Beach and mountain views across Wilderness in the Garden Route of South Africa

Dreaming of a Garden Route vacation? 60+ reasons to visit George

‘George’ is set in the very centre of the spectacular Garden Route, surrounded by oceans, mountains, waterways, forests and farmlands – making it a great base from which to explore the area.  Discover 60+ reasons to visit this outdoor paradise.

Situated in the Western Cape province of South Africa, ‘George’ goes far beyond the city CBD. It includes towns such as Wilderness and Uniondale, as well as hamlets Herolds Bay, Victoria Bay, Hoekwil, Herold and beyond. Its diverse landscapes are easy to access. Within only a 1.5 hour drive, you can experience the vast, semi-desert open plains and passes of Uniondale as well as the majestic mountains and cool blue ocean of George and Wilderness.

This outdoor paradise has so much to do and see. Hike or mountain bike over 2,000km of mapped trails and enjoy adrenalin-fuelled adventures. Enjoy leisurely, lazy days on the pristine sunkissed beaches and spend a day with your family picking strawberries, exploring the largest permanent hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere and more. As the golfing mecca of South Africa, bring your clubs and tee off at premier courses.

Art, cultural and historic experiences await. Explore the art meander, go on a cultural tour or take a tuk-tuk to learn all about Uniondale. The Transnet Museum, filled with relic trains and other modes of transport, is not to be missed. It is also the departure point for a tram train up the mountain. Foodies are spoilt for choice with great gastronomic experiences, locally grown agriculture and a wide variety of fabulous restaurants for wining and dining.

Canoeing along the Touw River in Wilderness, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa

  • 4×4-ing
  • Abseiling
  • Canoeing and Kayaking
  • Canyoning / Kloofing
  • E-Bike Rides
  • Horseback Rides
  • Learn to Surf
  • Paragliding
  • Microlight Flights
  • Quad Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Segway
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding
  • Helicopter Charters
  • Paintball

Go cart track at Elevate Action Centre in George, Western Cape, South Africa

  • Animal Parks and Rehabilitation Centres
  • Bike Park
  • Bubble Ball (children)
  • Bumper Boats (children)
  • Go Cart Track
  • Indoor Play Centres (children)
  • Miniature Train Rides
  • Pedal Go Carts
  • Trampoline Park (children)
  • Powervan Railway Trip
  • Strawberry Picking
  • Pony Rides (children)
  • Treetop Aerial Obstacle Courses

  • Art Galleries and Routes
  • Dine with a Local
  • Guided Cultural and Historical Tours
  • Museums
  • Township Bicycle and Cultural Tours
  • Tuk-tuk Tour
  • Pottery and Ceramic Classes/ Experiences

  • Coffee and Chocolate Pairings
  • Craft Your Own Gin Class and Pairings
  • Culinary Cooking Classes
  • Farm Stalls
  • Markets
  • Oyster Shucking, Show and Tell Experience
  • Wine Farms and Tasting Rooms
  • Gourmet Picnics

  • Blue Flag Beaches
  • 800 Year Old Big Tree
  • Birdwatching
  • Boat Rides
  • Botanical Gardens and Guided Tours
  • Scenic Drives and Lookout Points
  • Spa and Wellness Emporiums
  • Yoga Experiences
  • Special Interest Tours

  • Fishing
  • Golf Courses and Coaches
  • Trails for Hiking, MTB and Running
  • Padel, Tennis and Squash Courts
  • Swimming and Public Pool
  • Lawn Bowls
  • Target Shooting and more

With plenty to do and enjoy, as well as a comfortable year-round climate, George is an ideal getaway!