Far from the madding crowd, only 1.5 hours from Cape Town in the sleepy Overberg, you'll find Greyton, a peaceful and picturesque village at the foot of the majestic Sonderend Mountain Range. Mighty oak trees, original thatched cottages, leafy lanes and breathtaking mountain views form the backdrop to this country gem that will enchant and delight you.

Greyton is best explored on foot or bicycle, enabling you to drink in your surrounds. The scenery is fabulous, the coffee shops tempting and the villagers friendly. No matter how appealing it is to limit oneself to a bit of gentle meandering, it would be a shame not to take the time to explore the host of outdoor activities whilst here.

A hiker and mountain-biker’s paradise, there are well-marked trails for every level of fitness and expertise. Greyton is the starting point for the famous one- or two-day Boesmanskloof trail – more commonly known as the Greyton-McGregor trail – and other activities include tennis, horse-riding, yoga and bowls. Golfers can enjoy a round at Caledon or Kleinmond, the two municipal courses within an easy drive of Greyton, or the magnificent privately-owned Arabella Golf Course, which is ranked by Compleat Golfer magazine as the number one golf course in the Western Cape.

The peaceful little hamlet of Greyton lies surrounded by the Riviersonderend (river without end) mountains and farmlands some 90 minutes from Cape Town. Greyton is fast earning the reputation as a perfect weekend getaway.

Essentially lost in time, Greyton, named after Sir George Grey, twice Governor of the Cape, is a picture-perfect rendition of an old town with its gravel roads, thatched roof cottages, pretty little gardens and beautifully restored buildings. The people of Greyton are friendly and the route into the village of Greyton along the R406 as it winds its way through the emerald hills and fields of wheat, barley oats and lucerne of the Cape Overberg, a most pleasurable drive. The sun always seems to shine in this part of the world and the oak-lined streets of Greyton, where ducks cavort in the canals and donkey carts clatter, are as much a way of life as the many outdoor activities.

The historical buildings of the Post House, St Andrews Church, the Smouswinkel and a number of others, are worth the visit alone and, for Capetonians especially, Greyton has become an antique and craft hunters’ delight with everything from bygone treasures to pottery.

There is a craft market every Sunday in the Greyton village square and the annual Rose festival, in October and November is not to be missed. But above all, Greyton is a nature lovers’ destination. It lies at the foot of the Riviersonderend Mountain range and, besides the multitude of day walks in the area there are also a couple of hiking trails.

The Noupoort hike takes one to the summit of Kanonberg whilst the Boesmanskloof Trail takes six hours to reach McGregor, on the other side of the mountain range, during which it meanders through mountain side, the Gobos River gorge, a number of refreshing pools and nine waterfalls. A weekend away in the quaint village of Greyton with its shops, restaurants, pubs and art galleries is simply a pleasure.

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Great Greyton
Greyton is a beautiful gem in the heart of the Overberg. It is wonderfully peaceful, but also offers outdoor activities for adrenalin junkies. Luckily it has not been commercialised yet but is close enough to other big towns like Hermanus and Caledon that you can get everything that you need within an hour.
Mia Smit
South Africa

Greyton - a Van Gogh masterpiece!
The picturesque village of Greyton is another Overberg gem that is less than a two-hour drive from Cape Town. Renowned for its sheep, wheat and canola farming, July is a great time to visit the Overberg, as the fields are alive with newborn lambs and hues of green and gold so intense that you can be forgiven for thinking you have stepped into a Van Gogh masterpiece."The earth beneath my feet".
Heidi von Caues
South Africa

We love Greyton
We love Greyton, its a clean and happy place to visit. Such a wonderful atmosphere.
Pat Van Eyk
South Africa

Magical Greyton
I left my heart in Greyton.
Nina Du Plessis
South Africa

Pure Bliss
I've been enjoying holidays in Greyton since my childhood, and it just keep getting better and better.Great to relax and just to enjoying the fantastic surroundings, wonderful food and warm people.
Charl Fourie
South Africa

Stay in Greyton
Greyton is one of those off the track towns very clean people are friendly and plenty of places to eat
Les Worlock

Perfect Hideaway
Greyton is my favourite long weekend getaway. With great running trails and mountain bike trail it's perfect for a training weekend away. Filled with Amazing restaurants for post exercise recovery, the Post House has a great little bar and my favourite restaurant in town Searle's especially on a hot summer's night. (spent New Year's Eve there last year and was stunning)
Kelsey Wiens
South Africa

Great fro retirement
Would love to retire in Greyton. Just a pity everything is so expensive! Enjoyed the peace and tranquility and the beautiful walks.
Maike Green
South Africa

Greyton is my favorite destination, perfect for an active weekend, poking around in unique shops and fantastic dining. Perfect for families, large groups or anyone looking to relax.
Kelsey Wiens
South Africa

Greyton is the most beautiful village in South Africa. It's a must-see destination on every family tour!
Frances Siebert
South Africa

Historic town
One of the best kept secrets in the Western Cape. A really amazing little hamlet; buy fresh and organic foodstuffs from the quaint little shops. Bring your bicycle as everything is within cycling distance. Fantastic gentle walks in the mountains and beautiful rivers make Greyton a must see.
Kyle Hepple
South Africa

A restful and laid-back village. Very peaceful
Priscilla Rubidge
South Africa

South Africa

There's really not much to recommend here. I suppose some people would find it 'charming', but so are dozens of other Western Cape towns. This one seems stuck in a greater time warp than most. Move on.
Wayne Dooling
South Africa

A lovely getaway for the weekend, nice to walk the streets and the coffee shops, stunning hikes and the best for a cycling weekend.
Karen de bruyn
South Africa

Melandie Vere-Russell
South Africa

Time to take a break
Beautiful little town with a great mix of things to do and relaxation in nature.
Carolin Gomulia
South Africa

A gem off the beaten track
Wonderful little town to visit on weekends, a short 1 1/2 or 2 hr drive from Cape Town. Try the produce market on Saturday mornings. The various mountain biking routes around the town are also excellent: enquire at the Oak and Vigne restaurant.
Hilton Rossenrode
South Africa

Wonderful place to get away to.Friendly town with friendly people.Wonderful fresh produce market on Saturdays
Niel Booysen
South Africa

Interesting village
Good place to escape stress.
Jill Brooke
South Africa