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Area Info & Things to Do

Situated approximately 430 kilometres from 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 is easily accessible with a good road network and George Airport which links the Southern Cape and Little Karoo hinterland to the major centres of South Africa. It is the business hub of the region and offers a variety of conference facilities, restaurants, tourist attractions and activities.

George offers a variety of activities throughout the year. Parkruns are growing in popularity countrywide. Join the George parkrun on Saturdays at the Botanical Gardens,  at 49 Caledon Street. Click George Parkrun for more information.

Enjoy country pleasures while exploring the Outeniqua Country Hop Route. The Outeniqua Hop Route also features excellent accommodation and restaurants. 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.

George is especially known for its wealth of wildflowers, and the red George lily (Cyrtanthus elatus), which is unique to the Southern Cape, figures prominently on the George municipal logo.

George Climate

George’s mild Mediterranean type climate makes it possible to participate in outdoor activities throughout the year. Summer temperatures average 26°C and winter temperatures average 14°C in the daytime. It is one of the highest rainfall regions in South Africa. Most rain falls in the winter and spring months, brought by the humid sea winds from the Indian Ocean.

Click here for more on Emergency Services.

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Redberry Farm

Pick your own strawberries or enjoy a meal at one of the artisanal eateries on the farm.
Redberry Farm is also home to the largest Hedge Maze in the southern hemisphere!

The Strawberry Express is one activity that will have the kids going full steam ahead! The track of this miniature steam train is approximately 900 metres long and will take you along through the strawberry fields and into tunnels. Loads of fun!

www.redberryfarm.co.za

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Quad Biking

If you’re not quite ready to jump onto the back of a motorbike but want something a little more adventurous than a 4×4 there’s really nothing better than quad biking.

Choose from short/ day trails to 2-3 day adventures and nocturnal adventures! An excellent fun choice for parties and team building events.

Choose any combination of: Quad biking, Abseiling, Canoeing, Kloofing & Paintball.

www.quadgardenroute.co.za

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Transport Museum & Power Van

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.

The rail trolley travels through the Outeniqua Mountains with its spectacular fynbos, scenic passes, tunnels, waterfalls and wildlife.

Tel. +27 (0)44 801 8239

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Garden Route Botanical Gardens

The Garden Route Botanical Gardens is within walking distance from Caledon 23 Country House. A parkrun is held there every Saturday.

The Gardens have become a conservation and environmental education hub for the Southern Cape of South Africa.

It showcases a plethora of indigenous vegetation with the beautiful Outeniqua Mountains as backdrop. An onsite garden cafe is available and concerts are held monthly.

www.botanicalgarden.org.za

The Garden Route is a golfer’s paradise

FANCOURT OUTENIQUA GOLF COURSE, GEORGE

Designed by: Gary Player
Type: Parklands golf course
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
Fairway Grass: Kikuyu | Greens Grass: Bent grass
Length: Championship: 6320m
Telephone: +27 (0)44 804-0030
Website: Read more


FANCOURT MONTAGU GOLF COURSE, GEORGE

Designed by: Gary Player
Type: Parklands golf course
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
Fairway Grass: Kikuyu | Greens Grass: Bent grass
Length: Championship: 6284m
Telephone: +27 (0)44 804-0030
Website: Read more


FANCOURT THE LINKS GOLF COURSE, GEORGE

Designed by: Gary Player
Type: Links golf course
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
Fairway Grass: Cool season bent | Greens Grass: Cool season bent
Length: Championship: 5530m
Telephone: +27 (0)44 804-0030
Website: Read more


GEORGE GOLF CLUB, GEORGE

Designed by: Dr Charles Molteno Murray
Type: Combination Links & Parklands
Holes: 18 | Par: 70
Fairway Grass: Kikuyu |Greens Grass: Bent grass
Length: Championship: 6201m
Telephone: +27 (0)44 873-6116
Website: Read more


KINGSWOOD GOLF CLUB, GEORGE

Designed by: Danie Obermeyer
Type: Links
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
Fairway Grass: Kikuyu |Greens Grass: Bent grass
Length: Championship: 6286m; Club: 6020m
Telephone: +27 (0)86 172-7170
Website: Read more


OUBAAI GOLF COURSE, HEROLDS BAY

Designed by: Ernie Els
Type: Links golf course
Holes: 18 | Par: 74
Fairway Grass: Kikuyu | Greens Grass: Bent grass
Length: 6516m
Telephone: +27 (0)44 851-0131
Website: Read more


PINNACLE POINT GOLF COURSE, MOSSEL BAY

Designed by: Peter Matkovich & Darren Clarke
Type: Links golf course
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
Fairway Grass: Kikuyu | Greens Grass: Bent grass
Length: 5844m (Ladies: 4955)
Telephone: +27 (0)44 693-3438
Website: Read more


MOSSEL BAY GOLF CLUB, MOSSEL BAY

Designed by: Grimsdell 1957, Obermeyer 2000
Type: Links golf course
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
Fairway Grass: Combination Kikuyu & Cynoden | Greens Grass: Bent grass
Length: Championship: 5880m
Telephone: +27 (0)44 691-2379
Website: Read more


KNYSNA GOLF CLUB, KNYSNA

Designed by: Phillip Basson (1998, redesign)
Type: Parklands golf course
Holes / Par: 18 / 73
Fairway Grass: Kikuyu | Greens Grass: Bent grass
Length: Championship: 5924m; Club: 5924m
Telephone: +27 (0)44 384-1150
Website: Read more


PEZULA GOLF COURSE, KNYSNA

Designed by: Ron Fream
Type: Links golf course
Holes: 18| Par: 72
Fairway Grass: Kentucky Blue & Rye | Greens Grass: Bent grass
Length: Championship: 6281m
Telephone: +27 (0)44 303-5300
Website: Read more


SIMOLA GOLF COURSE, KNYSNA

Designed by: Jack Nicklaus
Type: Parklands Golf Course
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
Fairway Grass: Kikuyu | Greens Grass: Bent grass
Length: 5644m (Ladies: 4755)
Telephone: +27 44 302-9677
Website: Read more


GOOSE VALLEY GOLF CLUB, PLETTENBERG BAY

Designed by: Gary Player Design Co
Type: Combination Links & Parklands
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
Fairway Grass: Kikuyu | Greens Grass: Bent grass
Length: Championship: 5847m
Telephone: +27 (0)44 533-5082
Website: Read more


PLETTENBERG BAY COUNTRY CLUB, PLETTENBERG BAY

Designed by: Robert Hawtree
Type: Parklands golf course
Holes: 18 | Par: 72
Fairway Grass: Kikuyu |Greens Grass: Bent grass
Length: Championship: 6260m
Telephone: 27 (0)44 533-2132
Website: Read more


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