One of the most breathtaking views of nature is the Montagu Pass near George. The history surrounding the Montagu Pass is quite interesting, for this was the first road between George and Oudtshoorn.
The Montagu Pass was opened in 1848, build by some 250 convicts over a time span of 3 years at a cost of 36,000 Pounds Sterling. The pass was named after Mr. John Montagu, who was the colonial secretary of the Cape at the time.
Being one 0f the oldest, unaltered pass still in use in South Africa. This spectacular historical pass covers 17,1 km of magnificently scenic, narrow gravel road driving, and breathtaking views.
Ascending from the tiny hamlet of Herold on the northern side of the Outeniqua Mountains, up and over the summit, then all the way down to the outskirts of George.
Originally the pass was built to replace the highly dangerous and extremely difficult Cradock Pass, which still exists to today, but as a tough yet beautiful hiking trail.
The Montagu Pass offers you 126 bends, corners and curves into its length and gradients reach a maximum of 1:6. The road is suitable for all vehicles in fair weather, but please drive slowly and due to many sections being only single width (especially on the southern side) it might be necessary to reverse back to a wider point to allow passing oncoming traffic.
The Montagu Pass is truly a must for family and friends when planning a day out driving and enjoying not just good company, but nature in all its glory.