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We’ve scoured the city to uncover its hidden gems and fascinating history. Be inspired by our ultimate adrenaline adventures and fabulous family fun days out. Get ready for your best holiday ever!

Cyclist havens in paradise

6/24/2022

The scenic George, Wilderness, Uniondale area is home to a maze of mountain bike trails weaving through the region, showcasing all its treasures. It is, in fact, a very popular bicycle destination for all kinds of cyclists. There are also plenty of bike-friendly lodgings to choose from, providing rest and comfort after a long day in the saddle.

Image Featured Image: George Lodge International

Great accommodation can be found at the George Lodge International, a well-known, family-owned business in the heart of town. It’s safe, clean and bike-repairing shops are close at hand. Proudly South African icon of outdoor adventures and promotor of the country’s national pastime, Jan Braai, has used this lodge in the past during his famous Tour de Braai excursions. No further endorsements needed!

Image Featured Image: Die Lentelus Guest House

Another great option is Lentelus Guest House on the outskirts of George. This beautiful smallholding at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains sports converted horse stables for accommodation. There is a huge common green area where cyclists and their families can light braai fires (with complimentary wood and Blitz) around which to share tales about their two-wheeled adventures. The parking area is equipped with security cameras, covering your iron horse. They also offer bed and breakfast accommodation and a laundry service on request.

Image Featured Image: Arendsrus Country Lodge

In more or less the same neighbourhood, lies the four-star __Arendsrus Country Lodge . In addition to comfortable and stylish lodge accommodation and two self-catering cabins, they have a lovely camping terrain. The site is well secured with electrical fences and conveniently appointed with white and brown water taps – the latter can be used to wash bicycles and vehicles. On the premises there are various mountain bike trails to explore and bikes are for hire.

Each of the following lodgings are officially bike-friendly certified by Bicycle South Africa, a venture founded in 2012 that has since grown into South Africa’s leading resource for cycle tourism and adventure:

Image Featured Image: Acorn Guest House

Acorn Guest House is a popular George-based establishment that welcomes cyclists. Often the host of cycling tour groups, they offer five percent discount to visitors arriving by bicycle, public transport or foot as well as a free transfer service from local rail or couch stations. Cyclists can fuel up with their hearty South African breakfast.

Image Featured Image: Oakhurst Farm Cottages

Oakhurst Farm Cottages near Hoekwil, Wilderness, is a haven of rural bliss at the forest fringe. It is a perfect venue for training camps. Mountain bikers will enjoy the 16km forest single track presenting its own share of challenges. At night, their bikes can be safely stored on the verandas of the various comfortable cottages.

Image Featured Image: Over the Mountain Guest Farm

Tackling the steep but breath-taking Montagu Pass, cyclists will pedal their way to the sleepy 19th century hamlet of Herold situated on Route 62. There they can take a break at Over the Mountain Guest Farm. Not only will they get the chance to relax around a great pool and braai area while absorbing a dose of history, but they can catch some restful zzz’s in the revamped Old Poskantoor with its four en-suite bedrooms. These are big enough to accommodate the bicycles too and ensures safe overnight storage.

image Featured Image: The Schulteheim Hotel

Continuing on into the Klein Karoo awaits Uniondale. The Schulteheim Hotel with its spacious rooms and wooden floors is a great place to alight for the night. They offer a whole range of biker-related amenities and services such as secure overnight bike storage, a laundry service, a bike-cleaning area, early breakfasts or hampers, deals for cyclists and is enroute for crossing the Karoo.

Image Featured Image: Die Skoolhuisie

Die Skoolhuisie can be found in De Vlugt, a tiny little dot at the bottom of the Prince Alfred’s Pass. The beautifully restored historical cottage was built in 1864 and is a great place to soak up the solace of nature. This venue provides a list of comforts and services to gladdens the cyclist heart. First-aid kit, bike storage, groceries and snacks, and even wireless internet; you name it and they’ve got it. Besides the self-catering cottages, sleeping four people, there are also camping grounds with their own ablution facilities as well as a restaurant serving light meals.

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Warm up with these winter specials

6/10/2022

Escape the winter harshness elsewhere with a visit to the George, Wilderness, Uniondale triangle, known for our lovely mild climate. Not too hot, not too cold, and with some head-spinning natural beauty to boot. Make the most of the season with our selection of special winter-warmer deals.

ACCOMMODATION

Image Featured Image: Moontide Guest Lodge

  • AfriCamps at Oakhurst – Wilderness Book any room for 3 nights and save R500 at this lovely working farm with its comfortable tented accommodation. Valid until 30 September 2022.

  • Cinnamon Boutique Guest House – Wilderness Secure a stay at this relaxing guest house with its mountain and ocean views. 50% discount on a stay of two nights. Valid until 31 August 2022.

  • Die Plaaskind Padstal – Avontuur Stay two nights at Die Plaaskind Padstal and get complimentary coffee and cake – the cake has once been described as the best south of the Sahara! R250 pp sharing. Valid until 22 September 2022.

  • Dolphin View – Herolds Bay Come inhale the fresh, salty ocean air from Dolphin View’s wooden deck and spot some dolphins. R225 per person per night – minimum 2 nights' stay. Valid until 30 June 2022.

  • Eagle Falls – Uniondale Soak up the blissful silence of nature in the heart of the Kammanassie Valley. 30% off accommodation at Eagle Falls, valid until 21 November 2022.

  • Escape to the Beach – Wilderness This is pure 5-star luxury! Get 20% discount during the winter via direct booking only from their website. Valid until 31 August 2022.

  • George Country Resort – George Enjoy countryside delights a stone’s throw away from the Indian Ocean. Stay 2 nights and get the 3rd night free. Valid until 30 June 2022.

  • Loerie Guest Lodge – George Chic interiors, ultra-comfy beds and excellent coffee awaits. 20% off weekend accommodation. Valid until 31 July 2022.

  • Moontide Guest Lodge – Wilderness Two nights' accommodation on the banks of the beautiful Touw River, a 60-minute couple's massage, breakfast under the milkwood trees (or next to the fire), plus a bottle of bubbly or wine. Price R1,750 pp. Valid until 30 September 2022.

  • Mountain Pastures – Uniondale Come experience the Klein Karoo’s rare beauty, known as a magical elixir for tired minds, bodies and souls. 25% discount on all self-catering accommodation. Valid from 15 June–31 July 2022.

  • Nima Lodge – Wilderness Privacy and expansive views over forests and mountain valleys embodies a stay at this lovely retreat with its fully equipped self-catering chalets. Book three nights for the price of two. Valid until 1 September 2022.

  • Over the Mountain Guest Farm – Herold Solid history and boundless beauty promise a nostalgic, memorable break from it all. Stay for three nights and only pay for two at Over the Mountain Guest Farm. Valid until August 2022.

  • Rinkink Beach House – Wilderness Beautifully appointed self-catering rooms with easy access to the endless beach guarantee a fabulous getaway. Sleep 3 nights and get 1 night free. Valid until 31 July 2022.

  • The Boardwalk Lodge – Wilderness Innovation, exclusivity and excellence are fused together to bring you the definitive Wilderness experience. Stay 3 nights, only pay for two. Valid until 23 June 2022.

  • The Old Trading Post – Wilderness At this magical place, old-world charm meets modern amenities. Self-catering discount for two people for two nights. Available with direct online bookings. Valid until 31 July 2022.

  • Toorbos Cottages – Wilderness For some excellent bass fishing and happy family times in cosy wooden cottages, book a five-day mid-week stay and only pay for 4 nights. Valid until 31 October 2022 (excluding weekends and public holidays).

  • Xanadu Guest Villa – Wilderness Luxurious rooms, excellent ocean views and close proximity to great restaurants are offered by this boutique -style guest house. Winter special: 50% discount on accommodation. Valid until 31 July 2022.

ACTIVITIES AND SHOPPING

  • Happy Valley – George Kids will love this fun, safe and exciting play venue with its family-friendly restaurant. R25 for hot chocolate. Valid until 30 June 2022.

  • Houtbosch Wines and Craft Beer – George Revel in a visionary bouquet of wines and craft beers at this tasting room at Redberry Farm. Get a R60 discount when buying a box of the Crystal Rock range. Also, a free wine tasting with any main platter. Valid until 31 July 2022.

  • Sanguine Spa and College – George There is nothing like a great spa experience to escape life’s cares for a while. Get 15% discount on all Esse products. Valid until 30 June 2022.

  • Wild X Adventures – Wilderness Release some adrenaline with thrilling outdoor adventures. Kids 12 years and younger pay half price on quad bike and Segway rides. Valid until 31 July 2022.

RESTAURANTS AND VENUES

  • Upstairs at Harry's – George At Upstairs at Harry’s, come as a guest and leave as a friend. Home-made soup and freshly-baked bread at R40. Valid for June 2022.

  • Joplins Steak Bar – Wilderness Fabulous service and steaks turned into an art form at Joplins. Tuesday R85 burger special, R120 sirloin special. Valid every Tuesday until 30 September 2022.

  • La Luna Picnics and Events – George Celebrate life’s special occasions with a luxury picnic experience. 30% off of all packages! Valid until 15 June 2022.

  • Protea Hotel by Marriott George King George – George A delicious breakfast in this upmarket hotel equals a royal experience. 25% off breakfast Friday–Sunday. Valid until 31 July 2022.

FATHER’S DAY

  • Side Street Adventures – Wilderness Take Dad for an e-bike ride exploring the wonders of nature. Father's Day Special: 25% off – Buy Now, Ride Later. Dads ride for free. Valid until 30 June 2022.

  • The Wilderness Hotel – Wilderness Celebrate fatherhood at this beloved Garden Route gem. Father's Day buffet. Adults R270 per person.

  • Pirates Creek – Wilderness Come fuel yourself with nature-based activities and spectacular sunset braais. 15% discount on all accommodation. Valid from16–19 June 2022.

Whilst every effort is made to present accurate information, George, Wilderness and Uniondale Tourism take no responsibility for any inaccuracies in the information presented. Contact the establishments directly for all deals related information and terms and conditions.

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A journey to the past

6/3/2022

I am fascinated by history and get my kicks out of visiting places where some or other historical event played out. Tiresome and dull, I hear you say? Not so. I simply hopscotch-and-jump my way through the notorious minefield of dates and names to the exhilarating essence of events and people that shaped our world.

Living in George, the 6th oldest town in South Africa, there are indeed plenty of opportunities to get these kicks. It’s dotted with national heritage architectural gems (some of which are sure to sport a ghost or two), has produced its fair share of noteworthy people ( South African Rugby player Zane Kirshner and Olympic-medal surfer Bianca Buitendag), and the colourful timber-flavoured history lends a slightly exotic vibe which is tangible till this very day.

Here is a round-up of some really interesting facts and sites to absorb and visit next time you’re around town.

How it all started

Image Featured Image: Outeniqua Mountains

Long before European settlers could even dream of a place where men were laden with honey, the area was inhabited by various Khoekhoen tribes such as the Outeniquas – from whom our lofty mountains got their name. These heather-clad mountains teemed with bees with an abundance of honey as a result. Hence, a place where “men are laden with honey”.

Then came the Dutch in the 1700’s with their Dutch East India Company and the timber trade exploded due to a demand in wood for wagons, houses and furniture. The forests around Cape Town became depleted and soon there was a need for a timber supplying outpost – the embryo of today’s small city germinated. The British took over in the 1800’s, and the town was declared and named after King George III, the then reigning monarch. York Street got its name from the king’s second son who was the Duke of York.

Where to experience it for yourself?

Image Featured Image: George Museum

The spellbinding timber industry and the bohemian woodcutter community that is synonymous with it, is chronicled in the George Museum, situated in Courtenay Street in the former residence and office of the town’s first magistrate. Visitors will be delighted by the amazing displays including the original George Beacon erected in 1785.

Image Featured Image: Outeniqua Transport Museum

For another porthole to a bygone era, you shouldn’t miss the Outeniqua Transport Museum,. It’s a homage to the South African railway history, and all kinds of vintage vehicles can be seen and experienced here, including old-timey fire-engines, steam locomotives, ox-wagons and a lovely assortment of private collectors’ vintage cars. Being an enthusiastic follower of the British Royal family’s goings-on myself, to me the highlight of the museum is the Royal White Train, which served a key role in the imperial visit of 1947.

The transport museum is also the place from where the iconic Outeniqua Power Van departs, taking visitors up into the mountains. The former railway inspection trolley chugs its way through spectacular scenery, into and out of tunnels and past waterfalls. The staff give interesting commentary about the indigenous fauna and flora, and there’s a picnic stop at some ruins on the way down offering panoramic views over George.

Historic landmarks

Image Featured Image: Meade Street

You don’t have to look too far afield to find some beautifully preserved national heritage landmarks, each with its own captivating autobiography. York Street and the parallel-running Meade Street boast several of these beauties.

120 York Street is a well-known address and also known as Lache House. The district’s surgeon built it in 1903 and went ahead to become the proud owner of the town’s first automobile.

Stroll down the adjacent Meade Street to find number 91A. These days it houses a picture-framing business, but it was first owned by the town councillor in 1836, then became a Dutch mission school, served as the Salvation Army barracks at one spot and was turned into a business premise in the 1990’s.

Image Featured Image: The Historical Stone Church

In Pacaltsdorp, originally a Khoikhoi village called Hooge Kraal led by tribal chief Kaptein Dikkop, you are in for a treat visiting The Historical Stone Church, a truly unique building with its castle-like architectural style. Seventy steps lead up to its roof with its unrivalled views over the surrounding mountains, farmlands and George itself. The delightful Winston Julies, caretaker of the church, also took us on a most interesting and amusing walking tour to some of the other historical sites, and we left feeling enlightened.

Image Featured Image: Manor House, Fancourt

The Manor House Fancourt is another treasure. British-born engineer Henry Fancourt White, supervisor of the Montagu Pass project, built his family house in the mid-1800s in what is now called Blanco – he aptly named his abode, in the style of a Cotswold mansion, Blanco House. Years later, his son Ernest moved into the house and renamed it Fancourt, to honour his father. Due to a tragic mushroom-eating incident, Monty (as he was affectionately known) and two other people died in the house and it stood unoccupied for several years. Of course, rumours of hauntings and ghosts went rife. However, these days it’s part of the famous Fancourt Golf Estate as a luxurious boutique hotel and the ghosts seem to be at rest.

These bits of history and many more can be experienced by joining a cultural site guided tour available from the Tourism Visitor Centre. For enquiries, pop in at 124 York Street, a beautiful historic artefact in itself and built on the site of the town’s first jail.

Corrie Fopma is a freelance language practitioner who has been living and playing for the past 7 years in the beautiful George. Having travelled quite extensively with several interludes in various countries, she still cannot believe her luck to be now living in a true paradise, with its mild climate, spectacular scenery, great restaurants and interesting history.

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You deserve a break

5/20/2022

Does work and life ever stop being busy? Yes, indeed it does – when you book yourself for a wellness break in the Garden Route. Come switch off from the daily grind and enrich yourself with gorgeous views, healing nature and plenty of spa and relaxation opportunities to rejuvenate your spirit and mind.

• Recharge with a wellness stay

For a thorough cut-off from city life, look no further than Die Beloofde Land guest farm in the beautiful Langkloof valley near Uniondale. Accommodation comes in the form of three charming and contemporary-styled stone cottages, each with its own unique character and finishings. It’s a working farm populated with both farm animals and a variety of wildlife. Visitors can look forward to nature-filled pastimes such as bass fishing, guided hiking trails, rock paintings, and cozy evenings next to the fireplace.

Image Featured Image: Nima Lodge

Another great option is Nima Lodge, a secluded boutique hotel just outside Wilderness. With its expansive views over forests, hills and valleys, and fully equipped self-catering chalets, you can truly live life at your own pace for once. The road leading up to the lodge is full of ups and downs, creating an exciting sense of bundu-bashing, but all vehicles can handle it. You can go on guided hiking trails, read and relax, or just spend some quality time with your loved ones next to the fire pit or in the wood-fired hot tubs.

Image Featured Image: The Sanguine Spa

• Blissful pampering

A spa visit is a must for anyone seeking relaxation bliss. The Sanguine Spa & College in George is a place where you can unwind and forget about stress. Book yourself for any of their wide variety of treatments, or join in one of their pamper journeys. Elegantly embellished gift vouchers are also available to buy for someone special in dire need of a soothing escape.

It's hard to deny the impactful health benefits that come with a proper and professional massage. The Sierra Massage Lounge in George specialises in various kinds of massages, ranging from sports and deep tissue massages to relaxing full body treatments. The peaceful environment and experienced staff are a powerful stress-busting combo that delivers results.

The elegant Freesia Spa at the Oubaai Golf Resort provides rejuvenation and tranquillity to the nth degree. Traditional African remedies and unique European treatments, combined with natural ingredients and well-trained staff, will put any visitor in a blissful zone which will linger long after returning to reality.

Image Featured Image: Garden Route National Park, Wilderness Section

• On water and birds…

With so many lakes, dams, beaches and rivers right at our doorstep, water babies will have the time of their lives indulging in their preferred brand of aqua therapy. The beloved Island Lake, situated in the Wilderness National Park, is ideal for any water-related recreational activities, such as canoeing, fishing, boating, windsurfing and water-skiing. You can even snorkel in the Touw River – one of the rivers feeding the lake – to see some fresh and salt water fish frolicking in a communal habitat.

At the same time, why not do a bit of serene birdwatching? Not only is the Garden Route blessed with a wide-ranging variety of airborne creatures, but also with many locations and chances for folks to get better acquainted with them. While paddling the Touw River, marvel at its extraordinary bird life. Or spend some time in a bird hide in the Garden Route National Park,, Wilderness section. Embark on a birding expedition in the Outeniqua Nature Reserve to tick off some of the Cape species on your list, visit the Kammanassie Nature Reserve to witness the majestic black eagle riding the wind currents, or just go for a walk in the forest – the opportunities are endless.

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Come what May, let’s celebrate Mum

5/6/2022

What is a home without a mum? It’s the time of year again when we celebrate the most precious gift of all – that super human being called Mum. Check out our list of ideas to spoil and pamper the wonder woman in your life.

1. Visit a spa

Bless her with a gift voucher to one of the many great spas in our region.

The Spa at Fancourt offers a magnificent treat with their heated ozone Roman Bath and jacuzzi. An experience at their tepidarium is also not to be missed. Your mum will be comfortably settled into a heated seat while the air gets infused with different essential oils every 5 minutes – she will float out deeply relaxed and revived.

Image Featured Image: The Fancourt Spa

A visit to the upmarket Serendipity Beauty Studio in Meade Street, George, promises to be an equally indulging experience. World-class products and professionally trained therapists and beauticians will ensure exceptional “me-time” in stylish surroundings. Your mum can pick and choose between a wide variety of special packages and treatments, all of which can be customised to suit her needs.

2. Turn the tables

Take her out for a remarkable culinary experience. Here are just a few of the great eateries in our area where she will be treated like a queen:

  • The smash-hit Nina’s Café in George – a place where friends gather for lots of laughter, gorgeous fusion food, devine cakes and good wine.

Image Featured Image: The Girls on the Square

  • The Girls on the Square in Wilderness – a multiple award-winning, Top 10 Garden Route restaurant offering fine food infused with African influences.
  • Dis Tyd in Blanco, George – this unique coffee shop, bakery and venue for small functions has made a name for itself with its personal attention, outstanding dishes, cakes and pastries. It’s situated in a restored forester’s house and filled with lovely wooden furniture.
  • The Hills Café, situated halfway between George and Wilderness – this beloved restaurant is part of the Far Hills Country Hotel and offers hearty meals. The surrounding forested mountains and rolling valleys award patrons with a great sense of serenity and peace.

3. Go to the market

According to popular theory, men are hunters and women are gatherers. Hence, what better way to treat your mum than a market day outing?

At the Milkwood Village Sunday Funday Market in Wilderness, the “gatherers” in your family circle can roam to their hearts' content among a huge variety of unique arts and crafts stalls with lots of food and drink options for reinforcement.

The weekly Outeniqua Family Market is another great place for loading up on some seriously good food and sauntering between stalls dripping with all kinds of treasures.

Image Featured Image: The Outeniqua Family Market

4. Have some creative fun

Spoil your mum with a pottery lesson at Bomkisi Ceramic Manufacturers. It ties right in with motherhood celebration as this successful business venture was founded and is run by a formidable mother-and-daughter team. There are variously themed lessons, such as Girls Night Out, Mom&Me, lessons for beginners, and advanced pottery, to mention a few. You can even bring along your own drinks and snacks. Expert guidance is provided all the way.

Enthusiastic home cooks are always on the lookout for new recipes and their next showstopper to treat the family. Thus, why not book Mum for a public cooking class at the famous Francois Ferreira Academy? Classes comprise a cooking demonstration by the illustrious Chef Francois himself, and it’s sure to be a fun-filled, instructive and memorable occasion.

5. Give her a thrill

If your mum is an adventurous type, she will surely enjoy one of the many outdoor expeditions on offer in the George, Uniondale and Wilderness area. Thrill her with a kayaking experience, guided bird/nature walk, an abseiling excursion or a special picnic in a stunning location. Or let her spread her wings with a tandem paragliding flight – adrenaline rush guaranteed. The following operators can lend you a hand:

Image Featured Image: Kayaking on the Kaaimans River

6. Take her on a mini-break

Eagle Falls Country Lodge and Adventures, situated near Uniondale in the heart of the Kammanassie Valley, offers 30% discount on their regular chalet and cabin prices from now until 30 November 2022. With so many world-renowned tourist attractions and activities close at hand, she’ll feel like a tourist in her own town!

Image Featured Image: Eagle Falls Country Lodge

In the same vein, how about booking her on a full-day tour to some of our area’s exciting and even lesser-known sites? Wilderness Express is an owner-run family business offering personalised, safe and reliable taxi services, including trips all around the Garden Route and into the Klein Karoo. Knowledgeable and passionate about their home, they can offer some great recommendations to ensure an unforgettable experience.

7. Treat her with a night at the theatre

A night at the theatre is always a hit. That stately grand dame of theatre performances, The Dotsure George Arts Theatre, is eager and ready to entertain with her exciting production called Broadway – The Greatest Show. This musical spectacle will awe and enchant from 11-14 May, and again from 18-21 May 2022.

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Why every golfer should visit George

4/25/2022

We really have it all; mountains, forests, sea, restaurants, climate, etc. Add some of the country’s (and arguably even the world’s) top golf courses to this enviable list, and you get the ultimate overall package. Have a look at these fantastic golf courses at the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains to see why George should be your number 1 golfing location, if it isn’t already.

•At the top of our list is The Links Situated at the world renowned Fancourt Golf Estate. Once an airfield, this dune-scaped course was designed by Gary Player and welcomed its first players in November 2000. Known for the hard-hitting golfing challenge it presents and a credible rendition of classic Scottish links courses, it played host to several of the world’s most significant tournaments in the past. A round of golf on this course means you’ll follow in the footsteps of golfing greats, such as Ernie Els, Tiger Woods and Retief Goosen.

Image Featured Image: Montagu Golf Course

Fancourt is not only known for The Links, but boasts two other lovely courses which consistently rank among the Top 20 in national golf course listings. Fancourt Montagu has 18 holes and is the estate’s original golf course. Its terrain varies and meanders through an indigenous parkland landscape. It is suitable for golfers of all abilities. There’s a warm-up area, and a chipping and bunker practice area.

Image Featured Image: Fancourt Outeniqua Golf Course

•Like its other siblings, the Fancourt Outeniqua golf course was designed by Gary Player and promises an entertaining and leisurely golfing experience. Tough still challenging, it’s a more lenient range and can accommodate a large number of golf players. It’s well-manicured and tough holes are alternated by easier ones.

Image Featured Image: George Golf Course

George Golf Club, affectionately known as the Old Course, dates way back to 1906 when it was first established. However, balls only got hit on the current site since the 1930’s. It’s an enchanting, natural parkland course lined with many trees, and golfers often share their play ground with African monkeys and buck, not to mention the wealth of indigenous feathered friends. It presents players with a fair share of challenges, and its famous Hole 17 counts among the Top 500 in the world. As a bonus, the club also offers some of the most affordable rates in South Africa, and the thousands of visitors swinging their clubs here every year is testimony to its immense popularity.

Image Featured Image: Kingswood Golf Estate

Kingswood Golf Estate attracts golfers from all over with its uniquely designed championship golf course. From practically any place on the course, players can appreciate the ever-changing mountainscape while strutting their stuff. Each hole offers its own challenges, with especially the last four holes giving players a run for their money. With its fast greens, traditional pot-bunkers, expert golf coaching on hand and available to all, and known as a woman-friendly track, this golf course is one of the must-play courses in the area.

Image Featured Image: Oubaai Golf Estate

-Another golfing gem is to be found at the Oubaai Golf Estate near Herolds Bay. The estate boasts the first Ernie Els Signature Course in South Africa and players of all levels will have fun testing their skills. It is well laid out and built on a cliff-top with the mighty Indian Ocean as a splendid backdrop. Having said that, windy conditions on said cliff-top will take up the golfing challenge a notch or two.

•For a nice, quick round of golf, the Glenwood Short Golf Course with its nine holes and high-quality bent grass greens is a definite consideration. Their vision is to make their customers happy and that is indeed the case. After having clubbed and sliced, puttered and struck, and everything else that golfers do, you can relax in their fully licenced clubhouse before moving on to your next Garden Route adventure.

•And if you and your golfing buddies would like to go on a golf tour, experiencing all there is to experience golf-wise in our area without doing all the organisation yourself, Golfguy Tours is your solution. It’s an inbound golf tour operator with an expert team of professional golfers and golf event specialists. They will put together a customised tour, including everything from arranging accommodation, to transport, to optional day trips.

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Six family outing ideas for under R200

3/24/2022

It’s the holidays and time to take a breather. This time of year, the Garden Route is even more magical, dressed in brilliant autumn colours, blessed with a lovely mild climate – not too cold, not too warm – and a gazillion exciting activities on offer. And best of all, these experiences won’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. We’ve compiled a list of family outings, generally under R200 and some even for free, to help you make the most of your Garden Route vacay.

Image Featured Image: Outeniqua Nature Reserve

  1. For families looking to get up close and personal with nature, the beautiful Outeniqua Nature Reserve is the answer. It’s known for the many hiking, mountain biking and birding trails criss-crossing through its 38 000 hectares of pristine natural beauty. It comprises forest, mountain and fynbos zones, each with its own typical inhabitants from the animal kingdom. For those into history, the numerous interesting rock paintings of the Khoisan people who once inhabited the area will be a treat.

Image Featured Image: Over the mountain Tea Garden

  1. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to drive up the mighty Montagu Pass, the oldest, unaltered pass still in use in South Africa. Besides the jaw-dropping scenery, you’ll encounter historical treasures such as the Old Tollhouse which was declared a national monument in 1972. The pass will also lead you to the Over the Mountain Tea Garden in its lovely setting adorned with roses and agapanthus. Expect delicious home-made fare such as oven-fresh scones, their unique cinnamon cake, pancakes and other light meals. Mountain bikers, families and bikers often make this their pitstop.

Image Featured Image: Pepsi Pools

  1. Pepsi Pools is a popular swimming spot situated in the indigenous forest surrounding George. The little waterfall with its rock pools is a firm family favourite, and the whole experience of getting there would surely create some great memories. You can hike there or bike there, the choice is yours. Should you opt for hiking, you can park at the Nelson Mandela University and follow the beautiful trail. During the 30-minute hike, look out for shy woodland creatures such as bushbuck, frogs, spiders and many more.

Image Featured Image: Victoria Bay

  1. A lazy day on the beach is on top of the list for many holiday makers, and our area has its share of lovely sea shores. Herolds Bay comes to mind with its golden beach and wondrous tidal pool. Kids (and adults) can don their snorkelling gear and get absorbed in its riches. Or head over to the kilometres-long Wilderness beach for some peace and quiet, and to get your dose of Vitamin D. Victoria Bay, a short 10-minute drive from George, is synonymous with surfing, and while you don’t necessarily have to engage in this thrilling activity, the quaint little beach is perfect for building sand castles and sun lounging.

Image Featured Image: Garden Route Mall

  1. For some retail therapy, or just some relaxing window-shopping, the Garden Route Mall provides numerous opportunities. There are cinemas, most of South Africa’s well-known clothing and lifestyle stores, pharmacies and several restaurants to sit down and relax with some good coffee and culinary treats. To put it in a nutshell and in line with their motto: everything you want, they’ve got it.

Image Featured Image: Wilderness Art Meander

  1. As an artist’s hotspot, there is no shortage of top-quality art galleries sprinkled all across the Garden Route area. Spark a lifelong appreciation in your kids for the finer things of life by exploring the Wilderness Art Meander with its twenty-four art venues. You’ll get a map of the route and participating destinations in the local Wats-up on the Wild-publication.

Image Featured Image: Langkloof Gallery and Sculpture

You’ll also find unique and soul-touching art venues along the iconic Route 62 in the Klein Karoo. The Langkloof Gallery and Sculpture Garden is a place where the whole family can revive their body and mind. Admire the artist owner’s art works or book a sculpture workshop to release your own inner artist.

It is possible to have a memorable and affordable family holiday break in a magical place such as the Garden Route. No matter what it is you want from your holiday, you’re sure to get it here – at a price that will suit your pocket. Come live la dolce vita, because that is what family holidays are ultimately about.

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Family friendly accommodation for upcoming holidays

3/16/2022

Sir Cliff Richards might have been lyrically excited about his summer holidays way back in the sixties, but taking a family break in the autumnal Garden Route is something even better to look forward to. With the end-of-first-term school holidays in sight, there is no shortage of cosy, budget-friendly and high-quality family accommodation to choose from in the George, Wilderness and Uniondale area of this famed region. If you haven’t booked your vacation diggings yet, have a look at this round-up of special gems awaiting you and your family’s arrival.

Image Featured Image: Buff and Fellow Eco Game Farm

Buff and Fellow Eco Game Farm

It’s a working buffalo farm, but also a great country escape about 10 km from the George Airport . The unusual self-catering accommodations are varied and not to be missed. Shipping containers have been transformed into luxurious pods, beautifully appointed eco cabins, and cosy “coconuts” – each is equipped with a wood-fired hot tub. Help yourself to fresh eggs from the cute chicken coop, or organic veggies from the veg patch. With so many family-friendly activities to do, from fishing and game drives to canoeing – not to mention the spectacular farming surroundings – you’ll have a thorough scrub from the rigours and stresses of everyday life.

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Herold Wine

The historic Montagu Pass is one of the gateways to this remote and unique little winery situated on a slope of the Cradock Peak landmark. It was established in 1999 and produces superb wines. Besides cellar tours, wine tastings and delightful lunches, they offer accommodation in the form of renovated worker cottages, each one sleeping 4-6 people. No television and radio give you and your loved ones the opportunity to reconnect with one another, enjoying spectacular night skies and sharing stories of your Garden Route adventures around the fire.

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Mountain Pastures Game Lodge

The Klein Karoo offers rare beauty, and this private game lodge with its pristine nature is just the place to experience it all. It is within easy reach of the popular Route 62, and it can be summarised in four wholesome prospects: early-morning game drives, lovely fynbos, a variety of African wildlife and real Boerekos. A mountain hike will bring you in close contact with Mother Nature, or saddle up and go explore on horseback. Participate in the age-old relaxation tradition of fishing, and let the splendid sight of eagles soaring the azure skies revive your soul.

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Wilderness Bush Camp

You’ll enjoy a family holiday to remember when settling into one of the cosy cottages or cabins which is part of Wilderness Bush Camp’s accommodation offering. There is peace and seclusion, and fine views over the Indian Ocean and the surrounding forest. The communal lapa, full of character and with its own pizza oven, braai and fully equipped kitchen, is a sure hit and perfect to enjoy a happy family meal at the end of an adventurous and fun-filled day, complete with spectacular sunsets.

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Witteberghoek Self-catering

This picturesque family escape lies in the heart of the Langkloof with lovely views over the Witteberge. It’s a family farm rich with history and tradition. Guests can look forward to a whole range of exciting activities such as stargazing, bird watching, mountain biking, swimming, fishing and hiking. The farm produces apples, nectarines, apricots, prunes and pears as well as other products such as honey bush tea and bottled water. It’s om the doorstep of the classic Route 62. Affordable accommodation comes in the form of five separate, self-catering guesthouses (sleeping 4-12 people) and a developing camping terrain.

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AfriCamps at Oakhurst

Why not try a fantastic glamping experience on a dairy farm surrounded by the pristine Wilderness forest? This has got to be one of the best ways to immerse the whole family in all that the Garden Route has to offer. The tented accommodation at Oakhurst Farm features private hot tubs from where you can admire the different faces of the ancient Outeniqua mountains. The tents are fully equipped, spacious and can sleep five people. Braai facilities, an indoor fireplace, lights and air conditioning ensure comfort. Kids can watch the cows being milked, join in a hike to the farm’s waterfall or paddle on the dam. It is the perfect family getaway.

The Garden Route is ready in all its autumnal splendour to entertain, refresh and nurture you and your family. Come bask in its mellow fruitfulness (in the poetic words of the famous Keats) and all that it entails. With its mild climate, treasure trove of activities, and myriad accommodation options sure to delight young and old, you’ll get into gear for the rest of the year!

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Love is in the Air

2/8/2022

“Love is in the air, everywhere you look around. Love is in the air, in every sight and every sound.”

The month of love is here. It gives us an opportunity to slowdown from the new year hustle and bustle, to take a moment, to spend quality time with our loved one. And if you're single, it’s also the opportune time to pluck up the courage to ask the person of your dreams on a date...

Check out our list to plan a great Valentine’s excursion:

Wine and Dine in Style

Hussar Grill Enjoy a delicious two course meal with a complimentary bottle of the Hussar Grill Red and Chocolate Vodka Martinis for only R385 per couple.

The Wilderness Hotel Join the Wilderness Hotel for a Valentine's themed Sunday Buffet on 13 February from 12:30 – 15:00, at R250 per person. Children between the ages of 4 to12 pay 50% and bookings are essential.

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The Fat Fish On the 14th of February, enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine with every seafood platter for two. Say you’ll be wine.

La Luna Romantic Picnic Spoil your partner with a romantic picnic in the beautiful coastal town of Wilderness. The Valentine’s Day package for you and your date includes a gorgeous, romantically styled picnic with candles and fresh flower décor, a platter box for two, non-alcoholic champagne and photography for R1,890. For a group of friends or a few couples, book the 5 to10 guest package starting from R2,700. And as a bonus, the first 5 bookings get 10% off.

Kontrei Padstal On Valentine’s Day, tuck into a croissant breakfast for two and a cappuccino, for R85. This farm stall has homemade bread, cakes and other treats, with a gift shop and outdoor play area.

The Bench Eatery & Bar On Sunday 13 February from 2pm to 5pm, enjoy a live Valentine’s performance by Janine Fourie. Surprise the one you care about with beautiful music, a romantic atmosphere and delicious food.

Redberry Farm Share the love with friends and family at your favourite strawberry farm. Enjoy the scrumptious waffle duo for R80, the 'You Melt my Heart' fresh strawberries with Bar One dip for R30 or two Strawberry Daiquiri cocktails for R100. Available until 28 February 2022.

Dreamy Adventures

Fairy Knowe Hotel Enjoy a night of love and dancing on the 12th of February at the Fairy Knowe Hotel’s Valentine’s Day dance, starting at 6:30pm. Entrance is R150 per couple and a platter for two can be ordered for an additional R150.

Garden Route Botanical Gardens Enjoy a movie under the stars on Friday, 18 February at 19:00. The classic love story, the Notebook, will be playing. For R600 per couple, receive an artisan chocolate, dinner basket for two, wine and a surprise dessert. Booking is essential.

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Milkwood Village Have a good time with the ones you love under the Milkwood trees. Visit the village for a fun-filled Valentine's weekend starting on Friday night, 11 February. Dress up and get into the groove with live DJ, Lucideep from 6pm to 9pm. At the Sunday Funday market, enjoy Shomon’s sweet sounds and enter the ‘best dressed’ and ‘oldest couple’ competitions. Etienne Steyn will keep the good vibes going on Monday Date Night. Wear pink, red and white all weekend. Covid-19 protocols to be followed.

Bomkisi Looking for something unique to do this Valentine’s Day? Join the Bomkisi duo for a Couple’s Workshop where you’ll learn how to make a pot plant from scratch, moulded into an abstract face. Guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and refreshments along. Bomkisi is a mother and daughter team who design and manufacture high-end ceramic items which double as functional art.

New Wave Village / Café New Wave Village is hosting a sokkie! Enjoy an evening of fun and dancing on Monday 14 February from 6pm to 9pm. Everyone is welcome - both couples and singles. Take off your shoes and get swinging in the beautiful garden with gorgeous views. Lawn games will be circulating, and prizes will be awarded for the most creative socks. Entry is R60 per person. Refreshments and picnic packages are available for pre-order.

Meade Café George For an evening of romance and spoils, book a Valentine's Day dinner at one of George's prettiest cafés, for R395 per person. Treat yourself and your loved one to a date night like no other. Booking is essential.

Romantic Fairy-tale Getaways

Image Featured Image: Treedom Villa and Vardos, Wilderness

Treedom Villa and Vardos This magical getaway is ideal for couples, styled in luxury boho chic. Get a whopping 25% off your February booking, when booking with Treedom directly.

Eden View Boutique Hotel Nestled away in the mountains and surrounded by nature as far as the eye can see, Eden View offers guests superior accommodation in a tranquil and peaceful setting. For 14 February only, book any suite (Luxury, Superior, Honeymoon) for R1,500. A complimentary bottle of champagne or wine is gifted for your stay. Breakfast is excluded.

Image Featured Image: The Manor House at Fancourt, George

The Manor House at Fancourt Experience all the romance and luxury of Fancourt’s 5-star boutique country hotel. From an al fresco dinner on a private deck to spa treatments for two, this romantic retreat is filled with magic, moonlight, and memories. The two-night package includes daily breakfast, a spa voucher, private dinner, return airport transfers, luxury courtesy vehicle within 10km radius, tea, evening canapes, a complimentary meal from the in-room dining menu and concierge service. Offer available to South African residents only, from R4,075 per person sharing, until 31 October 2022.

Oubaai Hotel and Spa Love is in the air at Oubaai Hotel and Spa. Enjoy a romantic Valentine's getaway from R1,250 per person.

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