Under apartheid, the area was popular with Capetonian families and the landlocked wealthy of Johannesburg.
Along South Africa's southern coast, between the thick forests and dramatic river valleys of the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains is a coastal string of lagoons, lakes and holiday towns dedicated to downtime – all connected by the N2 highway.
And with outdoor sports and delicious local food, there's plenty of entertainment along the way.
Let Ann & Steve Toon take you on a scenic tour Sorry to disappoint, but the Garden Route tag is a misnomer.
It is situated on a 10 kilometre plateau between the majestic Outeniqua Mountains to the north and the Indian Ocean to the south.
George has an extremely sophisticated infrastructure with banks, conference facilities, businesses, major shopping chains including the newly completed Garden Route Shopping Centre, transport and sporting facilities, yet retaining its small town and country atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
The main house is a traditional Karoo homestead dating back to the late 19th century and has spectacular park-like gardens running down to the river.