The charming village of Greyton is tucked into the foothills of the Riviersonderend Mountains 30kms off the N2 highway from Caledon. For many years it’s been a popular weekend and holiday destination for city folk from Cape Town. They come to unwind and sample rural life amongst the quiet tree-lined streets and lush gardens.
Because of this popularity there is a good selection of restaurants not normally found in a town so small. Much of the activity takes place along the main road, including the Saturday market, leaving the back streets to bask in tranquil splendour.
Together with its neighbouring mission town of Genadendal there is a good assortment of historical buildings to admire, such as the old Post House and the Greyton Lodge. It’s the kind of place that sings and chirps with summery enthusiasm, and in winter the romantic misty mornings are disturbed only by the tap-tap of a woodpecker. Spending time in Greyton is about relaxing, but there are great hikes, walks, and mountain biking trails for energetic visitors.
Look out for
The Saturday Morning Market - has been going since the 1980’s. It offers fresh local produce and is the place to buy, sell, and socialise.
Boesmanskloof Hiking Trail - This popular trail links Greyton to McGregor. It’s a good full day’s hike and permits must first be obtained from Nature Conservation.
Greyton Nature Reserve - This reserve comprises 2 200 hectares of the southern slopes of the Riviersonderend Mountains on the outskirts of town. There are several walks within the reserve.
Village walk - Greyton has some fascinating old buildings and a walk along the quiet streets is the best way to view them.