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Montagu: Where to ride, climb, eat and relax

Montagu was founded on the farm Uitvlucht in 1851. It was named after John Montagu, Colonial Secretary of the Cape. This photo was taken from one of the viewpoints on the Cogmanskloof Hiking Trail.
Montagu was founded on the farm Uitvlucht in 1851. It was named after John Montagu, Colonial Secretary of the Cape. This photo was taken from one of the viewpoints on the Cogmanskloof Hiking Trail.

Be warned: If you visit Montagu, you’ll either be filled with regret when you have to leave, or you’ll decide to stay and make it your new home!

Montagu in the Little Karoo has a bit of everything: spectacular natural scenery, beautiful old buildings, good restaurants… It also makes everyone feel welcome, whether they’re a hiker, mountain biker, rock climber, history buff or foodie.

If you drive into town along Route 62 from the Cape Town side and cruise down Long Street, you’ll notice the well-maintained houses and manicured gardens first. Stately Cape Dutch farmsteads stand among vineyards and orchards. The Victorian houses in Church Street tell of a British influence. Sheep and horses graze, and water murmurs in irrigation canals.

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