George, South Africa

George Guide – Spend Less, Do More

Town hallSo you've decided to stop off in the small town of George as you explore the famous Garden Route. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and ancient forests, you've soaked up everything that nature has to offer and taken that typical wilderness safari. You've visited Outeniqua Choo Tjoe, a transport museum, and checked out the old steam train which used to offer visitors a scenic journey along the spectacular coastline. You've gone strawberry picking and gotten lost in the largest hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere at Redberry Farm. However, George has so much more to offer if you look a little deeper!

On the hunt for the perfect wave?

Victoria Bay is undoubtedly the most famous beach in the area, and offers a safe swimming beach, a great spot for surfers and body boarders alike – the large waves from far out means surfers can enjoy a longer ride in. Among the rocks, you will find natural tidal pools. A tip to keep in mind is to get there early in summer as the beach is small and fills up quickly. In winter the water is a bit cold for swimming but the Victoria Bay is still lovely to visit, especially if you're one for long walks on the beach.

On the prowl for your next meal?

St mark churchYou will find a number of interesting places to eat in George. The old centre of town is home to a few bistros and pubs such as the popular 101 Meade Street which has an eclectic menu and a great selection of craft beers. Try the traditional South African breakfast!

If you are a bit of a health nut, why not get your dose of fresh fruit and vegetables at the Outeniqua Farmers' Market? You will also find there: honey (Outeniqua means the land where honey comes from), chocolate, cakes, cheeses and fish! If that's not enough to satisfy you, head to Robertson Brewing Company, a microbrewery serving beautiful handcrafted beer. You'll need one if you're going to take us up on our next activity suggestion!

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So take a plunge! If you are feeling very brave, take a day trip to the Bloukrans Bridge and enjoy the world's highest bungee jump from a bridge. Enjoy the thrill of free falling for 218 metres before the bungee cord grips you. This is THE place for adrenaline-lovers! Face Adrenalin runs buses on a daily basis from George to the jump site. After you jump, head to the restaurant and bar, aptly named 'The Cliffhanger' and enjoy a drink while you watch others jumping off the bridge via the live feed. You can always have a quick drink before you jump if you need a spot of courage. Don't worry! They have a 100% safety rating, so you are in good hands. If you're not one to jump off bridges, this could be a way to spend your day – watching your mates' daredevil antics. Make sure you get a video of their facial expression right before they jump.

If you have a few days free, why not hire a car and take a trip to the nearby town of Knysna? You will get to see the Knysna lagoon which is famous for its wide variety of rare bird species, perfect for bird watching! On arrival in Knysna, enjoy a lunch of fresh oysters. There is nothing quite like oysters, a glass of wine and a view of the ocean. Oysters aside, the town is also well known for its numerous arts and crafts shops.

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