McGregor is a tiny town in the Langeberg. It will appeal to you if you like “quirky” and are willing to forego all luxuries and conveniences.
Getting there: take the N1 from Cape Town turning at Worcester to Robertson, and then down to McGregor.
The small town of McGregor seems untouched by the apartheid era; in Greyton the non-white residents were moved out of the village to a separate township whereas in McGregor the first thing you will see as you drive in are the cheerful houses of the local coloured folk.
Cellphone signal was almost non-existent, and there were a few passable “supermarkets” but don’t expect Woolworths. Each time we asked for directions to a shop we were directed to Robertson!
Where to stay
Bed and breakfasts are numerous: www.mcgregorvillage.co.za. We were booked into backpacker lodge-style accommodation which did not pan out.
What to do
- Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve
- visit the donkeys at Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary
- sample superb wines and grappa at Tanagra Wine & Guest Farm
- hike the two-day Boesmanskloof Hiking Trail (McGregor to Greyton)