Things to do near
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
Garden Route (7.8 km from Herolds Bay)
For a unique eco experience, Outeniqua Power Van rides is the thing to do. Currently this is one of the most popular attractions along the Garden Route.
Enjoy the Garden Route from the comfort of rail buses in exclusive groups. Travel into the Outeniqua Mountains, one of the most scenic railway passes in the country. Experience forests, passes, waterfalls and tunnels. Flora and fauna is prolific along the route.
Trips are made daily between 7:00 and 21:00.
Glentana (8.2 km from Herolds Bay)
Plan to do this easy walk at low tide to maximize the therapeutic effect of sun, sea and sand. Park at the Sea Side Caf in Little Brak and start walking along the beach in an easterly direction. Leave your troubles behind, lope along the sand and explore the rocky caves and numerous shipwrecks.
Duration: 3 hours
Distance: 6 km
Glentana (8.3 km from Herolds Bay)
The unspoilt beach of Glentana offers a wonderfully scenic hiking trail to an atmospheric old shipwreck. One of the main attractions of this coastline is the prevalence of whales, dolphins and seals in the surf. Southern Right Whales can be seen from July through to November.
George (9.6 km from Herolds Bay)
One of Fancourt’s renowned golf courses, The Links is unique to South Africa. The undulating dune-style landscape presents a demanding challenge in all weather conditions.
Recognized for the wonderful year round condition and attention to detail, The Links is perennially popular and has some extraordinary holes. One of these is the par-3 second, with its bunker in the centre of the enormous green. The overall effect is balance in terms of corresponding length, position of hazards and shot values.
‘We included the bunker to break it up, but the front left of the green is severely sloped, so the golfer can use the contours to get the ball near the flag. You will never be stymied by the trap’ says Gary Player.
The tees and fairways are a mix of Kentucky Blue, Rye, Fescue and Bent, with predominant Bent greens, allowing for the Pitch and Run shot and to enable the ball to 'chase' along the fairways.
The atmospheric clubhouse is conveniently situated metres from the 18th green. Terraced areas and huge picture windows take advantage of the awesome course and mountain vistas.
George (10.1 km from Herolds Bay)
Kingswood is an urban golf estate located in the heart of George. Undoubtedly the Sally Little signature18-hole golf course designed by Danie Obermeyer is the prime attraction, but there are a host of other leisure activities that you can enjoy - all in a setting of breathtaking, natural beauty. Neighbouring Fancourt and George Golf Courses, Kingswood offers spectacular views of the surrounding Outeniqua Mountains. With 850 residential opportunities and family facilities complimenting the experience, Kingswood Golf Estate is truly urban living redefined.
Geelhoutboom (10.2 km from Herolds Bay)
Pick and eat strawberries from the abundant fields at Redberry Farm! While the kids are exploring, slake your thirst at the tea garden and stock up on strawberry liqueur, jam, syrup and preserves.
Kids can feed the rabbits, enjoy a train ride through the strawberry fields, ride a pony, and work off excess energy in the playground and experience walking on water in the Bubble Ball.
+27 (0) 44 870 7123
Mountain Biking Trails
Fancourt (10.8 km from Herolds Bay)
Fancourt, the Garden Route’s top leisure and lifestyle destination, has introduced a scenic mountain bike trail to offer its guests yet another invigorating outdoor leisure pursuit. Designed with safety in mind, the trail follows a central route through the property, and offers individuals and families a fun way to explore the spectacular estate.
Mountain Bikes will be available for hire at the Sports & Leisure Centre, which will be open from 06:00 to 21:00 each day. A leisurely 35 minute cycle will take guests along a scenic 10 km route through the resort, with the starting point in front of the Fancourt Clubhouse, coinciding with the starting point for the existing Leisure Trails.
The route then winds down to Bramble Hill and then over a scenic path across part of The Links golf course. Here it follows a bush trail, heading back to Bramble Hill and ending off again at the Fancourt Clubhouse.
George (10.9 km from Herolds Bay)
The setting that takes in mountains, water and wildlife characterises the magnificent Fancourt Outeniqua Golf Course, one of two 18-hole Parkland layouts at Fancourt. It’s hard to beat a round here and all levels of golfers will find it an excellent challenge for its design and fine conditioning alone.
Designed by Grand Slam golfing legend Gary Player, it is similar to Montagu, and offers a variety of tees from which to play. Play is restricted to hotel visitors, members and guests to ensure overcrowding but it’s advisable to book in advance to ensure your required tee-off time.
All golfers can warm-up on the full-length range and chipping and bunker practice area before playing. A handicap certificate, soft spikes and appropriate golf attire is required. Golf carts are available for hire, weather permitting.
George (11.1 km from Herolds Bay)
Fancourt’s Montagu Golf Course is a much loved Parkland course that is frequently ranked as the number-one golf course in South Africa. Recently it had a major revamp with numerous holes being redesigned and two new additions.
The course never gets cramped and there is more than enough time to appreciate the Fancourt golfing experience as it is restricted to members, their guests and resort visitors. It is recommended to book your desired tee time however.
Serious players and anyone in need of secret training can warm up before playing on the full-length range as well as the chipping and bunker practice area. A handicap certificate, soft spikes and appropriate golf attire is required. Golf carts are available for hire, weather permitting.
Outeniqua Strand (11.6 km from Herolds Bay)
Located between Mossel Bay and George, Outeniqua Beach is a 6 km long beach, comprising 4 swimming areas.
Facilities include ablutions and plentiful parking at the various entry points to the sand.
Galleries and Museums
George (12 km from Herolds Bay)
Dinner theatre aficionados in George have a new state-of-the-art theatre to visit for good times, delicious food and quality entertainment.
The Kalahari Restaurant and Theatre opened its doors in September 2010 to cater for discerning theatre fans and music lovers in the Garden Route. The 400 seater theatre will stage the latest productions from the main circuit in a warm and friendly environment.
The theatre complex houses a separate bar and a 120-seater family restaurant with an outdoor deck. A beautiful grand piano mounted on a circular stage steals the limelight in the restaurant which also functions as a cocktail bar and entertainment area.
Bookings for shows can be done at the theatre or through Computicket. Patrons are advised to pre-order snack platters and pizzas to enjoy in the theatre.
George (12.3 km from Herolds Bay)
Set in the heart of the Garden Route, the George Golf Club course is a beautifully manicured, 72 par course with 18 holes and bent greens. The course rating for men is either 70 (club – 5774m) or 72 (championship – 6100m), while that for the ladies is 72 (5188m).Visitors are welcome daily, with the exception of Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, which are reserved for members and their guests. Booking for golf is essential. Please note that no group bookings are allowed on Wednesdays and Saturdays.Caddies and motorised golf carts are available for hire at the Pro Shop, as well as clubs and trolleys. Golf carts must be booked well in advance due to a small fleet of carts available at the club. The Pro Shop also sells golfing equipment.
Great Brak River (13.1 km from Herolds Bay)
Bothastrand is one of the popular beaches for families in the Great Brak River area offering safe swimming. This pristine beach has excellent facilities and lifesavers on duty during peak season holidays. During winter Southern Right Whales can often be spotted close to shore.
Galleries and Museums
George (13.5 km from Herolds Bay)
Take a trip down memory lane at the Outeniqua Transport Museum.
You will be able to see 13 different steam locomotives including a narrow gauge, the Emil Kessler- Johannesburg’s first steam locomotive and the impressive GL Garrett. Also on view are beautiful old carriages such as a coach from the Royal Train of 1947, Paul Kruger’s coach and private saloons.
A photographic exhibition displays stunning photos of South African steam. There’s also train travel poetry and displays of crockery and cutlery previously used on main line trains and station restaurants. Road motor vehicles and a private vintage car collection complete the displays.
Summer season (1 September to 30 April)
Daily excluding Sundays 08:00 – 17:00
Off peak season (1 May to 31 August)
Mon to Friday 08:00 – 16:00
Sat 08:00 – 14:00
2 Mission Street, George
+27 (0) 44 801 8288
Great Brak River (13.9 km from Herolds Bay)
Pienaar Strand is a pristine beach in the Great Brak River area. One of the main attractions of this beach is the likelihood of seeing whales, dolphins and seals in the surf. Southern Right Whales migrate to these warmer waters during the winter season from July through to November.