McGregor, Western Cape, South Africa

This small town has become one of those fashionable little places where rat-race refugees can take a break within easy driving distance. The nearest large city is in this case, Cape Town, which is only about 200km away. It's an architecturally fascinating place and is considered to be the best preserved example of a 19th century Cape Town.

There are a number of wineries nearby and the Breede River 'wine route', adventure rafting in Adventure, is close by, as is the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve and there is a lovely overnight hike from Greyton, on the other side of the Riviersonderend Mountains.

Here the rush and bustle of the city seems far, far away. Wander along some of the beautiful trails in the nature reserves, watch the birds at play from the hide, have a delicious meal and a chat at one of the coffee shops or restaurants, or relax with an aromatherapy massage.

McGregor's 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. In summer, the constant sunshine makes McGregor an excellent holiday destination.

The village gets its water straight from the natural source up in the mountains. Rivers are being cleared of alien vegetation and facilities upgraded and once this project is completed McGregor should have an adequate water supply for the next twenty years.