Some say Montagu (175km from Cape Town) should be part of the Little Karoo, others argue that it lies at the entrance. Either way, the landscape is certainly suggestive of the Karoo. Montagu itself is a neat place with graceful architecture, tucked into a fertile valley of vineyards and orchards and hemmed in by painfully contorted mountains. The town boasts over 1000 guest beds – a lot of accommodation, considering the small permanent population. Although the general list reads long, there are not many Budget options in Montagu itself. So, beyond the town you must go: over the hills and into the fetching dales where there are bargains to be found.