The city of George is situated halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and is the commercial hub of the Garden route. It is situated to the South of the Outeniqua Mountains and is within easy reach of a number of coastal villages.
The city was founded due to the timber industry and the availability of wood from the surrounding forests. After the forests of Cape Town were depleted, new sources were sought and ultimately found in the region of George. A timber mill was established in 1776 by the Dutch East Indies Company. After the second occupation by the British in 1806, it was decided that George should become a separate district with its own magistracy. On 23 April 1811 the town was proclaimed and named after the then ruling King George III of England. After the slump in ostrich farming and the severe drought in the Klein Karroo in the early 1800’s many sharecroppers moved over the mountains to the region of George and settled in the surrounding forests.
George has a sophisticated infrastructure. It also boasts a number of world class golf courses.
This tour covers the highlights of South Africa and is ideal for first time visitors to the country. It provides a mix of cities, countryside, historical sites, scenic drives, nature, wildlife, culture and people. This is the ‘southbound’ tour version that starts in Johannesburg and ends in Cape Town.
Highlights: Panorama Route , Blyde River Canyon , Kruger National Park , Swaziland , Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve , St. Lucia , Transkei , Hole-in-the-Wall , Garden Route , Storm’s River Mouth , Knysna , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Cape Winelands , Cape Town .
The Garden Route is a tourism paradise combining excellent infrastructure with scenic natural attractions. It comprises the narrow coastal belt on South Africa's south coast, stretching from the Tsitsikamma Forest in the east ±200 km to Mossel Bay in the west. It is named after the region's lush vegetation and mountainous scenery.
The town of Knysna is at the heart of the popular Garden Route. There are a host of activities to engage in and attractions to explore. In our opinion the top ones are exploring the surrounding forests and embarking on an excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve.