Just 65 kilometres from Cape Town, in the heart of the Elgin Valley, lies the town of Grabouw. Elgin Valley is the largest single export fruit producing area in the country, and Grabouw is its hub. In fact, it produces about 65% of South Africa’s apple exports. Visitors to the Western Cape are invited to visit and indulge in a taste of Grabouw’s tourist attractions and the fun things to do and see.
Here are the top 10 Things to Do in Grabouw
1. The Elgin Apple Museum is one of Grabouw’s oldest buildings and tells the fascinating story of the history of the area’s fruit industry. It is idyllically situated on the Palmiet River bank and promises an interesting outing for young and old alike.
2. The Grabouw Country Club makes for a relaxing day of gorgeous views and timeless elegance. Views of the Eikenhof Dam and the surrounding mountains are very special. This is the venue of a number of events too.
3. There are a number of routes for scenic drives through the natural splendour of the Western Cape. The Viljoenshoop Road to Duncan’s Roses is one of these. In November, the roses are in full bloom and provide spectacular colours and intensities. This route also showcases fynbos and gorgeous pine plantations.
4. Windermere is the place to go for those that want to sample delicious pure apple cider with no preservatives. Cider tastings can be arranged are refreshing, especially during the balmy summers of South Africa.
5. De Rust Estate is where the renowned Paul Cluver Wines are available. Wine tastings and cellar tours are available to visitors, while a trip to the forest amphitheatre is a must.
6. Rose-lovers simply must visit Duncan’s Rose Nursery and its gorgeous rose garden. The scent of roses drifts lazily on the air as you get the opportunity to experience the colour of a blanket of the world’s most romantic bloom.
7. Peregrine Farmstall and Farmer’s Grill is essential for visitors wanting to sample some of the traditional foods and flavours for which South Africa is loved. Picnic lunches and deli products are part of the Peregrine promise.
8. Applethwaite Farm and Church were built more than 50 years ago and boast a fascinating history of and insight into the area.
9. Visit the oldest licensed hotel in the country, Houwhoek Inn. Pub fare, Sunday lunches, dinner and dance evenings and much more are on offer.
10. Nature-lovers should definitely make a turn at Hottentots-Holland Nature Reserve. This reserve is home to a huge variety of fauna and flora. There are a number of hiking and walking trails, as well as adventure activities for visitors craving an adrenalin rush.