Badensfontein, Montagu

Looking to unplug from the world and surround yourself with nothing other than extraordinary mountain landscapes and, lush bush? Then Badensfontein in Montagu is perfect.

From our quick pit stop in Genadendal along the N2 through R312 and onto the R62, it’ s approximately a two-hour drive. The roads are long but the views are the extra bonus points with semi-arid mountainous terrain that takes you through beautiful landscapes.

Arriving at our destination, we collected our cottage keys and only realized it’s another 5 minutes drive through a dusty, unmarked road and into the middle of pure nature.

The Cottage

Situated 5km outside of Montagu, the cottage is simply decorated with items that distinguish the heritage of Montagu. It resembles so much of our stay in Nuy Valley.

Everythings well equipped with kitchen utensils and household appliances especially the insect repellent that came in handy.

It accommodated everything from an indoor fireplace, DSTV, a shaded porch with a braai facility and, air-conditioning. It gets really hot in the valley; especially if you’re going in the scorching month of March.

This cottage is ideal for a couple or a weekend away with friends since it accommodates four people with its two bedrooms.

The best part

Mornings were my ultimate favourite of the trip. I would set my alarm according to the sunrise and, roast a pot of coffee; stepping out of the cottage to watch the sun peak out from behind the mountain.

Curled up in a throw, sit on the pouch and admire the sheer beauty of Mother nature; listening to the birds’ chirp for the early morning rise.

Then came making breakfast which consisted of scrambled eggs, pork sausages, slices of bacon and of course, a hot pot of caffeine on the porch whilst the cool, cold air brought about the chills on your neck.

I loved how secluded we were from the world. It’s an ideal place to relax and enjoy nature while still being surrounded by vineyards and Klein Karoo Fynbos.

Night Time

Once the sun set over the horizon and the air began to cool, we started preparing food and watched how the mountain view turns from beautiful to spectacular in all shades of orange and purple.

All one could do was listen to the nature sounds and wander off on your own imagination while sipping on some wine. You could hear people’s laughter from the campsite down below and the peacefulness and tranquil surroundings of the valley.

Badensfontein has five self-catering cottages as well as a small camping site. Make sure to book in advance because it gets fully booked quite quickly. View their website for more information here.

Until the next adventure.

Stephanie Marthinus Blog