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Prince Albert

 

Prince Albert is an oasis in the Great Karoo, where water from springs in the Swartberg mountains runs through the village in furrows, bringing gardens and orchards to life.   

The first settlers arrived in 1762 and established a farm called de Kweekvallei: Valley of Plenty. By 1845 a little village had sprung up, named after Queen Victoria's consort. 

Our restaurants serve excellent Karoo cuisine at reasonable prices. We boast art galleries, community craft outlets, a prize-winning Museum, a weavery, blacksmith and dairy. 

Our shops stock Cape Mohair products, local olives and olive oil, dried fruits and nuts. Several wine farms and wineries produce a selection of wines and port. 

You can visit our farms, enjoy holistic health treatments, explore the village on a Historical Ramble, go on a Ghost Walk, explore our night skies with an astronomer… 

We regularly hold festivals, including the Plaaskombuisfees (Farm Kitchen Festival) in April, a Leesfees co-ordinated by the Writers' Guild every November, an Agricultural Show in October and PArt Open Studios - visits to artists in their work spaces, arranged by our local Art Gallery every six months.  

A circular drive across the Swartberg Pass and back through Meiringspoort with magnificent views and rock formations is a must, as is a trip along the Weltevrede road or out towards the Gamkapoort Dam to watch the sunset, with your sundowners at hand.