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Things To Do

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What to do at Rusty Gate

Rusty Gate caters to the young, old and in-between by offering bird watching, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, paddling and even a foefie-slide (zipline) for the less faint-hearted! For those less active, a leisurely read in a hammock alongside a shady stream amongst the pin oak trees should do the trick.


Rusty Gate offers much to explore for birding enthusiasts as a result of the interesting geography and fauna on the farm. Take your time to explore the veld, rocky outcrops, ravines and water areas to spot many of our feathered friends ranging from endemic and local species to various migratory birds and raptors.


There are many tracks and trails to explore at Rusty Gate for the hiking enthusiast. Take a leisurely stroll around the cottages or the “Otter Trail”. The more adventurous can opt for the longer mountainous 2 kilometre hike to the Elandskoof Dam in the adjacent Nature reserve. The more energetic folk can do a 3 to 4-hour round trip hike following river courses and dirt tracks.

Mountain Biking

Explore the farm via farm roads and tracks which offer lots of hill climbs and tricky downhill routes. For the brave there is the “infamous” Rusty Gate Pass, which has been the bane of many a Cape Epic participant. There’s also an incredible network of trails around Greyton and Genadendal. World-class single track riding for all skill levels, young and old.

Water Activities

The recreational dam within walking distance to the North-east from Eagle’s Eyrie and the cottages is a favourite spot of Rusty Guests for water activities. The dam holds about 100 000 cubic meters of water with the deepest point at over 15 meters when full. The dam caters to summer and winter recreation, including:

  • The jetty and gras embankments for lazy sun soaking
  • A zip line (“foefie” slide) across the dam for the fun inclined
  • Canoes for paddling on the dam

Surrounding areas

We are conveniently situated midway between Greyton and Villiersdorp, less than 25km to either town. Within a 50km to 100km radius you have access to a range of entertainment options, including (but not limited to)

  • Adventure sports and other sports, e.g. golf, hiking, mountain biking, para-sailing
  • Eating out, e.g. breakfast or lunch in Greyton or the Elgin Railway Market, or fine dining in Franschoek.
  • Live entertainment, e.g. music and festivals at various venues in the Overberg
  • Nature excursions, e.g. birdwatching, hiking, whale watching
  • Shopping, e.g. artisanal food and beverages, art and pottery and a must stop at Dassiesfontein General Dealer.
  • Wine tasting at a wide range of excellent wine farms in Elgin, Franschoek, Hermanus, Robertson and many other places.

Below is a short list of popular tourist destinations within easy “day trip” proximity from Rusty Gate.

Only 30 minutes (28 kilometres) from Rusty Gate and easily accessible via a well maintained dirt road, this quaint little town has much to offer, including a festive local Saturday market, restaurants and shops to special events such as the Greyton Art Walk, Brew Run and Rose fair. Visit www.greytontourism.com for more information about what to do and what’s happening during your stay at Rusty Gate.

Only 35 minutes (32 kilometres) from Rusty Gate, this famous farm store has an amazing range of products on display – any shopper’s dream. The restaurant is famous for it’s ‘boerekos’ menu from ‘waterblommetjie bredie to freshly baked bread. Definitely a must visit for all. Visit www.dassies.co.za for more information – or better yet, just take a drive to explore what’s on offer.


Within an hour’s drive (72 kilometres) from Rusty Gate, Franschhoek is an iconic town with many wine farms in the area, world renowned restaurants and so much more. Visit www.franschhoek.org.za for more information


Only 53 kilometres from Rusty Gate, a must visit is the Elgin Railway Market on weekends. The Elgin/Grabouw area has much to offer from wine estates, activities for the adventurous to festivals. Visit www.helloelgin.co.za or www.winesofelgin.co.za for more information.


Only 72 kilometres from Rusty Gate, this famous seaside town has much to offer including the annual whale festival, interesting arts and craft shops as well as restaurants and off course a walk on the beach. Visit www.hermanus-tourism.co.za