You’ll find Greyton at the foot of the Riviersonderend mountains, about 35km from Caledon in South Africa's western Cape. It’s a blend of relaxed country village with gravel roads and sophisticated town jammed with restaurants. There’s a healthy dose of nature thrown in as a bonus. Here’s my pick of 15 things to do in Greyton in the Overberg.
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2. Historic village walk
Discover how many of the buildings you see today have a past. Find the old post office (now part of a guest house), the original school (now a restaurant), the old produce market (also now a restaurant), or a building that used to house police cells (now part of a lodge). You can also find the Moravian mission church, now sadly unkempt, and St Andrew’s Anglican church, built in 1904. Look out for the gravestone of Greyton’s founder, Herbert Vigne, in the church garden; it was relocated from a neglected cemetery in Caledon, where he died.
3. Hike in the nature reserve
If you’re looking for something more physically taxing, try the 14km full-day Boesmanskloof trail up the Riviersonderend mountains to McGregor. You may see Verreaux’s eagle, malachite sunbird and Cape sugarbird, and perhaps even a klipspringer, baboon or dassie.
You’ll need to organise transport on the other side or sleep over and walk back over the mountain the next day, making a 28km two-day hike. I did this trail a few years back and can say that the McGregor to Greyton direction is easier than Greyton to McGregor. Make sure you carry plenty of water and if, like me, you don’t enjoy hiking in high heat, start early and avoid the mid-summer months.
For more info about the Boesmanskloof Trail, see activities - hiking at the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve.
4. Go biking
For a more active option, bring your mountain bike and take on one of the half-dozen or so MTB trails in the area. There’s something for everyone, from kids to hardcore technical riders, from 4.5km to more than 20km with some serious elevation. Get maps and permits for a small fee from the Vanilla Café in Oak Street. You can even hire MTBs in Greyton – ask at the tourism info office.
5. Horse riding
Another option is to go riding with Asher Moses & Sons into the Riviersonderend mountains and valleys. Find them at the Greyton Saturday Morning Market (see point 10 below), where they also offer horse-cart rides through the village.
6. Visit the artisan chocolate shop
7. Explore the art meander
8. Taste craft beer
9. Taste wine
10. Enjoy a morning market
11. Visit the donkey sanctuary
12. Eat out
13. Visit the Rose Fair
14. Get married
15. Stay over
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