Steam Train at George

Travel to George – The Garden Route’s Main Gateway

George is situated in the Western Cape Province in South Africa and is the main gateway to the beautiful Garden Route. It is bordered by the Outeniqua mountains to the north and the Indian ocean to the south and is home to many attractions such as historical churches, museums and botanical gardens. However, it also allows outdoor enthusiasts to get off the beaten track and go hiking, horse riding and surfing amongst other activities.

George is the sixth oldest town in South Africa and has a population of approximately 104,700. It is also the administrative and commercial hub of the Garden Route as well as a popular holiday and conference centre.

There are many churches to see in George such as the Anglican Church, the Dutch Reformed Church and the oldest catholic church in South Africa; the St Peter and St Paul Catholic Church. Other attractions include the 1912 old town hall, the crocodile farm and George Museum.

George is a superb location from which to explore the great outdoors and to take part in some exciting outdoor activities. Quad bike along nature and historic trails, hike through forests into the Outeniqua Mountains or simply swim, surf and sunbathe at the beautiful beaches in the area. Or for a sense of nostalgia climb aboard the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe; the oldest steam train in Africa.

Relax in the George Botanical Garden or perhaps play a round of golf or try your hand at fishing at numerous spots along the coast. There are also many shopping squares and malls where you can browse the shops before relaxing in one of the bars and restaurants.

  • Ride the oldest steam train in Africa.
  • Hike the Outeniqua trail through stunning forests for fantastic mountainous views.
  • Visit St Peter & St Paul Catholic Church; the oldest Catholic church in South Africa.


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