We dare you to find a swimming beach on any coastline in the world that can equal the beauty, swimming and surfing qualities on offer at Victoria Bay. With only a few houses along the rocky shore, Vic Bay offers a lazy beach, green grass to lounge on, whale watching in season and dolphins year-round. Fantastic swimming and excellent surfing conditions make Victoria Bay a firm favourite amongst locals. But the Garden Route is bordered by the ocean all long its flank and you are sure to find those miles of unspoilt beaches or that secluded cove that you have been looking for.
Visit the Outeniqua Transport Museum from where the Outeniqua Power Van takes you halfway up Cradock Peak – a perfect picnic spot.
Do some church hopping! The Dutch Reformed Church features some of the most stunning architecture in George. The magnificent pulpit is crafted from Stinkwood while the ceiling, floor and pews are all made of Yellowwood. Visit the Congregational Church in Pacaltsdorp, constructed in the 1800’s by the interesting Reverend Pacalt and stop in at the Anglican Church in York Street to view its beautiful and historic windowpanes.
Outeniqua Hop takes you on a scenic route through our area’s farmlands. Visit a strawberry farm, learn how cheese is made, visit interesting breweries and a dairy farm where a computerised dairy organises the cows for milking and even artificial insemination.
George is centrally located in the Garden Route and all major tourist attractions are within easy driving distance.
Dare yourself to go shark cage diving with the Great Whites off Seal Island, then stop off for a game drive or wine tasting on your way back, or a swim at beautiful Herold’s Bay beach.
Visit the world famous Cango Caves, ride and ostrich and visit a crocodile farm. Enjoy the view of the beautifully different Klein Karoo from the stunning mountain passes en route.
Indulge in extreme and adrenaline sports like paragliding, or mountain biking or trail running through mysterious, indigenous forests. Estuaries, rivers and the ocean offer a variety of water based sports from fishing to canoeing and kayaking, from snorkelling and diving to water skiing and wakeboarding. Enjoy shopping at a variety of outdoor craft markets and return to 17onWellington Suites for a relaxing evening and a good night’s sleep before the next day’s adventure begins…
Day tour options for you to consider.
Knysna - travel to Knysna by road and enjoy a ferry ride and a tour of Knysna before returning to George via the Lakes District;
Plettenberg Bay - travel to Knysna by road and enjoy a ferry ride before continuing to Plettenberg Bay. Tour the village of Plettenberg Bay and visit the Knysna Elephant Park before returning to George via the Lakes District;
Mountain passes - travel to Oudtshoorn via the Outeniqua Pass. Enjoy a short tour of Oudtshoorn before travelling to Prince Albert via the Swartberg Pass. Return to Oudtshoorn via the Meiringspoort Pass and De Rust before returning to George via the Montague Pass;
Oudtshoorn - travel to Oudtshoorn via the Outeniqua Pass and visit an ostrich farm, the Cango Caves and the exciting Cango Wildlife Ranch;
Mossel Bay - travel to Mossel Bay via steam train and visit the Dias Museum before enjoying a short tour of Mossel Bay. Return to George via Great Brak and Glentana;
Day tour of George - visit strawberry and dairy farms before visiting a local cheese maker;
Other tours - the Garden Route is renowned for its natural beauty and offers the adventurous traveller a host of options to explore our coastline, lakes and natural forests;
Golf tours - some of the best courses in the country are within an hour’s drive from George and a program may be tailored to suit your handicap.