The Montagu Pass, opened in 1840, crosses the Outeniqua mountains just outside George in the Western Cape, South Africa. This historic gravel pass is still in use today, although the main traffic to George makes use of the modern Outeniqua Pass across the valley.
It was an Australian road builder by the name of Henry Fancourt White (that's where the famous Fancourt Golf Course gets its name) who, along with a team of 250 convicts, built the 8km pass. It rises to an altitude of 735m at its summit and it's well worth travelling this incredibly scenic road, taking in the views of the Outeniqua mountains and the quaint names given to the various features by the construction crew - Moertjiesklip, Boshoff se Draai, Haarkantdraai, Regoptrek and Die Noute to name a few.
Of course, if you are the energetic type, you may like to ride up the pass on a mountain bike. There are a bunch of riders that do it every Monday evening at about 17:00, starting at the Engen Garage in George. (Read about riding Montagu Pass)
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