Guests can cool down in the inviting swimming pool, relax in the lovely garden or make use of the outdoor braai area At 85 on Church, or there are numerous activities to keep busy.




To discover in town                           
To explore                                       
For the sporty                              
For art lovers 
For food and wine fundies
Restaurants and Coffee Shops
Where and when to buy food and groceries


To discover in town
  • Farmers Market - Enjoy the farmers market next to the museum on a Saturday morning, for fresh produce and good coffee.

  • Wolvekral Walk - Take a natural history walk with Sue and Richard Dean to learn about the flora of the area and more (a must do with kids). Ph: 082 770 0206

  • Stories - Listen to local tales by the Story Weaver or take a ‘Ghost Walk’ with Ailsa Tuddhope to learn more about the history of Prince Albert. Ph:023 5411 211

  • Star Gazing - Book an evening with Astro Tours to learn all about the stars and look through impressive telescopes. Ph: 072 732 2950

  • Museum - Visit our wonderful museum that is rich in the history of Prince Albert and also has a small paleontological exhibit. Ph: 023 5411 172

  • The Karoo Donkey Sanctuary - just out of town in the Oudtshoorn direction.  See much more than just donkeys.  Open  between 11am and 12 noon.

  • The Weavery - in the industrial area.  See how the ladies weave carpets from locally produced mohair.  Ph: 082 819 4851

  • Striking Metal - in the industrial area, on the same property as The Weavery.  See Kashief Booley make magic with metal in his forge.  

To explore
  • Swartberg Pass –  Take a 27km drive on gravel road over the majestic Swartberg Pass.  This will take you about 1 hour 15 minutes without stopping to enjoy the views.  The height above sea level here is 1585m. This road is fine for all vehicles.If it has rained, please call the police to make sure the pass is open.  Ph: 023 541 8000

  • Die Hel’ / Gamkaskloof–The Swartberg Pass is closed for construction. From 20.10.17 it will be open from 8am on Friday mornings till 8am on Monday mornings.  Die Hel is accessible from the Oudtshoorn side of the pass.  Turn off near the top of the pass and take a trip to ‘Die Hell
    Be sure to keep a day open for the trip to ‘Die Hell’ as the going is slow.  Be sure to take plenty of water and something to eat. This road is gravel all the way but can be accessed by any vehicle that is not too low.  I have seen very small vehicles climbing out this valley. If it has rained, please call the police to make sure the pass is open.  Ph: 023 541 8000.

  • Meiringspoort - Take a drive through the magnificent Meiringspoort to see the Swartberg Mountains from a different perspective.  Cross various rivers 27 times along the way and stop to take a walk and swim in the beautiful waterfall pool.  This road is tarmac all the way.  If it has rained, please call the police to be sure the pass is open and not flooded. Ph: 023 541 8000.

  • Gamkaspoort Dam - Take a 42km drive to theGamkapoort Dam.  A 4x4 is a must here as the gravel road is bad.  This also takes most of the day.  The dam thrives with birds and wildlife.

  • Cango Caves – The Swartberg Pass is closed for construction. From 20.10.17 it will be open from 8am on Friday mornings till 8am on Monday mornings.  The Cango Caves are accessible from Oudtshoorn. Other than that, the Cango Caves are just over an hour way over the Swartberg Pass.  You can also access them by going through Meiringpoort, de Rust andOudtshoorn which is tarmac all the way. Ph:  044 272 7410.

  • The Karoo National Park– This is about an hour away just before Beaufort West.Ph: 023 415 2828

  • Kobus se Gat - Stop over at Kobus se Gat for a meal or something to drink on the way to Oudtshoorn and the Cango Caves, where you can get lost in the silence and the views. Ph: 044 272 2143 -
    Cell: 082 852 4778.

  • Discover pictures of the area here


For the sporty
  • Walks - Take walks up the koppie or all around the town and view the interesting architecture.

  • Hiking - Get a permit and go hiking in the Swartberg Mountains. Ph:  0861 227 362 8873

  • Bicycle Hire - Hire a bicycle from Arno Botha and cycle around the area.  Ask about the moonlit cycle ride. Cell: 083 395 9038

  • Yoga and massage - Take a yoga class with Hermon from Simply Saffron or enjoy a massage or reiki. Ph:  082 873 9985

  • Parkrun - Join Parkrun at 7 or 8am on Saturday morning, depending on the seasonat Odendaal Stadium for a free 5km walk or run.  See their website for more details and a map. Ph: 072 108 1987

  • Tennis - Enjoy a game of tennis with the locals on a Saturday morning, or ask for the keys any other day besides a Sunday at the tourism office. Ph: 023 5411 366.


For art lovers
  • Prince Albert Art Gallery - Visit the Prince Albert Gallery for a great selection of art in various mediums.  Ph: 082 749 2128

  • The Fine Art Photo Gallery- This features the works of photographer, Louis Botha.  Ph: 082 453 5130

  • True Karoo Gallery - has a variety of hand crafted art and décor items made by Trudy Brain such as wreathes, wire and metal animal heads, wooden angels etc. Ph: 072 435 8618

  • Full Moon Art Tour - Take a full moon tour of interesting art with Hennie Boshoff. (Adults only)       
    Ph: 083 264 2436

  • The Showroom Theatre - Book at the world class Showroom Theatre for movies or live entertainment. For ticket bookings please visit:


For food and wine lovers
  • Wine Tasting  in the Valley- Enjoy wine tasting at our 2 local wine farms and wine estate in the Prince Albert Valley, Fernskloof and Bergwater.  Reiersvlei is our only Wine Estate.  All are located in the beautiful Prince Albert Valley or Die Gang as it is also known and are around 25km out of town.

    • Reiersvlei: 023 5411 983/556

    • Bergwater: 023 5411 703

    • Fernskloof: 023 5411702

  • Wine Tasting  in town (almost opposite  At85onChurch) Go wine tasting at Soet Karoo where award winning sweet wines and ports are made. Ph: 023 5411 768

  • WeltevredeFig Farm- Take a 25 km drive on a good gravel road to Weltevrede Fig Farm, winding through a valley of fruit farms. Ph:  023 5411 715

  • Olive Farms - Visit the olive farms O for Olive, Prince Albert Olives and Kredouw Olive Farm, where delicious and award winning oils and products are produced.  All sell their products on site as well as in various outlets in town.

    • Swartrivier / O for Olive: 023 5411917

    • Kredouw Olive farm: 023 5411 105

    • Prince Albert Olives: 023 5411 687

  • Cookery and related classes - Take a cookery class with Jeremy at The Real Food Company.          Ph: 082 319 7031

Restaurants and Coffee Shops
  • Swartberg Hotel – Half minute walking distance. In the morning, it is very pleasant to have a breakfast or a coffee on their terrace.  In the evening, they open their restaurant inside the hotel with typical Karoo food.   And you may also have a drink at the Green Prince next door.

  • The Green Prince Gin Bar  - At the Swartberg Hotel. You can have a light meal here too.

  • The Rude Chef Bistro – opposite the hotel.  They make outstanding fish and chips and other meals too. Ph: 073 120 1243

  • The Real Food Company – Located in Mark Street in the old Olive Branch premises, The Real Food Company has a small but tasty menu, tapas like,  with Mediterranean influences Licensed.
    Ph: 082 319 7031

  • Karoo Kombuis – This is a character restaurant run by friends who worked together for SAA many years ago.  They serve an excellent ‘bordkos’, of traditional South African foods like roast lamb and bobotie.   Unlicensed.
    Ph: 023 5411 110

  • Lah Di Dah -  Lah Di Dah is a coffee shop / restaurant that is open from breakfast till after lunch, and then again in the evening.  Their ribs, steak and burgers are excellent and very well priced.  You can sit indoors or outdoors and enjoy the view over the dam.
    Ph: 023 5411 846

  • The Lazy Lizzard -  Here they serve nice light meals inside or in the garden  They are a coffee shop / restaurant open from breakfast till afternoon tea.
    Ph: 023 5411 37

  • The Bush Pub – Nice place to meet the locals, have a drink  or eat a pizza or an hamburger, either inside watching some rugby match or outside, watching the birdlife at the pond.

  • Chef’s Cafe at African Relish – 34 Church Street.  Opens only on week-ends. The venue is lovely. Cooking classes are also available.
    Ph:  023 5411 38

  • O for Olive – This is open for breakfast and lunch and serves a good Sunday lunch.  It is on the olive farm just outside town.Highly recommended. Closed on Mondays.  Open till 14:00. Ph: 023 5411 917

  • Karoo Blom - at the bottom end of town do lovely ribs.  They are located in Stockenstroom Street, and also have a large shop for you to browse in. Ph: 083 274 0505

Where and when to buy food and groceries
  • Spar: At the entrance of Prince Albert, coming from Albert Road we have a Spar which is open

    • Week days: from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m.

    • Week-ends and Public Holidays : from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m

  • Gay’s dairy: For yoghourt, cheese, other dairy products, meat, and home cooked meals.  Find them on your right, at the beginning of Kerkstreet when you come from the Swarberg pass.  Gay’s dairy is open 

    • Week-days: 7-9 a.m.; 10-12 a.m.; 4-5.30pm       

    • Week-ends: 7-10 am; 16.30-17.30.   

    •  Ph:  023 5411 274 / 538

  • Butcher : next to the Hotel 

    • Week-days: 9-5 except Wed:8-12:30 

    • Week-ends: 9-13:00

  • Deli at the Hotel:for bread after 11 a.m. and some cookies and local Olive Oil

  • Wood: at the petrol station and at the butcher.

You will notice that there are many other places in town where you can buy local produce but with the shops above you should be able to get the basics.




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