Welcome to Montagu, the summer oasis of the Western Cape, with warm, sunny days, swimming, hiking and fruit, mixed with plenty of summertime hospitality! The weather is perfect: far enough south to escape the heat of the Karoo, with long sun-filled days & balmy nights. It is the ideal time of year to concentrate on all the outdoor activities that are on offer in our wonderful area. You can swim in the hot springs, there are many rock faces surrounding Montagu to be climbed & there is an arts & crafts route to enjoy.
Known as the ‘mountain mecca’ of the Cape, Montagu lies surrounded by the Langeberg mountain range nestled between the Keisie and Kingna Rivers in the western corner of Kannaland, and is famous for her orchards, vineyards, local herbs, rock formations and healing hot mineral springs. Montagu is one of the best examples of a late Victorian agricultural village in the Western Cape with a number of examples of preserved Cape Dutch and Georgian National Monuments - Long Street houses 14 of the town’s 22 national monuments and Joubert House epitomises late 19th century living.
Spending time in Montagu is sure to relax and recharge your batteries or, if you are that way inclined, there is a list of activities to get the adrenalin flowing, like mountain biking, kloofing, abseiling, paragliding, fishing and river boat trips up the Breede River. The main attraction in Montagu is the radioactive hot springs, originally part of the farm ‘Uitvlucht’, on the edge of the village. Lover’s Walk - a charming passage through cliffs to the springs, was painstakingly reconstructed after a flood in 1981 completely devastated the Kloof, including the Baths complex.
The Nature Garden, which offers a peaceful and relaxing alternative to the springs, was founded in 1954 and is a joy to visit during spring when wild flowers are in bloom. Cogmans Kloof, now one of the major entrances to Montagu, was initially impenetrable until Thomas Bain built the pass and tunnel through the kloof that negotiates the Hole in the Rock, known locally as the gateway to the Klein Karoo.
There is also fishing, kloofing & our world famous tractor trip & potjie lunch. Summer is also the time for a wide variety of fruit - fresh & dried. Our sugary sweet wines are in production & there are plenty of things to see & do for the whole family. Truly a Summer Destination!