George - A gem along the Garden Route
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 10:09 PM
George is the largest of the many quaint towns on South Africa's Garden Route coast, one of the most scenic stretches of coastline in the world.
With its numerous lakes and mountain ranges, beaches and bays, the landscape also features indigenous forests, amber-coloured rivers and fields of fynbos (the indigenous vegetation). This natural wonderland boasts many bird and wildlife species and offers visitors a host of leisure options and adventure activities.
We are within easy driving distance of Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, as well as the villages and towns along Cape Route 62, including Bonnievale, Robertson, Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn.
The Garden Route boasts many eateries offering a variety of dining experiences to suit different tastes and budgets, from coffee shops and bakeries to fine-dining restaurants.
There is no shortage of activities for the whole family in the area and the temperate climate encourages holiday-makers to spend as much time as possible outdoors.
With access to many rivers, lakes and the sea, popular activities include water sports such as fishing, sailing, surfing, canoeing, skiing and diving.
The rivers, forests, ocean and mountains provide a host of activities to test the limits of adventure seekers and the area has become sought after for its adrenaline activities, including mountain biking, hiking, abseiling, black water tubing, hang-gliding, parachuting, treetop canopy or zipline tours and the highest commercially operating bungy jump in the world at Tsitsikamma from the Bloukrans Bridge.
You can also try your hand at rock, surf or deep sea fishing, parasailing, kite surfing and surfing, scuba diving and quad biking. Shark cage diving is offered at Mossel Bay.
The Garden Route is a golfer's paradise, with many world-class golf courses between Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay, including Fancourt in George, Goose Valley, Plettenberg Bay Golf Course, Knysna Golf Course, Simola Golf & Country Estate, Pezula Championship Course and Ou Baai.
The Garden Route has some of the best beaches in the country including Victoria Bay, just 10 minute's drive from the Lodge and popular with surfers, and the exquisite beaches at Wilderness, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. The warm currents of the Indian Ocean mean that sea temperatures are pleasant, even in the winter months.
Lovers of nature and wild animals have the opportunity to visit a variety of wildlife sanctuaries in the area, where threatened species have been given a safe haven and are able to live in their natural habitat.
Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, The Elephant Sanctuary, Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre and Eagle Encounters are top eco-tourism attractions in Plettenberg Bay.
The Knysna Elephant Park offers a rare and exciting opportunity to get up close and personal with the elephants living in a controlled, free range environment.
Cango Wildlife Ranch in Oudtshoorn is the oldest and largest cheetah contact centre in the world, and the Valley of Ancients offers crocodile cage diving.
• Book a half or full day excursion with one of the many recommended local tour operators.
• Take in the unparalled beauty of the area with a ferry trip across the Knysna Lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, a privately-owned heritage site.
• Enjoy a sunset yacht cruise across the Knysna Lagoon with oysters and bubbly.
• A day excursion to Oudtshoorn will give you the opportunity to visit the Cango Caves with their stalactites and stalagmites which have been carefully sculpted over millions of years by time and water. In Oudtshoorn you can also visit an ostrich farm, ride an ostrich, purchase ostrich leather goods and learn about the famous South African ostrich industry.
• At Mossel Bay visit Rob Island (and its great white sharks!) on a boat cruise, hire a jet ski to play in the surf, or book a catamaran cruise.
• Take a helicopter tour for the best possible views of the scenic Garden Route.
George Airport serves many visitors who choose to fly directly to the Garden Route, rather than fly to Cape Town or Port Elizabeth and then take road transport to their destination.
[Source: George Lodge International - Website]
George Lodge International
This stylish guest house and lodge is perfect for family vacations and corporate business travels. The lodge is a short drive from the George Airport and guests have easy access to the town’s commercial sector, restaurants and numerous historical landmarks and attractions. From the moment you enter the well appointed reception area, you get the unmistakable feeling of heart-warming hospitality of the well trained personnel. The rooms are quaint and cosy, thoughtfully furnished to ensure a comfortable stay.
You will enjoy the freedom to create your own custom vacation and fun filled experience knowing you can count on personal attention to your needs.
If the adventurer in you craves for more, better known travel favourites like the white sands of the Garden Route beaches and the captivating well known landmarks are just a few minutes drive from here.
The shuttle service can take you to all these magnificent landmarks. For the golf enthusiast enjoy a day on one of our magnificent golf courses while your partner relaxes at one of the amazing spas, the Garden Route has to offer.
For those not so fortunate to be on holiday, George Lodge International offers a peace and productive atmosphere at their Conference Centre, where you can meet your clients or simply work in a private area. These facilities are ideal for business meetings, corporate conferences and social events.
So whatever the purpose of your visit to the Garden Route is, end your day and allow yourself to relax at the pool area and enjoy the ambiance of the moment.
George Lodge International offers a variety of fully serviced accommodation with all the amenities you would expect. With 22 bedrooms, made up of double rooms, twin rooms, family rooms, and 3 self- catering rooms you will surely find the type of accommodation to suit your requirements.
For more information about George Lodge international and contact details please click here.
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