"Experiences" - Outdoor Activities
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 and around George.
Your first contact should be with Eden Adventures. You can put a package together to cover all adventure activities your heart may desire - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to go to the beach, our local bay – is definitely the best! On any coastline 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!
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 and Great Brak:
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.
Glentana Shipwreck hike:
This is a wonderfully scenic beach hiking trail to an atmospheric old shipwreck.
Reasons why Farm Fresh rocks in George
Outeniqua Farmer’s Market
The Outeniqua Farmer’s Market have over 125 different food and craft stalls that have the beautiful Outeniqua mountain range as a backdrop. The perfect place to get your farm fresh fix.
Hops Valley Farm Stall
On the road from George to Oudtshoorn, this classic country farm stall is stocked with locally made chutneys, jams and pickled vegetables. Every South African knows a road trip isn’t complete without a stop at a quirky little roadside farm stall. This one also happens to serve delicious pizza, so you can order and browse the shop while you wait, having Pizza and home-made lemonade or ginger beer for lunch.
Silver Lily Cheese Farm
Situated on the Geelhoutboom Road on the rural outskirts of George, easily accessible from all main roads, Silver Lily Cheese Farm invites you on an aromatic cheese tasting adventure. Enjoy handmade Dutch style farm cheese (10 flavours), watch the interesting process of cheese making then sample some in the form of a cheese platter lunch accompanied by a glass of wine or fruit juice in the tranquil surroundings of the Outeniqua Mountains.
At the Timberlake Farm Stall and Organic Food Centre, just outside Wilderness, there is a great little restaurant that has a menu completely inspired by organic local farm fresh produce. Try their stinging nettle pesto chicken salad or a craft beer platter set in a quaint peaceful garden.
Outeniqua Hop Route
This route from Herold’s Bay to Oudtshoorn takes you on a winding tour through what is also known as the land of milk and honey. Weaving your way through lush farmlands and picturesque mountain passes, this is the best way to experience all the activities and farm fresh stops along the way.
Over the Mountain Guest Farm
With George being the premier hop growing region in South Africa, no farm fresh experience would be complete without visiting a hop farm and having the opportunity to wander through the hop fields under the full moon on a warm summer’s evening. This hop farm also offers accommodation and their guests the opportunity to learn about this very interesting method of farming. Hops being one of the main ingredients in beer, you’ll certainly feel as though you’ve earned your cold one after walking around all evening.
Outeniqua Power Van & Transport Museum
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.
An enthralling tasting room showcasing our visionary range of wine and craft beer. Situated on the Redberry Farm.
On the sunlit north facing slope of Cradock Peak, the highest crest of the Outeniqua Mountain range running parallel to the Southern Cape coast and creating part of the scenic attraction of the Garden Route, is the flourishing Herold Wines vineyard. Bounded on three sides by nature reserve, it is a remote and idyllic setting, the vineyards embraced by lofty mountains covered with dramatic stands of fynbos.
Herold Wines is unique. At between 650m and 700m its vines are rooted at a higher altitude than most other South African vineyards. This, together with frequent mountain mists, icy winter frosts and snow, cooling summer south easterly winds drawn by the Outeniquas from the nearby Indian Ocean and year-round rainfall, results in a protracted growing season.
Wine tasting is in an unpretentious tasting area set among tanks and barrels in the working cellar, with winemaking in view at harvest and the farm ladies hand labelling bottles during the quiet times. It is an experience of homely hospitality and sharing of folk, farm and wine lore with the owners who are usually on hand to join visitors around the cosy cellar fireplace or at the vine shaded tables. Light lunches and teas are available and picnic facilities. Wheelchair friendly.
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.
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.
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.
Wilderness Segway Tours
A 1 hour Segway Tour Experience
The Wilderness Segway tours operates within the Ebb and Flow National Park which forms part of the Garden Route National Park – Wilderness section of SANParks. Stunning views of local indigenous Fynbos and of the Touws River that flows through the Park. Included in the 1-hour Segway tour is a 15-20-minute training session on a training course as part of the 1-hour Segway experience. After the training you will go on a journey through the Kingfisher Trail where you will marvel at the fynbos and Wetlands surroundings. A small access fee is applicable to enter the park, so spend the day. You can take your own picnic lunch and enjoy time swimming in the river next to the offices at the day visitor’s area of the park.
Exclusive scenic beach flights for powered hang gliding and paragliding along the Wilderness coast
Kayaking & Canoeing
The main tours include canoeing, kloofing and abseiling, but for those who would like to explore the area in their own time, Eden Adventures has an affordable range of canoes for hire.
Paragliding & Parasailing
Dolphin Paragliding – Join us for limitless adventure in the skies.
Canyon Adventures offers three different 3hr – half day experiences in Wilderness: The Dry Canyon Abseil Adventure, The Full Canyon Trip and the River Adventure
River rafting & tubing
Fearless adventures – We offer day outings to some of the best climbing spots in the Southern Cape. Enjoy fun rapids and wave trains while river boarding your way down the Kaaimans canyon. Spend the day with us canyoning in one of the most epic canyons in the Wilderness area.
Perdepoort Horse Trails
Enjoy lovely ride in the indigenous forest in wilderness. Novice and experienced riders.
Half Collared King Fisher Trail
This is a nice shady walk through the forest, you are likely to see most of our birds e.g. the Knysna Loerie, Giant Kingfisher and the Fish Eagle. You will also see the Yellow Wood Trees.
Enjoy the ferry ride on the Knysna Lagoon. Visit the viewpoints on the eastern head and see spectacular views from the Heads overlooking the channel, Indian Ocean, the Knysna Lagoon and estuary and the Outeniqua Mountains. Visit the Waterfront with its many restaurants.
Hold on tight for a safe ride on the unique Knysna RIB* adventure power boat that offers a unique combination eco adventure tour. Apart from the pristine estuary, an adventure through the infamous Knysna Heads will be the ultimate boating experience. Once out to sea the world is our oyster, where one can experience a vast array of bird and marine life as well as breath-taking scenery.
Drupkelders Hiking Trail
This is certainly one of Knysna’s hidden gems and I am fortunate to have heard about it. Although it is a relatively short walk, only 3.6km, the hills and descents are very steep.
This is a fun rail experience for the whole family running on the existing Transnet rail network, between George and Mossel Bay. Mossel Bay serves as the main point of departure with excursions to a variety of attractions including the ever-popular Santos Beach, Great Brak River, Glentana and Maalgate. All excursions have lovely views over the Indian Ocean (with a ringside seat for whale watching during the season), river estuaries and the indigenous plant life of the Cape Floral Kingdom.
Scenic coastal flight including Klein Brak which is a long stretch of pristine white sand where you can possibly see whales breaching during whale season but mostly sharks and dolphins.
Kite-surfing at this spot is open to all level of kite-surfers and is a year round activity.
Botlierskop Private Game reserve
Offering guided safari game drives, horseback safaris, horseback outrides, guided bush walks and more.
Cango Estate Zipline
This is a fun activity for young and old to enjoy. There are double lines giving two clients an opportunity to zip together. The first platform is located near the Cango Caves entrance and is 180m from Platform two, from here guests will take a short walk of approximately 200m to Platform three. During this walk guests will need to walk down 102 steps to arrive at Platform 3.
Rust & Vrede Waterfall
The waterfall is hidden among the bracken-clad heights; therefore, a walk over little bridges are required along the mountain trail. You are inspired by the beautiful wild flowers that bloom in great profusion alongside the path while far below amidst ferns and undergrowth, a powerful river ripples over rocky edges.
The Rubicon of gravel road passes. There is an allure and a mystique around this old pass, coupled with its status as a national monument, which elevates this pass to the very top of the list. It was Thomas Bain’s final and best piece of road building. The pass is very long at 23,8 km and it takes about an hour to drive, excluding stops. You will be treated to a wide variety of incredible scenery. The pass is not suitable for anyone suffering from acrophobia. It can be driven in any vehicle in fair weather. The Swartberg Pass has almost too much to offer the traveller with a never-ending changing set of views – each as awe inspiring as the one before.