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Eenboom is located almost exactly halfway between the old-worldly rural towns of Barrydale (23km away) and Montagu (34km away), and just off the world-famous and very popular Route 62 tourism route. Route 62 is also the main route from Cape Town to the Little Karoo ostrich centre of Oudtshoorn where the internationally acclaimed Klein Karoo National Arts Festival takes place every autumn. The world famous Cango Caves are also situated near Oudtshoorn, and easy day trip away from Eenboom. And in nearby Ladismith there is a highly rated cheese factory, while internationally acclaimed ports and wines are produced at Calitzdorp, also a short drive away.

Montagu is often considered to be the gateway to the Little Karoo and is the heart of the scenic Route 62. The town nestles in the western corner of the region referred to as Kannaland on a map produced in 1843, this name being derived from the genus, Kanna. In recent times the municipality that serves several towns in the area has reclaimed the name.

Montagu was founded in 1851 on the farm Uitvlucht, which had belonged to Pieter Swanepoel since 1841, and the village was named after John Montagu, the then Colonial Secretary of the Cape Colony. Before that Montagu was known as Agter Cogman’s Kloof. The town lies between the Keisie and Kingna rivers that join at the western end of the town. Like its neighbour, Montagu also boasts excellent restaurants, gift and craft shops, guesthouses, museums, art galleries and scenic routes, as well as world-famous hot mineral spring baths.

From the hot spring baths one can venture up the delightful valley, following the Lover’s Walk, which passes the river, beautiful cliffs and the Eyssen House complex with its old watermill. Both the walk and the baths complex have been restored after being washed away in a sudden flood in 1981.


A mere 1.4km from Eenboom is the Sanbona Game Lodge where one can view the big five game species – elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and the leopard. The districts of Barrydale and Montagu are well known for their wine, fruit, wildflower and game farms. Both towns, with their many attractions such as craft shops, galleries and restaurants, can be reached from Eenboom in less than 30 minutes.

Barrydale is tucked between two of nature’s extremes. On the one side is the beautiful and fertile Tradouw Valley with its many old farms. On the other side the stark and arid spectacle of the Little Karoo confronts one. The town offers restaurants, craft shops, banks, all modern amenities and unforgettable hikes into the surrounding mountains.

The awe-inspiring Tradouw Pass starts just outside the town. Here one can view nature’s gift of wildflowers in the spring, clusters of blazing aloes in the late autumn and breathtaking waterfalls in winter. Picnic here at sunset, sipping one of many excellent local wines, and listen to the calls of the Hadeda ibis. The name Tradouw is derived from tradau which means “way of the woman” and is in turn derived from the Khoi words tra signifying “woman” and dau meaning “way through”.

The village was named after an early settler, James Barry, who was a trader, lawyer, agent , auctioneer, deputy sheriff, commandant of militia and later a member of the legislative Council when representative government was granted to the Cape in 1854.

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