Monteseel – A Slice Of Heaven

Monteseel is just past the halfway mark on the Comrades Marathon route. It overlooks the Valley of 1000 Hills between Drummond and Cato Ridge. The climate is moderate throughout the year, in summer occasionally peaking at 40+ degrees and in winter the average temperature is around 16 to 20 degrees. Monteseel has a lot of mist through the summer months. It is surrounded by cliffs almost the whole way around and has views second to none. On a clear day one can see the ocean and even the ships in the east and in winter the snow on the tops of the Drakensburg.

The Monteseel Conservancy

Our mission is to promote, through sound management principles, the conservation and maintenance of the total environment in the Monteseel area. 


Monteseel Community Policing Sub-Forum

The Monteseel Community Police Sub-Forum consists of a group of Monteseel residents who are involved in our Community, which includes concerns relating to our Security, Nature Conservation and General issues. A meeting is held every two months and notice is given via email and WhatsApp groups. Supporting the Monteseel Community Police Sub-Forum not only gives us a voice with SAPS, but by attending meetings also affords you a great opportunity to meet other members residents of Monteseel which can be a great help in the event of an emergency. Residents are required to have their properties clearly sign posted. Please put Lot & House numbers on your gates for easy identification of your property in an emergency. 


The beginning of Monteseel

At the entrance to Monteseel are two rooms of a stone building. At some stage it seems this was the surgery of the local doctor.

Elsje De Kock seems to be one of the earliest owners of Monteseel and probably farmed wattle. Wattle was farmed in the area as early as 1870.

Dr Angus Seele bought the land from her on 25th April 1951.

The first survey of Monteseel was done in 1949 and the township of Monteseel was registered on the 14th May 1951.

Nowadays Monteseel is famous for its rock climbing and the first routes were climbed in the 1940’s.