What moved a prominent 19th century visitor to declare George, "the prettiest village on the face of the earth", is not entirely clear. Granted, the town was a whole lot smaller and leafier in those days, and yes, the Outeniqua Mountains to the back of the town are truly striking. The CBD itself, however, is an unexciting and confusing sprawl catering mostly to the building trade - or, what's left of it. Most associate George with either golf, the political home of ex-Groot Krokodil, PW Botha, or the actual home of disgraced cricketer Hansie Cronje who, in a twist of tragic fate, met his end in a plane crash on the mountain slopes behind the town. If you are going to base yourself here, make sure to find a spot out of the commercial bustle - either out of town or in George's leafy 'burbs above the commercial centre.