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Montagu
Klein Karoo

Long Street, MontaguMontagu, founded in 1851, lies in a fertile valley between the Keisie and the Kingna rivers, which join at the western extremity of the town. Originally, when the settlement was still called "Agter Cogman's Kloof" ("behind Cogman's Pass"), it was difficult to access. It took many hours to master the tough Cogman's Pass and often the ox wagons and carts were stranded at the kloof. Only in 1877 did the master engineer Thomas Bain build a road and blasted a little tunnel through the mountain. During the Anglo-Boer War the British built a Fort right above this needle eye.

Montagu calls itself the "Gateway to the Klein Karoo". The plateau of the Klein Karoo stretches south of the Swartberg mountains about 300 kilometres to the east up to Oudtshoorn and Uniondale. This area has higher rainfalls than the Great Karoo in the north-east and is noticeably more fertile and greener.

Montagu, Bath Street
Montagu, Südafrika
Top left: Cape Dutch building in Long Street. Bottom left: Montagu. Top right: The thermal springs of Montagu. Bottom right: Victorian residence, Bath Street.
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