**Update 6th March 2008 – The Montagu Springs has re opened.
Montagu is back to normal
We are over the whole thing now, closed shop for the weekend and rested. We are ready to rock and roll again tomorrow Monday. We were very lucky as we didn’t have too much damage and we can get back to business tomorrow, there is only about 12m of camping missing and the size of the river bed has changed the feel a bit, a bit more open, what an amazing landscaper nature is! A few hundred meters of my fencing is also swimming in the Indian Ocean by now and sections of the property are about half a meter higher. There is a lot of cleaning up to do.
The river has changed some parts of Montagu forever and some of that change is not for the better.
Springs and Montagu Springs look like a war zone and will be closed for a few months. Montagu Springs lost 28 Plet houses and Avalon Springs lost 3 luxury houses. The last I heard was that one child drowned and two are missing. Other people have also lost houses and huge parts of there farm land and crops. This was truly an evil river.
Badkloof, Lovers walk and the park have had a major restructure. The whole bridge and rondavel at the entrance to the reserve is gone. Trees have been uprooted and bits of houses and farms are wrapped around rocks and trees and piles of both, what an absolute mess.
Here are some pics with a few comments.
Anyway, we are alive and non of our buildings were touched so we are hugely grateful that we are in a position to welcome you on your next climbing trip to Montagu. Hopeful our driffie will be crossable soon, come via the caravan park side.
Yours in climbing.
Stuart and Regula Brown
De Bos Guest Farm
023 614 2532
“It’s a way of life!”