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Visitor Information

The George Tourism Bureau (tel. 044/801-9295; www.visitgeorge.co.za; Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm) is at 124 York St. Note: It's not essential to stop here; Knysna has an excellent tourism bureau.

Getting There

By Air -- You can fly to George Airport (tel. 044/876-9310) daily from the major centers (including Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban) with SAA (tel. 044/801-8434) and its subsidiaries. Budget airlines servicing George are 1Time and Kulula.com.

By Train -- Spoornet Shosholoza has just introduced a Premier Classe train (tel. 021/449-2252; www.premierclasse.co.za) from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth, which leaves every Friday at 3pm and will deposit you in George at around 5am the next morning; fares for this distance cost between R800 and R1,050. If you've got money to burn, board the beautiful Edwardian Rovos Rail (tel. 012/315-8242; www.rovos.co.za), which does the 24-hour run from Cape Town to George -- a beautiful route, with a wine- or brandy-tasting stop -- but it runs only four times a year, in October, November, February, and March. Tickets are from R6,000 to R12,000 per person, sharing; the top rate is for the 16-sq.-m (172-sq.-ft.) Royal Suite.

By Bus -- The intercity buses (Intercape, Greyhound, Translux, and Baz Bus) travel from Cape Town along the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth.

Getting Around

By Car -- Choose from one of six companies offering rental cars at the airport, including Avis (tel. 044/876-9314), Budget (tel. 044/876-9204), and Hertz (tel. 044/801-4700).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.