The city of George sits upon a 10km plateau between the impressive Outeniqua Mountains to the North and the Indian Ocean to the South,
halfway between Cape Town, 431 km by car, and Port Elizabeth (335 km), along the N2 Highway, and is the heart of the Garden Route. With Mosselbay to the West and Knysna to the East, the entire region is a visual paradise.
Hieronymus Cruse was the first European explorer to traverse the rugged Outeniqua Mountains in 1668 – even today the forests are dense. The highest point is Cradock Peak at 1578m, with prominent George peak nearby at 1337m. Possibly, „Outeniqua“ stems from a Khoi word meaning „people carrying bags of honey“.
With its Mediterranean Maritime climate, George is quite literally the perfect year-round holiday destination.
George itself, the sixth-oldest town in South-Africa, was built on the site of a Dutch East India Company woodcutters’ outpost in the Outeniqua forests.
Today sophisticated road, air and rail links to all major centres makes it a convenient base from which to explore the Garden Route and Klein Karoo.
George airport ensures acess from all major cities.
The area is one of South Africa’s premier golfing destinations with 10 courses, driving ranges and a world-class golf academy. Fancourt Hotel & Country Club Estate has transformed George into a golfing Mecca.
George is nestled deep in the Cape Floral kingdom, the smallest but ecologically richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms, home to some 8000 plant species with approximately 70% being unique to this area. It is dominated by fynbos such as the King Protea, South-Africas national flower and the beautiful Red Disa, the floral symbol of George.