The beautiful village of Greyton nestles between the majestic
Riviersonderend mountain range and gently curving hills. This
tranquil oasis of green lies between two rivers, with lush colourful
country gardens that complement the thatched cottages and oak
tree lined lanes.
Greyton was founded by Herbert Vigne in 1854 and named after
the then Governor of the Cape, Sir George Grey. Many of the present-day
hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and shops were original homesteads
and have been restored to retain their rustic charm.
The spectacular surrounding countryside comprises some of the
best fynbos in the Western Cape. There are well marked walks ranging
from an easy stroll to a two or three day hike. The outdoor adventurer
can also enjoy horse-riding, swimming in the river, mountain-biking
and 4x4 trails. Tennis and bowls are available in the village
and excellent golf courses are only 40 minutes away at Riviersonderend
and Arabella at Kleinmond.
The 2 220ha Greyton Nature Reserve is worth exploring with its
rugged mountain slopes that rise at its loftiest to 1 565m above
sea level. It offers walks through magnificent fynbos and wildflowers,
especially during springtime when the wildflowers are in bloom.
A fabulous one-day hike is the Boesmanskloof Trail, 32 kilometres
through the Riviersonderend Mountains from Greyton to McGregor..
At a leisurely pace, the walk may be completed in five or six
hours. Drinking water is plentiful and there are many pools for
bathing. During the winter months nine waterfalls, which drop
into the river from a great height are clearly visible from the
Many artists and crafts-people have made Greyton their home.
There are several art-galleries, craft shops and two pottery studios
to visit, displaying the unique artworks of these talented artists.
The regular Saturday morning market should not be missed. Fresh
local produce, home cooked delicacies and delightful village-made
crafts are all there.
The town has a large array of quaint country restaurants and
coffee shops to choose from. It also has numerous interesting
shops to browse through - like the local potter's studio and interesting
furniture and bric-a-brac shops.
How to get there
From Cape Town follow the N2 to Grabouw, Botriver and before Caledon
turn left to Greton (about 125 km).