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For the history tourists Montague has a well know landmark in Cogmanskloof known as the Old English Fort. The fort was declared a monument in 1999 and is situated on top of the tunnel in Cogmanskloof. The fort was built by stonemason William Robertson during the second boer war between 1899 and 1902.
Montagu was founded in 1851 on the farm of Uitvlucht which belonged to Pieter Swanepoel since 1841. The village was named after John Montagu, the Colonial Secretary of the Cape who came to “baptise” the town.
Montagu lies between the Keise and Kingna Rivers which join on the western extremity of the town, which was once known as “Agter Cogmans Kloof”. The town was cut off from the main trek routes by the seemingly impenetrable Cogmans Kloof until Thomas Bain built a tunnel and road through the pass. When you approach Montagu from Ashton you pass through the tunnel on which there are the ruins of a fort built during the Anglo-Boer war to keep the pass closed to the Boer forces.
Montagu is our nearest town about 30km away and has the usual array of shops, banks, restaurants etc. However Montagu is a truly lovely town full of historic buildings and has two museums. Joubert House which was built in 1853 is host to one of the towns’ museums.
The other is Montagu Museum, housed in a beautiful Neo-Gothic church built in 1907 with the main purpose of this museum to portray the cultural heritage of the town and its people
There is also the Montagu Museum which Frequently changes their exhibitions showcasing their & diverse museum collection. The three beautiful historical buildings Joubert House, Old Mission Church and the KWV Building Complex that comprise the Montagu Museum from an integral part of the architectural heritage of Montagu and Long Street in particular. The three beautiful historical buildings comprise the Montagu Museum these being Joubert House, Old Mission Church and the KWV Building Complex.
Montagu also boasts a nine hole golf course for the golfing enthsiasts. With the majestic Langeberg mountains as the backdrop it is situated in the beautiful Montagu Valley and provides scenic views from all areas of the course. Once your first 9 holes are complete, enjoy a cooling drink in the well appointed Clubhouse Club, and ready yourself for the next 9 holes.
Montagu also offers many hiking trails for those more fit there is the Bloupunt Hiking trail – a 15.6km hike with a 1000m rise to the summit. The terrain varies from craggy cliffs to ravines and mountain streams, just off the route there are some waterfalls which can be stopped at for a cool swim. A slightly less strenuous walk of approx. 2.2 km is along the Badskloof trail – rich with bird life and also offers unique sports climbing.