The city is very centrally situated: halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and centre of the Garden Route. It is situated on a 10 kilometre plateau between the majestic Outeniqua Mountains to the north and the Indian Ocean to the south.
George has an extremely sophisticated infrastructure with banks, conference facilities, businesses, major shopping chains including the newly completed Garden Route Shopping Centre, transport and sporting facilities, yet retaining its small town and country atmosphere of peace and tranquility. The town is also a major accommodation centre with a vast array of facilities on offer to suit every taste and pocket.
George is the center of South Africa's golf route, with numerous world-class courses, designed by numerous golfing greats. Amoungst these are Oubaai, Kingswood, George, however, the most well-known being Fancourt Golf Estate. This course hosted the President's Cup in 2003 and is often the host to high-profile golf tournaments.
George has many historical landmarks to be visited.
- The Slave Tree, an ancient English Oak planted by Landdrost (magistrate) van Kervel, known as the Slave Tree because of the very large chain and lock embedded in the trunk, has been declared a national monument.
- The King Edward VII Library building is said to be the best example of Edwardian architecture in George.
- The First Class School for girls was started by Miss Christina Petronella van Niekerk, a "New Age" young lady with visions for the future which were very different to those ideas held by the conservative population of George.
George is often used a base to explore Tsitsikamma National Park.
The Outeniqua Transport Museum houses a large collection of steam locomotives and carriages dating back to bygone years.
The Garden Route Botanical Garden taking shape at the top of Caledon Street offers year-round opportunities to admire the brilliance of the local flora. The Garden Route boasts the largest continuous natural forest area in South Africa, covering some 650 km². Marketable timber is harvested from 20% of the State forest. Stinkwood, named for its unmistakable odour when freshly cut, is highly prized by the furniture industry, as are white pear, hard pear, ironwood and assegaai. The most sought after timber is the Outeniqua Yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus).
The Montagu Pass is situated in the Western Cape province of South Africa, on the unsigned road between Herold and George. It parallels the newer Outeniqua Pass designated the N9/N12
The pass was named after John Montagu, Colonial Secretary of the Cape in the 1840s, whose enthusiasm for good roads resulted in the first ambitious program of construction in Southern Africa. This pass was damaged by floods in November 1996, and was closed for most of 1997. It has been repaired and is now open. Driving time of about one hour will take one over the Outeniqua Mountains, through the village of Herold to the N9.
The Old Toll House
This building is built of local stone and it is a proclaimed heritage site. The toll was 2 pence per wheel and one penny for each pulling animal, 2 pence for a horse, cow, ox or mule and 1 half a penny for a sheep, goat or pig.
The first toll keeper was John Kirk Smith who was born in Nottingham, England, in 1818.
- Victoria Bay is one of the hidden gems of the Garden Route, a small charming seaside bay with a superb safe swimming beach.
Facilities within a 10km radius
|City Centre||Bus station||Museum|
|Railway station||Excellent Medical facilities/hospitals|
Distances To Surrounding Towns·
|Cape Town||± 430 km|
|Port Elizabeth||± 330 km|
|Knysna||± 55 km|
|Oudtshoorn||± 60 km|
|Mossel Bay||± 60 km|
|Johannesburg||± 1160 km|
|Durban||± 1240 km|
|Bloemfontein||± 765 km|