George developed out of the demand for timber and wood used in building, transport and furniture. It is the sixth oldest town in South Africa and lies at the junction of the Garden Route where the main road continues along the coast and another heads north over the Outeniqua mountains to Oudtshoorn.
Today, George is a modern Garden Route town with a sophisticated infrastructure. Banks, conference facilities, major shopping chains, transport and sporting facilities mean you have all the comforts of a big city but plenty of small town charm with many historical landmarks.
George offers a range of activities, from surfing and swimming to hiking and cycling in the nearby mountains. On top of this, George is home to three of South Africa's top golf courses with George quickly developing into South Africa's golf paradise.
George is the start or finish point for one of the most splendid railway journeys in the world: the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe, a steam locomotive which makes its way over forested hills, past inland lakes and across high bridges over raging river mouths.
George has a rich history and offers many historical landmarks, such as 'The Slave Tree'