Fly To George
This city is nestled in South Africa's Western Cape Province. George has been named 'Africa's Golf Capital'. It has become a popular holiday and conference centre and the administrative and commercial hub of the Garden Route.
This hidden gem is nestled perfectly between the lush scenic path of the Garden Route in the Cape Wildflower Floral Kingdom, and the Outeniqua Mountains. George has been described as an easy-going hamlet, with a laid-back approach that allows for an easy way to enjoy its beauty and natural setting.
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Why visit George?
- Explore the treasures of Montague and Outeniqua Passes, while driving pass the historic landmarks like the Pacaltsdorp Stone Church and the ancient slave tree in York Street!
- Enjoy a sunny day at one of the many glorious beaches located near George which include the blue flag Kleinbrak Beach and Victoria Bay where you can spot dolphins or a whales!
- This is a welcoming city filled with attractions perfect for those adrenaline seekers which include Duiwelsberg 4x4 Trail, and Fancourt Mountain Bike Trail just to name a few!
George has a mild Mediterranean type climate, making any time of year a good time to visit.
Over the summer seasons which begin in November and end in March, crowds usually increase.
During the summer is the best time to visit city as there are many outdoor attractions that can only be enjoyed with warm weather. Winter is not a bad time to visit either, between June-August the days are warm and bright but the evenings become really cold.
The most spoken language in George is Afrikaans. The only reason why most people speak and understand English in this city is because of the fact that English is a required subject in most South African schools.
Some useful Afrikaans phrases to help you put are:
- Hello - Goeie dag
- Goodbye - Totsiens
- Sorry - Jammer
- Thank you - Dankie
- One of George's most famous landmarks is a tree which was planted in 1811.
- George is home to the only National Railway Museum in South Africa.
- George is the sixth oldest town in South Africa.
George is regarded as the hub of the Southern Cape Region. Explore the many attractions that make this beautiful destination one that you need to visit. From the Red Berry Farm where you can hand-pick the largest and sweetest strawberries, to visiting the Khulani Xhosa Village-a world of traditional Xhosa crafts and culture it is definitely worth the experience.
Golf is a huge attraction in this city, golf courses like George Golf Club and Oubaai which both offer golfing experiences that is comparable with the very best in the world.
George has undeniable scenic wonders, the Garden Route Dam and Outeniqua Mountains is not only attractions but it is the perfect photo op as it has breath-taking views at every turn. For those nature and animal lovers be sure to check out Bado Kidogo, this bird breeding farm gives visitors the opportunity to observe and interact with 100 different bird species and +300 aviaries.
The many great places to check out on your trip include:
- Outeniqua Country Hop
- Outeniqua Hiking Trails
- Straydom Gallery
- Marklaan Centre
- George Museum
Satisfying any hunger problem in George will never be a problem. There is a variety of restaurants in the city as well as the surrounding areas. From gourmet fine dining to pub grub, sushi, Italian, and even proudly South African meals, most are spoilt for choice in this city.
The Garden Route is said to not only have the scenic routes and outdoor activities but there are some of the best foodie spots that are scattered along the route. Hidden in a petrol station is what locals call a gem worth discovering-The Girls Restaurant.
This restaurant is filled with a warm and welcoming atmosphere, all meals are prepared to perfection in an open kitchen, it is worth the experience. Kafe Serefe serves genuine South African cuisine with a twist of the Turkish tastes. Their restaurant includes South African favourites which include pork, lamb and steak, they even hold belly dancing nights on some evenings.
Other restaurants that are a must include:
- House of Flavour
- La Cantina
- The Kalahari Theatre and Restaurant
- Geronimo Spur
- Mujo Bar and Restaurant
South Africa endorses freedom of religion in its constitution. There is no serious cultural or religious restrictions in George besides the fact that all religions should be respected.
There are groups of the African Independent Church worshippers that dress in green, blue or white robes which hold prayer meetings out in the open at the riversides or in fields.
The Pacaltsdorp Church is the oldest in the George district. The majority of the population in George are Coloured, followed by Black African and White. It is a place that has a rich history and that is something that forms part of the culture in this growing city.
George is a very safe city when compared to other neighbouring places. Even though this city is safe it is advised to remain vigilant at all times.
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R 90.00||R 100.00||R 70.00|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22.00||R 20.00||R 23.50|
|Cappuccino (regular)||R 19.00||R 20.00||R 20.00|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10.00||R 12.00||R 20.00|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R 35.00||R 35.00||R 35.00|
About George Airport
George Airport is the first solar powered airport in Africa, it transports and estimated 600 000 passengers a year. This airport serves as a hub for exporting flowers, fish, oysters,herbs and ferns.
Food and beverages: The restaurants and shops that are located in the airport include Ekaya Restaurant, Café dulce, and Cosmic Candy shop.
Lost luggage: If you lost any item of luggage you should contact your handling airline or you should go to the information desk at the airport for more assistance.
Car hire: The car hire dealerships that are located at the airport include Avis, Bidvest Car Rental,Europcar, First Car Rental, Hertz, National Car, Tempest, and Thrifty.
Airport hotels: The hotels that are located near the airport include Oubaai Hotel Golf &Spa, Protea Hotel Outeniqua, Malvern Manor Country Guest House, Blue Whale Resort, and Fancourt Hotel.
The information on this page is correct as of April 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart.co.za takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.