Greyton, the Jewel of the Overberg, lies at the foot of the Riviersonderend mountains 6 km east of Genadendal. This quaint, rather olde-world-English village was once the site of an old rambling farm, Weltevreden ("well content"). Today it is a peaceful town that is a fashionable retreat for city dwellers and home to one of the most sought after private schools in the country.
The first plots on either side of what is now the pretty oak-lined main street were sold in 1854 and the village was named after Governor Sir George Grey. This tranquil picture-book village is hot and balmy in summer and is reminiscent of an alpine village in the winter with the tips of the surrounding mountains covered in snow.
Greyton also has scenic horse riding trails, a 25 km mountain bike trail and a short 4 x 4 trail. Fishing and canoeing can be enjoyed in the Riviersonderend River and one can also camp on the banks of the river.
The Old Cape Highway (historic wagon route) with oak trees and poplars indicating overnight stops for wagons leads you to the town of Riviersonderend via the hamlet of Lindeshof.
Picture of Greyton in winter courtesy of the Greyton Tourism Bureau.
Accommodation in GreytonOther image credits: © Claudinesche