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Location: South Africa » Kwazulu Natal » Battlefields » The Amble » Greytown

Greytown is the Jewel of the Natal Midlands

Greytown, situated on the Mvoti River, was established in 1854 and named after Sir George Grey, the Governor of the Cape at that time. It was also the birthplace of General Louis Botha, the first prime minister of the Union of South Africa in 1910. Driving through the Greytown area you will see timber plantations and if you are travelling north towards Dundee, stop off en route to look at the Bushman paintings on the rocky hillsides.

Accommodation in Greytown

  • The Post House

Attractions in Greytown

Lilani Spa

38 Km on the Stanger Road, popular and is favourably compared to the best in Europe.

The Greytown Museum

The Greytown Museum is situated in Scott Street between Durban and Voortrekker Streets in a building erected by Dr Birtwell in 1879 and sold to the Colonial Government as "The Residency" or "Drostdy" for the local magistrate. It remained as such until 1971 when the then Magistrate found it unacceptable and persuaded the authorities to build a new residence on adjoining land. The then Borough Council acquired the property and the Gerytown Museum was officially opened on 17 August 1973 by the Administrator of Natal, Ben Havemann. It is now a National Monument and considered to be one of the best small museums in the country

The Kop

This hill 45 km from Greytown on the Stanger road, overlooks the Tugela River, which meanders nearly 700m below. From the eyrie of the Kop one can view black eagles, rock kestrels, white-necked ravens, lanner falcons, rock pigeons, red winged starlings, alpine and black swifts, lesser- and larger-striped swallows.

Greytown Town Hall

The foundation stone was laid in 1897 but the building was only opened in 1904 after redesigning by Street Wilson on original plans drawn up by Stott and Tomlinson. The Towns resources had been drained by the Anglo Boer war, so the building was only partially completed in 1898.

Vintage Tractors

Vintage and veteran farm tractors of English and American manufacture dating between 1920 and 1953.
3km from Greytown on the way to Mooirivier

This peaceful and popular country retreat, with it’s many restored houses, lies in the shadow of the Riviersonderend Mountains, one hour’s drive from Cape Town. Founded in 1854, the town was named after Sir George Grey, governor of the Cape at the time. Greyton is known for it’s spectacular mountain scenery.

GENERAL INFORMATION

How to get there

Caledon 39 km, Genadedal 6 km, Riviersonderend 39 km.

HISTORICAL VIEW

The Post House

Greyton Lodge

St Andrews Church

Moraview Church

The Old Cape Highway

NATURE

Greyton Nature Reserve

Situated on the slopes of the Riviersonderend Mountains, this 2220 ha reserve boasts mountain fynbos and proteas, as well as various antelope, including klipspringer and grey rhebok. There are no accommodation facilities within the reserve. The reserve is open through out the year from sunrise to sunset.

ACTIVITIES

Angling and Canoeing

Riviersonderend River, offering panoramic mountain views.Greyt Escapes

Cycling

Hire a biscycle and tour the village. Greyt Escape

Hiking Greyton Nature Reserve

Offers various walks and trails through the indigenous fynbos

Boesmanskloof hiking trail

This scenic trail links Greyton and the town of McGregor on the other side of the mountains. The trail boasts no less than nine waterfalls – spectacular in winter – while the fynbos and proteas are amongst the best in the country.

Riviersonderend Circular Trail

Overnight trail leading from the Genadendal Mission Station

Horse Riding

Two riding schools doing outrides into the mountains. Grassland and river crossing.

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