Greyton Nature Reserve

Greyton Nature Reserve lies on the edge of the town of Greyton

Western Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Greyton Nature Reserve

The Greyton Nature Reserve, a series of rugged mountain slopes and incredible paths set within magnificent fynbos and wildflowers (in spring), lies on the edge of the town of Greyton.

The Greyton reserve is famous for its one-day hike that traverses the Riviersonderend mountains between Greyton and McGregor (locally known as the Greyton-McGregor trail). If you're relatively unfit, or don't feel like doing the hike in its entirety, you are welcome to do the first 5 km without a permit (the permits for the hike are available from the Greyton Information Bureau).

The Greyton Nature Reserve lies within the greater Riviersondered Mountain Catchment Area, so whilst the reserve itself is not hugely big 2 220 hectares - it exists against a greater background of undeveloped mountains.

Within the Greyton reserve, which you will find at the north end of Park Street in Greyton, is an indigenous plant specific to Greyton the pelargonium greytonens - part of the geranium family. And if you're intent on a minor amble, then one of several trails in the reserve takes you to Noupoort or narrow pass, a particularly pretty gorge set in the mountains.

Another relatively easy walk is the 3km Platkloof walk, which starts and ends in the Greyton Nature Reserve. The east lobe of the trail allows fairly spectacular views of Greyton and of Abdolskop and Perdekop in the south-east.

Whilst spring is beautiful in the nature reserve, awash with the colour of spring flowers of the fynbos kingdom, winter is a spectacle too with snow donning the peaks around the village of Greyton, endowing it with the feeling of an alpine village.

Popular Activities in or near Greyton Nature Reserve

Knietjieshoogte Walk

Knietjieshoogte is an easy, manageable walk that even those not accustomed to strenuous exercise can master. Walkers can park at the cemetery and then follow the tracks to one of the very tallest peaks, Uitkykkop (translating to Lookout Head)...

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Maermanskloof Hiking Trail

The Greyton Conservation Society has been hard at work, with the help of the Greyton Municipality, to carefully mark walking paths and hiking trails in and around the village. Maermanskloof hiking trail is one of these. Do not let the short...

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Lower Gobos Walk

The Lower Gobos Walk is an easy walk of four kilometres that takes about an hour to complete. There is a picnic spot as part of the trail, which is a fantastic way to revel in the beauty of the area after enjoying the walk. To access this...

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Loerkop Hiking Trail

Greyton offers the 3 kilometer Loerkop hiking Trail which will take you about 1 hour 30 minutes to complete. The route startson the low bridge on Krige Road where you can often see kingfishers sitting on the branches above the river...

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Did you know?

Within the Greyton Nature Reserve is an indigenous plant specific to Greyton the pelargonium greytonens - part of the geranium family.

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