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Prince Albert


Prince Albert from Gordon's Koppie March 2016

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 Kweekvallei: Valley of Plenty. By 1845 a little village had sprung up, named after Queen Victoria's consort.

Tourism drives our economy and our guest accommodation caters for every taste and pocket. Our restaurants serve Karoo cuisine at reasonable prices. We boast an art gallery, community craft outlets, a wonderful Museum - voted the best in the Western Cape in 2017, a weavery, blacksmith and dairy. Our shops stock Cape Mohair products, local olives and dried fruits. Gay's Guernsey Dairy creates prize-winning cheese and now has a butchery too. Four wine farms and wineries produce a selection of wines and port.

You can visit our farms, enjoy holistic health treatments, explore the night skies with an astronomer - and take a walk or two!

We regularly hold festivals, including the Prince Albert Food and Olive Market, a Winter School organised by the Cultural Foundation, a Literary Festival called the Leesfees, co-ordinated by the Writers' Guild, PArt - a feast of Art arranged by our local Art Gallery and an Agricultural Show. 

A circular drive across the Swartberg Pass and back through Meiringspoort 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.  

The Swartberg Pass is open again but repair work is continuing, so traffic is allowed through on a monitored stop/go basis. Be sure to remember that the pass is still a ‘work in progress’ so it is vital to obey all road signs for guidance through the restoration area. The views and rock formations are as spectacular as ever and the reconstruction is a masterful feat of engineering accomplished in less than seven months since the devastating floods of April. The Provincial Road Services are doing a magnificent job with repairs to this World Heritage site. 

Find accommodation at the following websites: 

Prince Albert Accommodation  - independent self-catering, B&B and room only accommodation providers


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Home to a wealth of artists and craftspeople, Prince Albert in the Karoo is fast becoming a food, culture and wine destination. More than 250 years old, the town is also home to several ghosts, with visitors able to take a guided ghost walk through the town to see who they can see! Well known for its fresh and dried fruit – particularly apricots and figs – Prince Albert is also at the heart of South Africa’s mohair region.

The town has its own unique architecture, and still uses a canal system of water supply, which sees people with water rights in the town enjoying specific days and times when they can direct water to their home. Look out for the cinema (a repurposed art-deco car dealership), the brightly painted houses, and the hand-painted dustbins (all 107 of them) that offer great advice to tourists.