About Prince Albert

Prince Albert is situated in the Karoo, in the Western Cape, South Africa. Show on Map

Western Cape DestinationsPrince Albert, Karoo

Prince Albert had its origins in 1762 when a loan farm named Kweeckvalleij "the valley of cultivation and plenty" was established in a green and fertile valley at the foot of the awesome Swartberg Mountains.

Today, the town is one of the prettiest in the country - a place of great serenity and charm, with beautiful architecture, fascinating flora and fauna and great Karoo hospitality. Just 2 kms from the foot of the awesome Swartberg Pass, Prince Albert is the perfect base for exploring the wonders of the Swartberg including Gamkaskloof (The Hell) and Meiringspoort.

Hiking, mountain biking, birding and botanical excursions are major attractions. Aside from a superb climate, with a high sunshine index and spectacular night skies, the village itself is a small gem, with beautifully preserved Cape Dutch, Karoo and Victorian buildings. Of these, 19 are National Monuments. Prince Albert is known for its sun-ripened fresh and dried fruit, especially figs and apricots. Karoo lamb, olives, olive oil and homemade cheeses are local delicacies.

Activities for visitors include a guided historical walk through the town, a well marked "koppie trail" with almost 100 listed plants, fossil hunting and stargazing, a tractor trail to the olive farm, traditional Karoo meals and a visit to the delightful Fransie Pienaar Museum - and there is ample hotel and guesthouse accommodation to suit all preferences and pockets.

Prince Albert is well situated for overnight stops from Gauteng, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The Garden Route resorts and beaches are two hours south by road. Oudtshoorn, the Cango Caves and the Karoo National Park are just an hour away.

Additional Reading
For an in depth review of Prince Albert see our article at "Weekending in Prince Albert a welcome break from wet Cape Town".

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Geduld

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Geduld

Geduld is secluded, set in a cul de sac looking north onto a smallholding with sheep, cattle and horses quietly grazing ... more

Swartberg Cottages

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Swartberg Cottages

Swartberg Cottages offers affordable overnight accommodation in the quaint town of Prince Albert. We invite you to visit ... more

59 Mark Street

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59 Mark Street

This pretty Victorian two-bedroom holiday cottage with its central but private location and picturesque views over the ... more

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What a delightful place! The staff was very friendly and the food excellent. So much on offer in this shop. My dear daddy, whom I have not seen in...

Anna Turton, Dornie, Scotland

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