The beautiful village of Greyton nestles between the majestic Riviersonderend mountain range and gently curving hills. This tranquil oasis of green lies between two rivers, with lush colourful country gardens that complement the thatched cottages and oak tree lined lanes.
Greyton was founded by Herbert Vigne in 1854 and named after the then Governor of the Cape, Sir George Grey. Many of the present-day hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and shops were original homesteads and have been restored to retain their rustic charm.
The spectacular surrounding countryside comprises some of the best fynbos in the Western Cape. 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 2 220ha Greyton Nature Reserve is worth exploring with its rugged mountain slopes that rise at its loftiest to 1 565m above sea level. It offers walks through magnificent fynbos and wildflowers, especially during springtime when the wildflowers are in bloom.
A fabulous one-day hike is the Boesmanskloof Trail, 32 kilometres through the Riviersonderend Mountains from Greyton to McGregor. At a leisurely pace, the walk may be completed in five or six hours. Drinking water is plentiful and there are many pools for bathing.
During the winter months nine waterfalls, which drop into the river from a great height are clearly visible from the footpath.
Many artists and crafts-people have made Greyton their home. There are several art-galleries, craft shops and two pottery studios to visit, displaying the unique artworks of these talented artists.
The regular Saturday morning market should not be missed. Fresh local produce, home cooked delicacies and delightful village-made crafts are all there.
The town has a large array of quaint country restaurants and coffee shops to choose from. It also has numerous interesting shops to browse through - like the local potter's studio and interesting furniture and bric-a-brac shops.