George Travel Guide

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George Things to Do

  • Kids (of all ages) love Outeniqua...

    The Outeniqua Transport Museum in George is a great place to visit for all sorts of reasons. The most obvious is that you're planning to travel on the wonderful Outeniqua Choo Tjoe (see my travel tip elsewhere), but even if you're not, this is a really interesting place that will appeal to people of all ages, and certainly isn't the exclusive...

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  • Beautiful Buffels Bay

    If you are seeking a family-friendly beach, look no further than beautiful Buffels Bay!It is probably a long time since a buffalo was last sighted in Buffalo Bay, to give it its English name. Nonetheless, it is a great place for kids as it is a vast expanse of golden beach punctuated by rocky outcrops. They have endless space to run riot and...

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  • Let off steam on the Outeniqua Choo...

    Unlike the other reviews for this magical steam train (for the George-Knysna route), we did a return trip between George and Mossel Bay in mid 2008. The weather was idyllic, the train and destination were wonderful, and overall it was one of the most perfect family outings we've ever done.The rolling stock is superb and the carriages are classic...

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  • Choo tjoetrain to Knysna

    The choo tjoe is a cute little train that departs at George Station and roundtrips to Knysna, crossing mountains, lakes and traversing some awesome seaside scenery.

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  • Surfing at Victoria Bay

    Victoria Bay is one of South Africa's top surfing spots. It's a relatively small beach, with limited parking etc., and can get quite crowded in summer.

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  • Visit Victoria Bay

    One of the smallest and most hidden beautiful bays on the Garden Route. Traveling along the N2 National Road it is 3km off the N2 and situated between George and Wilderness. Victoria Bay, a cove enclosed by cliffs.

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  • Garden Route Botanical Garden

    The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of the richest, smallest and most threatened floral kingdoms on Earth.The Garden Route Botanical Garden therefore, has a vital role to play nationally and globally in the conservation and study of what is arguably proving to be a rich diversity of plant life in this area. In addition the garden's position at the heart...

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  • Outeniqua Transport Museum

    When you go on the Outiniqua Tjoe Tjoe or the power van, you have to go through the museum to board. It houses a variety of steam locomotives including a narrow gauge, the Emil Kessler (Johannesburg’s first steam locomotive), the impressive GL Garrett together with carriages such as a coach from the Royal Train of 1947, Paul Kruger’s coach and...

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  • Masonic Hall

    I was lucky they had an art exhibition at the Masonic hall, so I could go inside and see what it looked like. the are exhibition was of local artist and extremely high quality stuff was on sale there.

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George Hotels

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George Restaurants

  • Cafè Dulcé

    Fully licensed restaurant with 10 different breakfasts; International sandwiches; exotic sandwiches e.g. pitas & tramezzinis, salads; vegetarian dishes; 18 flavours of Italian ice-cream with no preservatives; Espresso, cappuccino, ice coffee, ice berry whip, pedro’s and lots more.

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  • ....on your way .... in garden route

    it was a very good one, plenty of food , varrities, big dishes, open bar salad... i like it.....it seems famous too.... have nothing against ... i tried the fried squid with rice and dipping sauce, and tacos dish.... that was 3 years ago so i dont have any idea if these dishes still served.... check the full menu online...

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  • Dine in style

    I am sorry, but I have no idea what the name of the restaurant at the museum is. You dine inside an old railway dining car, which is really a neat way of starting your rail journey from George.

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  • Roadside deli Outeniqua pass

    This wonderful roadside deli is just over the Outeniqua pass, drive frgom George, over pass and you will find it on right hand side of road. sells pizza ( delicious) spuds and all sorts of deli stuff.

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  • Great seafood

    Excellent seafood at a good price. The fish gets more succulent every time we go.When we last tried to go for dinner in December, they were unfortunately closed due to a failed experiment with a pizza oven, which gutted the place. Should be open again by now.They have also recently started franchise operations in Mossel Bay and Plettenberg...

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  • Excellent all round

    Tucked away in a residential neigbourhood in the shadow of the Outeniqua mountains, Red Rock is full of locals, and serves some of the best food you'll find in George. Be sure to make a reservation, as this place is very popular. Steak Hollandaise, their fish & also the ribs.

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George Transportation

  • GRJ Airport

    George has a well-served airport for such a relative small town. It used to be called P.W. Botha airport, after the infamous ex-President. It was quickly renamed after the end of apartheid, and is now George Airport, or just known by it's code, GRJ.Local legend has it that the airport should have been situated in nearby Oudtshoorn, as the approach...

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  • Walk to N2

    You can walk from George airport to N2 if you are a bit fit, it is a few km but I have seen many backpackers walking the distance. when you get out of the airport onto the road turn RIGHT and walk straight until to highway turnoff. Here you have a choice of left to Garden route and George or walk a little further and turn right to Cape town ( info...

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  • Getting to town from Airport

    When arriving at George Airport to get to town ( York Street) you drive as follows, drive out of airport to where you get onto the road, turn right( south) towards N2 highway, at the highway take a left turn ( east) and drive till you get the York Street turn off, turn off left, and again left in York Street.In York Street you can find most things...

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George Shopping

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    by mvtouring Written Apr 15, 2010

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    If you are looking for clothes with a difference, then this is the place to visit. Granted it is not everyone's cup of tea and also not everyone can wear this type of clothes. But still worth a visit.

    What to pay: The clothing is on the more expensive side, but then again, there will not be 7000 people wearing the same outfit that you are wearing

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George Local Customs

  • by Grootpiet Updated May 1, 2003

    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.

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George Tourist Traps

  • by LesSmuts Written Feb 26, 2008

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    If it sounds to good to be true, it is very possible that it is to good to be true. Stick to the branded route.

    Unique Suggestions: Ask for identification and a business card. Verify your advice and information with the George Municipality Tourist Department (Information Centre).

    Fun Alternatives: Immediately go to the nearest business and explain your predicament, you will get help in George.

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George Off The Beaten Path

  • Day Hikes in the Garden Route

    Check out this site for some excellent info. on hikes in the George area and surroundings.With it's great climate, and beautiful settings, the Garden Route makes for some wonderful hiking.

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  • Mosselbay

    Only a 20 minute drive away, will get you to Mosselbay where you can visit the Diaz museum complex and many other things.

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  • Cango Caves

    If you are in the region then you have to visit the Cango caves. The caves are 29km from Oudtshoorn, at the start of the Cango Valley. The caves are situated in a limestone ridge which runs parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains. Here you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. Cango Caves is...

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George Sports & Outdoors

  • by Grootpiet Written Apr 8, 2003

    George plays host to the Southwestern Districts (now the Eagles) rugby team. Games are regularly held at the stadium, on the outskirts of town, just follow Courtenay street direction Oudsthoorn, it's just after the Hospital

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George Favorites

  • No Litter

    certain places have boards forbidding litter, please look out for this and do not litter this lovely town.Boards will also indicate wheelchair friendly places, and places to cycle.

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  • Dept Home Affairs

    There is a dept home affairs in George/ York street, Here you can sort out any passport problems you may have, its a big glass building and its quite high up in York street, you cant miss it, I include a pictureOFFICE HOURS(MON TO FRI): Monday to Friday 07:30 - 16:00Saturday 08:00 - 13:00 www.home-affairs.gov.zaYork Park Building, 2nd Floor, St...

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  • George Airport Info

    http://www.airports.co.za/home.asp?pid=1175George Airport helpdesk: Tel +27 (0)44 8769310 Automated flight Information: Tel 086 72 77 888 using your cellphone to send to the number 35007 an SMS containing the flight number, in reply to which you will receive up-to-date flight details; INFORMATION KIOSKThe information kiosk, which is in the...

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