Start off your Saturday morning at the Montagu Village Market; a clear winner with the locals and visitors alike.
Explore the many goods on sale, including local and organic produce, hand-crafted gifts and plenty more to delight in. For the hungry, you'll have everything you'll need to pack a picnic basket, or arrange an alfresco meal. Freshly baked bread of all kinds, pates, wholesome quiches, home-made chutney, the best biltong to be found, and you'll find you'll have everything you'll need. For the sweet-tooth, choose from endless options.
Open every Saturday from 9:00 to 12:30.
Things to do near
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
Ashton (8.7 km from Montagu)
Come join Farmerredbeard for a lovely time enjoying some great farm-related activities in a beautiful farm setting.
Activities include a hands-on harvest, beekeeping and tractor rides. A great location for end-of-year functions and children activities.
Robertson (17.5 km from Montagu)
Internationally renowned for exceptional quality and great value wines, Rietvallei is one of the oldest wine farms in Robertson.
The family-owned estate has been in the hands of the Burger Family since 1864. Today the fifth and sixth generations of the Burger family, Johnny and his son Kobus, are actively running the estate.
Tasting hours and sales:
Monday to Friday 08:30 – 17:00
Saturday and Public Holidays 10:00 – 14:00
+27 (0) 23 626 3596
GPS: 33°49'36"S 19°58'39"E
Robertson (20 km from Montagu)
Bon Courage is headed by André Bruwer and his son Jacques; together with a formidable team they produce a selection of superb wines.
Visitors are welcome to the historic tasting room to try out the estate's wines which range from whites, reds, dessert wines, and cap classiques. Enjoy a delicious lunch, a glass of wine or a cup of coffee at Café Maude – a place for rest and relaxation under an old African pepper tree.
Robertson (24.7 km from Montagu)
Located in the mountain setting of the Robertson Valley, Springfield Wine Estate prides itself in it's natural and down-to-earth philosophy of wine making.
Tasting and sales occur on Monday to Friday, from 8:00 to 17:00, and on Saturdays from 9:00 to 16:00. Guided tours are also offered on request and by prior arrangement.
Robertson (26.7 km from Montagu)
Arangieskop Hiking Trail is a tough trek up and down the Langeberg Mountain range in Dassieshoek Nature Reserve. The first day starts with a vigorous 9.5 km climb and is followed by an equally challenging 11 km decent the following day.
The cosy stone hut built into the rock face is a great refuge after the challenging first day. Apart from knockout views over Koo Valley, this gem of an overnight hut is equipped with an indoor fireplace, Aga stove, flushing loos, solar lights, and even a donkey boiler for hot showers.
Duration: 2 days
Distance: 20.5 km
Warning: Winter conditions can be extreme with occasional snowfalls making the downward route hazardous.
McGregor (29.2 km from Montagu)
Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve's Heron Trail is an easy 3 km walk that is great fun for families. It usually takes about an hour to complete the fairly flat route to two dams. Each dam has a lovely bird hide.
Duration: 1 hour
Distance 3 km
McGregor (29.5 km from Montagu)
The Rooikat Trail is a fairly strenuous circular 19 km trail through the Elandsberg Mountains in Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve. The route offers outstanding scenic views of the Langeberg, Riviersonderend Mountains and countryside around Robertson. There is no water available so hikers need to carry at least 2 litres of water per person.
Duration: 7 – 8 hours
Difficulty: Moderate to tough
Distance 19 km
Warning: Extremely high temperatures occur from November to March. Hikers are advised to start early in the morning, avoid walking during the hottest part of the day, wear a sunhat and take sufficient water.
Mountain Biking Trails
McGregor (29.7 km from Montagu)
Vrolijkheid Mountain Biking Trail is described as a pleasant 8 km circular route on footpaths and gravel roads through the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve. Cyclists must remain on the designated route.
Duration: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Distance 8 km
Warning: Extremely high temperatures occur from November to March. Bikers are advised to start early in the morning and avoid cycling during the hottest part of the day.
Robertson (31.2 km from Montagu)
Surrounded by the rolling Langeberg mountains in the Breede River Valley and bordered by vineyards and orchards, the new 18 hole Robertson Golf Course on the Silwerstrand Estate opened for play in April 2009. It is the only 18 hole golf course in the beautiful ‘Valley of Wine and Roses’. Described as a fun leisurely course, it is extremely golfer friendly with comfortable walks from tee to green. It has a great mix of long and short holes, with course designer Danie Obermeyer’s signature “rivet faced” bunkers providing punishment for the wayward shot!The tenth (par 4) and 12th (par 5) are expected to be the toughest holes, especially if the North Westerly wind is blowing, whilst the 18th (a par 5) is a rewarding finishing hole.
McGregor (35.2 km from Montagu)
The Donkey Sanctuary will warm your heart. The Sanctuary provides a home for abused, neglected and elderly donkeys. Here they can live out their lives with respect and dignity, surrounded by their own kind in a protective and natural environment. You can even adopt one of the donkeys. Facilities include a restaurant, farm stall and kids playground.
Four By Four Trails
McGregor (35.6 km from Montagu)
Groot Toren Eco Experience is located 11 km from McGregor in the Riviersonderend Mountains. The unchallenging 25 km trail heads over the mountains with lookout points viewing the Breede River Valley with Robertson, Ashton, Bonnievale and periodically, Swellendam. The trail takes about 3 to 4 hours to complete and offers a fantastic A-shaped accommodation for four people at Klipspringer Groot Toren. The trail has a grading of 2 t0 3 and Low range, high clearance vehicles are needed. 4x2 vehicles with diff lock are required. Please contact the establishment for further information.
Swellendam (39.6 km from Montagu)
The circular Swellendam Hiking Trail traverses the Langeberg Mountains, starting at the forestry station 3 km outside the town of Swellendam. The route offers incredible views, passing through mountain fynbos, rugged gorges and past impressive crags. Only fit and seasoned hikers should tackle the 6-day route. Shorter options are possible.
Duration: 4 – 6 days
Distance: 81 km
Barrydale (40.9 km from Montagu)
Killarney Farm offers visitors 3 dams to fish, each stocked with big rainbow and brown trout.
Located on the highest point between Montague and Barreydale, the area boasts beautiful scenery and tranquility. The dams itself are regularly stocked, so you can be assured a great time fly fishing. The is catch and release fishing, but if you wish to keep your fish, you'll have to pay per kilo. This is strictly fly fishing only and rod fees apply.
Swellendam (41.6 km from Montagu)
9 hole, par 72 at the foot of the Langeberg mountains with views of farms and the Hermitage Valley.
Barrydale (42.5 km from Montagu)
Bo Vlakte is about 2 hours away from Cape Town and just 22 km from Barrydale on the R62. This venue is rapidly gaining a reputation as an excellent place to fish.
The two dams are spring fed and stocked with trout, bass and Tilapia.