When listing top foodie destinations in South Africa, the sleepy coastal city of George wouldn’t necessarily make the top of the list when competing against major cities like Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban.
We beg to differ.
Boasting incredible natural beauty, being located on the Garden Route, George offers the perfect package: magnificent views and hidden gems offering tasty treats.
Here are some places in George that will tickle your taste buds ...
Stop for a snack and some playtime at Redberry Farm
Redberry Farm won’t leave you short of amusement when it comes to eating or finding things to do. The farm has no less than six eateries on the grounds, and multiple activities such as berry picking, pony rides, pedal go-karts and the largest hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere.
Sticking to the farm’s berry theme, visit the tea garden for a strawberry-inspired menu. If you’re looking for something a bit more artisanal, the Noshery Pizzeria and Deli offers gourmet pizzas, specialty cheeses and freshly baked breads.
Enjoy stunning views and tasty wines at Herold Wines
Enjoy a day out in the picturesque mountainous winelands at Herold Wines. Pack your hiking shoes and explore the estate along the farm roads to admire the fynbos, vineyards and views, before stopping for lunch and a wine tasting in the cellar.
If you love the outdoors, call the estate at least 48 hours in advance to book a picnic basket to enjoy in a romantic spot on the grounds.
Get close to nature with a picnic at the Garden Route Botanical Garden
The Garden Route Botanical Garden is a haven of indigenous plants and animals. This 19-hectare stretch supports more than 600 plant species and through an identification project, has recorded 118 tree and 146 bird species.
The best way to enjoy the beautiful greenery and birdsong is through one of the garden’s hiking and exploring activities. The garden offers hiking routes from easy 5-minute trips to longer, more strenuous adventures. Those who need an extra challenge can also participate in a geocache treasure hunt, an outdoor treasure-hunting game using your smartphone.
Build your own picnic basket by picking up a few delicacies at Redberry Farm’s farm stall and deli to enjoy a snack in the lush forest, or stop by the Getafix Garden Café for a light meal.
Feast like royals at the Outeniqua Family Market
The Outeniqua Family Market is open every Saturday from 8am to 2pm and features more than 150 food and craft stalls. In addition to fresh fruit and veggies, delicious foods, flowers and goods, the market also offers activities such as a train ride, pedal cars, sand art and live entertainment.
Boasting ample parking and undercover seating, the market offers a stress-free feast. Be sure to stock up your pantry and fridge with tasty provisions while enjoying a meal and live music at the venue.
Mango has partnered with a number of car-hire services to make travelling easier and more affordable for guests. If you’re flying in to George with Mango and need a set of wheels to get around, be sure to update your booking online and add this service.