A village in the Karoo was established in 1762 as Albertsburg and in 1845 the name was changed to Prince Albert, after Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg. The village is like a small open-air museum with numerous well-preserved or beautifully restored Cape Dutch, Karoo style and Victorian houses. Nineteen of these houses have since become a national monument.
The healthy climate in Prince Albert is very pleasant with high temperatures (average 34 °) in the summer and comfortable and sunny in the winter (average 17 °). In the winter, during cold nights, temperatures can simply drop around freezing.
In addition to the beautiful surroundings, the clear starry sky as can only be seen in the Karoo, there are many other sights. You can visit farms here where olives or fruit are grown. Sheep farmers here provide beautiful mohair which is found all over the world in beautiful shawls and blankets.
On holiday in Prince Albert means enjoying the hospitality, the tranquility, the vast landscape and beautiful evenings under the stars. Delicious meals of Karoo lamb and local cheeses with fresh or dried fruit will contribute to the special memories of this serene village, surrounded by fascinating flora and fauna.
If you are here, you will definitely discover the beautiful surroundings. Take a trip through the Swartbergen with its amazing mountain pass and Gamkas gorge from where you end up in ‘The Hell’. Take a cool dip in one of the rock lakes under a waterfall at Meiringspoort. Mountain biking, hiking, bird watching and botanical excursions are plentiful for lovers of these activities.
Architecture lovers go on a walking tour through the village (can be with a guide) and occasionally take a seat on a terrace to amaze you about the beauty of architectural styles, the hospitality of the people and local delicacies. Visit the Fransie Pienaar museum or go to an olive farm for a tractor trip.
The “Koppie Trail” is a walk outside the town and then you get to know about 100 different plants and you may discover fossils. Oudtshoorn is a two-hour drive away, where the cango caves are more than worth a visit.
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