Founded in 1854 and named after Sir George Grey, the governor of the Cape Colony, the quaint, but vibey Overberg village of Greyton is a popular weekend escape.
Words Fiona McIntosh. Photographs Shaen Adey
With its rugged mountain backdrop, fabulous hiking and mountain biking trails, great restaurants and cafés, art studios and enthusiastic (and often eccentric) locals, the dorp’s attractions are many and varied. Here are just a few of the things that might encourage you to linger longer.
1. The market
Newly baked breads and quiches, fresh veggies and herbs, tasty olives, olive oils and pestos are among the edible treats for sale at Greyton’s Saturday morning market. There are arts and crafts too, along with fun activities like rides in horse-drawn carts. If you visit during the week try the pop-up veggie market outside Via’s on the main street.
2. Greyton to McGregor trail
Greyton is the start of the famous the Bosmanskloof trail across the Riviersonderend mountains to McGregor, famous for its fabulous fynbos and the wonderful rock pool below Oakes’ Falls. If you want an overnight, out and back hike book accommodation at the dramatically located, stone Eagle’s Nest Guest House, or the Onverwacht Cottages at the McGregor end of the trail Owner Sandra Oosthuizen will stock your fridge with groceries on request. Simply send her a shopping list a couple of days in advance.
3. Greyton Nature Reserve
If that sounds too strenuous there are plenty of short strolls in the Greyton Nature Reserve, the entrance to which is at the end of Park Street. The Platkloof Walk, which takes you to the waterfall on the Platkloof stream is a very rewarding, 3km circular trail through lovely fynbos.
4. Genadendal museum
The historic mission village of Genadendal is a short drive or cycle (or 5km walk!) from Greyton. Highlights of a visit include the oldest mission church in South Africa, the museum, which details the history of this fascinating Overberg dorpie and has fascinating collections which have been designated a National Cultural Treasure, and the still-functioning water mill.
5. Genadendal graveyard
Make time to wander along the avenue of trees to the graveyard where you’ll find a plaque commemorating Georg Schmidt, the German missionary who founded the village, and a pear tree planted by him.