- Western Cape
- Prince Albert
The nothingness, the wide open spaces and the deafening stillness ...
The peaceful little village of Prince Albert lies in the shadow of the Great Swartberg Mountains which separate the Great Karoo from the Little Karoo, approximately 400km north-east of Cape Town.
The spring waters from the surrounding mountains have created a charming oasis with three major mountain passes, Meiringspoort, Seweweekspoort and Swartberg, making it easily accessible. The Swartberg Pass was declared a National Heritage Site in 1988. It is a popular spot for hikers and nature lovers to enjoy the many attractive destinations in the area.
The village is a jewel of magnificently conserved Victorian, Karoo and Cape Dutch Architecture with at least 13 of the buildings having been declared National Monuments.
The area is well known for the farming of Merino sheep as well as Angora Goats and Prince Albert Mohair wool is much sought after due to its very high quality.
There are several olive farms and other very large export fruit farms in the area, as well as sheep farms, an export mohair trade, and each year the village celebrates the well-known olive festival.
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