Prince Albert


The valley of plenty


If one were to follow the dry and bleak terrain of the Karoo towards the magnificent Swartberg mountains, they would find at the foot of the Swartberg Pass, a valley of plenty; its fertile lands fed by a sizeable river and its greenery offering respite from the desolated surroundings. In this valley stands the charming town of Prince Albert, a gem of well-preserved Cape Dutch, Karoo, and Victorian buildings and sun-drenched streets.

Of the many historical buildings in the town, 13 are national monuments, making Prince Albert a town of historical importance and a great place to explore. Enjoy guided tours in the day and a ghost walk in the evening to gain insight into the town’s history. A slow drive through the Swartberg Mountains – which forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site – will reward visitors with breathtaking views.

Prince Albert is also conveniently located a mere two hours’ drive from the Garden Route. Plenty of sunshine and a pleasant climate mean that visitors can enjoy the Karoo weather without having to endure its sweltering heat. This climate is also ideal for the production of the delicious sun-ripened dry and fresh fruit sold throughout the town, for which Prince Albert is renowned.

 

Highlights

  • Lies in a green valley fed by a sizeable river and offers respite from the bleak Karoo landscape
  •  Its buildings are of historical importance with 13 of them being national monuments
  •  Guided tours in the day and a ghost walk in the evening introduce visitors to the town’s history
  •  In close proximity to the Garden Route, the Cango Caves, and the Karoo National Park
  • Enjoys plenty of sunshine and a pleasant climate • Known for its sun-ripened dry and fresh fruit

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