How to experience the best of George, South Africa

April 11, 2011   Filed under Travel

Who would have guessed the the first timber post in South Africa was opened in George in 1776? The great forests of the Southern Cape were discovered as early as 1711. Early woodcutters and their families lived in the forest where the trees had been cut; they evolved into a closely-knit community . The men were thin and wiry, but they were also tough and strong with an incredible skill in felling, sawing and handling timber.

Considering that George is the sixth oldest town in South Africa, there is loads to do from a historical point of view. One of the top attractions is the Outeniqua Choo-Choo steam train. Proving some of the best views of the Garden Route and hidden valleys you can’t see by car. The train first opened in 1928 and is 68K long. Today it is the only steam train still running in South Africa. Make sure you sit by the window as the views are great!

The Outeniqua hike trail is one of the oldest and most popular hike trails in the Garden Route. It is a seven day trail and starts at Beervlei Hut forest station; you can make it shorter by doing it in 2, 3, or 4 day installments. There are huts along the way that offer shelter, firewood, grids, water and rudimentary bedding. If you are one for nature this is a wonderful hiking trail, one that every hiker should do at least once in their lives, it’s definitely one to remember.

And for those who prefer shopping and industry to nature there’s Ngamathuba glass factory. It is a unique open-air market in beautiful surroundings, in the heart of the Garden Route. We are combining this exceptional market with a Wilderness Extravaganza where the beautiful outside surroundings will showcase what it has to offer. All glasses can be adapted to the client’s requirements. Come and have a good glass of wine and enjoy the outdoors while experiencing the creation of beautiful glass items.

Relax in the sun at Victoria Bay. It is one of the smallest and most hidden beautiful bays on the Garden Route. This is also a very big surfing spot, with some of the biggest waves found along the coast. But pack you picnic basket, bring the family and just enjoy a day of fun in the sun, don’t forget the sunscreen and a hat!

Discover South Africa’s ravishing Garden Route and explore its fabulous surrounds. Base yourself in George by organizing outstanding George accommodation and indulging in a variety exciting George activities.

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