10 Things to do in Prince Albert

Posted on Mon March 2, 2020.

Prince Albert is a town at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains, in South Africa’s Western Cape. It's ringed by vineyards and fruit and olive farms. Local history exhibits including fossils and a working moonshine distillery. The nearby 19th-century Swartberg Pass runs through Swartberg Nature Reserve and has dramatic mountain views. The reserve is dotted with caves featuring San rock art.

Here is a list of the top 10 things you should do whilst in Prince Albert:

African Relish

COOKING IN THE KAROO
African Relish is a Recreational cooking school in the Karoo town of Prince Albert in the Western Cape, South Africa. Select a themed half or full day cooking class.  Experience South African produce, cuisine and enjoy African Relish either as a stand-alone destination or part of an extended foodie tour. 

African Relish runs two basic course types throughout the year. Anytime cooking courses, like Karoo Classics or Vegetarian, are half or full day and easy to book on short notice. Scheduled weekend courses with invited chefs such as Neil Jewell, Nina Timm and Stef Marais, include longer culinary and special interest retreats like their popular Cycle tour or Yoga retreat.

ANYTIME COURSES
African Relish offers Anytime cooking courses for the passing traveller with a wide choice of cooking themes and specialised activities. The classes vary from half-day to full-day or as long as you wish to make them. We offer a selection of classes and they are also very happy to custom design your own course according to your preference.

Article from: www.africanrelish.com

 

Ghost Walk

Join Ailsa for a pre-dinner walk around the streets of the village, in the company of the Ghosts of Prince Albert.

You will set out at dusk and wander through the streets as darkness descends. The stories introduce you to characters who have lived there over the years - and the ghosts who don't want to leave! A light-hearted "one-woman show" on the move, which reveals some of the village's treasures and hidden skeletons. Suitable for all ages.

The Story Weaver, Ailsa Tudhope, shares the stories and heritage of Prince Albert with visitors. Her Walking Tours in and around Prince Albert are informative and good fun and her evening Ghost Walk has provided entertainment for guests of all ages since 2002. Ailsa is a registered tour guide and a member of the Cape Tour Guide Association. 

The Ghost Walk is offered year round. Times do change from summer to winter however, the walk currently starts at 6:30pm outside the Fransie Pienaar Museum.

The walk will take around 1½ hours, so sensible shoes are best. All walks taken at your own risk!

Booking is essential!

Contact Ailsa at 023 5411 211 

E-mail: [email protected]

Article from: www.storyweaver.co.za

 

Stargazing Astro Tours 

Beyond the urban glare and light pollution, Hans and Tilanie Daehne have launched new stargazing experience Astro Tours in Prince Albert in the Karoo after three years of research in over 30 stargazing locations.

A darker sky, drier climate and having five cloudless days out of seven a week makes this one of the best places in the country for stargazing. And it’s just four hours outside of Cape Town.

WHAT TO EXPECT
Guided stargazing experiences mean you’ll get to see (among others), the Celestial Big Five: the brightest star (Sirius), closest star (Alpha Centauri), largest globular cluster (Omega Centauri), the most beautiful open cluster (Jewel Box) and Earth’s closest galaxy (Tarantula)

VARIOUS TOUR PACKAGES
The full Astro Tours option includes a trip to Sutherland and tour of famous Southern African Large Telescope (SALT), the largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere.

The second tour option offers you one or two evenings of stargazing your choice of either Prince Albert or Olive Grove. And then you can also custom design your stargazing adventure.

Tours should also be booked as far in advance as possible.

Astro Tours
Church Street, Prince Albert
+27 (0)72 732 2950 or +27 (0)72 641 9657
[email protected]

Article from: www.capetownmagazine.com

 

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Riel Dancers 

Born out of traditional Khoi and San ceremonial dances around the fire, the Riel Dance (Fastrap in Afrikaans) has been practiced by descendants of these indigenous cultures for many years. Recognised as a form of cultural expression, Riel dances include courtship rituals, and mimicking typical animal antics along with lots of bravado, showmanship and foot stomping in traditional outfits. In the heart of the Karoo at the foot of the Swartberg mountains lies the town of Prince Albert.

This form of “storytelling” has been practised for hundreds of years by indigenous cultures in South Africa. The tradition has been passed on by sheep shearers and farm workers in the Northern and Western Cape. In the evenings after work there was traditionally time for dancing accompanied by a ramkie, or tin guitar. Today, the dance is recognised as one of the oldest cultural heritage expressions in southern Africa.

It includes courtship rituals, mimicking the antics of animals like the meerkat, or snakes, along with lots of bravado, showmanship and foot stomping in traditional outfits.

To find out more about the Riel Dancers contact: 
[email protected] or call on +27 (0) 23 5411 332 

Articles from: https://www.dfa.co.za/news/riel-dancers-keep-the-tradition-alive-15248208 http://stephanusmeyer.com/fastrap-dancers-prince-albert-south-africa/

 

The Showroom

The Showroom Theatre in Prince Albert is a collaboration between local Businesswoman Charon Landman and Film Maker Johnny Breedt. Charon Landman has invested in and developed many properties in Prince Albert including the Swartberg Hotel and Seven Arches building. Johnny Breedt is best known for his work as a Production Designer in the film industry, both locally and abroad. He has worked on over sixty feature films including “Mandela-Long Walk To Freedom” Project, for which he was awarded a SAFTA Award for Best Production Design.

Initially Breedt and Landman were planning to build this as a new development in the industrial area, but when the “Celestino’s” building, went on the market, they jumped at the opportunity of possibly turning the better-suited building, into a theatre. The building has been utilized over the years, for a variety of businesses, but at one point, was used as a car dealership with a showroom. The owners decided to pay homage to that fact by naming the theatre “The Showroom”, which also clearly has theatrical connotations.

The aim of The Showroom is to create a multi-cultural venue for the Community of Prince Albert and visitors alike. The venue can be used as a theatre, cinema, gallery, seminar venue, and in the future, a film school. The list of possibilities for this establishment, are endless.

“The Showroom” boasts state-of-the-art theatre and cinema equipment, making it suitable to facilitate and attract some of the countries top performers. The Showroom has already hosted Nianell, Matthys Roets, Anna Davel, Heinz Winckler, Rocco De Villiers, Barry Hilton, Gys De Villiers, and a host of other performers, shows and film festivals. Both Charon and Johnny proud themselves on this “World Class” venue, right here in the Karoo and invite you to join them at one of the fantastic performances.

Information from: www.showroomtheatre.co.za

Phone: 023 541 1563
Theatre Manager: [email protected]

Marketing and Media: [email protected]

Adress: 43 Church Sreet, Prince Albert, Western Cape, 6930

 

Gays guernsey dairy

Gay van Hasselt started what is now known as Gay’s Guernsey Dairy in 1990 when she started milking three cows in a stone kraal. She soon discovered that there was a demand for fresh milk in the community and started selling to a few customers who would arrive with their empty containers and get their daily supply of milk while on their morning walks.

Once she had obtained a license to sell milk, she began supplying to local schools and the Prince Albert hotel. The surplus milk during the holidays led to her making yoghurt.

“I hadn’t bargained on the fact that the locals regarded yoghurt as ‘vrot melk’ (milk that was off) – I couldn’t even get anyone to taste it! I began offering to donate yoghurt as a dessert at local functions… and people kept coming back for more,” says Gay.

The yoghurt soon became a new favourite in town, but Gay still had excess products during the school holidays. Gay decided to take a two-day cheese-making course at Elsenburg Agricultural College in Stellenbosch, and began making cheese on a small scale. Her first feta experiment started out in a 20-litre cooler box.

“I started making hard cheese using an old redundant 400-litre milk tank, plastic buckets with holes drilled into them as moulds and buckets of water with bricks on top as a press.”

Gay's persistence has paid off, and after winning numerous international awards in London, Dublin and France, her cheeses are now known across the country and the world.

Situated in Prince Albert in the Karoo, the dairy has become an institution and a meeting point for locals and visitors to come together, enjoy fabulous hand made dairy products and get a real taste of farm life. All the products are made using full-cream, raw Guernsey milk from the Van Hasselt's own herd of cows. Gay believes that the core of her success lies in the quality of the raw milk that they use, making the products deliciously creamy, and steeped in natural flavour. The family and staff of Gay’s Dairy place a huge emphasis on their herd of free ranging, happy Guernsey cows. 

Article from: www.gaysguernseydairy.com

 

Saturday Market 

In the Government Gazette of 30 October 1855, the Governor, Sir George Grey, gave permission for Prince Albert to hold a weekly market. The market flourished for years but eventually disappeared.

In January 1998 the Prince Albert Tourism Association resurrected the weekly market, which is held every Saturday morning on the square next to the Fransie Pienaar Museum.

Stallholders offer dried fruit, homemade jams, pickles, cakes and bread, fresh fruit and vegetables. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a pancake or an early lunch at the market.

Some Saturdays you will find crafters selling their wares. Volunteers from the 'Thursday Club' runs a White Elephant stall which supports the soup kitchen and other charities in the village.

Join the people of Prince Albert every Saturday Morning when our Market offers delicious breakfasts, home-produce and craft stalls. Buy jams, preserves, olives, olive oil, freshly baked bread and organically grown vegetables and fresh fruit in season. Don't miss the bargains at the White Elephant stall!

For more information - Vir meer inligting and accommodation bookings contact the Tourism Association Office:

tel: +27 (0)23 5411 366  fax: +27 (0)23 5411 788 or e-mail: [email protected]

Information from: www.thegreatkaroo.com | www.prince-albert-info.co.za

 

Unimog trips up the Swartberg Pass

Swartberg Pass Trips
2-3 Hours 

R350 pp

Minimum 4 pax, Maximum 10 pax

Departure time: 08:00

Join us for a scenic trip up the breathtaking Swartberg pass. Experience the spectacular panoramic views of the mountain range and enjoy a scrumptious champagne breakfast!

 

Prince Albert Town Trips
1 Hour

R200 pp

Minimum 4 pax, Maximum 10 pax

Departure times: September - April: 18:00 | May - August: 17:00

Get 100% insight to what makes this unique village tick and have lots of fun doing so! Explore what Prince Albert has to offer in style.

For bookings contact: [email protected] or +27 (0) 23 5411 332

 

Fransie Pienaar Museum 

The entire collection at the Fransie Pienaar Museum is based upon Fransie's own collection

Born on Lammerkraal in 1897, Fransie was educated locally and then went to Cape Town to study at the Sullivan College of Music. She returned to the district to marry Giddy Pienaar and when her father died she and Giddy took over Lammerkraal. Fransie was a magpie and she started collecting antiques and odds and ends to the extent that when she and Giddy retired to Prince Albert in 1956 an entire room of their home was dedicated to her collection.

Being in town gave Fransie more opportunities to acquire "little things" and soon she needed more room! The Dutch Reformed Church lent her a hall in Devenish Street - which gave her more scope, but by 1972 she couldn't get another thing into the hall. By now one of Fransie's sons-in-law, Frikkie Allers was the mayor and he persuaded the local council to lend Fransie a house in Kerkstraat to house the collection. On the day of the official opening she gave everything to the people of Prince Albert.

Since then the collection has grown and has moved to its present premises in the Haak family home which served the village as a hospital for some years.

Fransie was the unofficial curator for some years and enjoyed nothing more than showing visitors round the building. She would provide musical entertainment on the harmonium (bought in memory of her brother - who had died on the day Fransie was born) or on her mouth organ. She died at the grand old age of 87 and is gratefully remembered by one and all.

Operating Hours:

Monday - Friday: 09:30 - 12:30 and 14:00 - 16:30
Saturday 09.30 - 12.00
Sunday 10.30 - 11.30
Public Holidays: Closed

Telephone: 023 541 1172
Fax: 023 541 1172
E-mail: [email protected]

Prices:

Adult: R20

Child: R10

42 Church Street, Prince Albert, 6930

Article from: www.thegreatkaroo.com

 

Karoo Donkey Sanctuary 

The Karoo Donkey Sanctuary is a registered Animal Welfare NPO and is located on a private farm, two kilometers outside the picturesque village of Prince Albert, at the base of the majestic Swartberg Mountains and at the gateway to the Great Karoo region of South Africa.

Following the historic rescue of 236 donkeys and 30 horses, all destined for slaughter at the infamous Hartswater auction that took place in January 2017, by virtue of their numbers, they are recognized as being the largest donkey rescue centre and sanctuary in Africa.

With the current global donkey population estimated at 44 million and with an estimated 10 million donkeys being slaughtered per year to supply the Chinese demand for their skins, this rush has created a global donkey holocaust as the insatiable market demand for skins is driving a grizzly industry right on our very doorstep.

Following the mega herd rescue, their mission is to rehabilitate and rehome the majority of our rescues to loving, forever retirement homes while they champion the cause in raising awareness as to the unsustainable, inhumane and barbaric trade in donkey skins.

Prior to their mega herd rescue at Hartswater, the majority of their original rescues have come across to them from dire circumstances of being over-worked, abused and malnourished as former beasts of burden in the cart-horse industry.

There is no entry charge, however, donations are welcome. There are other animals as well, such as horses, pigs, goats and ostriches, geese, cats and cows.

Mission: There mission is to relieve the suffering of overworked and abused Western Cape and Karoo cart-horse donkeys by providing them with a forever home

Company Overview: Registered Non Profit Organization
Department of Social Welfare. | 171-525 NPO

Call them on: 082 900 6103

Address: 1 Christina De Witt Street, Prince Albert, South Africa

Information from: www.karoodonkeysanctuary.org.za