Montagu, Western Cape, South Africa

Montagu is the gateway to the Little Karoo and also the scenic heart of Route 62. This historic link between Cape Town, Oudtshoorn, the Garden Route and the Eastern Cape, offers travellers remarkable beauty and excellent facilities.

All of this combines to make this one of the most memorable journeys in South Africa, winding through spectacular scenery and mountain passes. Some of the most famous wineries in the Western Cape are to be found along the way, making it one continuous wine route.

There are wineries galore, a well-developed hot spring resort and some of the best (and most challenging) sport and traditional climbing in the Western Cape. Montagu is about 190km from Cape Town.

Montagu has a fantastic climate, with warm to hot summers, mild winters and long spring and autumn months. The town of Montagu is surrounded by hills and the unpolluted horizon is one of the town's main attractions. Another attraction is the beautiful flower gardens. The annual Rose show in October is the showcase for Montagu's famous roses.

Montagu was founded in 1851 on the farm of Uitvlucht. The village was named after John Montagu, who was the Colonial Secretary of the Cape. Previously known as 'Agter Cogman's Kloof', the town of Montagu is situated between the Keisie and Kingna Rivers.

Montagu is centrally situated between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn. The tranquil town has a rural atmosphere and has a variety of accommodation options and excellent restaurants. Montagu is regarded as one of the best preserved late Victorian agricultural villages in the Cape.