So much to do in Montagu in The Little Karoo.
Having just come back from a week in The Cape I had the great privilege to go and explore a beautiful unspoilt and relatively unknown area of The Little Karoo in The Robertson Wine Valley. If you are looking for a fun location that offers numerous opportunities then the sleepy town of Montagu is the perfect destination – and it’s only a 2.5 hour drive outside of Cape Town!
Montagu’s mountainous landscape offers mountain bike, rock climbing and hiking trails, while the town’s scenic beauty and old school charm makes it a lovely photographic destination. For families the famous Tractor trip to the top pf the Langererberg Mountain which is higher than Table Mountain is a must – spectacular views and a good lunch.
Do a Wine Safari around the Robertson Valley. Unlike in Franschhoek most the farms here do not charge for wine tasting. My top tip is Springfield Wine Farm which has a French feel about it – try their delicious white wine ‘Life from Stone’ and my other recommendation is Viljoensdrift. Here you can get onto a flat bottomed boat and spend an hour going up and down the Breede River. Buy a picnic and a bottle of wine at their Delhi shop.
Visit the dried Lavender farm and the numerous dried food shops in Montagu.
Galenia Estate. I had the great pleasure of staying here and I cannot recommend it more. Located just 3km from Montagu, on the scenic South African Route 62, the Galenia Estate is encircled by the Langeberg Mountains, and enjoys beautiful views from its guesthouse across the Klein Karoo. The estate is predominantly covered by indigenous fynbos and renosterbos, along with a large olive grove. An array of birds and a family of Ostrich reside on the estate.
The hub of your stay at Galenia is the Estate House. Historically a barn, this has been renovated in a contemporary Cape Dutch design. Gable windows and a ceiling made of whole wooden tree trunks lend a rustic but chic feel. The sitting room is light and airy with a large fireplace (ideal for the cooler winter months); and a stylish dining area, with floor-to-ceiling windows, affords views over the surrounding scenery. Other places to take in the views are the manicured garden, the swimming pool with sun loungers and a relaxing Jacuzzi.
Galenia offer guided activities such as early-morning nature walks, giving the opportunity to find out more about the estate and its flora and fauna. I sampled an ‘olive tasting’ which covered the manufacturing process of olive oil on the estate, which has more than a thousand olive trees; you can also purchase the end result!
Galenia’s ten suites are twin or double semi-detached rooms set within five thatched cottages, each with its own covered stoep – Afrikaans for a veranda. The best thing about this hidden gem is the friendliness of all the staff. I would return in a heartbeat.
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