George is the de Facto capital of the Garden Route, its largest town by far, and the only one with an airport of any real significance. It’s not on the coast, but the lovely Victoria Bay, which is one of the prettiest beaches around, is not far. George’s most important agricultural crop is hops – so if you’re into beer, you’ll enjoy seeing the immensely high hop crops. Even more fun is the Outeniqua Hop – a marketing route that joins together some lovely country attractions including hop farms, strawberry farms, cheese farms and craft outlets.

But – really – George has one major attraction. Golf, golf, golf and golf. OK – that’s four. And that’s less than the number of golf courses in this golf-mad little city. (It’s a city not a town, because it has a cathedral, which you may like to visit, as it’s quite pretty.) But forget the cathedral. George is about golf.

The Montagu, Links and Outeniqua courses, at Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate, and the public George Golf Club are regularly featured in South Africa’s top ten golf courses and are never out of the top twenty. George in general, and probably Fancourt in particular is where golfers go when they die – if they’ve been good.

And George is most definitely where railway buffs who play golf go when they die – if they’ve been very good. As well as being one of the termini for the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe, a scenic steam train that runs between George and Knysna, George has a railway museum.

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Heatherlands
Suburb of George

The House
Heatherlands is the upper market part of George and well established with lots of big trees and plants all over the place. Very nice area to stay and also very close to all businesses.
Tom Van Jaarsveld
South Africa



move to George?? yes- no ??
Well I do not have an review abot George,..but lots of questions. I have travelled through George 100 times on my way to Knysna, as my brother live there and previously I worked there. It always was my dream to move to Knysna. BUT lately I have read the statistics on the crime in Knysna and second-doubt my dream. I live in Gordonsbay on the coast and feel like I need a change. I have read good things about George.I LOVE forest,.mountains, nature living...hiking and all outdoors fun. I prefer to live in quiet,..peacefull,..trangquil area preferably in nature area....I am a English Tutor,...
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marietha immelman
South Africa

Glenwood (George)
Suburb of George

George
George is an amazing town to visit and there is lots to do and see. Plenty of entertainment on weekends like markets and, of course, beautiful beaches and the mountains with the Klein Karoo on the other side. I would highly recommend this town for any tourist or visitor. It is also a beautiful town and very scenic.
Jennefer Mumford
South Africa

Dormehlsdrift
Suburb of George

The suburb with the wraparound views!
Dormehls Drift is the only suburb in George with a truly wraparound view of stunning mountains that simply goes on forever. Famous for being close to all hospitals, beautiful restaurants, loads of retail and antique shops as well as good schools; yet exudes peace and quiet with many visiting and nesting guineafowl, francolin, dikkop and a huge variety of other birds. This beautiful well-established suburb has some lovely homes featuring mostly big grown up gardens and solitude.
Gloria van Vorstenbosch

Bo Dorp
Suburb of George

OK
I think there are better areas in George, but Bo Dorp is very well located
Jacques De la Rey
Australia

Blanco
Suburb of George

Restful with old style charm
A quiet little town with old style streets and houses. It looks very restful and peaceful which makes it a great getaway for city folk. George itself is a great location with it's mountains and farmlands surrounding a small city. The weather is warm with cool breezes in the evenings.
Samantha Schultz
South Africa

Kingswood Golf Estate
Suburb of George

Kingswood Golf Estate
We stayed in one of the self-catering estate homes (1 Longbridge) on the estate. It was very decent and comfortable. Full equiped, nice braai area and DSTV.The golf course is challenging, and had some really eye catching holes. The back drop of the George mountains in the background is also stunning. We played in August (Rainy season) and unfortunately some area's of the course were very wet. Standing water on some of the fairways. Greens were very good. Great weekend and I can recommend the course.
Travis Kaschula
South Africa



Highland Lodge
What a awesome place.......was nice being out of the city life and spend it in the forest with fresh and clean air.........i might be relocating to George or Mosselbay lol
velasco voigt
South Africa

Hansmoeskraal
Suburb of George

The location is very good considering it is almost the centre of the Garden Route and near the N2!
What to do in the area:Hansmoeskraal is situated 6km from the N2 and 10km from George. Knysna is 65km away, Mosselbay 50km and Oudtshoorn 75km. Herolds Bay is situated 16km from Hansmoeskraal and Victoria Bay only 10km. The Garden Route Mall is a mere 8km away and all this makes Hansmoeskraal the perfect base for your holiday/weekend getaway. There are 2 well-known Resorts on Hansmoeskraal of whom Blue Whale Resort is 1 of them. Blue Whale Resort has hiking trails through indigenous forests and fynbos as well as MTB Routes. Hansmoeskraal is the perfect place to whatch Whales and Dolphins and...
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Danie Coetzee
South Africa

Heather Park
Suburb of George

Heather Park
I call it the 'Gateway to George' because when coming down the Outeniqua Pass, the first place you come to is Heather Park and if you fly in, the pretty country road to George, brings you to Heather Park first. Heather Park is close to the famous Fancourt Hotel and Golf Course, so even if you don't play golf, you could go there to walk through the beautiful gardens and have tea on the terrace. Heather Park has some of the best Mountain views in George and is a lovely leafy suburb, so is very colourful in autumn. The local shopping centre has it's very own Virgin Active Gym, a SuperSpar, four...
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Sybil Crutchley

Camphers Drift
Suburb of George

Camphers Drift
Camphers Drift is a beautiful, historical and leafy area of George. Accommodation in this area is highly sought after, both by tourists and businessman as the area is upmarket and centrally situated. Enjoy a 4/5 minute walk to excellent restaurants and the small local theatre.
Romy Foster
South Africa

Heatherlands
Suburb of George

Heatherlands
Heatherlands is one of George's up-market areas. Close to all golf courses in George. Beautiful tree area with many large indigenous trees. Nice area for walking.......sought after area.
Lorraine van Zyl
South Africa

Geelhoutboom
Suburb of George

Geelhoutboom
Well Geelhoutboom is an area just outside George near the suburb of Blanco.This is a massive expansion of fertile ground at the foothills of the Outeniqua mountains, the main farming activity is vegetables and dairy farmers.1 of the biggest farming companies is Van Greenen Boerdery which has a revolving milk table where the cows are automatically milked.These same farmers have a large shed where potatoes which they grow are graded and bagged.The Van Greunens also grow blueberries which are marketed in the area which are known for their detoxing ingredient and rich in Vitamin C.The Redberry...
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Ingrid Rielly
South Africa

Heatherlands
Suburb of George

Heatherlands
Heatherlands is an upmarket suburb of George. There are beautiful large gardens with magnificent homes situated at the foot of the Outiniqua mountains. It is a peaceful and safe area and we are very fortunate and happy to live here, Heatherlands is within walking distance of all sports facilities, Rugby, Golf, Tennis, Bowls etc. The area is bird filled with walking trails in the nearby forest.There is a large green belt on Plantation road where the residents take their dogs for walks. It is a 5 minute drive to the local hospitals. Shopping is also about 5 minutes away. There is easy access to...
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Joan Huisamen

Bergsig
Suburb of George

Suburb in George : Bergsig
Bergsig developed out of the farm Niepothsdale - in 1894 the property was sold to Koos Stander, mayor of George from 1926 to 1932. In those days it was a big apple and cattle farm on the Eastern edge of George. The homestead was named Fairview and the house stayed in the Stander family from 1894 to 1974. By 1936 the farm still supported a substantial apple orchard, but was already surrounded by a number of subdivided smallholdings. When it was finally decided to develop the suburb of Bergsig there was much debate whether to call the suburb Appelboord or Bergsig.The apple orchard made way...
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Philda Benkenstein
South Africa



Central
George is a great central place to explore the garden route from. Lots of attractions nearby and friendly service everywhere.
Lizelle Kilian
South Africa



Marvel
The town is a absolute marvel. Because it is not that close to the coast it makes for glorious days and nights. The people that we interacted with were friendly and helpful. Even VW George were attentive when my vehicle broke down. The town is noticeably clean. Whenever you enter a building there is always someone greeting you with a smile.
Ulrike Wilhelm
South Africa



A biased view
Best part of the country! Definitely our home away from home. Victoria bay, the near by beach, is a jewel that artists sing about. George is very central and superb as a spring board for day trips along the coast and inland.
Andrew Anderson
South Africa



Expensive hotels
Overnight on my way to George. My stay in George was enjoyable. However, making use of Hotels and lodges in George are quite expensive for ordinary SA Citizens.
Ingrid Brown
South Africa



Love the Garden Route
I am not so crazy about the town of George itself but the surrounding forests and countryside are some of the best.
Cheryl Quantrill
South Africa