Hiking trails in Greyton
Greyton is a quaint and tranquil village located at the heart of the Overberg in the Western Cape. This agricultural town is surrounded by pristine nature, majestic mountainsides and fields upon fields of fynbos and wildlife. This village is an ideal getaway for weekenders or long-term vacationers alike, especially those that are enthusiastic about hiking for both exercise and rejuvenation. You can choose from routes that take a few hours or more challenging overnight trails. These are perfect for those seeking a true Overberg adventure.
One of the most renowned routes is the Boesmanskloof Hiking Trail (also referred to as the McGregor-Greyton Trail) which is a 16km walk that takes approximately 6 hours. This trail does however require a permit as it is a trail for more experienced hikers. This route was initially an attempt to link Greyton with McGregor in the early 1900s and portions of the road that survived form the path today.
Similarly, the Genadendal Trail is for fit hikers who enjoy a challenge. This trail is approximately 8 – 12 hours and should be done over two days for the best experience. In summer, you can stop over at the Groot Koffiegat and have a refreshing swim. During winter, the snow on the mountains makes this a frosty experience but it is well worth the scenery and views.
For an amazing view of Greyton and the surrounding countryside as well as a fairly easy hike to complete, try the Gifkloof Trail. This route starts and ends at the junction of lower Regent and Vlei Streets. You’ll be able to see the sights of the Riviersonderend Range and even take in the backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains. The trail is approximately 7km and will take you around 2 hours depending on your pace.
If you’d prefer to tackle a route that will be the most likely to reward you with wildlife in abundance, then the Loerkop Trail is for you. Definitely take some binoculars with you and see if you can spot antelope or even South Africa’s national bird, the Blue Crane. This is a short hike at 3km and should take around 1.5 hours to complete (with the highest point being 436m).
Greyton is truly a nature lover’s paradise with mountain peaks and forests to explore. It also has restaurants and cafes that provide delicious, healthy meals using locally grown produce. Pair this with local wines from surrounding estates and you’ll find it the perfect base from which to explore the Overberg.