George is a city in the Western Cape Province and is the sixth oldest town in South Africa, the first funded under British rule - and was named after the reigning monarch in 1811, king George III. Also known as "the Gateway to the Garden Route".

It is situated on a 10 km plateau between the Outeniqua Mountains to the north and the Indian Ocean to the South.

After the second British occupation in 1806, it was decided that the Swellendam Magitracy was too large and needed to be sub-divided. George was chosen because of the availability of good water. in 1811 George was declared as a separate district.

George gained municipal status in 1837.

The town of George was established as a result of the growing demand for timber and the wood used in building transport and furniture.

The historic Montagu Pass between George and Oudtshoorn was declared a national monument in 1972. Emma Murray was so enthralled by the Montagu Pass that she wrote in a letter to a relative in 1852 : "one forgets everything in the beauty and grandeur of the scene. It was to me exquisite enjoyment".