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Montagu [1] is the gateway to the little (Klein) Karoo on Route 62 between Cape Town and the Garden Route with many fine examples of Cape-Dutch architecture. This friendly town always deliver on their promise of Expect the Unexpected with attractions that appeal to all the senses, silent mountain sides, clear Karoo night skies, adventure, culinary delights, visual stimulation of fruit and flowers, country life and much more. The town is very well known for the large amount of high quality rock climbing routes in the area plenty of adventure activities. The village also has a medicinal herb museum and many worthwhile art galleries.

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By car[edit]

This is the way to come to Montagu and it`s a 2-3 hours drive from Cape Town. Going east on the famous Route 62 will bring you to Oudtshoorn (this is an interesting drive through the semi-desert Karoo and worth some extra km/miles)

By bus[edit]

The big bus companies offer limited services to Montagu so it`s advisable to check the current situation.

Munnik's InterTown Coaches runs a scheduled bus service between Bellville (with pick up points in Athlone and Mitchel's Plein) and Montagu on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. All Enquires & Reservations - ph: +27 (0)21 637 1850 or +27 (0)21 637 5230.

Otherwise Translux (and CitytoCity) have a stop in nearby Ashton.

By plane[edit]

Sorry, there`s no airport in Montagu so you have to head for Cape Town or George.

By rail[edit]

The closest train mainline station is in Worcester some 95km away,Ashton 10km away has a station-but trains run weekly so this is NOT the way to go to Montagu.

Get around[edit]

The village itself is best explored walking. There is no public transport in Montagu so for longer trips rent a car. Alternative rent a (mountain-)bike as there are some interesting trails.

See[edit][add listing]

Montagu houses some very fine examples of Dutch-Cape architecture and it`s no problem to visit them on a walk through the streets (especially Long Street).

Do[edit][add listing]

Rock Climbing in Montagu

Hike along on of the many trails in the neighbouring mountains. Two of the nearby hiking routes, Bloupunt and Cogmanskloof trail start at Joubert Park just at the edge of the town. Further afield in the Koo valley you find the Gecko Trail as well as Nuy River Gorge Kloofing and Abseiling Take a dip at the hot springs some 3km out of town. Climb some of over 400 sport climbing routes.

  • Gecko Trail, +27 23 614 1895 info@geckotrail.co.za, [2]. A wilderness hiking trail, starting at the Nuy Valley (near Worcester) and making its way through the Nuy River Gorge to Simonskloof (or vice versa). The route is 16 km and includes some serious ascents and descents. Bookings via Simonskloof (see Sleep). Trail fee ~R35 per person.
  • Nuy River Gorge Kloofing, +27 23 614 1895 info@simonskloof.com, [3]. Oct-Apr. A one- or two-day kloofing (canyoneering) trip into a remote gorge including abseiling, boulder hopping, bivouacking and swimming. Meals and guiding included. Bookings via Simonskloof (see Sleep). ~R500-1300 per person.

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Every Saturday 08:00-12:30 you'll find the Montagu Village Market in Euvard Park on Bath street opposite the Information bureau. Here you'll find a fantastic selection of local farm produce, art and delicious foods as well as clothing and craft.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Montagu offers some very classy restaurants. Becoming more and more popular with tourists the prices get classy, too.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are several hotels and guesthouses in Montagu and some more a little bit out of town but there is a little shortage of backpacker-accommodation. If on a budget look for one of the self-catering cottages.

  • Airlies Guesthouse, 36 Bath street, +27 23 614 2943 (), [4]. Bed and Breakfast From R270 per person sharing (Reduced rates: May to September: 1 to 2 nights - 30% discount, stay 3 or more nights - 50% discount).  edit
  • Avalon Springs, Uitvlucht street, +27 23 614 1150 (), [5]. Luxury hotel and spa resort  edit
  • De Bos Guest Farm, Route 62, +27 23 614 2532, [6]. Self-catering rooms and bungalows, B&B, backpackers barn and camping. Popular with rock climbers and mountain bikers  edit
  • Montagu Springs, Little Sanctuary, +27 23 614 1050, [7]. From R380 to R1050 per chalet depending on size and time of year.  edit
  • Simonskloof Mountain Retreat, Koo Valley (Turn off the R318 tar road 40 km west of Montagu, then another 10 km on earth road), +27 23 614 1895 (), [8]. An off-grid, eco-friendly down-to-earth place in a little-visited valley, billing itself as a retreat from modern life. Accommodation is either camping or cottages complete with candles, paraffin lamps and wood / gas heating / cooking / braai-ing. Lots of hiking, mountaineering, climbing, canyoneering and nature watching in the vicinity. From R50 for camping to R400 for a cottage for two.  edit
  • 7 Church Street Luxury Guest House, 7 Church Street Montagu South Africa (Directions to 7 Church Street. A. From CAPE TOWN Via PAARL Along the N1: This is the fastest route from Cape Town if coming from the City, Northern Suburbs and follows via Paarl, Du Toitskloof Pass, either by Toll Tunnel (fastest) or by scenic drive over the pass, onto Worcester. On approaching Worcester, take 2nd turn-off to the right into Worcester as one avoids all the traffic lights in the Main Road. Follow road over train bridge, 1 traffic light and turn left into High Street at the 2nd Traffic light bearing right as the next traffic light it’s the turn-off to the right for the Robertson/Ashton/Montagu road and follow the road through these towns to Montagu and once in Montagu take the 3rd turn-off to the left which is Church Street and we are half-way up the road. 7 Church Street does have a sign on that corner. A1. From Stelenbosh via Franschhoek: A beautiful and scenic drive: leave Stelenbosh in direction Franschhoek, travelling over Hellshoogte pass. Drive over Franschhoek pass on the R45 to Villiersdorp and on the R43 to Worcester. Take the R60 to Robertson 10km before Worcester signed Robertson/Over Hex, Robertson, Ashton and Montagu. B. From CAPE TOWN Via SIR LOWRY’S PASS Along N2: This route is advisable when guests drive from the Cape Town International Airport directly out our way as it is easier to get onto the N2 than the N1 from there. Also if guests stay anywhere from Southern Suburbs to False Bay Coast it is the quickest. The first major town along this route is, Somerset West, which you by-pass and carry on over the Sir Lowry’s Pass through Elgin/Grabouw over the Houw Hoek Pass taking the Caledon turn-off and following through to Caledon, Riviersonderend, and then at a small place called Stormsvlei, turn left and take the route through Bonnievale Left at T Junction and right signed Ashton, Montagu 1km later which eventually joins up with the road that comes from Swellendam, turn left and follow till another T-junction faces you and turn right to Montagu. C. Route to MONTAGU from PORT ELIZABETH & GARDEN ROUTE: This route takes you from Port Elizabeth through Jeffrey’s Bay, Plettenberg Bay via the Toll Road (fastest)or Nature’s Valley (scenic) to Knysna, Wilderness and George. We recommend the use of the N12 via the Outeniqua Pass to Oudtshoorn and the scenic Route 62 from there through Calitzdorp, Ladismith, and Barrydale to Montagu. Once in Montagu, take the 5th road, Church Street, to your right and you will see the big white Church at the top of the road and 7 Church Street is half way up the road on the left hand side. Alternatively, you can take the N2 from Wilderness via Mossel Bay, Albertinia, Riversdale, Heidelberg (The quickest way is a dirt road 17km long to Barrydale-but, this depends on your transport and driving restrictions from the hire company) and turn off at Swellendam,– following the R60 to Ashton, Montagu and taking the 3rd road to the left which is Church Street and we are situated half way up the road on the left hand side. Another scenic route would be to take the road from Heidelberg, turning off the N2 following the signs to Suurbraak, Barrydale, via the Tradouw Pass which is one of the prettiest passes in our area, joining the scenic Route 62 at Barrydale again and once in Montagu taking the 5th road to the right and you are in Church Street where we are situated on the left hand side. D. Route to MONTAGU – from N1 north, i.e.GAUTENG direction: Follow the N1 down to Beaufort West, Laingsburg, Touws River. Approx.30km outside Touws River, there is a turn-off to the left (R318) that will lead you over the Koo Valley and Burgers Pass to Montagu. Arriving in Montagu, just follow the main road (Bath Street) thro’ 4 stop streets until you are next to the big white Church on the right. The next road to the left is Church Street where we are situated on the right hand side. 7 Church Street Luxury Guest House e-mail mwjones@yebo.co.za Box 43, - 7, Church Street, Montagu. 6720 South Africa. Web site www.7churchstreet.co.za Telephone +27 (0) 23 614 1186 Fax No. +27 (0) 23 614 3442 G.P.S . South 33°47’19.30” and 20°07’09.92” East Cel No. +27 (0) 84 507 8941), +27 (0)23 614 1186, [9]. checkin: 14h00; checkout: 10h30. 7 Church Street offers luxury accommodation superbly situated in stunning gardens in the heart of Montagu on the immensely popular Route 62 between Cape Town and the Garden Route / Port Elizabeth. This lovingly restored Victorian home dates back to the 1850’s and once boasted a thatched roof. The front elevation understates the jewels set at the end of the bougainvillea-edged driveway, including the elevated garden suite with its spacious lounge and sun deck complemented by Dial Cottage a Cape-Dutch thatched property which contains three more magnificent suites with panoramic views. Our suites are a welcome retreat to either just enjoy or to be a base for exploring the treasures of our area for 3 or 4 enchanting and memorable days. We look forward to welcoming you to a slice of our idyllic lives. Your hosts, from R450 pppn. (S33 47.316,E20 07.164) edit


Get out[edit]

Montagu an ideal stop over on the famous Route 62 between Cape Town and the Garden Route. Alternatively there's R318 a slower but more scenic road via the Keisie and Koo Valleys towards the N1 and Hex River Valley. BUT there is lots of reason to stay for 2, 3 or more nights. You can go for walks in the mountains, swimming at the hot mineral springs, horse riding, boat trips on the Breede River, tractor/trailer trip to the mountain summit, visit a wide variety of wineries with some of the best wines that you can get, or just relax and enjoy the sunshine and beauty of the town and area. Come and see for yourself, you will never regret it!

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