Grabouw is a mid-sized town located in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
Grabouw is located some 65 km south-east of Cape Town, over Sir Lowry’s Pass from Somerset West, along the N2 highway. The town is the commercial centre for the vast Elgin Valley, the largest single export fruit producing area in Southern Africa, which extends between the Hottentots-Holland, Kogelberg, Groenland, and Houwhoek Mountains.
The town’s economy is based on servicing the surrounding agricultural industry, with the Elgin Valley being intensively used for viticulture and the cultivation of apples, pears, plums and other deciduous fruit.
This agricultural region produces 65% of South Africa’s apple exports.The wine industry is an increasingly important component of the town’s economy. The surrounding agricultural region has undergone a move from deciduous fruit farming to viticulture, and this has had an effect on Grabouw, as the region’s population hub.
Tourism is also of importance to the economy. The N2 highway through the valley is extremely busy during the holiday season.
Situated by the Palmiet river in the fertile Elgin valley, Grabouw is surrounded by the Hottentots Holland and Groenland mountains to the north, and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve to the south. Several routes for exploring the surrounding mountains begin from the town.
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