Just 5 km from the foot of the Swartberg Pass, Prince Albert is the perfect base for exploring all the wonders of the Swartberg (much of which is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Take Gamkaskloof, Meiringspoort, the Cango Caves, Seweweekspoort or the Gamkapoort Dam for instance. Each are within an easy day’s drive, getting you back in time for sundowners and spectacular Prince Albert sunsets.

At 686 metres above sea level Prince Albert offers many outdoor activities perfect for adhering to physical distancing guidelines hiking (mountain biking, fossil-walks, birding and botanical – the “koppie trail” names almost 100 listed plants) and Prince Albert has beautifully preserved Cape Dutch, Karoo and Victorian buildings 17 of which are Provincial Heritage Sites. It is well known for its sun-ripened fresh and dried fruit, especially figs and apricots. And Karoo lamb, olives, olive oil and handmade cheeses are all local specialities. We hope we can soon re-open some of our popular events, including an annual Us4Us music and performance festival, the resident artists’ Open Studios and an annual Leesfees with well-known authors in conversations about their books.

There is ample hotel, self-catering and guesthouse accommodation to suit all preferences and pockets. And the town is perfectly positioned for overnight stops from Gauteng, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth (click through to mileage chart).

Garden Route resorts and beaches (for the day they reopen!) are just two hours south by road. Oudtshoorn, the Cango Caves and the Karoo National Park are each about an hour’s drive away.


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