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Montagu village & the Langeberg valley


Montagu is a friendly village at the gateway of the Karoo. Voted Village of the Year for it’s combination of hospitality, gorgeous views, beautiful architecture and fabulous Hot Springs.

Located a short 200 km drive from Cape Town, makes Montagu a popular weekend getaway. Visit fine restaurants, historic sites, markets, and then relax your cares away in the rejuvenating hot springs. For those interested in historic architecture, you will be spoiled for choice. Montagu has some of the best kept homes from the ox-wagon days along Long street, with national monuments and museums in abundance. You have a vast range of wines to choose from, with over 45 different cellars offering some of the finest wines for the connoisseur. The Route 62 Wine Tour enables you to savour the wine tastings, without the need to drive home afterwards. Take a stunning river boat cruise on the Breede River or a tractor drive up into the mountains to drink in the most beautiful scenic views. Visit the Guano Caves, and identify many bird species, without having to walk very far. A short drive will take you to fine game farms where you are able to view the Big Five of Africa. Leave the city rat race behind and discover why Montagu is known as one of the best places to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.

The Route 62

Cape Route 62 is the tourist route in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South Africa that meanders between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, the Langkloof and Port Elizabeth, offering the shorter, scenic alternative to the N2 highway.

It’s an area of magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and an abundance of trees and indigenous flora – all contribute to make Paarl, Wellington, the Breede River Valley,Klein Karoo and Langkloof some of South Africa’s most diverse regions. The ever changing colours of the majestic mountains, scenic passes, rivers, vineyards and orchards, as well as the multitude of attractions, will offer you an unforgettable adventure – whether this is in the physical sense or simply a kaleidoscope of scenic tranquillity.

The easily accessible towns, nestled along the valleys, all offer ample opportunity for discovery. From visits to wineries and game reserves, tribal art, cultural tours, museums and for the more adventurous: hiking trails and mountain climbing, 4×4 routes, canoeing, horse riding, even ostrich riding, fishing and caving …

Cape Route 62 lends itself so well to self drive holidays because of the excellent road conditions, sufficient accommodation offerings along the route and the diversity of attractions you’ll encounter along your drive.

Cape Route 62 is an exciting experience, even for the well-travelled. When you are tired after a long day’s travel, you can even unwind in one of the region’s invigorating hot-springs, revel in luxury or relax in rustic tranquillity.

Cape Route 62 prompts associations with the legendary byway, Route 66, connecting the urban and rural communities between Chicago and Los Angeles. In 1926 the inter regional link, Route 66, between Chicago and Los Angeles, was established as one of America’s main east-west arteries, providing small towns access to a major national throughfare. In the same manner Cape Route 62 links Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. This scenic route passes through farming towns such as Calitzdorp, Ladismith, historic Amalienstein, Zoar and the fruit growing and wine producing towns of Barrydale, Montagu, Ashton, Bonnievale, Robertson, McGregor, Rawsonville, Worcester, Ceres, Wolseley, Tulbagh, Wellington and Paarl. It includes the Langkloof with the following towns; Misgund, Louterwater, Krakeel, Joubertina and Kareedouw.

Ironically, the public lobby, for rapid mobility and improved highways, which gave Route 66 its enormous popularity in earlier decades, also signalled its demise beginning in the mid 1950’s. Route 66 was replaced by a national highway, which caused a severe decrease in traffic. This greatly affected the smaller towns’ economy along the route, whose survival depended on the vast majority of travellers. With the completion of the N2 highway in 1958, Cape Route 62 suffered the same fate. Even though the villages on this route have been in hibernation for more than 40 years, they have been beautifully preserved – they are all situated in very wealthy farming communities.

More information about Montagu

Montagu was cut off from the main trek routes due to the seemingly impenetrable nature of Cogmans Kloof, it wasn’t until Thomas Bain built the pass and the tunnel that trade began to develop the area. In 1841 Montagu was laid out on the farm Uitvlugt and in 1852 John Montagu the Colonial Secretary of the Cape visited the infant town.

In 1855 the first school was opened and two years later a contract was signed for the building of a church designed by George Burkett.

In 1873 the Montagu Hot Springs began charging a “ticky” for using the baths. Their use obviously goes back to time immemorial with traces of early man having been found in the nearby caves. The importance of the Baths to the general public is reflected in the conditions written into the title deeds.

“That the outspan place and Thoroughfare as laid down on the Diagram shall remain free That the grant now made the Public shall not be excluded from the benefits derived from a Hot Spring situate within the Limits of this land-but on the contrary have the right of using the said Spring as a Hot Bath and that it shall be optional with them , should the proprietor hereafter construct suitable accommodation on the spot, to avail themselves thereof or not as they may think proper, That all Roads leading to the Bath shall remain free, that the said public frequenting said Bath shall be allowed to Outspan on this land, but that cattle shall not unless with the consent of the grantee or his successors remain longer than twenty-four hours on this land.”

Montagu banknotes were printed and issued from 1861 to the demise of the bank in 1868, The bank was in the building now occupied by attorneys on Bath Street. Samples of the notes are on display

In 1877 Thomas Bain built the Tunnel and the new road through Cogmans Kloof.

Between 1902 and 1985 the Brink Brother’s enterprises were of major significance to the town. Their activities included general dealers, bottling works, canning factory, dried fruit production and a department store.

In 1936 Montagu was declared a health resort. This resulted in an influx of wealthy people purchasing holiday houses. At one time Montagu boasted 5 millionaires.

In 1941 the Montagu Muscadel Co-Operative was formed with fifteen members present at the first meeting. The development can be gauged by the fact that in 1944 800 tons of grapes were processed; in 1991 the figure had grown to 11,000 ton.

In 1950 Montagu hosted the first South African Wine Festival. With much trepidation and debate the committee members assured the protesters that “Drinkers will not be able to make themselves drunk during the periods the wine will be served. We will not have dishonour brought to our product.” All went well.

In 1954 The Montagu Nature Garden was inaugurated by a group of ladies who regularly gathered to work in the gardens, as it still is to this day. During the period July to October, each Tuesday morning the ladies provide tea and snacks to all who care to join them.

In 1982 Joubert House was acquired by the Museum Trust.

In April 1995 President Mandela in his first informal engagement following his inauguration, opened the twenty-first Muscadel Wine Festival. ( After the first Muscadel festival there was a period when the tradition lapsed.)

Montagu is blessed with the wonderful climate that the Western Cape offers. It has warm to hot summers, mild winters and long spring and autumn months. The town is surrounded with hills. The unpolluted horizon is one of the chief attractions. Flowers are a passion among the town’s gardeners. The annual Rose show in October is the showcase for the towns famous range of roses.

One of Montagu’s chief attractions are the radioactive hot springs situated on the edge of the present day town. It is not certain when these were first discovered but the refreshing and healing waters were known about in the early history of the town.

The Cogmanskloof Pass connects the towns of Ashton and Montagu. Its entire 6.5 km stretch through a majestic landscape of towering rock formations and a colourful pastoral patchwork delights the eye and invigorates the heart! Renamed after Cape Colony secretary, John Montagu, the town’s original name of Cogmanskloof is where this pass took its name from.

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Route 62

Cape Route 62 is the tourist route in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South Africa, that meanders between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, the Langkloof and Port Elizabeth, offering the shorter, scenic alternative to the N2 highway.
It’s an area of magnificent landscapes and towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and an abundance of trees and indigenous flora – all contribute to make Paarl, Wellington, the Breede River Valley, Klein Karoo and Langkloof some of South Africa’s most diverse regions.

Robertson Wine Valley

This is one of the fastest growing wine valleys in the world. Nestling between Worcester and Montagu in the Cape, this is the land of wine and roses. It is all about the climate and the soil. The abundant lime-rich soil not only produces exquisite shiraz, cabernet and chardonnay but great horse studs as well. Evocative names such as Zandvliet, Viljoensdrift and De Wetshof are all visited. Meet the wine makers and viticulturists who have made this spectacular valley.

Langeberg Region

Reasons to visit Robertson Valley and the rest of the Langeberg Region – Montagu, Ashton, Bonnievale and McGregor. Perfect for longer stays with loads of Accommodation options. From here you can explore the region with everything to see and do. Also perfect for day trips from Cape Town. Come and visit the most beautiful winelands with top wineries and wines, awesome outdoor and adventure activities, the Breede River, wonderful surroundings and friendly people.

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2 Kloof Street, Montagu, 6720, South Africa

Phone: +27 23 614 3147

Mobile: +27 82 561 7818