Two-Day Hike in the Montagu Mountain Reserve
Montagu is considered the home of South Africa’s rock climbing culture so we knew we would find some gorges and peaks worth exploring on a recent weekend trip. The Montagu Mountain Reserve has two good day hikes as well as a 12-bed stone hut so it’s a great weekend hiking trip for a group of friends. The hut is just 1.3 km from the parking so you can drop your stuff off at the hut and take only a day pack on the hikes. The highlights were the ochre mountains, surprisingly lush gorges, amazing views of the surrounding mountains and towns, and a braai under stars with not another soul in sight.
How to do it
Contact the Montagu Tourism office to make a booking.
Phone: 023 614 2471
The cost of the accommodation and the two trails is R256. It’s R162 for the hut and R47 for each trail.
Montagu is 182 km from Cape Town (2.5 hours) via Paarl, through the Huguenot Tunnel to Worcester, where you leave the N1 and go on to Robertson, Ashton and Montagu.
*There are hot springs in Montagu that are the perfect way to end a long hike.
Day 1 – Cogman’s Kloof Trail
This 12 km trail (4.5 hours) is not as dramatic as the Bloupunt Trail on day two but it does weave you around a mountain and skirt you past the outskirts of Montagu, which looks beautiful from above. The surrounding cliffs are the most eye-catching sights of the day. The reserve’s paths are well maintained and the paths are easy to follow with painted footprints leading the way.
The Ashton entrance to the picturesque Montagu.
Day 2 – The Bloupunt Trail
Bloupunt Trail is 15 km (about 6.5 hours) and takes you to the top of Bloupunt (1,226 m) where you have panoramic views of the surrounding area and can see five different towns from the summit – Montagu, Ashton, Bonnievale, McGregor, and Robertson. The views are fantastic, and on the descent there are three detours to small oasis-like waterfalls.
Gregg looking towards a Robertson blanketed by clouds.
On the Bloupunt summit, with Montagu below us.
One of the three waterfalls that can be found on the detours on the second part of the Bloupunt hike.
The path back to the parking from the Klipspringer Hut.
The Klipspringer Hut
The hut lies in its own tight kloof with a lovely rocky cliff face looming above it. It has an outside braai (bring your own wood and braai grid), flush toilets, 12 beds (triple bunks), inside stoves, and hot showers – you heat the donkey with wood that they provide.