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Welcome to Prince Albert and Country Estates

Dreaming of a new life in the country? We’re here to help you find your place in the sun… Tranquillity, security and serenity will be yours in Prince Albert, our beautiful little town at the foot of the Swartberg Pass, in the quiet green valley once named Queeckvalleij… Whether your dream is a mud house or a mansion, a plot to build your getaway or retirement home, a smallholding to grow organic veggies, a stake in the burgeoning wine and olive industry, or whether you simply want to get off the grid - we have it all - olive farms, sheep farms, houses big and small, new and old, barns, plots and smallholdings. Call us - we're already living the country life and loving it! Come with us into big sky country, the land of wide horizons, sunlit days and starlit nights .You'll never look back...........

Prince Albert A-Z

Location
At the foot of the Swartberg Pass, on the southern threshold of the Great Karoo
  • 686 metres above sea level
  • 45 kms off the N1
  • 3,5 hours by road from Cape Town
  • 4 hours from Port Elizabeth
  • 1 hour from Oudtshoorn and Cango Caves
  • 2 hours from George and the beaches and golf courses of the Garden Route
  • 1 hour from the Karoo National Park at Beaufort West

Climate
Mediterranean. Dry, sunny and bracing. Winter and summer rainfall, 45-50 mm a year, but mainly in April and November/December. Summer highs average 35degC, daytime winter lows 14-16degC.

Rivers and dams
The Gamka, Dwyka, Swart, Traka and Dorps Rivers
Oukloof dam - 5kms 4kms east of the town
Gamkapoortdam - 42km west of the town

Economy
Agriculture- and tourism-based

Infrastructure
Prince Albert has a solvent and independent Municipality and a stable infrastructure including a hospital, several doctors, an old-age home, schools, a small supermarket, 24-hour fuel station, an airstrip for light aircraft, bank with ATM, hotel, pharmacy, several excellent restaurants and coffee shops and an array of accommodation establishments both in town and out. A daily courier service runs between Prince Albert, Oudtshoorn and George.

Lifestyle
Some newcomers open small businesses, farm, paint, write, or just enjoy retirement. There are artists and potters, authors and academics, health therapists including a physiotherapist and an astronomer, several book clubs, a garden club, water aerobics in summer, a small gym and Pilates classes. The thriving art community organises exhibitions and workshops several times a year. A number of locally-based consultants service city clients via the internet (ADSL available) Some properties are used as second homes with the owners spending 3-6 months a year in the village. Restoration of many of the older properties has resulted in a town which is always pristine. Children walk or cycle to school and often the only main street traffic is a few bicycles and a donkey cart. There are no parking problems and no security firms.

Building and restoration

Building must conform to regulations laid down by the local municipality and where buildings are older than 60 years plans must be approved by the SAHRA the South African heritage agency. Local builders are skilled and materials are available from the local co-op, or are delivered by large suppliers in Oudtshoorn and George. Annual property rates are presently considerably lower than in the cities. There is also a local architect, civil engineer and quantity surveyor.

Contact Us

Elaine Hurford
Tel: 023 541 1158
Cell: 082 774 1069
Fax: 086 633 3294
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Directions & Maps
Prince Albert 's co-ordinates are 33o13' S 22o01'E
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Fun Facts
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Our logo is based on the unique Prince Albert  gable, a variation of the original “holbol”, with vertical and horizontal moulding and a pediment with the date of construction or the owner's initials.

The use of the gable is a visual statement of our commitment to the preservation of Prince Albert’s architectural heritage.
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