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Activities

 

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.

 

 

WHAT ELSE TO SEE AND DO IN PRINCE ALBERT

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 and take a ‘Ghost Walk’ in the evening or an Historical Walk in the morning with Ailsa Tudhope to learn more about the history of Prince Albert. 084 673 1710 or story@storyweaver.co.za
     

  • 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
     

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
     

  • 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.
     

  • Weltevrede  Fig and Guest Farm - Take a 25 km drive on a good gravel road to Weltevrede Fig Farm, winding through a valley of fruit farms.  Ph:087 095 6229
    You may also eat and sleep over : figfarm.co.za. Open Monday to Friday from 9h -16h, Saturday 9h – 14h. Sunday closed.
    En route, there is one of the best sundown spot around. 
     

  • 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 www.parkrun.co.za/princealbert 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.  
     

  • Erika van Zyl – Painting gallery and studio – Kredouw Fijnhuis –the gallery opposite the hotel.    ….and many other galleries to discover in town.
     

Craft experience
 

Op Skaapies Ende, en route to the Dam – Margriet Prinsloo street

  • Avoova: locally handcrafted beautiful objects ad jewels in ostrich Eggshell: visit the factory and buy some nice gifts Open from 9 am – 3 pm Monday to Saturday and from 9 am – 1 am from Saturday & Sundays
     

  • The Weavery Karoo Loom and the Striking Metal  and soon to come a tea garden:  are all   on the same site, near of Avoova: nice place to purchase locally weaved carpets or some nice metal art work. Ph. Striking metal is 071 242 62 78
    and Karoo Loom is 023 541 1363
     

Mainly in Church street –  for Jewels and some fine mohair had made items

  • Prince of Africa: next to the Swartberg hotel: here you may purchase beautifully knitted scarves, jacket, etc in the best mohair of the world. You may also admire and purchase the very nice jewels made by Di Stein with local stones, silver and pieces of ceramic she finds in the area. You may also visit Di’s studio by prior arrangement. Ph 082 937 2978:
     

  • Cinnamon and Grace: another place to purchase jewels handcrafted in town, at Church street nr 32, near of the Peps store.

 
For food and wine lovers

  • Cooking classes at African relish : 34 Church street,  have a look at their website for the coming cooking classes https://www.africanrelish.com/
    Ph: +27 23 541 1381
    Mobile: +27 76 048 5959
     

  • Wine Tasting - Enjoy wine tasting of Fernskloof wine produced in the valley - 20 Church St, Ph.083 709 64 62
     

  • Olive Farms - Visit the olive farms, 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 and 061882 21 51 (outside town)

    • Prince Albert Olives: 023 5411 687 (in town)
       

  • Dairy - Visit Gay’s Dairy and try her award winning cheeses.  Buy fresh Guernsey milk, yoghurt and cream there too .Ph:  023 5411 274 / 538

    • ​Monday to Friday
      07h00 - 16h00
      Saturday     07h00 - 15h00
      Sunday        07h00 - 12h00

 
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

     

  • 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

     

  •  Karoo Bierstro: nice choice of Beers on tap, burgers, etc... Open Tues 16:00 – 20:00 Wed – Sat 11:00 20:00 Sundays 11:OO – 20:00, 6 a Church street, next to Gay Dairies. Ph 071 342 9006
     

  • Chef’s Café - On the same premises as African Relish. They serve hot meals and delicious pizzas. Ph: 076 048 59 59
     

  • 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
     

  • Yellow House – A very nice restaurant at the entrance of Prince Albert when coming from Oudtshoorn.  The food is excellent and the owners very friendly and welcoming
    Open from Thursday till Monday for Lunch and Dinner.   
    Book via WhatsApp  tel 082 480 37 25

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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