The Swartberg Hotel’s Top 10 things to do in Prince Albert

Prince Albert may be a small town, but it’s packed with fun activities for everyone.

Click here for a live view of all activities available in Prince Albert today, as well as for upcoming events and special occasions.  

Gallery

Here’s our list of 10 things we recommend you do when you stay with us:

1. The Prince Albert Ghost Walk

Prince Albert local and registered tour guide Ailsa Tudhope takes you on a twilight walk through
the town as darkness descends, introducing you to Prince Albert’s rich history, fascinating
characters, and ghosts! It’s a fun pre-dinner activity for the whole family that reveals the town’s
hidden treasures and hidden histories. The walk takes about an hour and half.

Click here for contact info.

2. Join us for our famous Sunday roast at the Swartberg Hotel

What better way to experience traditional South African culture than through food? You can expect meaty ‘Karoo Classics’ including our famous Sunday roast, as well as a full range of delectable meals and treats to suit every palate.

Make sure to book and visit us - there's just no way Prince Albert will taste the same without it.

3. Catch a show at the Showroom

No trip to Prince Albert is complete with catching a live show at our our lovely local theatre, the
Showroom. From live music to plays, standup comedy and more, prepare to be entertained by
some of South Africa’s best live acts. We’re very proud!

Click here to contact and view show calender.

4. Go on a nature walk with Sue Milton-Dean

The Wolvekraal Nature Reserve is a must-see for nature-lovers, and there’s no better way to learn
about the local fauna and flora than in the company of nature expert Sue Milton-Dean. Be
prepared to be astounded by the unique biodiversity, geology and history of the area in this two
hour guided nature walk.

Click here for info and to contact Sue.

5. Walk the Koppie/ Koppiestap

A breathtaking and deliciously photogenic view of Prince Albert and the Karoo landscape is just
20 minutes away along the Gordon Koppie trail. Head to the top of Cromwell Street and soak in
the natural beauty of the area (no permit required).

The path starts at the top of Cromwell Street and ends in Klipstreet and can be done in reverse, starting at the corner of Klip and Bergsig Streets. 

Wear a hat, sturdy shoes or boots and carry some water.

Contact Prins Albert tourism if you need additional info. 

 

6. Visit the Prince Albert Art Gallery

Does it actually make sense to stroll around in Prince Albert without making a stop to indulge and take in beautiful art? Within the surroundings of such arid and stark beauty that the Karoo landscape offers all around, the artists on display at the Prince Albert Art Gallery fully captures and contrasts the colours of human perception and experience.

7. Stroll around the Saturday morning market

Prince Albert’s Saturday morning market is a much loved institution and is held every Saturday morning on the square next to the Fransie Pienaar Museum.   

Saturday morning – 8 am to roughly 12 pm

Stallholders offer dried fruit, homemade jams, pickles, cakes and bread, patés, fresh fruit, free-range eggs and organic vegetables.

Enjoy a cup of coffee with a pancake or breakfast at the market.

You can often buy herbs and plants for your garden.

Some Saturdays you will find crafters selling their wares.

Volunteers from the ‘Thursday Group’ run a White Elephant stall which supports the soup kitchen and other charities in the village.

(Be on the lookout for special Moonlight markets).

8. Do the Weekly Saturday morning Park Run - it's free

What is Prince Albert parkrun?  It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock.

Every Saturday at 7:00am (October - March) & 8:00am (April - September).

The event takes place at Odendaal Stadium, Odendaal Street, Prince Albert, 6930. 

And it's free! But please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won't get a time. Click here to register. 

9. Visit the Swartberg Hotel Spa for men and women

Our therapists know exactly what works to help you relax, de-stress and feel great. From head-to toe sessions that includes full-body aromatherapy massagesreflexology massages focusing on your hands and feet, hot stone treatments, as well as Indian head massages, you can be sure to get the fix you need.

Our spa caters for both men and women, with a wide range of delightful treatments on offer. Quality facial treatments are available using Babor products. After a session at the Swartberg Hotel Spa, you’ll feel as good as new – relaxed, stress-free and glowing.

Click here to view our SPA MENU. You can book a session at the hotel by phoning us on +27 (0) 23 5411 332 or sending an email here.

10. Have some gin and tonic on tap at our Green Prince Gin Bar

gin bar prince albert

The Green Prince Bar at the Swartberg Hotel is stocked with a selection of the finest local gins, including InverrocheWilderer, KWV’s Cruxland and the colour-changing Six Dogs Blue (you’ll have to come and see it for yourself). All of these delicious gins is combined with the tastiest tonics and different garnishes to bring out the unique flavours of each one.

Gin and tonic on tap – yes, really!

Pour your gin and tonic beer-tap style from our super fun G&T keg! This is a fun way to experiment with garnishes, as you add a different one to every glass. Let your inner alchemist come out as you infuse your gin with rosemarylimes and all types of berries.