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Montagu of the Klein Karoo

Montagu is the Western Gateway to the Klein Karoo and has lots to offer.   We stopped off for a day and ended up staying 4.   

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Montagu is known for its hiking trails with 2k, 15k and 19k hikes within easy distance from our guest farm.   Dan and I took off for the nicely steep trail that went up the 15k Cogmanskloof trail and soon found ourselves with a bird's eye view of the town.
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First off, we slept under the stars at the De Bos Guest Farm.   It was a Saturday night, and we fell asleep while listening to the peaceful sounds of the stream below, as the frogs and birds added their songs.   We woke to stunning views of the surrounding mountains.     Here is our landlady from Stellenbosch waking up on the farm.

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We were wakened by Jasmine a soft and friendly dachshund/dalmation mix that loved to wiggle and hide in the willow leaves and watch the birds.   She and her brother Max have the run of the farm and couldn't look more different.   Apparently all of the pups in her litter looked an odd mix.

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Montagu is also world renowned for its rock climbing.   We met some Australians who were very surprised at the variety of climbs offered.   The people who run the De Bos farm are expert climbers themselves who can give advice.

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Montagu also has some lovely Cape style architecture and gardens which are worth a gander.

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Montagu is also home to the Mystic Tin Brewery, run by Wayne.   He is offering two draft beers at present from his fridge - a honey lager and a dark draught.   They are both quite tasty and a cut above the normal South African beers on offer.  
Wayne is also good company and his guest house brewery has a lovely garden, cats and a homey atmosphere.    His coffee is among the best we've tasted in South Africa.

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Wayne is an art aficionado as well who features a local artist named Tonya Laure-Smith. 

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Another piece by Tonya Laure-Smith.

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We found these lovely glass conductors on one of our walks into the mountains and hope that Tonya can use them in her sculptures.   She also runs a project helping the youth of Montagu to create art.  If these weren't so heavy, I'd have brought them down the hill myself!

 

More tomorrow!

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