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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

In the last 15 years, Prince Albert has become home to a wide variety of former city-dwellers who have been captivated by the charms of small-town life in the Karoo. The town has made room for fellow South Africans, Germans, British and numerous other nationalities all contributing to a vibrant community life. This includes young families wanting a better quality of life for themselves and their children away from the cities, the malls and the crime.

Prince Albert is laid out at the foot of the Swartberg mountains in a fertile valley once named Kweekvalleij. Fed by water from natural mountain streams, agriculture thrives and the town is renowned for its olives, figs and other fruit, as well as Karoo lamb, wine and cheese. It is deservedly gaining a reputation as the culinary capital of the Karoo with excellent local restaurants, a cookery school and an abundance of fresh local produce.

The town is beautifully preserved, with a proud architectural heritage in its Karoo and Victorian buildings which include 13 national monuments, and is frequently a location for film crews, artists and photographers.

The benevolent climate makes Prince Albert a perfect year-round destination with crisp sunny winters and hot dry summers. The clear night skies are perfect for stargazing and sunsets are almost always spectacular. Bird- and plant-life are abundant and there are plenty of other activities including walking, hiking, cycling and mountain-biking. The annual Olive Festival held each May, is a major drawcard.

The town has an excellent infrastructure which includes a hospital, doctors, schools, library, art gallery, small supermarket, a bank with ATM facilities and plenty of charming B&Bs. Prince Albert is just two hours from the coast, and four to five hours from Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.
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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

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The early days

The first local inhabitants were the San people and remains of their rock art are still to be found  as are dinosaur footprints - on several farms in the district. In 1762 the Dutch East India Company released the first loan farms to free burghers and Zacharias de Beer established Kweekvallei, putting down the foundations for Prince Albert.

The farm proved to be very fertile, and with plentiful water from fresh springs in the mountains, De Beer soon established fruit orchards, vineyards and wheat fields, and introduced sheep and cattle.

Kweekvallei soon became well known as a stop-over for travellers and explorers, weary from the long trek across the barren Karoo, delighting them with lavish hospitality and excellent fresh produce and wine.

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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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