Wednesday, 15 September 2021 08:33 AM
A fully-equipped holiday destination with the heart of a small town, George offers visitors a break from the rush of big city living with immersive, natural beauty at every turn. Halfway between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town on the lush Garden Route, you’ll find yourself looking up at the breathtaking Outeniqua Mountain Range, with the inviting waters of the Indian Ocean at your side.
The rushing waters of the Kaaimans River wind between lush slopes and flow into the warm Indian Ocean beyond. Hop on a kayak, and row your way along with breathtaking twists and turns, or simply submerge yourself in these fresh, cola-coloured waters and swim along its lengths. Or, head to Kaaimans Beach with your umbrella and your towel, and take in epic sea views ahead.
A surfer’s paradise between George and Knysna, Victoria Bay is a favourite among locals and visitors alike. Get horizontal on slanted shores perfect for suntanning with picturesque mountain views all around. Unleash your inner fisherman when you cast a line on an angling adventure or strap on your hiking boots and explore the lush surrounding walks and trails, with endless views of the ocean below. George plays host to the Vic Bay Classic where you can see the country’s top surfers in action.
Abundant forests, crystalline lakes and rocky mountains work together to offer visitors to the small village of Wilderness some of South Africa’s loveliest natural scenery. A slice of paradise sandwiched between the towns of Sedgefield and George, Wilderness is the perfect place to unwind, with as much, or as little, to do as your heart desires. Plenty of lush hiking trails await adventurous feet with an impressive variety of birds making their homes in tall trees and tangled bush. Untouched beaches offer a reprieve from the bustle of city life, with plenty of water-based activities on offer to get your adrenaline fix.
Beneath the impressive Outeniqua Mountain Range is the Robertson Brewing Co., a family-run craft brewery serving generous helpings of hearty foods, along with world-class, home-brewed beverages. Head to the Outeniqua Family Market to stock up on fresh produce or indulge in street food, prepared while you wait. Sip a perfectly brewed cup of joe at Pause Coffee Roastery or treat yourself to authentic Italian cuisine at Fancourt’s La Cantina. Take your pick of deliciously fresh fish at York Street’s Shan Sushi, and choose from a variety of local and Mediterranean delights at Blue Olive Restaurant in Wilderness.
Outeniqua Choo Tjoe
Pay a visit to the historic Outeniqua Choo Tjoe, a steam train which once transported people between George and Knysna, and get a glimpse into George’s history. Built in 1928 and flooded in 2006, the train is currently being revived with the hope of one day operating again. In its final days, it carried more than 100 000 passengers each year, forming an essential part of the Garden Route’s infrastructure. Visit and swing by the Goukamma Station for a drink or a meal to complete the experience.