There are so many interesting and soulful activities that make the Great Karoo a great choice for your next breakaway destination.
It is a place of immense space; wide-angled horizons, rugged mountain ranges and a sky so vast that it feels like you could reach for the stars at night. The Great Karoo gets under your skin and creeps into your heart and is a magical place of open spaces and warm hospitality. Prince Albert is just one of the iconic Karoo must-see towns.
With breathtaking views at every turn, the charming dining options of Prince Albert make it the perfect place for foodies. A visit here is all about enjoying yourself and there are enough restaurants to ensure you can eat your way through the weekend without visiting the same place twice –although you may be tempted to! Olives, soft Karoo lamb, ostrich, fresh and naturally dried fruit, and carefully crafted handmade cheeses are the food staples found in Prince Albert.
If you prefer shopping for delicious things, visit delis, farms and restaurants for some olive indulgence. O for Olive Farm is four kilometres outside the town and here you can see the processing plant, taste the produce or enjoy a lunch on the stoep (patio).
Or take a drive to Gays’ Guernsey Dairy and Deli, a Prince Albert landmark, where you can taste fabulous cheese and even stock up on unpasteurised milk – these are small-town offerings at their best. Kredouw Estate also offers a relaxing visit with a farm shop where you can buy olive oil and other farm products.
You could easily spend the entire weekend exploring the quaint and quirky places in Prince Albert. The night skies are out of this world in this part of South Africa, so why not visit Astro Tours for an evening of stargazing.
Did we mention the passes that hold spectacular views over the Karoo? Leave the wet coastal belt and enter the arid Karoo via the Swartberg Pass. You can hike the pass, sleep on the mountain or do the route by 4×4. For a little Karoo culture and education, visit the Fransie Pienaar Museum, the cultural and natural history museum with artifacts and antiques dating back to the founding years of this area.
An easy and educational way to see Prince Albert is the Red Bus Tour. The knowledgeable guide gives a broad sweep of the town’s history and character during a relaxing drive. While touring the town, by foot or by bus, why not shop for unique gifts, accessories, tableware and beautiful ostrich products.
Prince Albert’s extensive website is a wonderful tool to search for affordable accommodation or accommodation which fits your needs. Swartberg Country Manor, Abrahamskraal and Karoo View Cottages are just a few welcoming places where you can stay. The attention to detail and Karoo charm may just entice you to stay forever.
There is so much to do in this great town, so why head out on an adventure with Prince Albert as your final stop?
Source and images: South African Tourism