Perhaps best known as being the gateway to one of the country’s most famous and best road trips, The Garden Route attracts holidaymakers from around the world annually who are seeking an adventurous holiday of a lifetime.

George is a holidaymaker’s paradise, as you will be spoilt for choice with some of the most amazing sights and excursions to experience, along the Western Cape coastline.

“There are so many things to do and at first this can be a bit overwhelming, however with a good plan, you will be able to cover a lot that this exciting destination has to offer. As an added bonus the destination caters for families with children,” says Shaun Pozyn, Head of Marketing at

Bear in mind that it is called a holiday and not work, so to get your planning off to a good start, with its epic adventure activities, awe-inspiring scenery and some of the best foodie spots around, Pozyn offers some suggestions, which holiday enthusiasts can discover and enjoy in and around this popular city…

Victoria Bay

Situated on the Garden Route between George and Wilderness and ranked as one of the premier surfing beaches in the area, it makes for a great afternoon hanging out on the beach with the family.

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The Seven Passes Drive

Built between 1867 and 1882 this scenic old road will take you from George all the way to Knysna. Along the 75km long trip you will go past seven gorges, cut deep by rivers flowing into the sea. Take in its beauty, whilst you discover single-lane bridges, forestry settlements, picnic at a place called Big Tree, and slowly unwind as you absorb the relaxing woodland atmosphere.


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Red Berry Farm & Maze

This strawberry farm in George is one of the most popular spots for families in the area. It has a myriad of activities including taking a ride on a miniature train, pedal go-karts, cruising around in bubble balls, pony rides, bumper cars, not to mention that it has the largest maze in the southern hemisphere. What’s more, you can pick fresh, juicy strawberries in season and take them home to enjoy with some ice-cream to end off an exhilarating day.

Outeniqua Transport Museum

One of Transnet’s Heritage Foundation museums, The Outeniqua Railway Museum is currently celebrating its 21st year of existence. The museum hosts a collection of 21 steam locomotives and 22 coaches, among them is Paul Kruger’s coach and the coach that Princess Elizabeth slept in during King George VI and the Royal Family’s 1947 visit to South Africa.

Birds of Eden

This giant aviary set in the forest is a great family outing for families, owing to the fact that the birds are free to fly and it allows the whole family an opportunity to explore.

Cruise in the Knysna Lagoon

Take a cruise on the famous John Benn. This double-decker floating restaurant offers daily lagoon cruises to the Knysna Heads, which is a memorable family activity on the Knysna Lagoon. With two full bars on the upper and lower deck and an extensive menu, offering some famous Knysna oysters, you can have a great afternoon on the water in any weather conditions, as the boat is fully enclosed.

Bungy jump

If you thought that the Garden Route was all about pretty forests, chilling on the beach and some leisurely hikes, then you need to swing by the world’s highest bridge bungy jump at the Bloukrans bridge. Situated a stone throw away from Plettenberg Bay, you will find the ultimate thrill. With a drop of more than 200 metres, you will plunge into the picturesque Bloukrans River Valley as you take in the glory of the valley. If you are not that keen to jump you can sit back, relax and watch the jumpers on the big screen from the Cliffhanger Bar and Restaurant. Either way, it will have your heart pumping a little bit faster!


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Stormsriver zip-lining

It is the oldest zipline in Africa and involves zip-lining from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 30 metres above the famous Tsitsikamma Indigenous forest floor. This spectacular unique wilderness experience will get you up close and personal to Hard pear trees, giant yellowwoods and beautiful tree ferns that are hundreds of years old. Don’t be surprised if you feel like a dwarf against these spectacular giants.

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