Nestled at the foot of the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains, in the heart of the world renowned Garden Route area, George is known as the administrative capital of the Southern Cape. Described as the city with the heartbeat of a town and the charm of the countryside, George enjoys a mild climate with average annual rainfall of 850mm spread throughout the year.
With glistening streams springing to life in the mountains above the town and sparkling rivers winding through towering forests before reaching placid lakes, lagoons and pounding seas, the wide expanse of forests, the blend of mountains, rivers and rich farmlands in close proximity to the sweeping coastline of the Indian Ocean and its glorious beaches, make George a unique and wonderful place to live, be it permanently in a house or town house, or just during season in a holiday flat. Properties available cater for a wide market ranging from young families through to retirees and holiday makers.
Excellent safe swimming beaches with rock pools are only 7 minutes away. Water sports & yachting are available at the picturesque Island Lake in Wilderness, only 30 minutes away. Fresh water, surf & rock fishing is possible along the coast & lakes. Victoria Bay offers excellent surfing in safe conditions. George is also the golfing mecca of the Garden Route boasting no fewer than 6 golf courses, many with secure housing estates (two of which are in the top golf courses in South Africa) and 3 short courses, with an additional 7 golf courses within 100km radius of George. Outeniqua Park caters for squash, tennis, bowls, hockey & rugby. Two health gymnasiums are available to visitors. Hiking & nature trails are a must and are well demarcated.
George is a prime educational centre providing tuition from pre-school through to Tertiary education. The P.E. Technicon offers a wide range of National Diplomas and Degree courses at the Saasveld and George campuses. High schools offer excellent boarding and sports facilities. A municipal library serves the community and students with reference & study facilities.
George is also seen as a safe haven for retirement resulting in the excellent retirement & medical facilities. Various retirement villages and housing complexes also have their own frail care facilities on site. Medical practitioners service the whole of the Garden Route from two private hospitals and a provincial hospital. These centres provide a wide range of medical specialties & services.
George boasts a variety of shopping centres with stores and a cinema centre. Restaurants abound, catering for all tastes from the family steak houses to the ¿Nouvelle Cuisine¿ as well as impressive conference facilities.