Western Cape Regions
George lies in the heart of what was once known as ‘Outeniqualand’, the fertile strip of land on the Southern Cape Coast, between the formidable Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean. It is 420 km east of Cape Town and is the administrative and commercial hub of the Garden Route. It has a very well developed infrastructure.
George’s natural surroundings provide exceptional locations. The town is surrounded by prosperous farmlands and the Outeniqua Mountains with their forests and streams. 8 km away is a sweeping coastline with glorious golden beaches.
The Montagu Pass outside George, a national monument, is a 10 km gravel road that provides passage over the Outeniqua Mountains. Views from it are breathtaking. Seven Passes Road - the original road between George and Knysna - winds through indigenous forests and crosses Edwardian bridges.
The Outeniqua Transport Museum in town has 13 beautifully preserved steam locomotives, one of which was operational until 2006 when flooding destroyed part of the tracks. George also has superb golf facilities and was the venue for the first ever Presidents Cup to be played outside the United States.
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George has an Oceanic climate, with warm summers, and mild to chilly winters. It is one of the lower rainful areas in the generally high rainfall Garden Route. The rain, brought by the humid sea winds from the warm Indian Ocean, is spread throughout the year.
The national highway the N2 connects George to Cape Town and to the next city going north-east, Port Elizabeth.
There is no scheduled passenger rail service to George but Rovos Rail and Union Limited offer vintage train trips to the Garden Route from Cape Town.
George Airport is about 7 km from the city center and has scheduled flights to the international airports at Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburb.
George has a number of hotels, lodges, bed & breakfasts and self catering apartments.