Montagu - South Africa's "Town of the Year - 2012"
The quaint village of Montagu lies nestled between two mountains in western Kannaland. It was once known as "Agter Cogmans Kloof". A unique rural atmosphere distinguishes Montagu as one of the best-preserved late Victorian villages in the Cape. It is strategically situated between the Garden Route and Cape Town along the famous Route 62, reputedly the longest wine route in the world. It passes through beautifully preserved villages where it seems as though time has stood still. These villages include Barrydale, Ladismith and Calitzdorp.
ClimateThe weather is perfect - far enough south to escape the heat of the "Klein Karoo"; yet far enough north to get away from the long wet winters of the Cape. Autumn brings an array of colours as the vineyards in the region prepare to lose their leaves in winter. During winter, the days are warm and sunny, with the occasional hint of rain. Spring brings a kaleidoscope of colours, from the tiniest wild flowers to the fruit tree blossoms in the orchards. Between October and March, one can expect longer, sunny days, with the fragrance of roses drifting on the air and warm balmy evenings.
The area offers a rich history - the most interesting museums being the Montagu Museum, Joubert House (the oldest local house), the British Fort, the old Mission Church and the natural gardens in the village. The healing powers of the Hot Springs have been enjoyed for over 200 years. The water is a continuous flow through the complex. Day visitors are most welcome (7 days a week).
The Montagu, Ashton and Robertson Wine Routes are close by, with many exceptional wine farms worth a visit. Some of the most well-known are:
- Van Loveren
- Graham Beck
- Uitvlucht (Montagu's oldest wine farm)
There are a variety of footpaths to choose from - "Lovers Walk" which passes the olive grove of Montagu Vines is ideal for that early morning stroll. You may come across Tortoises, Guinea fowl, "Dassies" (Rock Hyrax), Egyptian Geese and the odd Baboon or small Buck.
Montagu Vines is known for its tranquillity and restfulness. However, there is plenty to do for those wishing to be more active!
- Hiking and walking trails (Bloupunt Trail, Cogmanskloof Trail, Badskloof Trail, AasvoŽlkrans Trail)
- Historical tour of the town - self-guided walking tour
- Rock climbing on world-renowned rock formations
- Arts and Crafts tour - map and directions available for this walking tour
- Mountain bike trails
- Wine Tasting (organised tours available)
- Tractor ride to the summit of the Langeberg mountains, with the option of a "Potjiekos" lunch
- Hot springs at Avalon
- Quad bike trails
- 4 x 4 trails
- Game Reserve - Sanbona is 50 minutes away and has the Big 5 (no day visitors)
- Bird watching
- 9 Hole golf course
- Bicycle hire
- Nature Garden - especially between April and October, when teas are served on Tuesday mornings
- River Cruise - Goose River Cruise on the Breede River
- Scenic Drives
Pam and Ant are happy to make any enquiries/reservations for you or you may contact the Montagu Tourism Office for additional information on +27 23 614 2471 or email firstname.lastname@example.org