Victoria Bay

One of the most scenic places in South Africa

History of Victoria Bay

Province: Western Cape
Garden route
Coordinates:34°00′S 22°33′E
Municipality George

New port town

Victoria Bay used to be called Gunter bay, It was changed after a meeting held in George with regard to its capability to be used as a port. The bay was surveyed in 1858.
The jetty and tidal pool have an interesting story. A Mr Bramwell from Oudtshoorn won a sweepstake in 1923 with a payout of 125 000 pounds which was a huge sum of money in those days.
He decided to invest in Victoria Bay by buying property and he went ahead building the jetty and the tidal pool which are still there today.

Railway line

The railway line linking George and Knysna was completed in 1928 and the Kaaimans River bridge links two of South Africa’s most scenic places by rail.
Properties at Victoria bay are seldom put on the market. There are plans to create a marine sanctuary in the area

Things to see and do in Victoria Bay:

  • Whales are seen on most days from late May until late October. Read about whales and dolphins here
  • Visit the Shell shop in George Road


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Useful Numbers in Victoria Bay

  • Municipality – 044 801 9111
  • Police: 044 802 8922
  • Traffic department:044 878 2400
  • Fire: George Brandweer and Nooddienste-044 801 6311
  • Water: 044 801 2500/2510
  • Electricity:044 874 3917 or after hours at 044 801 6300
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • Post office;Wilderness Post Office-044 877 1257
  • Library: George Library – 044 801 9288
  • Closest hospital; George Hospital – 044 802 4528
  • :Schools; Closest schools are all in George

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