It’s easy to fall in love with the little town of Greyton in the Overberg region of the Western Cape. For starters, the sheer amount of family-friendly things to do in Greyton is already enough to steer parents in that direction. Secondly, the traveling time from Cape Town to Greyton is a mere 2-hour drive and as parents of a toddler, we definitely know how important that is!
Despite all these advantages, when we booked our Greyton getaway we never imagined how the little town would steal our hearts with its warm hospitality and countryside charm. Now that we’ve moved to level one of the South African lockdown and leisure travel is allowed you might find yourself on an Overberg road trip, so here’s a list of family-friendly things to do in Greyton.
Greyton Saturday Morning Market
Held every Saturday morning from 10:00 – 12:00 in the main road opposite the NG church, the Greyton Saturday Morning Market is well-known for its local fresh produce and unique finds. You can expect everything from freshly baked milk tart, to distinctive artworks and cute succulents. There’s also live music to keep you entertained and browsing for quite a while. The market is open-air and the show goes on regardless of the weather so if you don’t trust the clouds, bring a jacket just in case!
The Vanilla Café
If you’re looking for child-friendly Greyton restaurants, then look no further than The Vanilla Café. Grab a seat in the outdoor dining area of their lush green garden overlooking the fenced pool. The kids will have loads of fun running through the garden and playing on the jungle gym and afterwards their tummies will be kept full thanks to the kiddies menu. The breakfast, lunch and drinks menu also contains enough favourites to keep mom and dad happy. Even though we didn’t have any, I’ve also heard that they make the yummiest milkshakes so do give it a try when you pop in!
www.vanillacafe.co.za | +27 028 254 9453
Von Geusau Chocolates
Calling all chocoholics to Greyton! Von Geusau Chocolates is one of the must-visit Greyton shops to put on your list of places to visit. Indulge in fine handcrafted Belgian chocolate made with the finest original ingredients. Chocolate slabs available in every delectable flavour you can think of – rose geranium, lemon & vanilla, cappuccino, mint, hazelnut, toffee crunch, almond & orange peel, lavender & pear. Or explore the range of exotic flavours: chilli, masala chai, earl grey, rock salt, espresso, mint, almond & orange peel, cherry, hazelnut, toffee crunch, tonka beans and salted caramel! The specialist range includes maraschino cherry wedges, chocolate truffles and chocolate bouche. Mouth-watering to say the least…
www.vgchocolate.co.za | +27 028 254 9100
Greyton MTB Trails
Head for the great outdoors after all that chocolate indulgence! Greyton is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. The MTB trails is one of the best family-friendly things to do in Greyton as it ranges from easy to intermediate and difficult. The trails are also colour-coded for quick reference, with a green arrow being easy, blue arrow – intermediate, red arrow – difficult and black arrow – very difficult. All trails begin and end at the trail head, The Hub & Spoke café situated at 18 West street, Greyton. Bikes can also be hired at High Hopes Bed and Breakfast – 028 254 9898.
www.greytonmtb.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Oaks Farm Accommodation
An authentic countryside farm-life experience is what you’ll get at The Oaks. This Greyton accommodation is nestled against the backdrop of the Sonderend mountains on 680 hectares of farmland. It’s easy to imagine living in Greyton when staying over in one of The Oaks’ cottages; majestic farm views greet you in the morning while the Nguni herd stops by in the evening to say hello. There are also a variety of activities available on The Oaks farm such as mountain biking, mountain drives, fishing, hiking and even wine tasting of the farm’s boutique Nguni shiraz. In addition, The Oaks is also situated within close proximity of the popular Greyton wine farm, Lismore Estate Vineyards which is an added bonus!
www.theoaksestate.co.za | email@example.com
I could probably ramble on for a while about its beauty and the amount of family-friendly things to do in Greyton but it’s best experienced yourself. Greyton is the one town I’d gladly break my ‘don’t visit twice’ rule for and that’s no mean feat! This quaint, picturesque Western Cape small town strikes the perfect balance between quirky, scenic views, warm hospitality and stunning accommodation. Start planning your visit now, you won’t be disappointed.