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About Greyton



Peaceful and picturesque with majestic oaks, leafy lanes, leiwater furrows and original thatched cottages; surrounded by 2230ha of Nature Reserve, flanked by the awesome, rugged snowcapped Riversonderend mountains in winter, with their many waterfalls. All year round phenomena are the magnificent wild flowers, prolific birdlife and fynbos which can be seen on the many walks and hiking trails the Reserve has to offer.


Greyton is a small village in the Overberg area in the Western Cape, South Africa. It lies at the foot of the Riviersonderend Mountain range, on an old wagon route - the old Cape Highway. Greyton was established in 1854 by Herbert Vigne and takes its name from the Governor of the Cape at the time, Sir George Grey. The village was designed by surveyor J. G. Rietz and the basic layout remains to this day. A historic leiwater irrigation system runs through the village and is still used by many residents. The historic Cape Vernacular architecture, tranquil setting amongst the Overberg mountains, and proximity to Cape Town make this a very popular destination.


Greyton was originally an agricultural village. All landowners were self-sufficient in growing their own produce and by keeping livestock for domestic use. The leiwater system was channelled to each property to provide fresh running water. An aesthetics committee ensures that all new buildings meet with their requirements to ensure the village, that was once the site of the farm Weltevreden, maintains its charm. It is today a safe, quaint village in a beautiful mountain setting where old traditions still prevail.


The village of Greyton is an enchanting place. Many dwellings originate from 1860. Walk along the rustic lanes in the shadow of towering old oak trees. Footbridges cross leiwater streams to lush gardens and thatched cottages. Greyton's shops are quirky and interesting. You can buy retro furniture, original artworks, silk quilts, antiques, designer clothes and home-made delicacies. Cafés and restaurants offer shady patios, lush gardens and art-filled salons in which to wine, dine and be refreshed.


The spectacular surrounding countryside comprises some of the best Fynbos in the Western Cape. Challenge yourself on the 17 km Greyton-McGregor Hiking Trail. The route winds through some of the most spectacular areas. There are well-marked walks ranging from an easy stroll to a two or three day hike.


The outdoor adventurer can also enjoy horse-riding, swimming in the river, mountain-biking and 4x4 trails. Tennis and bowls are available in the village and excellent golf courses are only 40 minutes away at Riviersonderend and Arabella at Kleinmond. The regular Saturday morning market should not be missed. Fresh local produce, home cooked delicacies and delightful village-made crafts are all there. Various interest clubs abound and you are welcome to join us for bridge, yoga or line dancing!


Greyton has its very own small independent school nurturing education and creativity.