Situated in the stunning Western Cape Province, George is the sixth oldest town in South Africa and is a popular place amongst tourists due, in part to its location between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The town itself is a diverse and culturally rich, offering impressive scenery and sprawling natural landscapes as well as fascinating historical landmarks. While the town centre boasts a range of facilities, it retains the calm atmosphere of a small town. Those who like to indulge in retail therapy will not be disappointed as George is home to a range of chain stores at the Garden Route Shopping Centre. Those who enjoy playing golf will also be spoilt for choice, as George is home to numerous golf-courses, many designed by world-class golfers.
A 4x4 or SUV would be ideal for driving on the steep, mountainous roads and unpaved/dirt roads which surround the centre of George and run through some of the outlying suburbs..
Driving in George
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Important things to note
South African summer holidays are between December and January and the roads get very buy with local holiday makers. It’s generally a good idea to visit outside of the peak-season months.
Local driving standards vary a great deal. It’s recommended to drive cautiously at all times and observe local speed limits.
It’s recommended to always park in well-lit areas, and avoid driving in unknown rural areas late at night. There is sometimes a lingering threat of robbery.
It is the law to give way to the right on roundabouts, although many locals tend to ignore this rule.
Highlights & Hotspots
Those who want to relax and soak up the sun, or ride the waves should head to Victoria Bay. Located 9km east of George city centre, this fantastic bay boasts a gorgeous sandy beach and waves that are perfect for surfing.
The Garden Route is considered one of the world’s most spectacular driving routes. This 200km stretch of roads is the perfect way to tour the fantastic scenery, from the rolling mountains, charming towns to the dense forests and stunning beaches.
Families will love taking a trip to The Crags, an amazing wildlife sanctuary where visitors can meet the animals up close. Most popular is the Elephant sanctuary where visitors can observe the way these magnificent animals are cared for.
The Slave Tree is an ancient oak tree, aptly named owing to the large chain and lock that have been embedded in the trunk. It has since been declared a national monument.
George Airport is located approximately six miles west of the centre of George and is accessible via the R102 motorway, as well as Highway 2.
The airport largely serves destinations in South Africa, particularly Johannesburg and Cape Town, the two largest cities in the country.