The beauty of the Klein Karoo is hard to put into words, which is why we’d rather recommend some outdoor activities while staying at Montagu Springs. That way you’ll get a firsthand perspective of this incredible part of South Africa. There are numerous hiking trails in the area, so we thought we’d suggest a few that you can have a look at and decide which one to enjoy once here.
Bloupunt Hiking Trail
The trail is the longest on our list and at 15.6km it is a fantastic day out for those accustomed to hiking. Depending on the speed with which you walk, the trail can be completed in anything from 5 to 9 hours. There are a number of interesting sights along the way, including the constantly changing panoramas as they vary between ravines with mountain streams to craggy cliffs with some amazing rock formations. At the summit, Bloupunt is 1266m high and once there, you will be presented with breathtaking views as far as the eye can see, in every direction. So much so that you can even see the nearby towns of Ashton, McGregor, Robertson, Bonnievale and of course, Montagu itself. As an added bonus, there are three small waterfalls just off the main route on your way down, and they offer the perfect way to cool down after a good hike.
Cogmanskloof Hiking Trail
At 12.1km, the trail is a little easier to complete than Bloupunt, but it should be noted that the first 2km from the overnight cabin are pretty steep, but after that the route becomes very easy. It will take between 4 – 6 hours to complete the hike to the Cogmans summit, and although it’s only half the height of Bloupunt at 690m, it offers a gorgeous view of Montagu, the ravines and the mountains. Stunning rock formations, wild flowers, Proteas, aloes, erics and “sewejaartjies” colour the backdrop of this wonderful trail.
Loverswalk and Badskloof Trail
This is also referred to as “Mayor’s Walk” by locals, and is a short, 500m walk through the banks of the Keisie River, below Kanonkop and through to Joubertpark. It serves as an extension to the Badskloof trail, which is about 2.2km in length, so if you crave something a little shorter than the first two, but longer than 500m, Badskloof could be just what you’re after. Note that Loverswalk is free, while Badskloof does charge and entry fee at either end of the trail.
So there you have it, three wonderful hikes to enjoy next time you stay at Montagu Springs.
As your gateway to the Klein Karoo, and the quaint town of Montagu, we thought we’d share some of the local attractions that you can’t miss when you visit the area. Make use of our accommodation whilst exploring all of the magic that our charming town has to offer, from a museum, and a padstal, to rock climbing, your journey into Montagu starts now.
The museum itself is made up of three parts, the Old Mission Church, the KWV Building Complex and Joubert House. The museum is a showcase of the history and heritage of Montagu and curious visitors will get a great glimpse into architectural history of the town. The museum was originally started in the Old Mission Church and the original exhibit from 1975, comprising of bibles, old wedding dresses as well as wall texts, is still on show for guests to see. The museum is known for its dynamic exhibition that changes regularly, that way, regardless of how often, or infrequently, you visit, there will be something new to enjoy.
Route 62 Restaurant and Farm Stall
Better known as the ‘Die Kloof Padstal’ this institution is set on the R62, right at the entrance of Montagu. It’s almost impossible to miss, and essential to stop at. The restaurant itself is an attraction in itself, with its affordable and delicious meals. If you can, pop in on a Sunday and enjoy some real South African cuisine, or indulge in an all-day breakfast instead, whatever you prefer, this is the one farm stall on the R62 that you can’t afford to miss.
Rock climbing for the adventurous
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you may be aware of the wonderful rock climbing on offer around Montagu. The best part of rock climbing around Montagu is that it impacts very little, if any, of the local vegetation, while providing you with some of the best views and scenes of the surrounding area. The ranges around town have more cliff faces than can be conquered, but that also means there are varying degrees of difficulty available, so pro, or novice, if you are thinking about trying rock climbing, Montagu may be the perfect destination for your first outdoor climbing trip.
Those are some of our favourite things to do in and around our town, if you require any accommodation to enjoy these attractions don’t hesitate to get in touch with us as Montagu Springs and it’s family friendly environment provides the perfect place from where to enjoy the area.
The beauty of the Klein Karoo is the host of small towns scattered across it. These towns vary in size, and specialties as much as any city and its neighbourhoods. From Robertson to Montagu, fresh produce, delicious local products and incredible landscapes adorn this small nook of the country. One of the best ways to spend a Saturday afternoon in the Klein Karoo is however to attend the annual Food and Wine Festival in the small town of McGregor.
The festival takes place on Saturday, August 31 and has been described as “the most fun, the most affordable and the least pretentious of any food and wine fest.” And considering how close it is to Montagu and of course, Montagu Springs, why not come and stay for the weekend and drive through to McGregor on Saturday for some decadence? At the festival winemakers from around the area will be presenting their valley wines, while restaurateurs from the area, chef and caterers will be providing a wonderful array of dishes for you to choose from.
Ranging from rustic, and trendy, to humble traditional foods, there is sure to be something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. One of the chief attractions of the festival is obviously the wine on offer from some of the country’s best wine farms. There will be a host of brand new vintages on offer, and cellars will also sell their wares at discounted rates throughout the day, perhaps a great way to get early Christmas shopping done?
From hearty meals to sublime finger foods, including wraps, pitas, bruschetta and even sushi, it’ll be easy to find the perfect complementary meal for your favourite bottle of wine. During the weekend the restaurants in McGregor will also be creating special menus just for the festival. Besides the main attractions of food and drink, there’s also a trail run, live entertainment and of course the numerous quaint restaurants in this, one of the Western Cape’s most endearing villages.
The venue is the Dutch Reformed Church hall from 10h00 till 16h00, and entrance will cost you R60 p/p, which includes a tasting glass and wine tastings. For more information on the McGregor Food and Wine Festival, contact Mira Weiner, Tourism Officer, on +27 23 6251 954, or visit the Tourism McGregor website.
It’s almost that time again, where the Motagu Makiti transforms our small Klein Karoo town into a wonderfully festive destination for those looking to escape the city. This year sees a number of new events added to the schedule, so if you attended last year, you are in for an even bigger treat this time around!
This year’s events include the Montagu Makiti Family Golf Day, an Olive and Muscadel Pitstop at Cabrieres, the Mimitime Show, and the Makiti Triathlon. The Heita Hello Heritage Carnival & Celebration will also take place, as well as the Heritage Hunt, so as you can see, there really is something for everyone at the Montagu Makiti.
There will be a market, the Montagu Museum and Gallery will have a special exhibition, not to mention tractor rides for the kids, and the amazing dried fruit stall which will be trading all weekend. For those looking for something a little more adrenalin inducing, the local rock climbing is well-known, or if you’re a budding photographer you can joing Laresa Pearlman (Ravenna) for a photographic outing which is sure to inspire.
The best part of the Montagu Makiti is that Montagu Springs is one of the sponsors of the event, so if you stay with us over the weekend, you’ll be in the heart of all the action. The triathlon, and the treasure hunt are both first time events, while the Mimetime Show is back by popular demand, but only for one night this time, so be sure not to miss it.
The Makiti provides visitors with “Culture Canned in the Langeberg” and takes place from 20 – 23 September 2013. For more information visit the Makiti website, and don’t forget to book your accommodation today to avoid disappointment closer to the Makiti.
We are very proud to announce that, in association with Madinah Meals, Montagu Springs visitors will now be able to purchase Halaal meals on premises. These frozen meals will be stored in a sponsored chest freezer and distributed by our team at Montagu Springs.
Next time you visit us, remember to ask at Reception about our frozen / pre-cooked Halaal meals. The meals are also certified by the MJC Halaal Trust, and are all stored in their own dedicated freezer.
On April 27 Joubert-Tradauw wine farm will host Unplugged 62, a blues festival in the heart of the Klein Karoo. The event is a collaboration between Boland Kelder and Joubert-Tradauw Wingerde en Kelder and will take place 12km west of Barrydale and a mere 52km from Montagu on the Joubert-Tradauw farm.
Acts include Gerald Clark, Rick Stander and Natasha Meister, to name a few. Schalk Joubert, Simon Orange, Simon van den Linden, Schalk van der Merwe and Tim Rankin will also be contributing to the entertainment.
As it’s only a single day event, it is the perfect excuse for a city escape to the R62, and Montagu’s surroundings. Unfortunately the lunch tickets are already sold out, however there are still numerous concert tickets available.
Some of the treat on offer include freshly baked ciabatta jams, spanakopita soy chicken with garlic and onions, salads, preserves, nuts, seeds and an assortment of other delectable deli produce to snack on while enjoying some of the best blues musicians in South Africa.
Montagu Springs will provide the perfect base from where to enjoy the festivities as it’s not too far to drive for the afternoon, and it leaves Friday and Sunday free for you to explore the gorgeous Montagu region. With a host of restaurants, wine cellars and padstals to peruse, no trip to the Klein Karoo would be complete without some good, old fashioned indulgence and relaxation.
We recently received this bit of positive feedback regarding the running of another successful event we were involved with, in association with the Western Cape Marching Band Association and Agent for Marching Bands South Africa.
Dear Rob Gooderson,
What a success!!! WCMBA members have now enjoyed your Annual RAD Outreach Program since the “First” Chapter, and the event is getting rave reviews.
On behalf of the WCMBA Board of Directors and students, I want to extend a heartfelt thank you for your commitment to making this event so successful. It was the vision of RAD Foundation to approach the Board of Directors and the Planning Committee and provide a networking forum for your Langeberg area and all members in a pleasant, comfortable environment.
This program really needs weekly and monthly support once a week or two times a month to archive your Goals ….. and really needs support towards success.
Your generous contribution helped make our vision a reality by helping to offset the cost of holding the Outreach Program in an environment as beautiful and professional and as Montagu Resort.
As we continue to grow as a lot of chapter and Levels in Music and Drum line, please know that partnerships with your sponsors are vital to the success of this venture.
You are truly appreciated.
On behalf of the WCMBA Board of Directors:
Ceo: Fadiel Gasant
There are numerous events in and around Montagu Springs during 2013, and here are some of the ones we’re most excited about.
1. Montagu Rock Rally (13 April)
The Rock Rally is a very popular climbing rally held in Montagu every year, and this year’s event is sure to be fantastic. With climbing competitions, best fancy dress, a potjie and a party and a host of prizes to be won, this could be just the thing to do from 12 – 14 April.
2. The Breyten Breytenbach Boekefees/Literary Festival (5 – 7 July)
A must for any avid South African literary fan, this festival offers a variety of speakers and presenters on a wonderful array of topics regarding Klein Karoo literature and poetry. As an added bonus this year’s festival will include a celebration of the work of Francois Krige, the famous artist who left his mark entrenched throughout Montagu.
3. The 18th Annual Youth Arts Festival hosted by the RAD Foundation (7 – 17 August)
Taking over the town for 10 days, the Youth Arts Festival showcases some wonderful young talent, and there are a wide range of events to enjoy. Performers will be focusing on music, dance and art from 7 – 10 August, before the very popular choir performances at the NG Kerk on August 9. Drama and poetry take center stage from Augut 14 – 17, and the the final prizegiving is scheduled for the 17th, make sure no to miss this fantastic exhibition of South Africa’s youngest talents.
4. Montagu Makiti (20 – 22 September)
The event was so popular last year that it has become an annual event, with the second Makiti scheduled for September this year. The highlight last year was the Bath Street Carnival, so look out for that this year, as it’s sure to be entertaining and enjoyable for the entire family.
Those are a few of the events to be hosted in Montagu this year which we are very excited for. We will keep updating this news section to keep you up to date with everything and anything that is happening in the area!
Remember to make a note of the 21 – 24 September 2012 when it’s time for the annual Montagu Makiti! The festival will offer Live Music, Shows, Golf, Carnival, Food, Wine, History, Arts and Culture – making it an event for the entire family to enjoy in and around Montagu. Visit the Makiti website for more information about festival
Programme for the 21st & 22nd September 2012, at Montagu Springs
|10h00 till 10h15
||Feeding of Waterfowl
|10h30 till 11h15
||POP IDOLS (puppet show) and FACEPAINT
|11h30 till 12h30
||FUN AND GAMES and POLLUTION (puppet show)
|14h00 till 14h45
||FUN AND GAMES and FACEPAINT
|15h00 till 16h00
||DANGERS IN THE HOUSE (puppet show) and FACEPAINT
|16h00 till 16h15
||Feeding of Waterfowl