Just after coming over Sir Lowries Pass, from Somerset West’s side, you strike an open untamed area of rugged mountain country.
After a short while - travelling on the N2 away from Somerset West - you reach Grabouw. The humble town lies quietly nestled in the breathtaking Elgin Valley, and its panorama views offer a sight for sore eyes to even the most discerning traveler.
The town of Grabouw was founded in 1856, and it proudly boasts one the most incredible landscape sceneries in the world.
Grabouw is mainly known for its age-old apple and fruit farming tradition. The world best apples are grown here, and many locals earn their living by working on the surrounding farms – picking apples from dusk till dawn - whilst also planting new fruit trees in the life-giving soil of the Elgin valley every year. Grabouw is the perfect place to grow and nurture fruit.
Grabouw and its surrounding areas are also well known for its forestry, and it is the starting point of the Hottentots Holland Hiking Trail which ends in Franschoek. Other attractions include the Steenbras Dam, Palmiet Pumped Storage Scheme, Palmiet Hiking Trail and the Four Passes Fruit Route.
Grabouw is a great destination for those wishing to take a day drive out of Cape Town and along the road on your way to Grabouw you are sure to enjoy the fresh produce offered by the local farm stalls. But even if apples and fruit aren’t your thing - do make a stop year, even if it’s just to experience the sensational views of this magnificent valley.