French Lodge International
29 York Street, George, 6530, South Africa
More about George
Path from Mossel Bay station to the museum
Opportunistic seagulls on the lookout
Entrance to Transport Museum
Travel Tips for George
December human waves
Being the biggest shopping/entertainment town in an area of beach towns surrounding it, makes George a bit of a nightmare to navigate during the combined summer/Christmas holidays. Best times to go are during Jan-March, which gives you both low season and the best weather of the year.
St Mark's Anglican Cathedral
St Mark's Anglican Cathedral, designed by Sophy Gray and built in 1850, attained cathedral status in 1911. It was the smallest cathedral in the southern hemisphere until extensions in 1924-25. The nave is the oldest section. Its most distinctive feature is the number of stained glass windows in relation to its size.
I was not able to visit as they are currently working on the museum. Apparantly what one sees in the George museum today has grown from the private collections of one man, Charles Sayers. He was the owner and long-time editor of the George & Knysna Herald, a newspaper established by his parents in 1881. Sayers collected and preserved all aspects of his hometown's history, with a specialist interest in old mechanical musical instruments and typewriters which today form the nucleus of the museum's important collections.
In 1967 he opened his "Mini Museum" to the public, housed in a single room adjoining a café in Courtenay Street. The people loved it and much encouraged by local authorities he moved to the original George Town House – the administrative building next to the market square which dated back to 1847. By now the Sayers Museum had attracted the attention of officialdom and barely six months after the move it attained provincial museum status as a fully-fledged cultural history museum for the region, with indigenous timber and its allied industries as its main theme. The growing popularity led to another move, this time to the building, which had been the original drostdy (magistrate’s residence and office) in the young town. The original "Mini Museum" has been re-created within the present George Museum.
scenic train ride
Outeniqua choo-choo, travels from George-Knysna-George, there is also a travel museum in George where the train leaves., the choo-choo is a steam train,its a very scenic ride.In Knysna the train stops at the waterfront where there are a large amount of shops, restaurants boat rides etc....its not very expensive...
One of my favourite cities in South Africa. The Garden Route has a Mediterranean Maritime climate, with moderately hot summers, and mild to chilly winters. It is one of the richest rainfall areas, most of which occurs in the winter months, brought by the humid sea-winds from the Indian ocean. Any time of the year is good for visiting the area, depending if you enjoy a peaceful retreat during the winter months, or a bustling holiday destination during the summer.
George is the sixth oldest town in South Africa, situated in the beautiful Western Cape Province and is the Capital of the Southern Cape. The town is very centrally situated: halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and centre of the Garden Route - ideal from where to explore the areas many variant and diverse scenic wonders. Situated on a 10 kilometre plateau between the majestic Outeniqua Mountain to the north and the Indian ocean to the South.