- Montagu historical architectural town walk, along Long Street. Visit the site of buildings built as far back as 1854 (3 hours) Enjoy a home baked cake and coffee at the Rambling Rose restaurant
- Montagu Leidam and Bird Tree walk, Home to 18 species of birds (including Sacred Ibis, Herons, Cormorants, Egrets, Shrikes and Weavers) that use it as their breeding ground. If this is not enough, more than 52 visiting species have been identified. Enjoy a famous coffee/cake at The MCH
- Montagu township walk through Ashbury, people of The Klein Karoo, • Montagu township walk through Ashbury, people of The Klein Karoo. Meet the locals, and have an opportunity to photograph the daily lives of the people on Montagu. Enjoy tea and vet koek with ouma in her kitchen
- Rose Gardens of Montagu October
- Blossoms of Montagu August/September
Montagu is a beautiful quant little village filled with many photographic opportunities. From wine cellars, fruit orchards, historical buildings, local faces filled with character, to the most unique “Leidam” home to 18 species of Birds.
Enjoy one of the following activities with resident professional photographer, Laresa Perlman
FAMILY PHOTO SHOOTS:
Have a family photo shoot done in the beautiful gardens of the Montagu Country Hotel, or at Laresa’s fully equipped Studio on her farm, Eden, 28 km outside of Montagu
If you have an upcoming wedding, be sure to ask Laresa to quote you. She has captured many beautiful weddings in the area
PHOTOGRAPHIC COURSES AND WORKSHOPS:
Improve your photographic skills. Learn to become a better photographer and use your camera to its fullest potential, either in the comfort of the Montagu Country Hotel, or on Laresa’s farm, 28km outside Montagu
GUIDED PHOTO WALKS:
3 hours Guided photo walks, including a stop for tea/coffee and cake at one of our superb coffee shops
Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary
The Donkey Sanctuary was established in the Western Cape 2007 after Johan and Annemarie van Zijl, retired residents of McGregor, gave a permanent home to two rescued donkeys. The need for a facility to care for destitute, abused and retired donkeys became evident. Donkeys generally belong to poor people who cannot care for an animal that is not earning its keep; so many donkeys are abandoned when unable to work for reasons of age or illness. Such donkeys deserve care and dignity in their twilight years after toiling patiently for their owners. Other donkeys that have been family pets may need a home when their owners’ circumstances change.
At Eseltjiesrus, about a 40-kilometer drive from Montagu Country Hotel, the resident donkeys receive daily care, extra feed when needed, hoof and dental treatments and regular health checks. They live out their lives in a natural environment with company of their own kind: an essential requisite for a happy donkey. These donkeys act as the “shop window” for their less fortunate colleagues elsewhere by raising awareness of the needs and special qualities of these often misunderstood animals. Outreach actions such as support for donkey owners and workshops about welfare form a major part of the Sanctuary’s work, as does collaboration with related organisations. Visits by schools and groups further promote the status of donkeys.
Montagu Country Hotel recommends that you visit the Sanctuary, where you may meet the donkeys with a trained Guide. You will hear the story of each donkey, its special needs and characteristics, and may support the work of the Sanctuary by adopting one. No, it does not accompany you home, but you will receive reports and photos of your chosen donkey and become a Donkey Ambassador! Adoption makes a unique gift for a loved one, providing a living link and an anchor in the countryside. Finish off your visit with a gentle stroll around the farm and refreshments at the restaurant overlooking the tranquil dam, then take home a memento from the Donkey Shop and perhaps purchase some of our unique wines.
Situated just outside McGregor – 15 km from Robertson on the tarred road to McGregor
Opening hours: Thursdays to Sundays, 10am to 4pm
Hiking is very popular in Montagu – the village is surrounded by mountains! Hikers have 4 “official” routes to choose from, from easy walking to serious hiking.
Routes include Bloupunt, Kogmans and Aasvoelkrans, and also a walk through to the Avalon Springs from Montagu West.