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City George

George is located in the Western Cape at the Garden Route and the Indian ocean, about 430 kilometres from Cape Town. Outeniqua forests were the reason the Dutch East India Company founded an outpost here in 1776. Years later, during the English occupation it was named after King George the Third.

George is ideally located for exploring the Southern Cape and the hinterland of the Klein Karoo. But George itself has plenty to offer. Located at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains in the Wild Cape Floral Kingdom - which means it is a protected nature area - sea & beach, forests, wildlife parks and also the Xhosa culture.

The Mediterranean climate ensures that George is enjoyable throughout the year. And that goes especially for the golfers among you. There are plenty of golf courses in this area, but the most talked about is probably the Fancourt Course & Hotel and that also has to do with the history behind it.

Outeniqua Transport Museum will introduce you to some old steam locomotives. From there it was always possible to go along the Garden Route by steam train, but unfortunately it is now temporarily suspended. This is because there are entire sections of the track washed off after the last flooding.

The flat land or the Outeniqua Hop Route takes you near strawberries and spice farms but also cheese and candle makers. It offers opportunities for hiking and horse riding trips. Hiking and biking at the foot of the mountains or the village is lovely when the sun shines.

Waboomskraal at the Outeniqua Pass there are hop and flower companies and so you can enjoy fancy a glass of wine ... at the old Montagu Pass you will find the wine cellar of Herold wine (tasting) and here some 4x4 trails start.

George is still known for its wood and much revolves around the wooden houses construction, furniture manufacturing and transportation. The ox cart is no longer in use!

There is much information to be found on the construction of the passes over and through the mountains. Experience the beauty of it, you can really only see it yourself ... And that goes for the beautiful wetland nature. Wilderness lakes with special names like Rondevlei, Langvlei, Swartvlei and Groenvlei or a visit or tour is worth it!