Galenia Estate

Galenia Estate: Our full report

10 suites
Traveller's rating
Excellent (100%) From 7 reviews
All year

Just 3km from Montagu, on the scenic South African Route 62, the Galenia Estate is encircled by the Langeberg Mountains, and enjoys beautiful views from its guesthouse across the Klein Karoo. The estate is predominantly covered by indigenous fynbos and renosterbos, along with a large olive grove, but it also features the Boontjiesrivier and five picturesque dams, which attract an array of birds. Please note Galenia will be closed for the winter between 16th May until 14th August 2020 inclusive.

Formerly Les Hauts de Montagu, Galenia came under new ownership in 2016. None of the Expert Africa team has visited Galenia yet but we know the new owners very well as they also run two first-class lodges in Tanzania, Beho Beho and Oyster Bay. We have high hopes that Galenia will reach the same levels of comfort and individuality. Our first travellers here loved it, so it’s looking promising!

The hub of your stay at Galenia is the Estate House. Historically a barn, this has been renovated in a contemporary Cape Dutch design. Gable windows and a ceiling made of whole wooden tree trunks lend a rustic but chic feel. The sitting room is light and airy with a large fireplace (ideal for the cooler winter months); and a stylish dining area, with floor-to-ceiling windows, affords views over the surrounding scenery.

Other places to take in the views are the manicured garden, the swimming pool with sunloungers and a relaxing Jacuzzi.

Galenia's ten suites are twin or double semi-detached rooms set within five thatched cottages, each with its own covered stoep – Afrikaans for a veranda. A seating area features an open fire log, perfect for warming you up on cold winter evenings. We understand that mod-cons include WiFi, satellite TV, an electronic safe, a minibar and a tea and coffee station, and that each bathroom has a free standing ‘claw-foot’ bathtub and an outdoor shower.

Galenia’s location is an ideal base for exploring the nearby Robertson Wine Valley, the Breed River, the Koo Valley and the Klein Karoo. On the estate itself, however, we understand that guided activities include early-morning nature walks, giving the opportunity to find out more about the estate and its flora and fauna. You can also join the ‘olive familiarisation and tasting’ in the afternoon and learn about the manufacturing process of olive oil on the estate, which has more than a thousand olive trees; you can also purchase the end result!

For the more independent-minded, there are also walking trails on the property, and mountain bikes are available to explore on two wheels.

Our view

We are delighted to see a new high-quality guesthouse in this area, promising a welcoming and charming atmosphere, a high level of service and food, and stylish and comfortable accommodation.

We are looking forward to visiting Galenia ourselves and will post further details here as soon as we have them – but meanwhile just ask us for the latest information.


Location: Little Karoo, South Africa

Ideal length of stay: 2 nights

Directions: Galenia Estate is 3km outside Montagu on the scenic Route 62, about a two-hour drive from Cape Town.

Accessible by: Self-drive

Key personnel

Owner: Bailey family

Staff: Run by Managing Directors Walter and Karin Jubber – spent five years running Beho Beho camp.

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Bed & Breakfast

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining


Attitude towards children: Children over the age of 12 are welcome here.

Property’s age restrictions: No children under the age of 12.


Power supply: Mains Electricity

Communications: WiFi is available.

TV & radio: Each room has a satellite TV.

Water supply: Mains

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Medical care: There is a doctor in Montague 3km away.

Swimming pool warning: Take care when using the pool as there are no depth markings.

Dangerous animals: Low Risk

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