Montagu was named after John Montagu, a former Colonial Secretary, and was founded in 1851 on the farm Uitvlucht. The town is the gateway to the Little Karoo and lies on Route 62. Situated in an important fruit-growing area, Montagu has the reputation as one of the best-preserved late Victorian villages in the Cape. Many believe in the healing qualities of natural hot-water mineral springs and those at Montagu are popular among many visitors.
Adventure And Sport
4×4 Route: The mighty roar of the 4×4 often resounds along the popular Waboomsberg, Witkwas and Wagon Wheel Routes.
Hiking: The hiking trails in the area include the Bloupunt and Cogman’s Kloof trails which offer overnight accommodation.
Rock-climbing: This is another popular activity in the area.
Potjiekos and Tractor Rides: An attraction peculiar to the area is a ride up the Langeberg Mountains and the opportunity to taste the traditional South African dish, potjiekos.
Wine-tasting: The three wine cellars in the area produce excellent wines and are definitely worth a visit.
Fauna And Flora
Nature Garden: The garden was founded in 1954 and is open to visitors. In springtime vygies and other plants are in bloom, transforming the garden into a virtual paradise.
History And Architecture
Dutch Reformed Church: The building of this church commenced in 1852.
Joubert House: The house is located in Long Street and is the oldest house in the town, built in 1853.
Long Street: Long Street is one of the most historic streets in the country where 14 of the town’s 22 national monuments can be found.
Montagu Museum: The various historical memorabilia include signed photographs of John Montagu.
Old English Fort: The fort dates back to 1899 and lies above the Cogman’s Kloof Tunnel.
Hot mineral springs: No-one is sure when Montagu’s hot mineral springs were discovered; the general opinion is that they were discovered by early trekkers (pioneers). Today, those who come here for the benefit of their health can stay at a luxurious hotel. Visitors from overseas even come to visit these restorative waters.