Mcgregor, Western Cape
Did you know?
In the days of horse buggies and carts, McGregor was famed for its bamboo whip handles.
McGregor, the village of natural magic at the foot of the Riviersonderend Mountains in the Western Cape province, is famous for its holistic healers who have come to live and work here and its well-preserved 19th-century architecture that makes you feel as if you've stepped back in time.
As you walk down quiet streets lined with white-washed thatched cottages at the end of a day, you can feel the sublime country charm. They say the village lies on one of the sacred sites of Southern Africa. It is reportedly a place of converging ley lines (lines that can supposedly be drawn to connect ancient sites) and one that contains immense energy.
Early spring mornings in McGregor village are all about birds whistling in the trees, spider web streamers across the bushes like party leftovers, and the snowflake patterns of a light frost.
The streets are wreathed in mist, children flit by on their way to school and you can just see the shopkeepers inside their dimly lit establishments. It’s an otherworldly atmosphere.
The town has a progressive Waldorf school and more than a dozen hiking trails around the village and surrounding mountains.
Crafters, sculptors, painters, potters, musicians and metalworkers have all found a home in McGregor, and they have managed to set up a local art route where they sell their products straight from their studios.
The wellness side of McGregor is catered for in the form of retreats, meditation centres, massage services, tarot readings and healing body therapies.
McGregor was proclaimed in 1862. In the early 20th Century, there was talk that the Great North Road from Cape Town would pass through the village. Thankfully that never happened, allowing McGregor to retain its special nostalgic beauty.
A local Heritage Society works hard to maintain the historical significance of McGregor. An aesthetics committee is also in place, ensuring that any new building going up in McGregor adheres to a set of guidelines.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
McGregor Tourism Bureau
Tel: +27 (0)23 625 1954
How to get here
McGregor is about 170km from Cape Town, or a two-hour drive. Take the R60 to Robertson, then turn south to the village.
Best time to visit
McGregor's mild climate makes it great for winter visits. Summers are hot, but quite bearable.
Around the area
Robertson and Route 62 in the Little Karoo are full of visitor-friendly destinations. Get a Route 62 guide from any of the filling stations or tourism offices in the area and spend a week on your adventures.
One of the delights of the village is that once you have arrived, most of the good spots are well within walking distance.
Length of stay
It's a comfortable long weekend stay.
Where to stay
The McGregor Info offices and website will have all the options available - to suit all pockets.
What to eat
There are a number of good eateries in the village.
Check the McGregor Tourism website for dates of various events, like the Hands-On Harvest Festival, the Whacky Wine weekend and the McGregor Food and Wine Festival.
Wines from Route 62.