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Prince Albert

Just 2 kms from the foot of the awesome Swartberg Pass, the pretty, historic village of Prince Albert is the perfect base for exploring all the wonders of the Swartberg mountains including Gamkaskloof (The Hell) and Meiringspoort. Hiking, mountain biking, birding and botanical excursions are major attractions. Aside from a superb climate and spectacular night skies, the village itself is a small gem, with beautifully preserved Cape Dutch, Karoo and Victorian buildings. Prince Albert is known for its sun-ripened fresh and dried fruit, especially figs and apricots. Karoo lamb, olives, olive oil and homemade cheeses are local delicacies. Bushmen were the earliest inhabitants of the area and remains of their culture are still to be found in the district. In 1762 the first loanfarms were made available in this area and Kweekvallei, the farm on which Prince Albert later developed, was allocated to Zacharias de Beer. The farm proved to be very fertile, and with plentiful water from the mountain stream De Beer soon established fruit orchards, vineyards and wheat fields. He also farmed with sheep and cattle and Kweekvallei soon became well known as a stop-over for travellers and explorers, weary from the long trek across the barren Karoo, were delighted by the hospitality with which they were recieved and the excellent fresh produce and wine with which they were entertained. In 1842 a Dutch Reformed Church parish was established in the town which was then known as Albertsberg, and in 1845 the little village was officially named Prince Albert in honour of Queen Victorias husband. Gold was discovered in the area and in 1891 there was a gold rush on the farm Spreewfontain. At the same time the ostrich feather market boomed in Europe and Prince Albert experienced great prosperity. There are 12 buildings in Prince Albert which have been declared National Monuments, among which are the Dutch Reformed Church and its Hall, Alberts Mill and the Swartberg Hotel building.

Tel: +27 (0)23 541 1366
Email: princealberttourism@intekom.co.za

Prince Albert accommodation:

Karoo View Cottages
Karoo-Rust
Swartberg Hotel

 

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