- Prince Alfred Hamlet
Prince Alfred Hamlet lies a mere 10 km north of Ceres, just below the Koue Bokkeveld catchment surrounded by mountains. The branch railway from Wolseley, through Mitchell's Pass to the Ceres basin, has its terminus at Prince Alfred Hamlet.
As expected, this is a tiny, quaint and remote town. Some people drive this route as an alternative to the N7 to Citrusdal, through the Koue Bokkeveld via an even tinier town known as Op Die Berg. Prince Alfred Hamlet is also en-route to the Gydo Pass, an incredible passage which takes you through the Gydoberg mountains which links the Warm Bokkeveld Ceres Valley with the Koue Bokkeveld. The Koue Bokkeveld, in English 'cold goat country', is one of the coldest places in the Western Cape and in winter you're almost assured of snow in the mountains or even on the ground
This is the perfect spot to explore the countryside on foot and there are various walks and hikes one can follow and an hour and a half drive from here to Citrusdal will take you through some incredibly beautiful scenery.
Prince Alfred has no tourist accommodation of its own, but Ceres offers several types of accommodation including B&B’s Guesthouses and self-catering units.
Things to do and see
- Middle Keurbooms Conservancy
- Matroosberg Hiking Trail
- Christie Prins Hiking Trail
- Koelfontein Wine Estate
- Ceres Fruit Route
- Gydo Pass
- Mitchell's Pass
- Katbakkies Pass
- Kagga Kamma 4 X 4 Trails
- Ceres Golf Course
Prince Alfred Hamlet receives approximately 853 mm of rain annually with most of its’ rainfall during winter, June seeing the highest levels.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 30˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 3˚C and 17˚C.
The village was founded on the farm Wagenboomsrivier belonging to Jan Goosen on 8th December 1861. It was named after Prince Alfred, the second son of Queen Victoria, who had visited South Africa the previous year.
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