Montagu (in Karoo) Accommodation

Before deciding on your accommodation decide whether you want to stay (1) at the hot springs, (2) in the historical town or (3) on a farm in the Montagu surrounds. In town the best options are the Montagu Country Hotel and Montagu Vines, on a farm try Keisie Cottages and at the hot springs is Avalon Springs.

Montagu is a town at the very beginning of the Little Karoo, and is known for its warm spring pools and beautiful walks.We rate Montagu alongside Prince Albert as being the best spots to visit in the Karoo.

Old English Fort near Montagu

Historical Town

Montagu Country Hotel (The best hotel we've stayed at in Montagu)

27 Bath Street
Montagu
6720
Western Cape Province
South Africa

res@montagucountryhotel.co.za

www.montagucountryhotel.co.za

Tel : 023-614-3125

Fax: 023-614-1905

Mimosa Lodge

Church Street
Montagu
6720
Western Cape Province
South Africa

info@mimosa.co.za

www.mimosa.co.za

Tel : 023-614-2351

Fax: 086 535 0722

Montagu Vines Bed & Breakfast

2 Tanner Street
Montagu
6720
Western Cape Province
South Africa

info@montaguvines.co.za

www.montaguvines.co.za

Tel : 023 614 3812

Fax: 086 606 6776

Airlies Guest House / Gastehuise

36 Bath Street
Montagu
6720
Western Cape Province
South Africa

info@airlies.co.za

www.airlies.co.za

Tel : 023 614 2943
Cell: 072 136 8578
Cell: 083 522 1713

Fax: 086-617-8360

At the time of writing, Airlies was ranked the 5th best B&B in Montagu, by Tripadvisor.

Airlies Guest House in Montagu

On a Farm

Keisie Cottages

Vredendal Farm
Keisie Valley
Montagu
Western Cape Province
South Africa

info@keisiecottages.co.za

www.keisiecottages.co.za

Tel : 023-614-2336

 

Keisie Cottages is situated on a farm about 24km from Montagu, on a farm appropriately named Vredendal (peace in the valley). Go swimming in the pool or reservoir in summer. Enjoy mountain biking or hiking up into the mountains. A lattice fence seperates the cottages.

Le Domaine Self Catering Cottages

1km after Montagu on R62
Western Cape Province
South Africa

www.ledomainefarm.co.za

Tel : 082-829-8902

Les Hauts De Montagu Guest House

3 km after Montagu ?
Western Cape Province
South Africa

info@leshautsdemontagu.co.za

www.leshautsdemontagu.co.za

Tel : 023-614-2514

Fax: 023-614-3517

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

?Die Vlakte?
43km past Montagu
Western Cape Province
South Africa

reservations@mantiscollection.com

www.sanbona.com

Tel : 041-407-1000

Restaurants - Kokkemans Kitchen

I never got the chance to eat at Kokkemans Kitchen, but the outside of the building is beautiful, and they've got a 4.5 rating on Tripadvisor, which ranks them 7th out of 21 restaurants in Montagu. So, I'm not quite recommending them, but it looks worth a try. To make a booking their phone numbers are 083-522-1713 or 072-136-8578, and they serve breakfast, lunch and supper. Their street address is 44 Bath St, Bergsig, Montagu.

Kokkemans Kitchen in Montagu

Hot springs

Avalon Springs is situated right on top of the hot springs, so if this is all you're going to Montagu for, it's probably the place for you to go to (address is at Uitvlucht Street). There's a pool which is specifically for hotel guests. Contact them at 023-614-1150. Get an Avalon Suite, with a spa bath in the room (fed from the springs).

About Montagu

Montagu is situated in the Klein Karoo on the R62, about a 2 hour drive from Cape Town, and also 2 hours from Oudtshoorn. It's at the start of the Karoo and free from pollution, so do stargaze at night.

Getting to Montagu

road map from Cape Town to Montagu

An option for getting to Montagu is to turn off the N1 onto the R318; which will take you through Koo Valley, over the Burgers Pass and through Keisies Valley.

Burgers Pass on the way to Montagu

Map of Montagu

 

Weather

Warm summers and crisp dry winters. Montagu is far enough north to escape the wet winters of Cape Town, and far enough south to escape the extreme heat of the Karoo.

church in Montagu, South Africa

News & History

  • 5 to 7 July 2013 : The Breyten Breytenback Festival in Montagu.

  • 1981 Montagu is devastated by floods.

  • 1853 Joubert House, a Cape gabled thatch house, is built. This is the oldest building in Montagu and is situated in Long Street. A little room in Joubert House contains a collection of historical toys, including individually numbered handmade porcelain dolls.

  • 1851 Montagu is founded on the farm Uitvlucht.

farm in Montagu

Top things to do in Montagu

Avalon Springs

The Avalon Springs hotel is situated right at the hot spring baths. You can literally walk out of the hotel and into the pools. There is also a warm spa pool inside the hotel.

Bathing in the hot spring baths is the number one attraction for most tourists visiting Montagu.

Montagu spa baths at Avalon Springs

Montagu Springs

Montagu Dried Fruit route

Tractor trip from the Montagu Factory Shop & Wine Boutique to the old English Fort & back.

Bird watching

Best spot for bird watching is the Leiwater Dam (irrigation water dam), which eighteen species use as a breeding ground, and where you can find Montagu's famous bird tree.

Montagu's bird tree

Leiwater dam in Montagu

Golf

Montagu has a 9 hole golf course (phone 023 614 1860)

Top of Langeberg

Neil Burger tractor drive to the top of the Langeberg.

Joubert House & the medicinal garden

25 Long Street

Visit Joubert House, the first house built in Montagu, and see the collection of historical toys. Behind Joubert House is a garden with more than 120 plants that have been published in the Herbal Remedies of Montagu Museum. IOpen from 08h00 to 17h00 on weekdays, and from 10h00 to 12h00 on weekends and Public Holidays, closed on Christmas day and Good Friday (phone 023 614 1774, email mmuseum@lando.co.za).?

Joubert House was built in 1853 by Pieter Gideon Joubert for his father, and stands on a sub-division of the original Uitvlucht farm. It was declared a national monument in 1975.

Visit the old English Fort

The old English Fort on the way to Montagu

Entrance to the old british fort

A gunhole in the wall of the Old English Fort

A hole in the wall of the Old English Fort

Gotta love Karoo humour and friendliness - we found this "seat" in Rose Street in Montagu with a sign on it saying "Come sit down, enjoy the view & fresh air":

Outdoor toilet in Montagu

Montagu's Nature Garden

Montagu's Nature Garden is a haven of peace; literally a 15 minute walk from the town's centre. The garden has a bit of a Kirstenboschy feel to it; but is more rugged, has less pretty plants, and Table Mountain is replaced by the Cape Fold Mountains in the distance. The plant-life is combination of renosterveld, succulent karoo & fynbos. The best time of year to visit the garden is in the spring, when the vygies bloom.

Montagu Nature Garden's little stream, with trees and mountains in the background

Where it differs most from Kirstenbosch, is that Montagu's Nature Garden extends into the scrubby hilly nature reserve extending up to Bessiekop and beyond. The area was formalised as a nature garden in 1954.

Montagu's Nature Garden

Here's Bessiekop. You can work your way up and down her in the space of about an hour. This is a suitable hike for taking your kids with. If you're looking for a bigger challenge, try the climb up to the cave above Avalon Springs - also up and down in about an hour, but it includes ladders with steep falls.

Bessiekop in the Montagu Nature Garden

Here's a panoramic view from the top of Bessiekop, the town is on the right, above which is Cogmanskloof Pass leading to Ashton, and in the middle you can see Sarahsriviersberg towering over the area - she's the highest peak in the Montagu area, and is part of the Langeberg Mountains, which in turn are part of the Cape Fold Mountains. Unlike Bloukop, not many people have been on top of Sarahsriviersberg, not because of the difficulty of the climb, but because of the steep gradient, vegetation challenges, and the fact that there isn't a well-trodden path to the top.

Sarahriviersberg, part of the Langeberg Mountain Range

Don't forget to say aloe to these friendly plants:

Two aloe plants with Langeberg mountains in the background

 

There's a sundial in the garden, where you can check the time, or teach your kids about how it works. Guess what time we visited?

Sundial in Montagu's Nature Garden

 

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