Montagu

The picturesque village of Montagu lies between the Keisie and Kingna Rivers approximately two hours drive (roughly 190km) from Cape Town along Route 62.

The village was founded in 1851 on the farm Uitvlucht, and named after John Montagu, the Colonial Secretary of the Cape at the time. It was granted municipal status in 1895. Today, this village still retains an air of old-worldliness, and is packed full of Cape Dutch and Georgian-style buildings. Of the twenty-three buildings that are provincial heritage sites, fourteen can be found along Long Street. Some regard the street, architecturally, as the most important in the country.

The main economic activity of the town is farming of fruit, wine and table grapes. There is a strong tradition of wine making, and the area has several wine cellars, some well known for their fabulous muscadel. At Badkloof, 3km from the town, a hot mineral spring has helped make Montagu a popular inland resort, where the water bubbles up to the surface at a temperature of 43<\#176>C.

For romantic travellers, there is a “Lovers’ Walk” of 2,5km that leads from the hot-water springs along the Kloof to an old mill called Eyssenhuis

The three-hour tractor and trailer ride that takes visitors to the top of the Langeberg where the panoramic views of the Koo Valley must be seen to be believed is memorable.

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