No, at this time there are no direct flights to George from any airport in the United Kingdom. The preferred route to the UK is to take a Virgin Atlantic flight to George from London and arrive at the destination in 19 hours with a stopover on the way.
The cheapest month to come to George is in November. The weather is toasty and balmy, and the hotel rooms are cheaply available. Most travellers are waiting to go to George late in December for the Christmas vacation, so there is a slight dip on the graph showing the number of people coming to the city over the year, around in November. Coming to George around that time will not only get you a cheap trip with accommodations and airfares but also the best weather conditions. The wind picks up a bit in November, so around evening time a windbreaker would be essential for a walk around the city.
The primary international airport serving George is named after the city. George Airport (GRJ) is only 10 kilometres away from the city’s centre. The airport has been consistently winning awards for the best airport in South Africa that serves less than two million passengers each year. Last year the airport handled 750,000 passengers moving through the gates and into the aeroplanes at the airport.
South Africa is in the southern hemisphere, which means that the winters arrive in June and you can have a sunny Christmas in December. The best time to visit George is anytime between March and December. Even though there is a bit of a chill in the air in June and July, it is the busiest time of the year. However, if you would like warmer weather then try to reach George in the shoulder months, that is, from March to May or from October to December. The temperature hovers between 16°C to 26°C in the shoulder months, warm enough for exploring a fantastic city at the southern edge of Africa.
George is close to nature and invites all those coming to the city to enjoy the slow-paced life. The landmarks of the town are harmonised with the same nature-loving theme.
- The Redberry Farm is a famous place for some good clean fun. The farm is the largest hedge maze in the southern half of the world. With strawberries and other fruits growing in the farm, the facility provides the tourist with the rare opportunity to pick the fruit with their own hands and enjoy it there and then. At the barn near the edge of the farm, you can drink mint tea that is grown on the farm and have some coffee and the kids practice paddling go-carts and spin a bubble ball under their feet. The farm is the ultimate family relaxation destination.
- Outeniqua Transport Museum is where George city keeps all its old cars buses, trains and locomotives. The collection of train engines ranges from those manufactured in the 1880s to the late 1960s. The exhibit also contains fire engines and trucks from a bygone era; each vehicle launches the viewer in a sea of memories. A fan favourite is the 1929 Thorneycroft lorry that sports a hand crank to start the engine.
- The Garden Route Botanical Gardens is for all those who love nature. The gardens are an ideal place to be for bird watching: Kingfishers, darters and even raptor fly over the reserve. The adjacent forest has a few streams that splash and burbles along the entire stretch of the park. The Garden Route focuses on preserving the local ecology of the region and manicures plantations of indigenous plants and trees to Southern Cape.
George is a city in the South African countryside. There are festivals and event throughout the year in which people dance and party. Through the calendar year, there are several beer festivals especially around October and in the spring. Celebrating Easter in the peace of George has its own charm. At the end of the year, when Christmas comes to town, George is warm with sunlight and the holiday cheer.
The best way to go about George is to hire a car. There are plenty of rent-a-car companies in George especially near the airport from where you can lease a vehicle of your choice. Unfortunately, George does not have any rapid transit networks or even a substantial bus network. The taxis are few and a bit more expensive if you are a tourist and need to move around to explore the city. Having a car at your disposal can give you the ease to travel whenever you feel like in any direction you want to go. Just do not forget to bring along your driving license.
George is slow and comfortable, not flashy and luxurious. Still, there are many five star hotels that the tourists can reside in during their stay. Please choose one of the hotels listed below.
- Farm & Fellow Guest House & Restaurant
- The Manor House
- Thebloem Guest Suites
- Cinnamon Boutique Guest House