Activities in and around George and the Garden Route.
Apart from the golden beaches, pin-drop-silent forests, sweeping lakes and birds eye-view passes, George in the Garden Route also offers a series of unforgettable experiences and activities throughout the year. From extreme adventure activities to milder family orientated activities, you are spoilt for choice!
Here for your enjoyment we have listed but a few of the many fun activities you can do in George.
For our adventure seekers, enjoy various Mountain Biking and Hiking trails in George. Choose between easy 2.2 km circular route through pine plantations or 9-13 km hikes through lush, green indigenous forests. Combine hiking with some canoeing down the Touw River in the Wilderness National Park, enjoy bird watching and swimming in the pool at the waterfall.
Montagu Pass: If you are a mountain biker you would love the gravel road that winds its way up to a small village Harold. Enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding landscape.
Glentana Shipwreck hike: offers a wonderfully scenic beach hiking trail to an atmospheric old shipwreck.
Moonlight Meader beach hike: New Moon and Full Moon are the times to experience the unique exposure to the intrigue of Life in the Intertidal Zone. The Low Spring Tide exposes areas usually hidden from sight and Judy reveals the mysteries of the amazing creatures living there.
Robberg hike: with Mark Dixon in Plettenberg Bay; For those with limited time available in the Garden Route but still seeking an informed guided nature walk and hiking experience, Garden Route Trail offers a selection of half day and full day guided walk options focusing on providing detailed ecological and environmental information. The hikes in our immediate surrounds offers the opportunity to experience the diversity of the Garden Route ranging from remote beaches, towering forests, undulating dunes, fynbos and wetland walks.
Garden Route Birding: offers unique Birding opportunities, with a variety of scenic routes, formal bird hides, this opportunity abounds for a rewarding Birding visit to the region.
Geocaching is an anytime, anywhere real-world adventure. There are over 368 Geocaches in George South Africa, and we have some clues to excite you!
Outeniqua Power Van & Transport Museum: it’s an out of this world Disney like experience! A trip in a vintage railcar through tunnels, past waterfalls, fynbos, proteas and birdlife. Before you embark, experience a trip down memory lane at the Transport Museum, enjoy displays of various models of steam locomotives, road motor vehicles and a vintage car selection.
The Outeniqua Choo Tjoe: Is the steam hauled train which operates between George and Knysna in the heart of the Garden Route. This train will be up and running again soon.
The Old Slave Tree in George: The old tree still exists today, where the slaves were once chained and sold.
Redberry Farm: From bumble ball, to mini train rides and bumper boats. Redberry Farm is the first beacon that greets tourists along the beautiful Outeniqua Hop Route, and while you are there why not pick your own strawberries, at the largest hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere!
Outeniqua Farmers Market: Every Saturday is Market day in George! Home to over 125 food, arts and craft stalls. With live music, and kids play area. Not too be missed!
Victoria Bay: If you would like to go to the beach, our local bay – is definitely the best! On any coast line in the world, I dare you to find a swimming beach that can equal the beauty, swimming and surfing qualities of Vic Bay! With only a few houses, it is a non-commercial beach and weather wise… the best of the best! Green grass to lie on, whales in season, dolphins year round, excellent surf – a definite must!
Wilderness: Is known for its long white sandy beaches and lagoons. This village caters mostly for holiday makers and is situated on the Touw River Lagoon. Take a long stroll, visit the Millwood Crafts Village or relax at one of the quaint Local Restaurants.
Herolds Bay: Nestled at the end of a natural riverine valley in the holiday town of Herold’s Bay, around 15km from George. The beach is popular for surfing, swimming, and fishing, and as it is sheltered from the south-easterly wind, it’s also fantastic for sunbathing! There are two tidal pools which offer hours of fun for the little ones at low tide.
Glentana: Unspoiled, non commercial and off the beaten track! One of the main attractions of this coastline is the prevalence of whales, dolphins and seals in the surf. Southern Right Whales can be seen from July through to November.
Passionate about George
We are all very passionate about this area & and enjoy sharing our love of the Garden Route with interested travelers & would be happy to assist in any bookings or recommendations. Because of the central location of Acorn Guest House, day trips thru-out the area are very popular – listed below are some of the tours we could arrange, itineraries can be changed to accommodate your fancies!
Wilderness: enjoy the 7 passes drive & gear up for some paragliding over the Map of Africa, Enjoy a leisurely walk through indigenous forest to the confluence of the Kaaimans & Silver Rivers. Abseil in the serene Kaaimans Gorge next to a magnificent waterfall or pack a picnic and some swimming gear, hire a canoe and head to the Touw River.
Knysna: travel by road to Knysna; enjoy a ferry ride; tour of Knysna; return to George via lakes district.
Plettenberg Bay: travel by road to Knysna; ferry ride; tour of Plett; visit Knysna Elephant park; return to George via lakes district
Mountain passes: travel by road to Oudtshoorn via Outeniqua Pass; short tour of Oudtshoorn; travel by road to Prince Albert via the Swart Berg Pass; return to Oudtshoorn via the Meiringspoort Pass and De Rust; return to George via the Montagu Pass.
Oudtshoorn: travel by road to Oudtshoorn via the Outeniqua Pass; visit ostrich farm,CangoCaves and Cango Wildlife Ranch.
Mossel Bay: travel to Mossel Bay; visit the Dias Museum, short tour of Mossel Bay; return to George via Klein Brak and stop for a cat-walk with baby Lions.