There are many paths and hiking routes, some of them in the nature reserve, others along the rivers.
There are trails for all levels of fitness – from easy Gobos Park Walks to overnight trails through Genadendal and the Boesmanskloof Trail through to McGregor.
Boesmanskloof Trail (McGregor Walk)
Please note that a permit is necessary to walk this trail. This is a hiking trail for the more serious walker.
It is 14km long and winds up through the only gap in the Riviersonderend Mountain Range, also known as the Boesmanskloof Traverse. During the 1920’s there was an attempt to link Greyton with McGregor by way of a road. Portions of this road survived which now form part of the Boesmanskloof Trail.
The trail may be hiked in one day, from either McGregor or Greyton. However, it’s really worth hiking over 2 days and staying overnight in either Greyton or McGregor.
The hike is spectacular, with steep gorges, large rock pools, waterfalls (The popular Oaks Falls) and beautiful Cape fynbos wildflowers. There is also plenty of birdlife and wild animals like: Duiker, Grey Rhebuck, Klipspringer, Baboon, Dassie, Spotted Genet and Leopards.
Physically, the the Greyton McGregor Hiking Trail requires a reasonable degree of fitness. The hike is situated in a winter rainfall area (generally cold and wet) and the summer months are extremely warm and dry. Although there are normally streams in the valley, water may be required during the summer months.
This trail is definitely for the fit hiker only. It requires five to seven hours of walking both days. During the summer hikers can take a refreshing swim at Groot Koffiegat. In winter snow on the mountains make this a very frosty option.
Permits should be booked in advance to avoid having more than 50 people on the trail per day. Please note – dogs are not allowed in the nature reserve
Contact Number 028 254 9564/9414
Physical Address 29 Main Road, Greyton
If you prefer, you can choose to go on guided hikes and walks with Marshall Rinquest, director of Greyton Transition Town, who can take you on walks and hikes anything between an hour and 2 days in and around Greyton and Genadendal.
Marshall also offers medicine walks where he shows people local natural plants in the area which can be use as medicine.
All walks can be one-on-one or in groups.
Groups can be accommodated.
For more info, contact Marshall: 0734861965 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Greyt Escape mountain biking event takes place in June and the MTB Tour the first weekend of September every year.
Bicycle rentals are available in the village.
Bird watching in Greyton and the Sonderend Valley is highly rewarding.Not only is the birding in the Greyton village itself wonderful, the Greyton Nature Reserve compares favourably with other top birding spots in the Overberg such as the Harold Porter and Caledon Botanical Gardens. The many hiking and walking trails in the area also make for pleasant birding opportunities and a wide range of birds can be spotted at the Greyton EcoCamp.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOOD FOOD
Greyton’s excellent and award-winning restaurants outdo themselves to serve the best cuisine this side of the mountains!
Although the village is quaint and natural, with mostly dirt roads, the infrastructure is sophisticated with excellent food shops, deli’s and cafés – including vegetarian and vegan friendly options and venues.
The village caters hugely for children, where the freedom of cycling and playing in the streets is a novelty and Fioré and Vanilla Café have a specially designed area for children.
Greyton’s Saturday morning market is renowned for its fresh, wholesome, scrumptious fare and other close-to-nature products as well as unique arts and crafts.
There is also a mid-week Produce Market every Wednesday morning outside Pure Cafe on Oak Street where local and home-grown organic produce is swapped or sold.
Greyton is South Africa’s first Transition Town. Together with local communities, everyone has come together to build a resilient, sustainable village in which the main focus is constantly aimed at creating a healthy future: for the planet and each other.
Greyton Transition Town Projects:
GTT has opened four swop shops, in local communities. High end waste is sourced from retailers local to the swop shops. Over 700 kgs of recyclable waste is collected every week from the Genadendal swop shop alone. This is swopped at an on-site shop for essentials such as clothing, blankets, food and stationery bringing these goods to those who need them the most. The environment local to the swop shops is significantly cleaner and the local recycling entrepreneur now has a greater volume of waste so his business is more viable.
GTT has rehabilitated part of the Greyton landfill site, claiming back 12,000 square metres, fencing it in and clearing all waste. With the help of the NPO, Greenpop, the beginnings of the Greyton Fruit Forest has been created at the newly named Green Park to aid food security, planting over 100 trees in one day with 50 volunteers, mainly children.
Ecobricks (plastic bottles filled with non-recyclable waste) which are brought to the swopshops or made up by community residents and dropped off at points in Greyton, are being used to construct simple, cheap community buildings and South Africa’s first eco-brick construction, an outdoor classroom, is reaching completion at the Green Park.
The director of Greyton Transition Town and his team of three represent the historically disadvantaged communities of Heuwelkroon, Boesmanskloof and Genadendal as do three of their Trustees.
For further details visit: www.greytontransition.co.za