July and August are a peculiar months in Southern Africa. Everyone has seen the year halfway through and feels like it’s time to take a bit of break and get away from things. Conversely, the colder weather means that many folks aren’t (understandably) too keen to put on their hiking boots so to speak.
What is needed is a getaway that is reinvigorating, but won’t require one to brave the elements.
Enter the quaint Karoo village of Prince Albert. With its charming old-world Karoo hospitality, world-class restaurants, bars, merchants, wineries and retail outlets on offer, there is an abundance of attractions for anyone who wants to get away from things and have a great experience too.
Read on to check out your Prince Albert winter shopping checklist.
Angoras and Mohair
Prince Albert is home to the oldest Angora stud in South Africa. Local producers are world-renowned for some of the finest mohair in the world, which has obtained the highest prices globally for the past thirty years.
Didn’t think there were vineyards in the Great Karoo? Think again! The region is home to a wide selection of cultivars, including fortified port and dessert wines. Pay a visit to Bergwater Wines and to the unique boutique SoetKaroo Wine Estate for wine tastings and purchases.
Delectable olives are a Prince Albert speciality.
O for Olive at Swartrivier Farm is the oldest olive farm in the region and a true landmark for the community. The 17-hectare orchards are home to 3000 different olive cultivars. O for Olive has a special offer that includes a factory tour, tasting and light lunch for R95 per person.
The Prince Albert Olives orchards were planted in 2005 according to international practices and today it is very likely that you’ve seen one of their pretty yellow olive oil tins in your local Woolworths, deli our health shop. Purchase the olive oil form the factory in Hope Street during trading hours, or at various establishments throughout the village.
The local area is well known for the succulent meat it produces and if your are a lover of something on the braai, biltong and dry wors for your snack platter and a roast to make they eyes water and the taste buds to dance, The Meatroom is where you want to shop.
Figs and citrus
Weltevrede Fig Farm is a working farm that grows Adams figs and citrus fruit. The harvest takes place from January to April, but you can still contact them to order or buy their dried figs, jams and preserves.
Renu-Karoo Nursery lies 1.2 km north of Prince Albert, but The Nursery Shop is located within the village itself. Be sure to invest in a few water-wise Indigenous Karoo succulents, shrubs and trees for your garden.
Prince Albert is home to a host of artists specialising in various mediums and crafts. The Prince Albert Gallery is a gallery by the artists, for the artists, and displays an ever-changing selection of the village’s finest.
Homeware and jewelry
Are you looking to spice up your home or accessorise? Prince Albert is home to shops selling gorgeous jewelry, homeware and crafts. Pop into Avoova, Lah Di Dah, Aries Life.Style, Cinnamon&Grace and Prince of Africa to stock up on beautiful goods.