Photo of George

About George

Reached by the scenic Montagu Pass, this former timber hub is now a prominent transport hub and boasts one of the best airports along the Garden Route. Founded in 1811, George boasts some beautiful period buildings, including the tiny St Mark’s Cathedral and a more imposing Dutch Reformed Mother Church.

Five miles inland, George is a popular golfing hub and is home to a selection of championship golf courses, including Fancourt Country Club and Kingswood Golf Estate. Our recommendations will show you the best places to stay in George to enjoy this peaceful retreat.

From golfing to mountain trails, there are plenty of outdoor activities to get stuck into in George.

What not to miss:

• Take your pick and book a round at two of the best golf courses along the Garden Route, Fancourt Country Club and Kingswood Golf Estate.

• George Museum has exhibits on the local timber industry and is a great insight into th Garden Route's history. Transport enthusiasts will enjoy the Outeniqua Transport Museum, which has a wide collection of steam trains and vintage cars.

• Traverse the Garden Route Botanical Gardens, which feature numerous trails and local fynbos plants• Head out on The Kaaimans River, a popular popular spot for hiking and whitewater kayaking.

Our selection of the best places to stay in George provides a wide range of charming hotels in this quaint, historic town.

The Best Places to stay in George

For a boutique stay

• The clue is in the name at Views Boutique Hotel & Spa, set on a rocky outcrop, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, it's a modern coastal stay.

• Delightful owner managed property, Malvern Manor, located on a working dairy farm, provides a wonderfully bucolic stay,

For all-out luxury

• Surrounded by manicured grounds and nearby golfing, Fancourt Hotel provides leisure and luxury in equal measure.

For golfing enthusiasts

• With its own 18-hole golf course, Oubaai Hotel Gold & Spa spoils with plenty of spa treatments and excellent dining.

Travel Information

• If you want to rent self-drive to explore the scenic Garden Route, visit our online partner Rentalcars

• Alternatively, George Airport is but a 10-minute drive from town, with daily flights from Cape Town International Airport.

• To get the best of the weather aim to visit between November and February. Between May and September see the coldest weather.

Still not sure?

• Widen the net to include our recommendations in Knysna

• Or contact one of our gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in George

  • Over The Mountain Guest Farm 8 rooms from £40


    Forming part of the original 19th-century town of Herold, this quaint farmhouse is located just off the Montagu Pass. Simply yet traditional rooms are the height of comfort, but here it's all about the great outdoors. There's an inviting Tea Room popular with guests and cyclists alike.

    Country Escape  -  This country house is located in a rural idyll
    Value chic  -  Excellent value in a beautiful location
    Great walks  -  There are some excellent trails, leading directly from the hotel
    Cooking classes  -  Learn the local flavours with an in-kitchen cooking lesson
    Check prices
  • Whispering Oaks Guest House 5 rooms from £47


    This traditional looking guesthouse conceals the most charming boutique-chic interiors. White palettes are combined with soft lighting and furnishings. Choose from single, large doubles, and family accommodation - the largest with a kitchenette and private balcony. A home-cooked breakfast is served.

    Local exploring  -  Walking distance from many of George's attractions
    Value chic  -  Equal parts chic and excellent value
    Great walks  -  The beautiful Garden Route Botanical Gardens, within close proximity, are well worth a visit
    Sights nearby  -  There are plenty of shops and restaurants within walking distance
    Check prices
  • Loerie Lodge 24 rooms from £52


    Contemporary-chic accommodation at an excellent price. Family suites are available, and all rooms include tea and coffee making facilities and large, modern bathrooms. There's an inviting pool and an excellent breakfast spread in the morning. A short walk from the town of George.

    Value chic  -  Great value accommodation in an excellent location
    Great walks  -  Through the Garden Route Botanical Gardens, a short stroll away
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Check prices
  • Cinnamon House 13 rooms from £75


    Popular B&B within the town of Wilderness, an easy drive from both The Waterfront and Victoria Bay. Stylish suites include views of Table Mountain. All include tea and coffee making facilities, en-suite bathrooms, and the best have balconies. An excellent breakfast spread is included.

    Value chic  -  Great value in a popular location
    Great walks  -  Victoria Bay, its beautiful beaches and many walks is just a short drive away
    Sights nearby  -  Ratanga Junction theme park is just a short drive away
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Check prices
  • 9 Fern Rest 2 rooms from £80


    Quaint little two-bedroom cottage set amidst manicured gardens, against the backdrop of the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains. Ideal for families, this open-plan living includes indoor and outdoor lounge and dining areas, as well as a fully-equipped kitchen. Plenty of activities nearby.

    Families  -  Enormous gardens and spacious living: a great holiday home for families
    Local markets  -  Held every Saturday morning, Outeniqua Farmers' Market is popular with locals and tourists alike
    Sights nearby  -  Children will enjoy strawberry picking at Redberry Farm
    Great walks  -  Moments from the Garden Route Botanical Gardens
    Check prices
  • Malvern Manor 3 rooms from £98


    Charming three-bedroom guesthouse, located on a working dairy farm. Owners Sandra and Michael are excellent hosts: "nothing is too much trouble". Enjoy a homemade breakfast, and soak up the South African sunshine from the saltwater pool. Chic suites and homely interiors make for a comfortable stay.

    Country Escape  -  Located on a working dairy farm this traditional style Cape Dutch house is the ultimate rural escape
    Sailing  -  Whale watching, seal spotting, shark diving: all can be booked through the property
    Sights nearby  -  Another working farm, you can pick your own berries at Redberry Strawberry Farm
    Great walks  -  There are plenty of excellent walks right from the property
    Check prices
  • Oubaai Hotel Golf & Spa 100 rooms from £101


    Designed for indulgence this hotel boasts an on-site 18-hole golf course, a bounty of spa packages, as well as lavish interiors and fine-dining. Enjoy breakfast in Cucina and sundowners in The Clubhouse. Perfectly located for exploring The Garden Route.

    Total relaxation  -  Lavish suites, a spa, golfing, and fine dining: bliss!
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Check prices
  • Views Boutique Hotel & Spa 26 rooms from £180


    Nestled upon a cliff-edge this hotel offers modern, spacious interiors decorated in nautical palettes of sky and sea. Rooms are wonderfully spacious, with the best including sea views and capacious baths. Choose from self-catering options and some excellent spa treatments. An indulgent stay.

    Great walks  -  Along the pristine Wilderness Beach
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Check prices
  • Fancourt Hotel 68 rooms from £293


    The ultimate leisurely getaway. With nearby golfing, an indulgent spa, and both a kids club and teenager's lounge, there is something for everyone. Plush suites are the height of luxury with soft furnishings and large ensuites. Enjoy a casual drink at The Club Lounge or fine dining at Henry White's.

    Total relaxation  -  Spa? Golf? The Great Outdoors? However you relax, there are plenty of options
    Sailing  -  Take a ferry out onto Knysna Lagoon
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor pools
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Check prices