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Things to do in and around Prince Albert

 

           
   

Aventurine Photo Safaris

 

Discover fascinating lesser known places while having a professional photographer on hand to provide expert guidance and tutoring in how to get the best shot.

Any experience level welcome.

Learn how to use the camera that you have to create striking memories.

We offer photo workshops as well as photo safaris from 2-21 nights. 

 
 
Aventurine Photo SafarisAventurine Photo Safaris
           
  Brita Dolls  

Brita Dolls grew from a dream and are created with love in Prince Albert.

Each is unique!

Available from Lah-di-dah, Kredouw Olive Estate shop or directly from Brita.

Read more here.

  Brita dollsBrita dolls
           
 

Family Celebrations at

Abrahamskraal Guest Farm

33km from Prince Albert on the R353

 

That big birthday bash, a family or Matric class re-union

Chat to Hestie and Johan at Abrahamskraal Guest Farm about your catering requirements

Accommodation for up to 20 guests on the farm

  Family celebrations at Abrahamskraal Guest FarmFamily celebrations at Abrahamskraal Guest Farm
           
  Ghost Walk and Historical Ramble with The Story Weaver  

Join The Prince Albert Story Weaver for one of her light-hearted, entertaining and informative town tours.

Ghost Walk in the evenings

Historical Ramble by arrangement

Booking is essential.

 

  The Story Weaver tells Ghost Stories and Historical tales
           
  John's Donkey 

 

Trips with a tour guide

into the Swartberg Pass and Gamkaskloof

and other drives in the district 

  John's Donkey, drives with a tour guide
           
 

Kredouw Olive Estate

25km from Prince Albert

at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains

 

Visit the Olive Oil Factory and Olive tree Nursery, enjoy an Olive oil tasting and visit our Kredouw Olive Shop

Take a walk or hike, go bird watching, find out about the almost extinct Riverine Rabbit.

Visit the LouisArt Gallery - three art venues on the farm and environmental installations.  

  Art, walks, Riverine rabbits, olives at Kredouw Olive Estate
           
 

Leesfees Bookshop

Leesfees-Boekwinkel

 

 

Looking for a book to read as you relax in Prince Albert?

Searching for that special title... visit the Leesfees Bookshop

Besoek die Leesfees-Boekwinkel ~ Engelse en Afrikaanse boeke

 

21 Meiring Street  (c/o Meiring and Devenish)

Prince Albert

 

  Leesfees Bookshop / Boekwinkel
           
 

O for Olive

5km from Prince Albert on the Kredouw road

   

Guided Olive Tour 

See how our delicious products are processed

Includes tasting and a light lunch platter   

  Olive tour at O for Olive 
           
  Reiki at Karoo Scense  

       Brita offers Reiki in the Healing Cave at Karoo Scense

 Visit her page to see her 'Reiki with Brita' package

                                which includes

      accommodation, reiki and meditation daily

          and lunch for single guests or a couple

  Reiki in the Healing Cave at Karoo ScenseReiki in the Healing Cave at Karoo Scense
           
  Ruff and Rural Living  

See our range of slouchy boho handbags with leather straps and blanket throws designed for laid back living on beds and sofas. All created from natural fibres: Karoo Merino lambswool, Jacobs wool from Israel and super soft cotton.

  Ruff and Rural LivingRuff and Rural Living
           
  Silent Retreats at 

Abrahamskraal Guest Farm

33km from Prince Albert on the R353

 

Listen to silence, experience a quiet mind, re-energise at Abrahamskraal Guest Farm with Certified Integral Coach Gretha Cronje.

Professional Educationalist and Events Organiser Hestie Fourie caters and ensures all is arranged for a tranquil retreat. 

Yoga, reiki, reflexology, wholesome food and Noble silence enhance your experience.

  Silent Retreat at Abrahamskraal Guest Farm
           
  Simply Saffron    

Wellness - yoga (Forrest, Yin or Kundalini), massage, reflexology and reiki

We offer retreats facilitated by local and international teachers, one of which is in it’s fourth year.            

Long and short courses in massage, reiki and reflexology also form part of our offerings.

 
  Simply Saffron
           
  SoetKaroo Wine Estate  

A Prince Albert surprise...

            SoetKaroo Wine Estate right in the middle of town!

 Pop in for a wine tasting - dessert wines produced in Prince Albert.

 
           
 

Karoo farm Weddings at

Abrahamskraal Guest Farm

33km from Prince Albert on the R353

 

Celebrate your Wedding in the beauty and majesty of the Great Karoo.

Chat to Hestie and Johan at Abrahamskraal Guest Farm about your catering requirements

Accommodation for up to 20 guests on the farm

  Karoo Farm Weddings at Abrahamskraal Guest Farm
           

 

Here for a day or overnight?

  • Prince Albert has a tremendous amount to offer visitors, should you only be here overnight make sure you schedule a visit to Gay’s Guernsey Dairy either in the evening (4.00pm - 5.30pm early closing at 5.00pm at the weekend) or before you leave in the morning (7.00 - 9.00am).
  • An afternoon visit means you can fit in a trip to our excellent Fransie Pienaar Museum - best in the Western Cape in 2017, and some of the Art and Photography galleries.  
  • Pop into SoetKaroo Wine Estate, one of the smallest in the country, for a wine tasting - dessert wines produced in Prince Albert.
  • Book a Wellness treatment at Simply Saffron - reiki, massage and reflexology are offered.
  • Arrange a visit to view the Ruff and Rural Living natural fibre collection of bags and blanket throws.
  • Relax by the pool or on the veranda at your guesthouse and then head off on a pre-dinner Ghost Walk with Prince Albert’s Story Weaver (booking is essential). 
  • You might enjoy a sundowner at the Gin Bar at the Swartberg Hotel before heading off to one of our excellent restaurants - visit our ‘where to eat’ page for details of those restaurants who appear on this website.
  • If you plan to braai at home visit one of our butcheries for Karoo lamb, get your potatoes or pap and all the extras from SPAR (a well stocked supermarket with its own bottle store) and drinks from one of the bottle stores.  
  • A magical evening option is to stock up on snacks and a bottle of wine and head out along the Weltevrede road or Margrieta Prinsloo Street towards the Gamkapoort Dam, find a suitable spot and watch a Karoo sunset - different every night! Then linger to see our sparkling night skies…
  • Some evenings and mornings you could join the yoga class at Simply Saffron

 

Time stands still in Prince Albert - come and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Here for a few days? Then there is loads more to see and do!

  • Meet the Story Weaver and take a Historical Ramble through ‘Bodorp’ (booking is essential) with stories about the first farmers, the architecture and fascinating former residents. 
  • Want to catch up on some reading? Pop into the Leesfees Bookshop in Meiring Street for a wide variety of new and second-hand books. Afrikaans ook!
  • Visit the Prince Albert Art Gallery and be surprised at the scope of the collection. 
  • Pop next door to Karoo Looms Weavery to see mohair rugs and carpets in the making, buy locally made mohair jerseys, gloves, hats and much more at Prince of Africa on the Swartberg Hotel veranda.  
  • Explore the True Karoo Art gallery for locally made works of art created from Karoo fragments.  
  • Home decor items and fashionable CANSA approved locally made sunhats are available at Cinnamon and Grace
  • Photographers thrive in the light and beauty of the Karoo: see Louis Botha’s photographs at the PA Art Gallery,  Stephan Jaggy’s work at Photo Jaggy gallery and for a heritage experience visit the Jürgen Schadeberg gallery at Watershed (both in Kerkstraat). 
  • Head just out of town to the Avoova showroom to see locally hand-crafted décor, fashion accessories and objets d'arts created from ostrich eggshell - and sold world-wide. 
  • Handmade Karoo Handgemaak is a Great Karoo project that makes simply beautiful things for home and baby. Visit the workshop in Markstraat on Mondays and Wednesdays between 9 am and 1 pm. Products on sale at Lazy Lizard, Lah-di-dah and the Shop at the Swartberg Hotel. 
  • Wednesday afternoon and it’s Pick-a-piece, a recycling project with a difference at the POP Centre in North end. Well worth a visit - find out more here. 
  • Saturday morning brings Market time - meet the locals and share the atmosphere.
  • See what’s on at The Showroom Theatre
  • Go star-gazing on your own - our night skies are magnificent or make a booking with Astrotours Phone - 072 732 2950. 
  • There are wonderful drives in the district, along tar to Meiringspoort or gravel across the magnificent Swartberg Pass… details at the Tourism Office next to the Museum in Kerkstraat.
  • Go on a guided drive with John's Donkey - air-conditioned trips with a tour guide.

 

For the energetic…

  • Parkrun every Saturday morning - a Karoo trail up onto the Koppie. Phone 072 108 1987 for details.
  • Go for a cycle ride - You can hire a bike at Prince Albert Cycles in Kerkstraat.
  • Do the Gordon’s Koppie trail, no permit required - enquire at the Tourism Office in Kerkstraat.
  • Walk a labyrinth on Gordon’s Koppie or in the indigenous garden at St John the Baptist Church in Bank Street or on farms in the district - enquire at the Tourism Office next to the Museum in Kerkstraat.
  • Hike the Swartberg Pass day trails - be aware of the dangers of hiking when it’s too hot and too cold. The best months for hiking and cycling are April/May and September/October.  Permits are required and you can get one from the Lazy Lizard in Prince Albert or from Cape Nature offices.

 

For foodies and wine buffs… 

  • Do a cookery course at Simply SaffronAfrican Relish or The Real Food Corporation or.
  • Visit SoetKaroo, one of the smallest wine estates in South Africa, to sample dessert wine made on-site.
  • Drive along the Kruidfontein road for 5 kilometres to O for Olive for a guided tour, tasting and delicious olive platter lunch - or sample delicious food from their a-la-carte menu.
  • Head into the Prince Albert Valley to the Kredouw Olive Estate to taste the olives and olive oil and explore Louisa’s Art in the gallery and in land installations or to enjoy one of the walks and hikes on the farm. 
  • Pop into Bergwater Wines and the other wine estates in the valley to sample local wines.
  • On a Friday drive to Tortoiseback Vegan Haven to see the beautiful farm and buy Brett’s vegetables. Phone 072 601 2496 before you head out.

 

For photographers...

  • Aventurine Photo Safaris offer photo safaris ranging from 2 to 21 days. Discover fascinating lesser known places while having a professional photographer on hand to provide expert guidance and tutoring in how to get the best shot.  Any experience level welcome.

  • Photographers thrive in the light and beauty of the Karoo: see Louis Botha’s photographs at the PA Art Gallery,  Stephan Jaggy’s work at Photo Jaggy gallery and for a heritage experience visit the Jürgen Schadeberg gallery at Watershed (all in Kerkstraat). 

To relax…

 

For Gardeners and those who’d like to know more about plants…

  • Renu-Karoo Nursery stock indigenous plants, including more than fifty types of pelargonium, native to the Swartberg Mountains.
  • Join the Prince Albert Garden Club at their monthly meeting on the first Wednesday of each month. There’s a small charge for visitors. Phone 023 5411 558.
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery around the town and learn about the geology, botany, natural and cultural history of the area on a two hour guided nature walk at Wolwekraal Nature Reserve. Phone Sue Milton-Dean 082 7700 206 

 

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