THINGS TO DO
TWICE A YEAR, MANY OF THE LOCAL ARTIST OPEN THEIR PRIVATE STUDIO SPACES TO THE PUBLIC FOR A 4 DAY ART ROUTE. IN THE 2 DAYS LEADING UP TO THE JUNE EVENT, WE WILL BE HOLDING WINTER WORKSHOPS, WHERE ARTISTS SHARE THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF VARIOUS MEDIA
18-21 JUNE 2020 10 AM – 5 PM DAILY
7-10 JANUARY 2021 9AM – 1PM / 3 PM – 6PM DAILY
The Swartberg Pass is an iconic mountain pass that has found its way onto the bucket list of many an international traveller. The Pass was constructed between 1881 and 1886 as part of a drive by the government of the day to open reliable routes between the interior and the coast. The design of the route was done in 1879 by Thomas Bain.
Gamkaskloof / Die Hel
Gamkaskloof or Die Hell as it has become known, is a hidden valley, deep in the heart of the formidable Swartberg Mountain Range. The valley was declared a national monument in 1997 and was included into the Swartberg Nature Reserve. The route is unparalleled for its natural beauty.
Karoo Birding Safaris
Karoo Birding Safaris has become a household name in birding circles over the years. Gita Claassen, daughter of founders Japie and Ralie Claassen, resides in Prince Albert and is available to share her avifaunal knowledge of the region with you. Bookings in advance are essential.
Astro Tours take you on a tour through the celestial splendour of the Southern Hemisphere. Prince Albert is the most suited venue for tourist friendly stargazing because it has a dry climate with mostly cloudless nights.
Open Studios: Prince Albert Art Route
Weltevrede Fig Farm
Weltevrede is one of the first fig farms in South Africa. It started out as a fruit drying farm: drying peaches, apricots and figs. Today we have over a thousand fig trees (one tree is over a hundred years old!) and we sell dry, fresh and bottled figs. We farm mainly with Adam Figs, a big purple fig, excellent for drying and selling fresh. We use the tiny Cape Brown figs for making Green Fig Preserve and other fig products.
The fig season is from end of January to end of April. During the fig season the farm can be visited between:
MON – FRI
10h00 – 12h00 | 14h30 – 16h00
10h00 – 12h00
Gays Guernsey Dairy
Gay van Hasselt started what is now known as Gay’s Guernsey Dairy in 1990 when she started milking three cows in a stone kraal. She soon discovered that there was a demand for fresh milk in the community and started selling to a few customers who would arrive with their empty containers and get their daily supply of milk while on their morning walks.
MON – FRI
07h00 – 09h00 | 10h – 12h00 | 16h30 – 17h30
SAT – SUN
07h00 – 10h00 | 16h00 – 17h30
Prince Albert Ghost Walk
Prince Albert local and registered tour guide Ailsa Tudhope takes you on a twilight walk through the town as darkness descends, introducing you to Prince Albert’s rich history, fascinating characters, and ghosts! It’s a fun pre-dinner activity for the whole family that reveals the town’s hidden treasures and hidden histories. The walk takes about an hour and half.
Karoo Yoga offers a range of vinyasa yoga, yin yoga and mindfulness meditation classes for all levels, as well as private individual lessons on request. The studio called ‘k r a a l’ has a unique location looking onto an old historic stone kraal with a spectacular view of the Swartberg mountains in the background. Come and enjoy the tranquility of this unique garden and studio, and soak in the stillness of the Karoo, whilst nurturing body and soul.
Hermon Coleman offers holistic massage, reiki, reflexology and mono-chord sessions as well as yoga classes at Simply Saffron.
Massage, reiki and reflexology for all conditions or just stress release.
EXPERIENCE & EXPLORE ITS UNRIVALED NATURAL BEAUTY
An iconic mountain pass that has found its way onto the bucket list of many an international traveller.