The Garden Route already have an excellent reputation as a trail sport destination but George as the largest city in the region is a true sleeping giant that is being awaken. These are the attributes that makes George attractive as a trail tourism destination:
No place in the country will you find indigenous forest, coastal Fynbos, pine plantations, mountains, oceans, farmlands and semi-desert (Karoo) areas all within a 20km radius from the city center. George offer pristine beauty all around, and all year round. 360° of natural splendor.
George Trails will offer a variety of trail systems and routes catering for all trail users (from a mountain biking perspective for beginner to advance) Whether it is whining mountain passes, technical single track or scenic district roads through farmlands, George Trails cater for ALL types of users, no matter what their skill or fitness levels. Most of our trails are accessible for trail runners, hikers and mountain bikers.
The City of George features excellent infrastructure as the business center of the Garden Route region. The region’s national airport is located here and the national N2 highway passes by the city. Furthermore most countrywide businesses have representation in the city which also features strong medical, hospitality and financial services sectors. The Go George bus service makes all areas easily accessible and the Garden Route Mall is a regional retail hub. It also offers some of the continent’s finest golf courses.
Value for money
George is a cost effective trail tourism destination and on average cost of living, accommodation, restaurants and attractions are considerably cheaper than other major trail destinations such as Stellenbosch and Pietermaritzburg.
Hospitality and attractions
George (and Wilderness) offer a large variety of quality hotels, guest houses, golf courses, shopping centers, a mountain range and three beaches (Victoria Bay, Harold’s Bay and Wilderness) It is the perfect central base from which to explore the Garden Route & Klein Karoo region as it is surrounded by the towns of Knysna, Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn with Plettenberg Bay a little further to the East. The local tourism industry offers good service and are known for their warm hospitality. The Garden Route is well known as an adventure tourism destination and also boasts a variety of related national events.
The Cross Cape Route
The Cross Cape Cycling Route is an tourism focused mostly gravel cycling route from Stellenbosch to Plettenberg Bay. It is a project initiated by Minister Alan Winde which aims to establish the Western Cape as the cycling mecca of Africa and to create 100 000 jobs in the cycling industry over five years. George is located along the route with the Montagu Pass a local highlight.
It is considered safe
George is considered a mostly safe trail destination compared to many other places in the country. George Trails project is integrated with the Eden Disaster Management Center as safety is the number one priority even when considered low risk.
George Trails creates opportunities for new jobs, to develop trail sports and clubs, grow tourism, grow local businesses, organize events and offer excellent marketing opportunities to partners that invest in the project.
It is for the community
By supporting George Trails you are also supporting the Green Sport Foundation non-profit and helping to develop a product that will lead to a healthier and more productive community. Green Sport promotes a balanced lifestyle by participation in nature sport and recreational activities, creates awareness of the dangers of a passive modern lifestyle and creates trail infrastructure solutions.
George offers a moderate climate and trails can comfortably be used all year round unlike other places where it is often too hot or too cold.
Information readily available
Through its website George Trails offer a large variety of trail specific information from route choices and down-loadable GPX files (to navigate on your GPS device) to safety precautions and events. Please follow our social media to stay up to date with all that is happening.
Communicates to a large audience
Through its database and social media, George Trails will communicate to a large audience of trail users on a variety of topics such as safety risks, landowner issues, special promotions, upcoming events, news and much more.