Greyton (140km from Cape Town) is the Greyton most expect to find: neat white thatched cottages under majestic oaks; wide dirt avenues; idle hours at tuisgebak coffee shops; a corner café selling bread, milk and Boxer tobacco; other places peddling antiques and bric-and-brac; and prostrate Sunday afternoons. Greyton is all this and a bit more – a speculator’s feeding ground and a ‘traditional’ village where the donkey-cart trails a distant second to BMW as traditional vehicle of choice. When all is said and done, when the authentic and the contrived have been mixed in, there’s no escaping the log-fire weekend appeal of this village nestled below the Riviersonderend mountains.
Things To Do
- There is no denying it, Greyton is pretty – thanks to a combination of natural setting and controlled town planning. The Post House, Greyton Lodge and the Moravian Church are just three of many historical buildings in the village.
- The popular 14km Boesmanskloof Trail linking Greyton to McGregor is the village highlight for many visitors. This beautiful route can be completed in a day if you’re fit, but those who don’t wish to go all the way are free to walk the first 5km without a permit. Apart from the Boesmanskloof traverse, the Greyton Nature Reserve is a 220ha tract of fynbos, proteas, waterfalls and several short trails. The tourism office can provide you with a map.
- The pleasant mission station and museum complex of Genadendal is just up the road from Greyton; apart from a walk through yesteryear it has a Moravian restaurant. A 25km overnight hiking trail also kicks off from Genadendal; permits can be arranged through the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve in McGregor.
- Like many country towns, Greyton buzzes on Saturday morning. Much of this frenetic activity occurs around the village square and its weekly market. Peddling a wide range of fresh produce and other interesting country fare, you can stock up for the weekend and, unlike Pick ‘n Pay, have fun at the same time.
- Greyton has a wide spread of restaurants, pubs and coffee shops, where you'll likely bump into half of Cape Town at one point or the other during your weekend stay.
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