Albert’s mill

where flour was milled for more than 100 years… Drive out along Christina de Wit Street towards the mountains and you will see the Mill on your left hand side, opposite the former Miller’s Restaurant. The restored wheel and over-shoot launder can be seen.  More information on the Mill at the Fransie Pienaar Museum.

Prince Albert cultural foundation

The Prince Albert Cultural Foundation plays an active and important role in preserving the history and culture of the area and was recognised as the most active and objective conservation body in the Western Cape for 2014 -2015.   The foundation occasionally offers an outing on the third Saturday of the month. The topic might […]

Resources on our history

Prince Albert is fortunate to have a wealth of resources, put together through the years, about the history of the town and area.   A number of books and publications deal with various aspects of historic importance.  Many shops stock these books, but the Fransie Pienaar Museum has the full collection.    

Swartberg Pass

Prince Albert lies at the entrance to the 27km Swartberg Pass, considered 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 […]

Meiringspoort

Soaring cliff walls with spectacular rock formations line the 25 km tarred road which winds along the floor of the gorge through Meiringspoort, crossing the Groot River 25 times. Each crossing, or drift, has its own name and story.   The first road through Meiringspoort was constructed between 1856 and 1858 by Adam de Schmidt. On […]

Gamkaskloof – ‘Die Hel...

Gamkaskloof, also known as “Die Hel”, is a fascinating valley near Prince Albert, where a small, proud community lived in isolation for more than 100 years. Access was on foot and horseback and harvests of dried fruit and wild honey were carried out by pack animals. Legend has it that Gamkaskloof was discovered when trekboers lost […]

A quick history lesson

The village of Prince Albert sprang from the loan farm Queekvalleij, established by Zacharias and Dina de Beer in 1762. The fertile valley soon attracted other farmers, church services were held on the market square and by 1842 an NG church had been built and a thriving community established.    

Anglo-Boer War historical route

Helena Marincowitz identified two Anglo-Boer War routes, one to the north and the other to the south of Prince Albert.   Visitors can follow the steps of the local commando’s,  see the sites of skirmishes and the graves of those who lost their lives. (farm roads generally gravel, parts of each route follow tar roads  […]

Fransie Pienaar museum

The Fransie Pienaar museum gives a fascinating look into the history and culture of Prince Albert and its surroundings.  It also holds the only local license to ‘stook Witblits’!   The museum is worth a visit with interesting displays that will give you a depth of perspective about Prince Albert.   Monday to Friday – […]

The Story Weaver

Let Prince Albert’s resident story-teller tell  you the stories of Prince Albert. Since 2002 the Story Weaver, Ailsa Tudhope, has entertained visitors to Prince Albert with her stories about local characters, ghosts, history, architecture and current events. Her evening Ghost Walk provides light-hearted entertainment for guests from 8 to 80: “fun, informative, and goose-bump inducing…” […]

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