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3 things to do in Montagu that are not hot spring related.

1. Top of his list was Guana Caves – a perfect day out for the family especially those with young kids. Day visitors pay R20 – R30 entry and get access to "Rabbit World" which includes 6 different species of Rabbits as well as Chinchilla, Anaconda, Boa snakes, Gerbils, Guinea Pigs and different types of birds. Also includes entry to the coffee shop, play park and animal petting farm. In addition one can go on a tractor or pony rides, go hiking or fishing (additional charges for these activities.

There is also a day pass for the swimming pools – 4 rock pools, hot and cold water swimming pools, kiddies’ pool and a large playground. Entry for the pools is R45 – R65

Visit http://montaguguanocave.co.za/ for more info

2. Next he recommended a visit to to Montagu Dried Fruit Factory. You can call ahead and arrange a tour, which he said give fascinating insight into all that goes into this industry. Or simply pop in to the factory store and pick up loads of dried fruit, nuts, wine and other local produce including homemade jams, chutneys, rusks, biltong, droëwors, olives and olive oil, at factory prices. They also offer tractor rides.

The store is open 7 days per week. More info at http://www.montagudriedfruit.co.za/

3. Finally, rock climbing is massive in Montagu thanks to the incredible amount of ideal rock face in the region. Many climbers make regular pilgrimages to the town to enjoy the challenges – from beginner climbs to advanced. A quote in Getaway magazine says: You don’t have to be the world’s best climber to enjoy scaling Montagu’s rock faces. You don’t need to have climbed at all. There are as many beginner-level options as there are scarily insane ones, and there are very experienced local climbers who can show you the ropes.”

Find out more at http://www.montaguclimbing.com/

Image by Michiel van Balen - CC licence

Stay in Montagu

On the slopes of the majestic Langeberg mountains, Les Hauts de Montagu, a tranquil 600-hectare farm, is 3 km from the historic village of Montagu on R62. Unwind with the beauty of nature in this tranquil setting, where Eric and Myriam have revived the French tradition by restoring the original French Huguenot farm, dating back to 1865. Rooms all have private patios with superb views, heated bathrooms and outdoor showers, fireplaces for romantic winter stays, tea trays and bar fridges. Cool off in the mountain-fed pool, enjoy a hike on the many surrounding trails or relax in the peaceful and tranquil garden.

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