Flights to George introduce you to the main gateway to the Garden Route, one of South Africa’s most precious gems. Although George airport only serves domestic flights, this favourite holiday destination is the sixth oldest town in South Africa. Cradled between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, the surrounding area has many scenic attractions, and the peace and quiet is a welcomed distraction from the hustle and bustle of city life.
George has the charm typical of a small-town yet manages to preserve its urbaneness. Historical landmarks such as the Slave Tree (an Ancient English Oak known because of the very large lock and chain that is embedded in the trunk) and the King Edward VII Library (known for its spectacular Edwardian architecture) are just a few of the jewels that make this city so rich in culture. Car shows and Cheese, Wine and Chocolatier Festivals, and Sevens Rugby have proven popular over the past few years.
With Mossel Bay, Plettenberg Bay and Knysna just a hop-in-the-car away, there’s plenty to do in the city and its surrounding areas.
Outeniqua Transport Museum – A tremendous election of trains can be found under one roof, including an incredible vintage collection, the train used to transport the British Royal Family when they visited back in 1947 and a selection of more specialised vehicles including the fire engines. Combine this with the Outeniqua Choo; a magical steam train ride along the George-Knysna route. The view is as striking as a postcard.
Fancourt – Showing off the finest of world class courses, this is what golf enthusiasts live for. Originally designed by world-renowned golfer Gary Player, The Links, Montagu and Outeniqua golf courses are all ranked in the Top 20 in South Africa. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Strawberry Picking at Redberry Farm – Just outside George, the farm lies within close-range view of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains. Pick strawberries and enjoy the ambience of the Tea Garden, purchase a pony ride and make your way down to the pony paddock, or lose yourself in the largest maze in the Southern Hemisphere. Needless to say, this is a great outing for the family; young and old alike.
Pepsi Pools Mountain Bike Trail – They don’t call it the Garden Route for nothing. What better way to take in the lovely views than to venture on a 20km circular route, showcasing the beauty of nature. This route will take you through the pine forests at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains as you pass the Garden Route dam. This trail requires an intermediate level of skill with some parts being hilly. That said, the scenery will more than distract you.
Herold Wines – They say location is everything, and in this case, the moderate summer temperatures and cool mists of the Outeniqua Mountains are the perfect conditions for the Pinot Noir and Savignon Blanc which are cultivated in this new wine growing area. Wine-tastings make for a lovely afternoon in the vineyards.