Things to do near
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
McGregor (13.6 km from Robertson)
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 (13.8 km from Robertson)
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.
McGregor (14.1 km from Robertson)
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.
Mountain Biking Trails
McGregor (14.5 km from Robertson)
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.
Ashton (19.6 km from Robertson)
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.
Four By Four Trails
McGregor (23.6 km from Robertson)
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.
Montagu (26.6 km from Robertson)
One of Montagu's most popular and easily accessible attractions is the Leidam. Situated in the heart of the town, it’s well worth a visit.
Here you will be able to easily spot a large variety of birds. Frequently residents include Grey heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, African Sacred Ibis and the Common Weaver. The bird count totals 18 local species as well as 52 migrant species.
The best time to visit is just before sunset when hundreds of birds fly in to roost in the treetops.
Montagu (26.7 km from Robertson)
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.
Galleries and Museums
Montagu (26.7 km from Robertson)
Famous for it's indigenous medicinal plant project, the beautifully restored Joubert House is well worth a visit. The oldest house in the village of Montagu, it bears a rich history and has a rustic yet elegant charm.
Montagu (28.2 km from Robertson)
Sip soetes and swirl your glass in Montagu’s oldest winery. Uitvlucht Winery is named after the farm Uitvlucht, on which the picturesque town of Montagu was founded. Uitvlucht also happens to be the oldest winery in Montagu. Uitvlucht Winery features a fine selection of sophisticated wines as well as full-bodied sweet Montagu Muskadel and Port for which Montagu has become renowned across the globe.
Climb aboard the Muscat Express! Experience a two hour scenic tractor tour through this historical town with a glass of Muscadel in hand. View significant scenery and historical buildings while experienced guides tell all the stories. The highlight of the trip is the winetasting in the barrel aging cellar of Uitvlucht Winery. Here you can experience a candle light wine tasting of Montagu’s famous wines.
Need to know? Wine sales and tasting hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm, Saturday 8:30am to 1:30pm. Uitvlucht Winery is a member of the Biodiversity Wine Initiative.
Montagu (28.2 km from Robertson)
Bring your boat, braai equipment or picnic basket and enjoy chilling at Poortjieskloof Dam with spectacular views of the Langenberg Mountain range. Entrance to this beautiful spot is free; you only need to register at the gate. For angling a permit is required. There are no toilet facilities.
Montagu (28.3 km from Robertson)
If you're visiting Montagu pop into the dried fruit and nut shop. Here you can stock up on all sorts of tasty nibbles. It all started in 1991 when a small fruit drying operation started in Montagu, the heart of thedried fruit "pantry" of South Africa. Since then they have grown to becomeone of the largest exporters in the Little Karoo. Everyday during thesummer months an enormous variety of fruit is prepared and dried to satisfythe requirements of all lovers of dried fruit.
Montagu (28.4 km from Robertson)
Montagu is muscadel country with the town hosting the annual Muscadel Festival. Muscadel is a sweet, full rounded wine with rich fruit flavours that is drunk on crushed ice or at room temperature. It's definitely worth joining the festive townsfolk who celebrate the muscadel tradition with great country hospitality and style.Montagu Wine Cellar was established in 1941, producing wine of the variety of the day, namely Muscadel. Just grapes of the highest quality with a minimum of 24° B were used. Monis’ marsala and moscato had its origin in this cellar and this special and unique method is still used.Today the cellar makes dry table wines as well, receiving a number of awards. The cellar has several times been the Champion Co-op Cellar of the region and their red Muscadel was already four times chosen for the Nederburg Wine Auction where it was described as "the best wine for the price anywhere in the world". Unlock the ambience of Montagu with a glass of Montagu Cellar muscadel, put your feet up and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Montagu (28.6 km from Robertson)
The Montagu Golf Club course is a 9-hole country course situated in the picturesque town of Montagu at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains.The well-maintained course is surrounded by typical Klein Karoo vegetation with scenic views of the adjacent farming activities. With fabulous weather all year round, you're assured of an enjoyable Klein Karoo golf experience.Need to know? Montagu Golf Club is open every day. For visitors a reasonable fee is charge. Montagu is a two-hour drive from Cape Town (200 km).
McGregor (29.5 km from Robertson)
The popular Boesmanskloof Trail winds through the only gap in the rugged Riviersonderend Mountain range. This lovely hiking trail links the quaint little towns of McGregor and Greyton.
The route can be hiked either way starting at Die Galg, roughly 14 km from Greyton and McgGregor. It traverses some spectacular mountain scenery with deep rock pools and waterfalls – perfect for cooling off in summer.
Perdekop viewpoint offers fabulous views of the steep gorges of the Riviersonderend Mountains and the lush Greyton and McGregor valleys. A great diversity of plant species can be seen, particularly proteas and ericas. Between July and October the flowering king proteas are magnificent.
Hikers have the option of overnighting at Die Galg – book in advance.
Permits are required from Cape Nature for the day trail – wwwcapenature.org.za 0861 227 362 8873.