Why not choose Karoo View Cottages as a base, uniquely elevated 350m from the Prince Albert village, between the Great and Klein Karoo, from which to explore each day! Wake up and enjoy your provided health breakfast provisions on your stoep, shared with Familiar Chats, Cape Buntings and various sunbirds, as well as being in the enviable position to watch the sun rising up over the Swartberg whilst listening for the call of owls before dawn. Following are a few suggestions from our guests for you to experience.
Karoo Nights in Prince Albert and at Karoo View Cottages:
Relax and unwind after your travels with a sun downer on your private stoep overlooking the Prince Albert village, whilst watching the moon rising over the Swartberg Mountains, and relishing in the peace and tranquillity that surrounds you as the night sky draws your eye to the heavens as the sun sets.
Who said that Ghosts do not exist? Enjoy an evening "Out on the town" with our local storyteller, Ailsa the Story Weaver who will share with you many a tale about Prince Albert or, have a private story telling around your log fire or in the boma here at Karoo View. We will happily make a booking for you.
Enjoy an exciting and interesting evening with Astro Tours who will show you our beautiful night sky, an experience not to be missed, where you will have the opportunity of using a telescope, first hand.
End your Karoo day at one of our restaurants; Karoo Kombuis, The Real Food Company, Simply Saffron, The Gallery Café, or the Swartberg Hotel’s Victoria Room.
The world class multi-cultural venue "The Showroom Theatre" situated in Church Street offers a unique venue for Theatre, Cinema, Gallery and Seminar's which is attracting many of our countries top performers, such as Nathaniel, Matthys Roets, Heinz Winkler, Barry Hilton, Pieter Dirk Uys to name a few. The movie club has also re-located here where locals and visitors alike can enjoy weekly screenings of the latest movies catering for children as well. Johnny Breedt who won a SAFTA Award in 2014 for Best Production Design on Mandela Long Walk to Freedom is the co-owner with Charon Landman.
Relax and enjoy what KAROO VIEW COTTAGES have to offer you:
Natural stone Boma with lovely large braai, equipped with all your firewood, firelighters, braai grids and utensils, all with our compliments. Natural stone Plunge pool, with lounger and umbrellas – a perfect way to end a summer’s day with your glass of vino or two.
3 Private braai areas and viewing spots to choose from, all individually designed to blend into the natural vegetation, equipped with your firewood and firelighters with our compliments, including braai grids and tongs - really special to view our magnificent night sky ending off your day.
Day time delights in our village:
Start your day afresh and take in a nature walk led by either ornithologist Dr Richard Dean or botanist Prof Sue Milton-Dean of Renu-Karoo, where you will discover the hidden life of the desert landscape including burrowing animals, dwarf succulents, past landscapes and cultures. You will never look at the Karoo veld with the same eyes. We will gladly make a booking for.
Visit Renu-Karoo Indigenous Nursery in the main street where they have a large range of Karoo plants, some really interestingly potted Karoo succulents and Olive trees, which make perfect gifts for your loved ones back home.
Prince Albert and Nature:
For all our Nature Lover’s, Bird Lovers and outdoor people there is much to keep you busy!
Before the sun rises, take a walk along the Robert Gordon Kopje. Yes, this is the view that you are looking at right now from Karoo View Cottages, where the paths are marked and you will be able to get close to nature and at the same time experience the sun rising up over the Swartberg Mountains and magnificent views overlooking the village of Prince Albert as it awakens. Have breakfast at either La-Di-Dah or the Lazy Lizard before setting off to explore the village on your return to Karoo View.
A Spectacular Round Trip – for a Day:
Journey from the Great Karoo to the Klein Karoo and back: Swartberg pass, Cango Caves, Rust en Vrede Waterfall, Ostrich riding in Oudtshoorn returning via De Rust, Meiringspoort, the Great waterfall and Prince Albert valley: Swartberg Pass, 2km south of the village of Prince Albert, 27km long and last of the 17 passes built by the remarkable road builder, Thomas Bain 1893, now a World Heritage site and one of the most spectacular passes in the world. You will see magnificent fluorescent green lichen on the mountain sides, abundance of flora and wildlife, including the petit, shy Klipspringer, as well as sightings of Rock Kestrel and Verreaux’s Eagles. Experience the breath taking views and the amazing natural stone walls, hugging the mountain sides.
SOME MORE DAY TRIP IDEAS:
Gamkaskloof (Die Hel),
Only suitable by 4 x 4 and allow 5 hours for the return trip.
If you do not have a 4 x 4 all is not lost as we have 2 resident qualified Tour Guides, Lindsey of Dennehof Tours or John from John’s Donkey who will gladly take you into Die Hel for the day.
Pack your picnic basket, or pre-order from the Lazy Lizard, fill your tank, as there is no petrol in the valley and head off up the Swartberg Mountain for 20km. Take a right turn at the sign Gamkaskloof - 37km – 2hrs, and experience magnificent views as you traverse this part of the Swartberg and meander down the zigzags of Elandspad, dropping 1000m to the almost ‘forgotten valley’ of the Kloowers who lived in this fertile valley in isolation until 1962.
PRINCE ALBERT FARM VISITS and PASSES
Have a guided tour of Swartrivier Olive Farm 4 km from the village, where 50 to 80 tons of olives from 3000 trees are harvested each year and where you will be able to taste and buy their locally made award winning olive products, which are now being exported to the USA.
A visit to Weltevrede Fig Farm, 28km through the beautiful Weltevrede valley will amaze you, as you see numerous fruit farms, yes, right in the middle of the Karoo, where you will be able to stock up on your fig and pomegranate supplies, which are in great demand.