As `the best preserved example of a mid-nineteenth century townscape in the Cape', McGregor’s whitewashed thatched cottages greet your arrival. The town is named for the late 19th Century Reverend Andrew McGregor. Get vertical on your mountain bike on the Groot Toren 4x4 Trail. First-time visitors often arrive in town before they set out on the Bushmanskloof Hiking Trail. It´s useful to warm up first on the Village Craft Walk. Or you can head out for a walk in the Vrojlikheid Nature Reserve, which is home to roughly 150 species.
Then there´s also the Kleinberg-McGregor hike and the Krans Nature Reserve. Visitors are rewarded in winter with crackling logfires and visits to the 42 surrounding wineries. Minus the logfire, a bonus is the predominantly summer activity of indulging in a river boat wine tasting cruise. Top off this celebratory number with a clinking of the wine glass to the starry night sky. Who could ask for more?
Its mild climate makes it one of the most delightful places to spend time during the southern hemisphere's "cold" months. Mainly dry, and generally balmy, McGregor's winters are charming. And in summer, the constant sunshine makes McGregor a great place to visit for a taste of African heat - in a civilized environment.
That's McGregor, with its traditional, whitewashed, thatched cottages, its quiet streets, mountains, birdlife, wine, charming and balmy winters, and hot, hot summers.
McGregor has a great deal for the nature-lover. The village is situated some 245m above sea level, in a bowl surrounded by rolling hills and lofty mountains. Tributaries of the Breede River, flowing from the Riviersondereind Mountains, pass near the village. In the summer these are fairly dry, but in winter they flow freely.
Good places to start are McGregor's own Krans Nature Reserve and, for a terrific view over the village, the Kleinberg Trail. Also well worth a visit is the nearby Vrolijikheid Nature Research Station.