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George or Mossel Bay or Knysna or... ?

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George or Mossel Bay or Knysna or... ?

Hi

Looking to fit 2 nights in between stays in Oudtshoorn and Plettenberg Bay during Easter period 2007. Trailfinders suggested itinerary is at the Wilderness Beach south of George but that seems not to be such a great hotel.

Be grateful for any suggestions as to the best base for a couple of nights. Will have a car.

Appreciate any advice.

Cheers

Nik

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1. Re: George or Mossel Bay or Knysna or... ?

Hi Nik.

We have just come back for 2 1/2 week trip to CT with two young children and had fantastic time. Previously when we visited pre children we also stayed in Oudtshoorn but decided to give that a miss this time but rather do as a day trip out from George. It is only about 60-80 mins drive so iseasily possible. George is a fairly good base as Plett, Knysna etc not really that much of a drive away. Depending on what you want (hotel, b&b) I would recommend Cheslands Bed and Breakfast in George (cheslandsguesthouse.co.za). We had a 5 night stay there and could not have been made more welcome. It is especially good if you have yound children. Prices very good, was exceptionally clean and in quiet location.

Hope you have as great a holiday as we did.

Helen

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Thanks Helen,

Looking on the maps etc, it does seem with a car that there are no great barriers to touring around this area wherever you are based.

We had plumped for a hotel in the Wilderness - will report back.

I expect we will have a great family holiday too wherever.

Cheers

Hollisdad ;-)

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3. Re: George or Mossel Bay or Knysna or... ?

Take a look a the Hunter Group of hotels, they have two around Plettenberg Bay. I am booking one going east and then on my return the other. They are expensive but look gorgeous and once in a lifetime. I will report back in February 2007.

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If you like mountain scenery, country location, great hosts and comfort, then look at Malvern Manor, George. It is secluded, yet a short drive to first class restarants, Golf Courses and town. It is an ideal base for exploring the Garden Route. We found it was one of the best places that we stayed at in South Africa, really loved it and felt immediately at home.

Have a great holiday.

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Am pretty sure above post is advertising

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would definitely agree.

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If you want to do safari then try Botlierskop Private Game reserve near Mossel Bay. Lovely tented accommodation and we saw 4 of the big 5. It's small enough to see it all (and if you are with kids then that is real plus). You can also do a day safari there if you don't want to stay over night.

We also stayed 1 night in Lake Pleasant Living in Sedgefield where self catering accommodation is available. Beautiful setting and spacious rooms but the service was awful!

Knysna is also very pretty we have just stayed there over New Year and I can highly recommend Amanzi Lodge. They are in the Portfolio Collection brochure which also has an web site. They specialise in South African accommodation and it is all inspected regulary.

Hope that helps.

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8. Re: George or Mossel Bay or Knysna or... ?

Hi Nik

Am South African living in UK. We are also doing the Garden Route in March - do yourself a favour, if you havent already committed, look at the portfolio collection (www.portfoliocollection.com) - I have used them for years and you cannot go wrong with any of their recommendations. Personally, I think that Knysna is the best central point to stay when exploring the area and depending on your budget there are many many options but you need to book quickly as I am finding out right now - its popular! You can stay either on the lagoon or up in the forest with views over the lagoon. Hope you have a stunning time.

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Hi Nick

Just got back from South Africa yesterday and had a great time. We stayed 4 nights in Cape town and then 4 nights in Wilderness, then 2 nights Knysna and final 3 nights at the winelands Spier. I went with my wife and 2 children 9, and 12. We looked round Mossel bay and was glad we did not stay there, lots of tent and caravan sites. We loved Wilderness it is small and had a great beach. We were lucky to book a Board Walk Lodge, great views over the sea. It was 120 steps to it so we got fit. Only about 10 restuarants in Wilderness but was friendly. Watch out for the speed cameras between George and Wilderness. We stayed on the Quayside at Protea Quayside at Knysna, this was nice right on the waterfront and the shops and resturants next door. Also recomend Spier, lovely accomodation and the Moyo restuarant with the tables in the trees was great, surprised so many people there bus loads, very laid back and African.

hope this is some help

have a good holiday

Marcus

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10. Re: George or Mossel Bay or Knysna or... ?

We stayed 5 nights in George at Malvern Manor in November (see our review) and can thoroughly recommend it. Location is perfect and we were well looked after. Very convenient for lots of restaurants, golf, bird watching, walking etc.