Montagu is approximately 2 hours drive from Cape Town on Route
62. This peaceful town is steeped in history and is famous for its
awe inspiring rock formations, orchards, vineyards, local herbs
and healing hot mineral springs.
Approaching Montagu from the Breede River one travels alongside
the old Bain's road through the spectacular Cogmans Kloof eventually
negotiating the Hole in the Rock, known locally as the Gateway to
the Klein Karoo.
Montagu was laid out on the farm Uitvlugt In 1841 and named after
John Montagu the Colonial Secretary of the Cape. However, it wasn't
until Thomas Bain built the Cogmans Kloof pass and the tunnel during
the 1870's that the area really began to develop.
Visitors will to the town discover the Wildflower Nature garden,
bird sanctuaries, a nature reserve, museums, art galleries, historic
homes, lovely hiking trails, 4X4 and mountain bike trails and ideal
rock climbing opportunities.
Enjoy the two museums, and walk around the town to view the many
National Monuments. Or stroll in Joubert Park, which is the entrance
to the Nature Reserve and starting point for most of the walks and
The view from Kanonkop Hill offers an awe inspiring scenery. The
Nature Garden is a must for lovers of indigenous plants and bird
Informative Guide Maps for the trails, Historic Houses, Gardens,
Artists and Kanonkop Hill are available from the Tourist Bureau.
Accommodation is available in first class hotels, lodges, guest
houses and guest farms.
* Montagu Nature Garden - reputed to provide a home to Southern
Africa's largest variety of Mesembryanthenums.
* Montagu museum - the Mission Church with neo-gothic elements
was declared a National Monument and houses the museum which portrays
the ways of life of Montagu's local residents. The archives house
documents, photographs and Africana relating to the history of Montagu.
Art treasures in the museum include twelve works in oil and other
mediums by Francois Krige. A visit to the Francois Krige gallery,
which is next door, can be pre-arranged through Museum staff.
* Joubert House and Herb Garden
Joubert House provides insight on how life was conducted in the
latter part of the nineteenth century. The house also provides a
sanctuary for a unique collection of handmade dolls. Another very
special feature is the sale of herbal remedies and pot pourri oils
- grown from a unique herb garden at the rear of the house.
The town and surrounding area has several art galleries featuring
local artists, potteries, crafters such as Montagu Teddy Bears,
hand crafted furniture plus outlets selling craft work.
Historically the Montagu area was mainly known for its fine Muscadel
fortified wines, but today the choice has expanded to include Chardonnay,
Colombards, Merlot and other modern cultivars.
Wine Cellars include Bloupunt, Uitvlucht, Rietrivier, Montagu Co-op,
Drie Berge and Klein Karoo Winery.
* Tractor Trips
Protea Farm Tractor Trail Trips
Conducted tours through the local farms and mountain routes can
be bookinged through Montagu Tourist Bureau Offices.
* Rock Climbing
Montagu has been described as a rock climbers paradise. The best
climbing conditions are found between May and September.