The peaceful little hamlet of Greyton lies surrounded by the Riviersonderend (“river without end”) mountains and farmlands some 90 minutes from Cape Town. Founded in 1854, the village is steeped in history. Known as South Africa’s Little England, Greyton is all oak-lined lanes and country cottages. Spending a weekend here feels like you have wound back the clock and time-travelled into an old English parish, with white picket fences and farmers’ markets to boot.
Greyton offers a truly exceptional experience. Artists, poets, potters, architects and academics – as well as free-spirited eccentrics – have adopted this quaint little village, which has slowly morphed into the colourful cosmopolitan tourist node it is today.
There are not too many places able to boast a nature reserve on their doorstep. The Greyton Nature Reserve offers numerous walking and hiking trails including the famous Boesmanskloof trail between Greyton and McGregor. Bubbling streams, waterfalls, prolific birdlife and magnificent fynbos and wildflowers are just some of the natural highlights hikers can expect to encounter. Greyton should be on every person’s bucket list of places to visit.
THINGS TO DO:
- Explore the 2 220ha Greyton Nature Reserve famous for its one-day hike across the Riviersonderend Mountains between Greyton and McGregor, home to spectacular fynbos.
- Go to the Saturday morning market. With bunting, hay bales and home-baked pork pies, you’ve got all the makings of a village fête at Greyton’s Saturday morning market.
- Ogle at art. It’s everywhere in Greyton – you’ll even find random paintings on the walls of houses and in galleries and farmstalls. The village has become somewhat of a haven for the artistically minded.
- Ride a bicycle. Hire some wheels for the day and peddle yourself around Greyton’s side streets, soaking up the scenery at a leisurely, laid-back pace. Mountain bike buffs are in luck: The options in and around Greyton have increased dramatically in the last year thanks to a small band of enthusiasts who have built, cleared and marked many kilometres of track.
- Take a spectacular horse-riding trail through the breathtaking Riviersonderend Mountains.
- Taste local wine. Greyton has several boutique wine producers on its doorstep which are open for tastings with prior arrangement.
- Stay up in the trees. The Treehouse at Anna’s Country Accommodation is unlike any other, nestled high among the foliage of old oaks. Specially built to incorporate the branches throughout the interior, it has a rustic yet luxurious feel. A stay at The Treehouse is perfect for a romantic breakaway to spoil that someone special.
- End your day with a pre-dinner drink at the local country pub at The Post House before heading off to dinner at one of the many restaurants.
- Swim in a mountain pool. Find a waterfall and rockpool, and brave the icy water.