George

For other places with the same name, see George (disambiguation).
RSA George from Outenigua Pass

George is situated in the Western Cape Province in South Africa and is the main gateway to the beautiful Garden Route. It is the sixth oldest town in South Africa and very centrally situated halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. Cradled by the Outeniqua mountains to the north and the Indian ocean to the south, George is an ideal town from which to explore the area’s many scenic attractions – be it on the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe train, on walks and hikes on the George and Cradock Peaks, on a boat fishing, or pushing a cart across the golf courses at Fancourt. Rich in historical landmarks, such as the Slave Tree and the King Edward VII Library, George retains a small-town character without compromising on a sophisticated infrastructure.

Get in

By car

George can be reached easily with the N2 highway from Cape Town (to the west) or Knysna, Port Elizabeth, East London and Durban (to the east). You can also get to George from Oudtshoorn (to the north) via the R29.

By plane

By train

The scenic Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe train used to run between George and Knysna (via Wilderness and Sedgefield) but the railway line was severely damaged in 2006 and 2007 due to landslides after heavy rain and extreme flooding. Sadly, repairs to this line do not seem to be happening and its future is uncertain.

By bus

The main bus companies serve George regularly on their way along the Garden Route from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, as does the Baz Bus. there are also Minibus taxis going to Cape town and Knysna.

Get around

Preferably by car. York street is the main artery.

There are permanent speed cameras;

  1. York Street
  2. Outside Duggies on Courtney Street (driving towards Knysna)
  3. At the robots (traffic lights) outside Pick n Pay on Courtney Street (driving towards George away from Knysna)
  4. In York Street close to Mei Ling (Taiwanese Restaurant)
  5. On way to Wilderness there are 2 cameras as you come around the turn past Far Hills Hotel

In season, over Christmas (December and early January) and Easter (April), however, there are temporary manned speed cameras everywhere.

Driving between George and Knysna there are permanent speed cameras in the Kaaimans River Pass. The speed limit on this pass is 60kmph for a reason, the pass is very dangerous to take at high speeds, especially when wet.

Car rental

See

One of the displays in the Transport Museum
The floating dock wreck. Mosselbay is visible in the distance

Do

Victoria Bay

Buy

Eat

Mexican food at Coyote Caktus which also serves the best pizza in town. Enjoy a delicious "wonderpatat" at the Lila's Arms restaurant in Blanco, a suburb of George. George also has a Spur restaurant and Mcdonald's. The Upstairs at Harry's is also an excellent coffee shop. The new Garden Route mall, St George's Square and the Pick 'n Pay shopping centres also contain various restaurants. For a more Eastern taste there is a Mai Ling Taiwanese Restaurant.

Drink

There are numerous fine drinking and dining holes along this stretch of the Garden Route. Bongos in Wilderness village overlooks the lovely beach.

Sleep

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