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“Delightful garden with birds, wildlife and optional trail”

Montagu Nature Garden
Ranked #4 of 24 things to do in Montagu
Certificate of Excellence
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105 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Delightful garden with birds, wildlife and optional trail”
Reviewed 15 January 2012

Not easy to find so persevere and ask if you get lost. Series of manicured lakes at bottom of hill provide places to sit and watch interesting birds (there's also a bird hide). We were delighted to see 2 tortoises. It's an easy walk up the hill and gives good views around the area. Deserves to be visited more. It is more a nature garden than a flower garden. Take your own refreshments as there's nothing there. We had the place to ourselves on 2 January - a public holiday! Beware the loos were closed. Supposed to be a charge but there was noone there to take it.

Visited January 2012
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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213 reviews
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“For nature lovers only”
Reviewed 13 January 2012

We made a quick stop at the Montagu Nature Garden but it was a hot day and the childern were getting bored. Visiting the garden one needs to have an interest in the plants. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I was alone. Will try again next time I'm in town.

Visited December 2011
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Montagu - South Africa
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“A must for nature lovers”
Reviewed 20 October 2010

Montagu Nature garden is situated in the most southerly part of the succulent Karoo “biome.” It has the distinction therefore of having flora of 3 regions of the Western Cape – succulent karoo, fynbos and renoster veld. There are numerous species of succulents, fynbos, geophytes and a diversity of flowering shrubs and trees occur here. The garden is especially known for the excellent variety of Vygies (mesembryathemums), which sets the garden ablaze with colour during spring.

A 1.7km circular walking trail within the garden includes a fairly easy climb with benches at strategic intervals. From the top of Bessiekop, magnificent panoramic views of the town and the Cape Folded Mountains can be seen. Bloupunt, one of the highest peaks in the area rises in the distance. One is sure to come across a geometric tortoise, a dassie midden and sunbirds enjoying the variety of aloes on the hillside. The dam, stream and intermittent areas of fast flowing water at the bottom of the hill provide a welcome break after the walk. The area is planted with lawn and benches are placed along the stream.

Tea and eats are served every Tuesday morning from 10am until 11.30am from April until end October.

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