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Historical city tour, a well-proven “koppie trail” with 100 different plant species, fossils search, star watching, a tractor trail to the olive farm and the wonderful Fransie Pienaar Museum. There are sufficient hotels and guesthouses – for every taste and every budget. The city is well suited for stopovers when coming from Gauteng, Cape Town or Port Elizabeth. The southern resorts of the Garden Route are only two hours away by car. It only takes an hour to Oudtshoorn, the Cango Caves or the Karoo National Park.
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Prince Albert is a sleepy little village in the Central Karoo at the foot of the great Swartberg Mountains and the best starting point for a trip across the famous Swartberg Pass and on to the Gamkaskloof. The R353 connects the remote village with the main road N 1 in the north, which can be reached at Leeu-Gamka.
On the other hand, if you do not choose the way over the Swartberg Pass, you have to go through the gorge of Meiringspoort and reach the Kleine Karoo at De Rust and a bit further then Oudtshoorn.
Prince Albert is exactly what you would call a sleepy Karoo nest: a wide main street, partly deserted, unless you’re here on a weekend. Lined with magnificent, old buildings. The place also thrives on tourists, there are small hotels and guesthouses, shops and a few restaurants and farm stalls lure foreigners and South Africans here.
The city, whose origins date back to 1762, is today a very charming and charming place known for the warm hospitality of its inhabitants. In 1901, Prince Albert finally got city rights, today there are about 7,000 people living here
Its origins date back to 1762, today it is a very charming and charming place known for the warm hospitality of its inhabitants. 1901 Prince Albert finally got the city rights, today live here about 7,000 people. Compared with the desolate steppe around it, the place really is a small oasis with gardens, many flowers and fruit trees. The reason for the blooming splendor are canals, through which Prince Albert is supplied with fresh mountain water of the nearby and imposing Swartberg Mountains.
Prince Albert lives, besides tourism, mainly from the products of the mohair sheep and from agriculture. The olives, apricots and figs grown here, as well as lamb, dairy and cheese are well known and loved throughout the country. In the small shops and even in the local Spar on the main road you get the regional products. Breite is the main street of Prince Albert, with some side streets on the right and left which are well worth a look. Here, too, you will find gems of historic Victorian and Cape Dutch buildings.
The most magnificent are usually on the road that divides the place. 19 of them are listed buildings. In front of the houses with ornate gables and roof ridges, with bay windows, conservatories, Butzenfenstern and pastelfarbenem painting are usually lush flowering gardens. A small, sleepy town in the middle of the Karoo, Prince Albert is the perfect place to slow down. In the center there are some well-preserved historic buildings. Otherwise, the place offers as a base for exploring the surrounding area. A night at the Swartberg Hotel is recommended. Prince Albert is at the end of the Swartberg Pass. A ride on this gravel road is an experience that you should not miss. Close by is another pass, the Gamkaskloof (The Hell)