About Albertinia

Albertinia is situated on the Garden Route, between the Western Cape and Eastern Cape, South Africa. Show on Map

Garden Route DestinationsAlbertinia, Garden Route

Albertinia, a peaceful little town lying at the foot of the Langeberg Mountain range, is known as the home of the Aloe. The indigenous Aloe ferox, or Cape Aloe, grows prolifically in the area and the leaves are collected and drained for its bitter-tasting sap used in the health and skin care industries.

There are two Aloe factories in Albertinia - the only place in South Africa where the aloe juice and gel are extracted from the colourful aloe species that cover this area during the winter months of June and July. A skincare manufacturer is also based in the town and welcomes visitors to tour their facilities and learn more about the Aloe.

For such a little town Albertinia, which lies between the towns of Riversdale and Mossel Bay, has a couple of distinctive industries. The town, named after the Reverend JR Albertyn, is also the primary source of red and yellow ochre, used in the manufacturing of paints and the colouring of cement and linoleum in South Africa. In addition, the area produces the natural thatch reed, Thamnochortus insignis, for commercial thatching and has a large livestock farming community, including ostrich farming.

The Klein Karoo Wine Route, which stretches from Montagu, ends in Albertinia where, because the climate is so dry, vineyards tend to be organically cultivated and a variety of quality wines are produced against the mountain slopes. You can hike through the Reins Nature Reserve in Gouritsmond, bungee jump from the Gourits River Bridge, just outside Albertinia, or play a round of golf on one of the few remaining sand golf courses.

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Zoutpan Struishuis

Bed & Breakfast / Self Catering

Zoutpan Struishuis

Combine Luxury Accommodation with a Farm experience only minuters away from various Game Reserves and activities to ... more

Gourits River Campsite

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Gourits River Campsite

Gourits River Eco-camping lies in the heart of the Garden Route, 15km outside Albertinia on the banks where the Vals ... more

Garden Route Game Lodge

Game Lodge

Garden Route Game Lodge

Set against the backdrop of the majestic Langeberg Mountain Range, the Garden Route Game Lodge guards the entrance to the ... more

Reviews of Albertinia

My Mom has always used products with Aloe in them, swearing by their medicinal value so it was so very interesting for me to learn more about them and the...

Betty, Pretoria

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