Friday, February 10, 2012

Cogmans Kloof

When you mention Montagu to somebody who has passed through the area before, one of the first things that will pop into their heads will be Cogmans Kloof and the tunnel through the rocks.  Cogmans Kloof is often seen as the gateway to the Klein Karoo and runs through a gorge with some of the most amazing geological features in the Western Cape.  The original route through the mountain included two fairly dangerous river crossings.  Famed road and pass builder Thomas Bain was commissioned to build the pass through Cogmans Kloof in 1877 and blasted the tunnel through in 1879.  

On top of the tunnel stands an old English fort built in 1899 during the Anglo Boer War.  I have seen the fort whenever I passed through Cogmans Kloof, but I've never been up to it.  During our visit to Montagu I drove to the tunnel one morning and as I stopped I saw a couple of guys climb up to the top.  I was kinda wondering how to get up to the top and this answered my question.

Huffing and puffing I made my way to the top, even tearing my pants sliding over a rock, but I made it.  The fort has an awesome view and you can see why it was built there in the first place. 

6 comments:

  1. Superb view... worth the slog up there! Well done :-)

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  2. beautiful! can u imagine climbing up there to BUILD that? funny7 how with all our technology we have not built anything as glorious as our ancestors did! =)

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  3. Interesting how blasting through rocks for a tunnel stays appreciated forever. Glad you ventured to the old fort to share that awesome view. Sorry about the torn pants.

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  4. I changed my look and have lost my favourite blogs! :( I don't know how to get them back!
    I do love the old English fort - how well hidden it was amongst the rocks!

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  5. You must have been feeling quite energetic. I have never had the incination to climb to the fort - maybe one day.

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  6. LOVE THE LAST PHOTO...so so creative...well done :)

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