George at a glance
The beautiful city of George is the sixth oldest town in South Africa and capital of the Southern Cape in the beautiful Western Cape. It is situated midway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, in the heart of the world famous Garden Route, 600 meters above sea level on a 10 kilometer plateau between the majestic Outeniqua Mountains to the north and the Indian ocean to the South.With a population of approximately 140,000 inhabitants, it enjoys a Mediterranean climate.
George is a world class tourism destination, with many luxurious hotels in the region and is linked by airto all major cities in South Africa. The spectacular lakes, lagoons and Afro-montane forests, together with the golden beaches of the Indian Ocean, offer endless bathing, boating, surfing, hang-gliding and hiking. The Outeniqua "Choo-Tjoe" Steam Train, still operational between George and Mossel Bay, together with the annual George Motor Show, attracts tourists from all corners of the globe. The town of Oudtshoorn, a 45 minute drive north of George, over the Outeniqua Mountains is home to the world famous Cango Caves and Ostrich Farms and the region boasts several private wildlife ranches with some of them offering the famous "Big Five".
The popular tourist coastal towns of Wilderness, Herolds Bay and surfer's paradise Victoria Bay, with their spectacular properties and close proximity to George, are almost considered residential suburbs of the town. The Southern Right Whales which visit this coastal region annually to calf,can be seen between the months of June and November, en route to their summer feeding grounds in the Antarctic.
George is also the golfing mecca of the Southern Cape and offers no less than twelve world class golf courses within a 65km radius. These include the internationally acclaimed Fancourt Golf and Country Club Estate's Montagu, OuteniquaCourses and The Links, which hosted the prestigious 2003 President's Cup. The George Golf Club and Kingswood Golf Estate courses also offer challenging and enjoyable golfing. Hugging the rugged coastline of Herolds Bay, Oubaai Golf Estate, with its Ernie Els signature course and luxurious Hyatt Regency Hotel and Spa, is a 15 minute drive south of George. Many contemporary new homes have been built on this spectacular golfing estate, with magnificent views of the Indian Ocean below.
George offers top-class primary, secondary and tertiary education schools and centres, both private and state owned, and boasts the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Campus. It is also a desirable retirement destination and has the highest doctor/specialist per patient ratio in the country. It has a state of the art provincial hospital and first-class private Medi-Clinic.
George real estate features both commercial and residential properties from freestanding to gated complexes and estates, from entry level apartments through to leisure and prime investment property.
Crime is certainly not part of the Garden Route lifestyle and George, in the heart of the Garden Route, will continue to attract future residents to the area, seeking a peaceful and secure lifestyle in the years to come. No matter what, George property is always in high demand!
On the world-famous Garden Route of South Africa, halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, lies Blanco, George. George is well-known as a popular holiday destination and is regarded as the administrative and commercial centre of the Garden Route. The area began to develop around 1848, when Henry Fancourt White bought a plot of land that branched into the little suburb of George that is now known as Blanco. The historic area developed as a result of the lush, green forests surrounding this section of the Garden Route, as it provided a livelihood to the early woodcutters that settled in the area.
The climate is warm in summer, with relatively mild winters. The region also has one of the highest rainfall areas in South Africa. Ringed by the bluest Outeniqua Mountains on the one edge, and the warm Indian Ocean on the other, Blanco is a serene and beautiful haven, and looks out over a wide, clear lake and golf estate.
Blanco is perfect for anyone looking to be tucked into a nook of blissfully quiet paradise, far away from the noise and pollution of the city. Perfect for family living, Blanco is near enough to Glenwood House (Grades 000 to 12), as well as Outeniqua, York, PW Botha and George High Schools for comfort, while being out of the bustle of central George. Tertiary education is also available at South Cape College, Qualitas Career Academy and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Many families of the suburb use their Blanco property principally as holiday housing, making for a welcome getaway from the typical roaring beach holiday most families are subjected to in the peak festive season.
Camphersdrift, a quaint and tranquil suburb of George situated on a 10km plateau between the Outeniqua Mountains, is in the heart of the Garden Route. With the Outeniqua Mountains as its backdrop and the breathtakingly beautiful slopes that are covered in the largest lush, emerald green natural forest in South Africa, Camphersdrift is a breath of fresh air. It’s a small suburb with big dreams.
Small town atmosphere with big city infrastructure and superb offerings that are captivating to the modern traveller and nature lover alike, Camphersdrift is truly unique. A sought after suburb with an assortment of galleries, museums, premier golf courses, horse trails and adventures to be explored, it has a delicate beauty that captivates the soul. Architectural enthusiasts will find the exquisite homes and surroundings to be something out of this world. With a wide range of building styles, all complementary to each other, this area has something for all tastes and needs. Housing styles found here include everything from Dutch-styled homes to sophisticated, modern apartments that have been masterfully restored.
A popular holiday destination and commercial hub with an oceanic climate, this culturally rich and geographically diverse suburb is the ideal place to call home. Located just 54km from Knysna, this beautiful suburb in George is central enough to make sure a luxurious yet tranquil lifestyle is available to all who set down roots here.
A balanced atmosphere and the supreme combination of city comforts and country ease, Camphersdrift and the amazing opportunities to explore here are not to be missed out on.