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Prince Albert is a typical idyllic town in South Africa. Surrounded by the Great Karoo, it is surrounded by an impressive and at the same time dramatic mountain landscape. The top of the 1536-meter-high Swartberg Pass can be conquered via a small romantic road. Starting at the top of the Swartberg Pass, the road leads to Oudtshoorn and the Garden Route. Overall, this serpentine road extends over 72 kilometers through a breathtaking landscape.
The road was built in the years 1882 to 1887 by the road builder Thomas Bain. The town of Prince Albert is located at an altitude of about 650 meters above sea level and is home to about 8000 inhabitants. The cityscape is characterized mainly by the various lovingly restored Cape Dutch and Victorian houses. Even today they awaken in one the feeling of a time travel and last but not least of all the idyll. Probably the most important ingredients of Prince Albert’s life are sheep farming, olives and fruit. The latter decorate especially the mountain slopes. The mohair wool, which is exported from Prince Albert all over the world, is well known.
Above all, Prince Albert is a true paradise for nature lovers and hikers. So you will find in the surrounding area a variety of different trails paired with wonderful excursions. Among other things worth a trip to the Gamkasloof Valley, Gamkapoort Dam and the Meiringspoort gorge.
Spring is probably the most attractive time to travel to Prince Albert, so locals and tourists alike feel well sheltered in a sea of diverse flowers. It is the time in Prince Albert not only the fruit trees but also the wildflowers are blooming and so the city gets its image through a splendor of color in a class of its own. In winter you can count on the mountains on the horizon of Prince Albert with white tips and even if the days are rather mild, you have to adjust during the night to minus degrees.
Prince Albert, Klein Karoo, South Africa: The city, whose origins go back to 1762, is today one of the prettiest in the country, a place of great charm, wonderful architecture, fascinating flora and fauna and renowned for the warm hospitality of its inhabitants. Prince Albert is the perfect base for exploring the Swartberg, the Gamkaskloof (hell!) And Meiringspoort.
Mountain hiking, mountain biking, bird watching and botanical excursions are the main attractions. The climate is excellent: lots of sunshine, spectacular night sky. The city itself is a little gem with beautifully preserved old Cape Dutch, Karoo and Victorian buildings. 19 of these are listed buildings. Prince Albert is known for its sun-ripened fresh and dried fruit, especially for figs and apricots. Delicatessen: lamb, olive oil and cheese.