Molteno is one of the coldest towns in South Africa, and lies in the heart of the Stormberg Mountain range. The area experiences warm summers and chilly, dry winters, with occasional snowfalls. It was founded in 1874 and named after Sir John Molteno, the first prime minister of the Cape Colony.

Molteno is known as the ‘Home of Ouma Rusks’ – a well-loved South African dunking biscuit. The town has several botanical gardens, a monument to Queen Victoria, and an historic library built from local stone. The Molteno Museum is located in the stone library building and portrays the history of the town and its surrounds. It contains a range of artifacts, from stone-age tools to Khoisan, Xhosa and Voortrekker relics including a large collection of vintage guns. It also houses local war relics from the Boer War, and a display of pioneering historical photography from the region, the "Lomax Collection".


In the mountains nearby you can view rock paintings, fossils and Stone Age implements uncovered in caves and diggings close to Molteno. There are also three extinct volcanoes in the vicinity. Besides hiking trails, there are 4X4 trails in the mountains and the nearby Molteno Dam offers water-skiing, canoeing and trout-fishing. Don’t forget to visit the Ouma Rusks Factory…

How to get there

Follow the R56 from Middelburg through to Molteno, (Odometer 145km).
Follow the R56 from Pietermaritzburg through to Molteno. (Odometer 309km).

Getting Around

Self-drive would be best.

Where to Stay

Ruslington Guest House, Molteno Guest House and Olive's Cottage.

Where to Eat

Try out Alet’s Diner or Roxi’s Coffee Shop.


Eastern Cape: Middelburg Karoo, Cradock, Schoombee, Hofmeyr, Venterstad, Steynsburg, Burgersdorp, Molteno, Aliwal North, Queenstown, Lady Grey, Dordrecht, Indwe, Elliot, Barkly East, Rhodes, Ugie, Maclear, Mount Fletcher, Matatiele, Cedarville.
KwaZulu-Natal: Swartberg, Kokstad, Harding, Umzimkulu, Ixopo, Bulwer, Richmond, Baynesfield, Camperdown, Pietermaritzburg.