drive from Cape Town along the N2 highway, which also connects the city to Port Elizabeth, Knysna and Durban. George Airport receives domestic flights and is a 10-minute drive from the walkable city centre. Rental cars, taxis and local buses provide transport around the area.