- Western Cape
Just a short scenic drive form Cape Town, Greyton lies off the beaten track in the afternoon shadow of the peaks of the Riviersonderend range on the R406. It has become a popular weekend getaway for Capetonians who are enchanted with its true country atmosphere and fall instantly under the village's spell.
Sometimes said to be the most beautiful village in the Cape, Greyton is quaint and natural where hiking and walking is the only way to truly appreciate this part of the world and so is a must for all visitors. Serious hikers can enjoy the famous 17 km challenging hiking trail through Boesmanskloof to McGregor. Spectacular gorges, waterfalls and Fynbos await you on this trail. Mountain bikers can also look forward to their own slice of heaven with 150 km of biking trails laid out in the area!
Summer is wonderful for all these outdoor activities, but it doesn’t mean visitors won’t enjoy winter here – picture snow capped mountains, log fires and a glass of red to keep you company! The towns Saturday morning market runs all year round and is a favourite activity where you can find the freshest products and scrumptious meals from hot French Onion Soup and hearty stews in winter to fine cheese platters and lemon ice-cream. This small town also offers icon festivals from an October Rose Fair, a November Art Walk and even a Beer Festival in April to the famous Greyton Genadendal Classics for All Festival in June.
Greyton can boast accommodation for approximately 300 guests at a time, all in cosy guest houses, bed and breakfasts and self-catering cottages. In a wood on the banks of the Riviersonderend is a caravan park with facilities for swimming and canoeing.
Places to Visit
Things to do and see
- Greyton Nature Reserve
- Boesmanskloof Hiking Trail
- Gifkloof Trail
- Glen Oaks 4X4 Trail
- Greyton Mountain Bike Trail
- Hike & Bike Adventure Tour
- Cycle Through Greyton
- Greyton Historical Walk
- Loerkop Hiking Trial
- Lower Gobos Walk
- Greyton Market
- Von Geusau Chocolateries
- Genadendal Museum & Village
Greyton receives approximately 338 mm of rain annually with the majority of its’ rainfall occurring during the summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 27˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 5˚C and 17˚C.
The Greyton area was first occupied by the Hessequas, a tribe of the Khoi, who traded cattle with the Dutch East India Company. In 1738 Genadendal, just West of Greyton, was established as the first mission station in the country by the Moravians.
In 1791, the area was given as a loan farm to a young Dutch farmer, Marthinus Theunissen, after which the farm was sold to various owners, the last being Herbert Vigne who was related by marriage to Lady Anne Barnard and Sir George Grey, Governor of the Cape in those years. who was related by marriage to Lady Anne Barnard and Sir George Grey, Governor of the Cape in those years. He called it Greyton, after Sir George Greyton.
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