Discover Prince Albert, a quaint Victorian Village
Discover a new town or rediscover the beauty of the town of Prince Albert. This little Victorian village has a rich history of 250 years and is situated at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain range in the great Karoo.
Historians, birdwatchers, botanists and stargazers will all be delighted with this South African village, as each are offered a variety of amusements. There are over one hundred and thirty species of birds and an incredible diversity of fynbos cover the breathtaking Swartberg Nature Reserve. It is a world Heritage site possessing the world’s greatest number of plant species. And there is plenty accommodation in Prince Albert too, so you won’t have to travel far to view this spectacular area.
The pure night skies are spectacular in the calm of the Karoo, where peace, quiet and tranquility meet. Stay in Prince Albert to experience these night skies outside your bedroom window. The town comes alive for it’s Saturday market where beautifully fresh apricots and figs are on display, the famous Karoo Lamb, olives and olive oil are all plentiful. Delicious homemade cheeses and Mohair blankets from the Angora goats make it a market to be remembered. Fresh milk, cream, yogurt, cheese and fruit juices can be bought at the local farm dairy.
In Prince Albert there is also African Relish, which is a recreational Karoo cookery school where there’s a preference for produce that’s local, seasonal, fresh and sustainable. Foodies will definitely need to stop by to experience the wonderful classes – which are about more than just cooking. It is well worth it to get Prince Albert accommodation, to come get an understanding of great karoo cooking.
South Africa’s Klein Karoo wine route has now included Prince Albert into the mix as several wineries have emerged, where you can enjoy a splendid afternoon of wine tasting in the sun. In April the Olive festival arrives, where a variety of musical talents will get feet moving, donkey cart rides, wine and olive tasting, cooking classes, and various stalls selling food, clothes, crafts and arts and plenty for the kids with jumping castles and giant slides to keep them entertained.
Discover one of the oldest and last standing working watermills in South Africa, and venture the town by a rented bicycle where all the Karoo, Victorian and Cape Dutch buildings can be seen, including the thirteen national monuments.
And if you haven’t heard kykNET is in production on a brand-new local reality cooking competition, which will be broadcast from April 2013.
“Kokkedoor 2013” is searching for the best amateur chefs from all over South Africa’s Afrikaans countryside – who will cook it out in the town of Prince Albert. All recipes and challenges will revolve around classic Afrikaans history and “remember foods”, modernized but still with the same taste and historical legacy behind it.
Just four hours away from Cape Town and one hour away from the spectacular Cango Caves, Prince Albert has a lot to offer for all different types of traveller’s and makes the absolute perfect starting point to venture out explore and discover the great Karoo in the heart of South Africa.