Activity knows no boundaries here
What do you get when you combine incredible natural beauty, endless roads and a safe environment? An urge to get active, of course!
Prince Albert presents an activity for every level of enthusiasm.
If a gentle stroll on a farm or a friendly set of tennis is your thing, you are in the right place. If you are an adrenaline junky, be our guest – shoot down the Swartberg Pass on your mountain bike or hike into Gamkaskloof.
There are lots of options between the extremes, so get your running shoes, bicycle or hat and explore the endless Karoo.
Wolvekraal Guest Farm bicycle trails lie on a beautiful Karoo Farm just 8 km from Prince Albert.
There are three possibilities –
an easy short ride,
a longer more technical ride
a circular route starting at Wolvekraal Guest Farm, reaching O for Olive Restaurant on a neighboring farm (for refreshments or an olive tasting) and returning again to Wolvekraal Guest Farm.
All three routes offer individuals, groups and families a lovely way to spend a few hours in the Karoo veld, with spectacular views back to the Swartberg range.
We do not rent out bicycles, but Dennehof Tours and Prince Albert Cycles do and they can even transport the bicycles for you upon arrangement.
Dennehof Tours – 023 5411 227
Prince Albert Cycles – 083 395 9038
Riders are welcome 7 days a week from
6AM to 6PM (summer)
6.30AM to 5.30PM (winter)
Parking is at the Wolvekraal Guest Farm reception.
Tickets can be purchased at Wolvekraal Guest Farms reception. To maintain and improve the facilities we need to collect an entrance fee of R30 from each rider. We request that you honour this agreement and do not try to enter the rides without a pass.
From Prince Albert, drive 8 km on the R407 towards the N1, cross the Swartrivier and look out for our signpost 800 meters further on your right.
Bushman Valley’s labyrinth … will aMaze you!
Overnight guests can now enjoy the 7- circle walk free.
For day trippers, it is included in the R20 all day hiking charge.
Ten trails which include fossils, riverine bush, view of Prince Albert from the mountain top, dry waterfall, Bushman shelters, etc.
Bushman Valley is in the Swartberg Private Nature Reserve.
take a hike past Bushman shelters to the Ein Gedi waterfall.
hike into the entrance of the Swartberg Pass and eight other routes.
view indigenous plants, many used by the Bushmen for food and medicine.
picnic and braai sites are available .
the lodge provides facilities for learning about the Bushmen and a shop and museum (souvenirs and refreshments).
camping and accommodation available.
NO PETS ALLOWED
The Sam de Beer 4×4 trail suits hikers as well.
There are three ecologically different trails:
Circular route (5km) – includes a bad lands clay pit
Mountain route (4km) with stunning views
Bain’s road bush route (5km) with an exciting diversion
A permit and the key for entrance to the route are available at Bushman Valley.
We offer relaxed day Cycling Tours out of Prince Albert and guided trips up the Swartberg Pass and to Gamkaskloof
> 3 Pass Tour – Meiringpoort- Montagu Pass – Swartberg Pass – all in a Day
> Swartberg Down Challenge – Down-hill only or up & down
> Die Hel (Gamkaskloof) – Cycle in or in & out – your choice.
> PA2C – Great 3 days’ cycling across the Karoo to Wilderness Beach.
> Bike Hire, Full Back Up on all Tours, snacks & water-points on route.
We offer Day Trips to Die Hel (Gamkaskloof) & The Swartberg Pass
> 4X4 Transport, Full History Talk on Pass & Die Hel, lunch in valley and a chat with the local inhabitants.
> Registered Tour Guide with more than 15yrs experience.
MTBAfrica provides events and stage rides in Southern Africa for mountain bikers, endurance, road and gravel cyclists.
- Swartberg100 Gran Fondo :- an annual autumn race combining gravel and tar sectors styled on the European classics.
- Karoo GravelGrinder :- a 3 day adventure race / social ride, limited entry. Experience the different moods and terrain of the Great and Klein Karoo on your bike with luxury accommodation and excellent local cuisine.
Prince Albert Parkrun is a free, timed, 5km run that starts every Saturday morning at the Odendaal Sportgronde. April to September we start at 8 am, October to March we start at 7 am. It is part of the growing parkrun phenomenon around the world.
The route includes a bit of tar, some gravel track and about 2 km of trial in the Gordon Koppie. It is a lovely route with fantastic views and it gets you right into the Karoo veld.
We welcome parkrunners from all over South Africa and around the world on a Saturday morning.
Comrades king, Bruce Fordyce and his wife Gill visited Prince Albert during December 2014 to look at a possible route and then returned for the inaugural run on 6 June 2015. Bruce has friends (Di and Jeremy Freemantle) in Prince Albert and old family ties – his great grandfather, Dr Pieter Luttig, was the first locally born doctor and the only person to have a car in those days.
We offer you everything ‘bicycle’ – a shop, advice and fantastic cycle experiences.
Prince Albert Cycles and The Real Food Company offer you a real Karoo cycling and gourmet experience in and around Prince Albert.
Visit our cycle shop between African Relish and PEP Stores for –
Repairs and parts
Skills training/training programmes
Assistance in finding the right bike for you : new or second hand
Guided / unguided rides and Tours.
Arno has been cycling for more than 30 years and has done all the major tours like the Cape Epic.
He has organised and guided cyclists on more than 60 Tours , from single riders to groups of 70.
Arno would like to use his experience to help experienced riders and novices alike to experience the wonderful sport of cycling.
CapeNature manages several day hikes and overnight hiking trails in the Swartberg Nature Reserve.
YOU MUST CARRY A PERMIT, EVEN FOR A DAY HIKE
CapeNature has a concession with Lazy Lizard and hiking permits can be purchased directly from them at Lazy Lizard at 9 Church Street, Prince Albert. Tel 023 5411 379. Maps are also available.
You can book the overnight hiking trails through the Central reservation office in Cape Town – the number is at the top of this section.
You can walk the “koppie” trail on the hill behind the village (no permit required).
The path starts at the top of Crosby Street and ends in Klipstreet and can be done in reverse, starting at the corner of Klip and Bergsig Streets.
Wear a hat, sturdy shoes or boots and carry some water.
Wonderful views of the village and the Karoo.
Your hosts or the Tourism Information Office will explain in more detail how to get to the starting point.
Walk the Karoo Labyrinth in the garden at St John the Baptist Church in Bank Street.
You are most welcome to walk the Karoo Labyrinth at St John’s and spend some time in contemplation and prayer.
The Karoo labyrinth is unique to Prince Albert and has been constructed from local materials and indigenous plants.
The path is defined by stones and weaves its way from the Church door towards a tree which provides shade for quiet contemplation and prayer.
The Celtic Christian symbols of Earth, Air, Water and Fire all feature in the labyrinth.
Prince Albert lies at the entrance to the 27km Swartberg Pass, considered by many as one of the most spectacular mountain passes in the world: an untarred road winds to the summit 1 583 metres above sea level in steep zig-zags and sudden switchbacks, with breath-taking views at every turn.
The turn-off to Gamkaskloof lies near the summit of the pass.
The Pass offers visitors a wealth of opportunities to enjoy and marvel at the Swartberg Mountain and its amazing geology. Driving across the pass and stopping at different spots for the view is one way of taking in the splendour. Walking, running or cycling along the Pass road offers a whole different perspective.
Please remember that if you want to venture off the Pass onto one of the hiking trails, you need a permit. Please consult the section on Swartberg Nature Reserve Hikes.
Read more about the Swartberg Pass and its history.