Why we love it This quaint Klein Karoo town on Route 62 is best known for its fruit and wine farms, muscadel, dried fruit, charming Cape Dutch buildings and museums, the Cogmanskloof Pass and, of course, its enviable hot springs. Enjoy tractor trips, garden and mountain walks, rock climbing at Legoland and even bird-watching at Leiwater Dam.
Don’t miss Montagu Avalon Springs and the Saturday Park Market.
Fun fact Montagu was founded on the farm, Uitvlugt, after which many of its cellars and buildings are named.
Where to stay Kingna Lodge, a luxury four-star guesthouse invites visitors to experience its wonderfully restored 1898 Victorian splendour. It has proudly hosted Nobel Peace Prize winners and former Presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk.
Where to eat Die Kloof Padstal is a popular farmstall and country restaurant that’s become a favourite food destination for travellers and locals alike. Recommended dishes include peri-peri chicken livers, savoury pancakes and Dutch apple tart.
Distance from Cape Town Around 2 hours 30 mins
TIG reviewer Tamlyn Ryan