- Montagu Mountain Reserve
The Montagu Mountain Reserve is a proclaimed local authority Nature Reserve that adjoins the north, west and southern boundary of the town of Montagu. The Reserve measures some 2000 hectares in extent and comprises a tapestry of extreme topography, rich in pristine flora and fauna. It is home to tortoises, dassies and other forms of wildlife. The very popular Fort Sidney and the iconic tunnel within Cogmans Kloof both fall within the Reserve’s boundaries.
Hiking and walking trails
Given its proximity, the Reserve is integral to the town and offers easy pedestrian access from Barry or Tanner Street. In the Montagu Montain Reserve you will not fail to notice the many vertical rock faces - a prime example of the Cape fold mountains. The area is very popular with hikers and accommodates highly acclaimed trails and popular walks such as:
- Aasvoëlskrans Trail (3.2km)
- Badskloof Trail (2.2km)
- Bloupunt Hiking Trail (15.6km)
- Cogmanskloof Trail (12.1km)
- Lovers Walk (500m)
Take a hike through an area rich in biodiversity along trails that lead through a beautiful mountain range consisting of Kanonkop, Badskloof, Donkerkloof, Cogman’s Kloof, Keurkloof and Aasvoelkrans with popular attractions such as Joubert Park, Eyssenhuis and The Old Mill located along the banks of the Keisie River.
Walk up to the Old English Fort (Fort Sidney) and the plaque in honour of Thomas Bain. The Fort, declared a monument in 1999, is situated on top of the tunnel in Cogmanskloof at the entrance to Montagu from the Ashton side. The Plaque in honour of Thomas Bain (Engineer and constructor of Cogmanskloof and tunnel) is situated on the left side of the road directly next to the the tunnel from the Montagu side.
The Reserve is also highly regarded by rock climbers who can test their skills on any of the 200 bolted routes.
The Reserve is managed by the Langeberg Municipality: Directorate Community Services, Dirk Steyn (+27236158000) with the assistance of an Advisory Board, that meets on a monthly basis. The Board comprises of volunteers from the community who have an interest in the ongoing operation of the Reserve as an environmental and community asset and is managed in accordance with a Strategic Management Plan and Action Agenda.
If you would like additional information please contact :
- Municipality : +27 23 614 8000
- Tourism Office : +27 23 614 2471
Ron Brunings : +27 72 759 2326
Please enjoy the Reserve and join our community conversation on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/montagumountainreserve
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