Montagu is the ideal getaway in the Langeberg region and is a popular destination thanks to hot springs, natural scenic beauty, wine valleys, and various attractions to visit and explore. Montagu is located on Route 62, a mere 2-hour drive from the Mother City. Here is our list of the 5 best things to do in Montagu.
5 Best things to do in Montagu
1. Protea Farm Tractor Rides
Protea Farm which sits high up in the Burgess Pass has converted itself from a working apple and pear farm into a worthy tourist attraction with tractor rides and hiking trails. Montagu Tractor Rides offers an excellent and unique way to travel up the mountain and is a fun activity for the whole family. There are various stops where you can enjoy some breakfast, fruit, and taste a glass of tantalizing, sweet Muscadel before heading down to the picnic area for a delicious lunch and enjoy a beautiful view of the blooming proteas and natural surroundings.
Another option is going for one of the famous Potjiekos lunches which are served between 10 am and 2 pm. They serve a variety of meat and vegetable dishes that are stewed in cast iron pots over coals with homemade bread. You can also enjoy pudding and ice cream for dessert with drinks that include, tea, coffee, juice, wine, and water.
2. Barn on 62
If you are simply passing through, then the Barn on 62 is an excellent pitstop. It is located at the beginning of Long Street arriving from Barrydale. You can choose a spot under the trees to sit down for a feast of home-baked pie with salad and a slice of cake with a cup of joe before heading to your destination.
3. Montagu Springs Resort
Located along the famous route 62, Montagu Springs Resort has a great selection of self-catering accommodation with an award-winning heated swimming pool, a kiddie play area with a jungle gym, tennis courts and splash pool, and three other swimming pools. You can choose between holiday villas with lounge and open-plan dining areas or air-conditioned chalets with full kitchens.
The resort is located a mere 5km from Montagu town centre and only 300m from Montagu Mountain Local Nature Reserve. There are plenty of other nearby attractions for the entire family to enjoy. The Keisie River runs throughout the resort and is the perfect peaceful haven to relax away from the city.
4. Montagu Museum
If history and heritage tickle your fancy, then this destination is a must-visit attraction. The three picturesque historical buildings, Old Mission Church, Joubert House, and the KWV Building that forms part of the Montagu Museum is a fundamental part of the architectural history of Montagu and Long Street.
You can view a vast collection of church artefacts and pulpit bibles, including ancient wedding dresses with original pulpit clothing, pulpit and wall text that was painted by Nico Adriaan of Tuhra. You can also view permanent displays like the indigenous medicinal plant research project, T.O. Honiball cartoons, and a collection of paintings by Francois Krige.
5. Leiwater Dam
Leiwater dam is a popular attraction for tourists due to its large population of indigenous birds, including rare species like ibis, egrets, cormorants, weavers, herons, and more, that uses this area as their natural breeding ground. In addition to this, over 52 visiting bird species have been recognised. The local community recently funded the construction of a bird hide as well. Bird watchers from all over flock to this attraction for bird watching season every year and it has been endlessly photographed due to its uniqueness.
These 5 best things to do in Montagu are only a few that we have mentioned. Paying a visit to Montagu is well worth it since there is something to do for everyone. The town of Montagu is the ideal family retreat away from the city where your kids can experience some of the things that you have done as a kid.
From swimming in dams to walking through the countryside, smelling the fresh air, and picking fruit straight from the trees. And when you plan your visit, be sure to book accommodation at Montagu Springs, they run exciting specials throughout the year and cater to young and old. With so much to do, Montagu is one of the best choices for an enjoyable family holiday destination.