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George Introduction

George is an idyllic stop on the Garden Route. Flanked by the Outeniqua Mountains on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other, this quaint town has a laid-back charm. However, George is anything but quiet or boring. It's a modern town with sophisticated infrastructure, complete with banks, shopping complexes and conference centres. It's popular for its rugby and annual festivals. It's also surrounded by nature reserves. George is Garden Route's administrative centre and the Southern Cape region's commercial hub.

Hotels in George

You won't have a hard time looking for a place to stay in George. Most of the accommodation here comes in the form of backpacker hostels, guesthouses and B&Bs. Some hostels and guesthouses offer nothing more than a place to sleep in a dorm, but many have facilities like gardens, swimming pools, free Wi-Fi and barbecue areas. Many guesthouses, B&Bs and boutique hotels in George feature varying degrees of luxury. Aside from the typical amenities, they may also come with full-service spas and in-room childcare. Some have fitness and sports facilities within their properties. A few also offer access to the golf clubs around George.

Where to stay

George Central is where you'll find most of the hotels in George. This neighbourhood is George's town centre and where many of George's businesses, offices and cultural attractions are located. If you prefer a quiet holiday surrounded by gorgeous scenery, you can stay in a guesthouse in Heatherlands. This upscale community features tree-lined roads and lovely views of the Outeniqua Mountains. If fishing is part of your itinerary, Eden might be the perfect neighbourhood for you. Eden is right outside the Katrivier Nature Reserve and the Garden Route Dam. The reserve is a popular spot for hiking, fishing and picnics.

Things to see

The Garden Route Botanical Garden spearheads the conservation efforts for the Cape Floral Kingdom. It showcases trees and plants native to the Southern Cape area, many of which aren't found elsewhere in South Africa. One of its main features is the Southern Cape Herbarium. George is the gateway to the Outeniqua Nature Reserve. This nature reserve covers 38,000 hectares of forest and fynbos in dramatic gorges. The reserve has well-known hiking trails that can take days to complete. If you're a fishing enthusiast, you might want to visit Katrivier Nature Reserve during your stay in George. The Katrivier Nature Reserve is on the banks of Kat River, a great spot for fishing. If you fancy a game of golf, you can check out George Golf Club. The golf club is one of the oldest in South Africa, and the championship course is considered one of its best.

How to get to George

George is easily accessible via the N2 highway. It's located 330 kilometres west of Port Elizabeth and 420 kilometres east of Cape Town. It can take you 4 hours to drive from Port Elizabeth to George. Driving time between George and Cape Town, on the other hand, is 4 and a half hours. Alternatively, you can fly to George. George Airport handles daily flights from Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Durban, Johannesburg via Lanseria Airport and Johannesburg via OR Tambo International Airport. From George Airport, you can rent a car for getting around town. There are also car rental companies within George.