The Garden Route of South Africa is rightly a famous tourist destination. It links Cape Town with Port Elizabeth with George at the midpoint. If you book cheap flights to George (GRJ), you will be able to enjoy a stunning location where many outdoor activities are available on land and sea as well as a choice of great golf clubs.
A fertile region with the freshest of seafood, the cuisine in George is very special. The national carrier, South African Airways, has a well-developed domestic flight timetable while other airlines provide access to George via Johannesburg include British Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa, Air France and Turkish Airlines. Several international airlines work on a code-share basis to offer domestic flights as well.
Airport in George
George Airport is just 7 kilometers west of the City on the road to Mossel Bay and has direct flights to Cape Town and Durban as well as Johannesburg. It has won the National Airport of the Year on a number of occasions and has a number of features including business and conference facilities, restrooms, bars and restaurants as well as a range of shops including a sports shop selling golf equipment if you have forgotten anything.
Taxis are readily available into George while if you need a rental car, you can collect it at the airport. You drive on the left in South Africa incidentally.
Transport in George
Many tourists book cheap flights to George and then travel independently either east or west. South African roads are excellent and no one should experience any difficulty if the take on a rental car. Petrol is relatively cheap so most overseas visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the cost of travel.
Within George itself, taxis will take you wherever you want fairly cheaply. George has a small-town feel and it is likely you will enjoy walking if your destination is not too far away.
There are steam train trips but they are purely for the experience, not to reach a different destination.
English and Afrikaans are the two languages spoken by the white population of South Africa. George is one of the oldest settlements in South Africa, founded by the Dutch East India Trading Company in 1776; Afrikaans is the main language though native Afrikaans speakers will also speak English.
It was not until 1811 that its foundation was confirmed and by that time, the English ensured its name was English; the current sovereign, George III. There are many tribes and many languages within South Africa but overseas’ visitors can be comfortable that their knowledge of English is quite sufficient in George.
Basic Living Expenses
The South African Rand has been fairly weak over recent years so most overseas tourists will find things fairly cheap, although tourist regions are more expensive than elsewhere.
You will be able to grab a meal in a simple restaurant for around R75. When it comes to a 3-course meal in a mid-range restaurant, you can expect to pay R200.
Local beer, which is excellent, is around R22.50 for 0.5 litres while if you opt for imported brews, you can expect to pay R30 for just 0.33 litres. Cappuccino is likely to cost you R21.50. Marlboro, as a good example of cigarettes, will be R38.
If you take a taxi, there is likely to be a standing charge of just under R12 with an additional R11 per kilometre. If you hire a car, gasoline comes at R13.50 a litre which is extremely competitive compared with anywhere in Europe for example.
George has a maritime Mediterranean climate. Summers will be fairly hot though moderated by the Indian Ocean breezes. While winters are fairly mild with plenty of sunshine, the temperature will certainly fall after dark with average figures around 6C. Top daytime temperatures in February will be just below 30C with the coolest month, July, at 18C.
There is around 660mm of rainfall in the year with March at the end of summer generally getting the most, 78 mm, and June the least, 36 mm.
Best Time to Visit
There is no climatic reason not to visit George in the winter, as long as you pack some warm clothes for the evenings. It is likely that cheap flights to George will be even cheaper in the winter and accommodation costs will be more competitive as well.
The great golf courses in the immediate vicinity are in good condition all year round while all the activities George and the surrounding area are famous for are available.
There is never enough rain to prevent you from doing what you want for more than a short time. George offers the outdoor life as well as plenty of the early history of colonization so you will never be short of something to do in this town on South Africa’s Garden Route.