Day Trip 4

Montagu – Barrydale – Suurbraak – Swellendam – Ashton

Centrally situated between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, Montagu on the Route 62 nestles in the western corner of the Klein Karoo. Things to do: hot springs; horse riding; wine tasting; olive tasting; quad biking; mountain biking; rock climbing; abseiling; art galleries; 4X4 trails; brandy museum; indigenous herb museum; wild flower garden. Cellars in and around town are Montagu, Montagu Wine & Spirits and Drie Berge Winery. It is here that the country’s favourite dessert wine, Muscadel, is produced. Things to do: cellar tours; wine tasting. From here, travel along the R62 towards Barrydale. Next stop along the route are Joubert-Tradauw Vineyards and Cellar. Things to do: cellar tours; wine tasting; alfresco deli; Klein Karoo tapas under the vines.  Barrydale is worth a visit with lots of restaurants and small shops to browse. Things to do: hot springs; game reserve; quad biking; mountain biking; succulent garden; 4X4 trails; nature reserves; labyrinth; just relax. The spectacular Tradouw’s Pass leads to the historical mission town of Suurbraak. The traveler encounters this quaint town unexpectedly along the Tradouws River at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains, on route between Swellendam, Barrydale and Heidelberg. The village is well worth a visit for tourists who wish to explore. Things to do: village walks; mountain hikes; braai facilities alongside the river; bird watching; furniture making; horse riding; cart rides. Then onwards to the N2. Turn left towards Swellendam. Nestled at the foot the Langeberg Mountains, this historic heart of the Overberg will offer you experiences to remember. It has a diverse variety of activities and attraction including history, architecture, wildlife and outdoor adventure. The R60 will take you to Ashton and from there, take the R62 back to Montagu. 

Spend an unforgettable day in the Klein Karoo

Distances: Swellendam to Ashton (49 km). Ashton to Montagu (10 km). Montagu to Joubert Tradauw (52 km) – Joubert Tradauw to Barrydale (11 km) – Barrydale to Suurbraak (22 km) – Suurbraak to Swellendam (20 km). Round trip is 164 km.

Reasons to visit Montagu

A unique rural atmosphere distinguishes Montagu as one of the best preserved late Victorian agricultural villages in the Cape with a variety of superb accommodation and restaurants. Because of the mountains surrounding the town, Montagu is ideal for all mountain related-sport and activities.

Local tourism information

To find out more about Montagu and its surround, places to stay, where to eat or to get the contact details of the activities mentioned, please visit the Montagu-Ashton Tourism Bureau websites or

Reasons to visit Barrydale

Despite its ever growing popularity, Barrydale retains its rural, old world charm with long stretching gravel roads and open spaces. It supports a diverse, yet harmonious community of young and old, Afrikaans and English, fruit farmers and artists, long time residents and newcomers. This Karoo village is the perfect destination for visitors who wish to unwind and relax.

Local tourism information

To find out more about Barrydale and its surround, places to stay, where to eat or to get the contact details of the activities mentioned, please visit the Barrydale Tourism Bureau website

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