Riding up Montagu Pass
On the first day, we tackled the Montagu Pass, the first of three breath-taking passes we were going to encounter in the days ahead. Completed in 1848 the mountain road climbs to an altitude of 780m, affording magnificent views across the Outeniqua foothills. With superb gravel roads and little traffic, we ascended through Mountain fynbos, indigenous forest and hops plantations. On route, we stopped off to marvel at the old stone toll house, now a national monument. According to a proclamation in 1848, a toll-gate was set up with a fee payable before any vehicle or animal was allowed to pass. It was a toll travelers were happy to pay. Before the building of this pass, transporting goods by wagon from George to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo was a laborious task taking three days.