The 19th century village of McGregor, dreaming away in a quiet valley at the end of a road going nowhere, is home to artists, craftsmen, and colorful characters. Here life is slow, tranquil and gentle. Beautifully preserved white-washed cottages nestle in half wild gardens, water trickles and burbles down old stone irrigation channels and one almost expects to see the shadowy figure of a woman in the garb of yesteryear, with a basket of roses over her arm, disappearing around the next corner...
Here the rush and bustle of the city seems far, far away. Wander along some of the beautiful trails in our nature reserves, watch the birds at play from the hide, have a delicious meal and a chat at one of our coffee shops or restaurant, or relax with an aromatherapy massage.
McGregor, a village lost in time, a place for reflection.
You may never want to leave.
Things to do in Mcgregor
Banks Pottery Studio Decorated wash hand basins and other pots. Viewing by appointment only.
Cafe Temenos Enjoy Mediterranean flavour in a almost tongue-in-cheek Mediterranean setting. Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm.
Galg 4x4 Land cruiser trips Join us for a scenic trip of our area. We offer spectacular views, wine tasting & lunch.
Groot 4x4 Trail Trails are spread over 1000ha of mountain area. Day trips and guided tours. Booking essential.
Malmani Crafts African crafts, bead-work, basket ware, batik designs, unusual gifts & ethnic clothing.
McGregor Winery "unique wines from a unique area" - open for wine tasting and sales from Mondays to Fridays and Saturday mornings.
Mill Stone Pottery Makers of carefully handcrafted translucent porcelain, wood-fired stoneware and terracotta, sculptural raku pieces. Open 7 days.
Roy Reycraft Solid brass, clock-accurate sundials. Individually handcrafted and customized. Dollhouse furniture (1/12th scale) in brass and wood. Commissions welcomed.
Travelbreaks Travel agent for local and international reservations.
Villagers Coffee Shop Teas and lunches, art gallery, crafts - a country shopping experience. Bicycle hire. Open Mondays to Saturdays.
Waldorf Market McGregor Waldorf School, playground to Grade 8, run a morning market on the 1st Saturday on each month.
Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve This nature reserve is situated about 5 km outside the village on the Robertson Road. Self-issue permits for trails are obtainable at the reserve antrance.
Heron Trail This easy 3 km walk can be enjoyed in about an hour of walking. The route leads over fairly flat terrain to two dams, each with an attractive birdhide.
Rooikat Trail This circular 19 km trail winds through the Elandsberg mountains, offering scenic views of the Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountains. The route is fairly strenuous and requires 7 to 8 hours of walk.
Mountain Bike Trail This pleasant circular route of 8 km takes about an hour and meanders through a section of the reserve.
Other trails in the area
Boesmanskloof Trail Starts about 16 km from McGregor at the end of the "road to nowhere". The trail, also 16 km long, winds through picturesque fynbos valleys and gorges, past mountain pools and waterfalls and finishes at Greyton. Permits must be obtained in advance from the Vrolijkheid Nature Conservation Station.
Krans Nature Reserve Here you will see interesting vegetation, lots of birds and magnificent views of thesurrounding hills as well as the dam and the village. There are six short walks and entrances in smith. Van Reenen & Voortrekker Streets. The Heritage Society is the official custodian of the Reserve.
Kleinberg Trail Situated just outside the village along the old Robertson Road, this two hour walk offers spectacular views of McGregor. You end up on what is called "Badge Hill" where the McGregor Crest lies.