Prince Albert

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Just two kilometres from the foot of the awesome Swartberg Pass, and situated within  the Cape Floral Kingdom World Heritage Site, the pretty, historic village of Prince Albert is the perfect base for exploring all the wonders of the Swartberg mountains including Gamkaskloof (The Hell) and Meiringspoort.

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Hiking, mountain biking, birding, botanical excursions and stargazing are major attractions.  Aside from a superb climate 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 home-made cheeses are traditional local delicacies and more recently, wines from the Prince Albert Valley region.

Activities for visitors include a guided historical walk through the town, a “koppie trail” with almost 100 marked indigenous plants, fossil hunting and stargazing, traditional Karoo meals and a visit to the Karoo Art Gallery and Fransie Pienaar Museum. And there is ample guesthouse accommodation to suit all preference and pockets.

Most visitors arrive with an agenda simply to relax and browse the town’s antique, curio and craft shops, and eat fresh local Karoo lamb and garden produce at several excellent restaurants, coffee shops and the farm stall.

Prince Albert is four hours from both Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, and is well situated for overnight stops from Gauteng.  The Garden Route resorts and beaches are less than two hours south by road.  Oudtshoorn, the Cango Caves and the Karoo National Park are just an hour away. The town  has a landing strip for light aircraft, a hospital, a retirement home, several schools, a pharmacy and 3 doctors.

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