George: the capital of the Garden Route

October 19, 2017

The city of George is located in the Western Cape province and is referred to as the capital of the Garden Route. It is a popular holiday destination thanks to its natural beauty and the great holiday facilities and entertainment it offers.

The city used to be an industrial town as it was established to service the growing demand for timber used for building, transport and furniture. Today George has developed into a refined city and tourist attraction.

Surrounded by mountains and vast forests, the city offers an enchanting ambience. For golfers, it also boasts two of the country’s top 10 golf courses. In 2003, the city played host to the prestigious Presidents Cup golf tournament.

George is home to the Garden Route Mall, the biggest shopping centre on the Garden Route. With a great selection of shops, many residents from surrounding areas come to George for their shopping sprees.

Owing to its rich history, George has interesting symbolic historical structures.The King Edward VII Library building, designed by renowned architect Charles Bullock, is an architectural gem. 

Also of interest is the Slave Tree, an oak tree planted in 1811 in front of the library, which got its name because of a lock and chain lodged in its trunk. Legend has it that the lock and key were used to chain slaves to the tree for auctioning, and for punishment. 

Dutch Reformed Church, George, South Africa
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When it comes to hosting and entertaining its guests, George truly impresses. Visitors can stay at some of the best lodges, guest houses and hotels along the Garden Route – for spectacular views they can choose from a host of options in the mountains and hillsides that overlook the city.

Those looking for adventure have a lot to choose from. From paragliding and mountain biking to Garden Route horse trails, George has activities for all visitors.

Restaurants in the city offer great views and exquisite food and wine. Some worth trying are the country-style Zucchini Restaurant; Henry White's Restaurant at the Fancourt Hotel; 101 Meade Street Restaurant; and Pure Crafts and Food. 

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The beautiful Garden Route
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