Montagu is a charming, historic village nestled between two mountain ranges, halfway between Cape Town and the Garden Route, and lies in the heart of the legendary Route 62. With crystal clear air, beautiful mountains, a superb climate and plenty to do, it is the ideal breakaway spot from city living.
The weather is perfect, far enough south to escape the heat of the Karoo, far enough north to get away from the long winters of the Cape. In winter the days are mild and sunny, with the occasional rainfall. Autumn brings on a kaleidoscope of stunning colours in the whole area. As for October, there isn’t a place that can compare to the beauty and abundance of the roses. Not to mention the beautiful fruit blossoms. Summer is warm and dry with plenty of fresh, juicy fruit to eat.
The Route 62 is the world’s longest wine route, and the many award-winning wines from the Montagu area are well known throughout the world for their sugary sweetness and balmy bouquet. Montagu is the “Mountain Mecca” of the Western Cape and offers a variety of hikes and walks to choose from.
With the tortoises, daisies, guinea-fowl, Egyptian geese, and the odd baboon or small buck that shows itself, the routes are all a delight for everyone. Other mountain activities include some of the best rock-climbing in the world, mountain biking,4X4 , and for those who are more stout of heart, kloofing and gravity biking. Something not to be missed is the Montagu Tractor Trips, a three hour tractor ride up to the summit of of the Langeberg Mountains. The stop on the summit offers spectacular views of the Robertson and Koo Valleys and a taste
of muscadel and dried fruit. The optional potjie lunch afterwards in the pine forest is an absolute must and a culinary delight.