George at a glance
With its ideal location and temperate climate, George property is popular both from a permanent residence perspective as well as for a holiday home.
Owning a house in George means you have a variety of attractions within easy striking distance including the likes of beautiful beaches in the Wilderness, Victoria Bay and the likes of Sedgefield as well as nature trails and scenic mountain hikes in the Tsitsikamma National Park.
There is also a superb range of properties in George to suit all styles and budgets with everything from stylish flats and apartments, picturesque and historical George houses for sale, secure townhouses, lifestyle residential estates like the world renowned Fancourt as well as smallholdings, farms and vacant land.
George is by and large considered hub and capital city of the Cape’s Garden Route. George has its own airport and is situated in a picturesque environment on the coastal plateau between the Outeniqua Mountain Range and the sparkling Indian Ocean. This helps the town and surrounding area maintain a temperate climate throughout the year.
George is also the halfway point between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
The George Museum - the Drostdy is a graceful old building that houses the museum. The Old Slave tree is a 186 year old oak tree with a iron chain embedded in its trunk. The oldest Roman Catholic church in South Africa, the St Peter and St Paul Church, is situated here as well as the smallest Cathedral in South Africa called St Mark's Cathedral.
The beaches at the secluded Victoria Bay are 3 kilometres off the N2 motorway and situated between George and Wilderness. Renowned for surfing, especially during winter months Victoria Bay is a cove enclosed by cliffs. Many competitions have been held here as a result of the high quality wave that Vic Bay produces.
The small, sheltered holiday resort, with large tidal pools provides for great safe bathing and good angling opportunities.
For the golfers this town offers 2 of the top 10 golf courses in South Africa. Fancourt Hotel & Country Club Estate is South Africa's premier golfing and leisure resort. For the outdoors types there is also flying, gliding, horse riding, squash, tennis and a variety of hiking trails and mountain biking.
When visiting George make sure no to miss taking a ride on the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe. This is South Africa's last scheduled steam train and runs betweenKnysna and George.
You can then check out the Transport Museum. Set in the most breathtaking scenery it is a must see, as is the Garden Route Botanical Garden and the Outeniqua Nature Reserve.
Here are a few “not to miss” things in George;
- The Red Berry Farm where you pick your own strawberries. This farm also offers an outdoor tea garden and fresh farm stall.
- For wine and cheese tasting is the Dutch Cheese Farm.
- The Bado Kidogo Bird Farm is a breeding farm is open to the public for viewing 365 days of the year.
- Garden Route Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden on the Garden Route.
- The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe train runs between George and Knysna and offers nostalgic journey with the most amazing views.