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4 X 4 TRAILS | ALBERT'S MILL | ANNUAL EVENTS | ART GALLERY | ASTRONOMY | BIRD WATCHING | BUILDINGS | DAIRY TOURS | DRIVES | FARMS | FOSSILS | GHOST WALKS | GOLF | HIKING | MARKET | MUSEUM | MOUNTAIN BIKING | WEAVERY

DISTANCES & TIME FROM KAROO LODGE (Prince Albert) TO:

Cango Caves (Via Swartberg Pass) 36 kms - 1hour drive time
Meiringspoort / De Rust 70 kms - 45 mins drive time
Gamkaskloof / Die Hel 47 kms - 2 hours drive time
Gamkaspoort Dam 42 kms - 1 hour drive time
Karoo National Park 165 kms - 1 hours drive time
Oudtshoorn (via Meiringspoort) 114 kms - 1 hours drive time
Oudtshoorn (via Swartberg Pass) 72 kms - 1 hours drive time

4 X 4 TRAILS  
There is a challenging 4 x 4 route in the Swartberg Nature Reserve. Booking and permits are essential and hikers will receive preference in the event of booking over the same period.

ALBERT'S MILL  
Presently being restored to it's fully functional glory of days gone by.

ANNUAL EVENTS  
KKNK - Klein Karoo National Kunstefees - click here for dates
Olive Festival - APRIL
Winter Witblitz Festival - AUGUST
Agricultural Show - SEPTEMBER
Harvest Festival - NOVEMBER

ART GALLERY  
Home to quite a number of artists, the Prince Albert Art Gallery is situated on the main road next to the Fransie Pienaar Museum and houses several local artist's works amongst others.

ASTRONOMY  
Prince Albert is one of the very best celestial viewing regions in Southern Africa with cloudless skies and a pollution free atmosphere.

BIRD WATCHING  
With more than 200 species of bird to be found, Prince Albert is a paradise for birders and trips can be arranged for bird watching.

BUILDINGS  
The Dutch Reformed Church situated on the main road through Prince Albert is by far the most conspicuous of all the buildings. The church was completed in 1865 and is in pristine condition. The clock was only built later in 1885. The metal wrought-iron fence was completed in 1885.
The original organ, which is now in the Zeekoegat Church was donated by Cecil John Rhodes.
The British used the church as a fort and lookout tower during the Anglo-Boer War.
The Church can be viewed in the mornings - Monday to Friday.

DAIRY TOURS  
Visit the local dairy and sample their delicious cheeses, yoghurts, milk and cream.

DRIVES - Scenic Round Route Drives  

There are several suggested scenic route trips which you will find on our MAP page. Take advantage of an unforgettable opportunity to make Karoo Lodge your base whilst you explore the many natural wonders of this very unique region of South Africa. Nowhere will you find a landscape with so many contrasts, so rich in geological wonders, flora and fauna in abundance and hospitality which is unsurpassed.

1. Not to be missed are the famous world famous heritage sites Cango Caves which are a mere 36kms from Karoo Lodge.
2. Swartberg National Park:- "The Hell" - Gamkaskloof
3. Meiringspoort
4. Karoo National Park

Go to our map page to see our suggested round route trips

GHOST WALKS  
Take an interesting guided walk through the town - approximately 1.5 hours

FARMS  
Olive, fig, apricot and prune - all these are successfully cultivated in the fertile soil of Prince Albert. The town's fruit is well-known on European Supermarket shelves as a most superior product.
Visit olive farms where you can sample and buy olives and olive oil made locally.

Prince Albert is home to one of the largest dried fig farms in the Southern Hemisphere. Visits can be arranged.
Prince Albert is the largest producer of quality Mohair in Southern Africa. Products are available at various outlets in the town.

FOSSILS  
Fossilised dinosaur footprints [Bradysaurus Footprints]

GOLF  
Believe it or not, there's an "au naturelle" 18 hole golf course with the most magnificent views of the Karoo landscape so don't leave the clubs at home!
Tel: 023 541-1841

HIKING AND MOUNTAINEERING  
Prince Albert is famous hiking and mountaineering territory and a must for mountain enthusiasts. There are many varied day walks and overnight hikes to suite your mood and energy levels or challenging Cape Sandstone rock faces and peaks to extend your wits. Provisions can be bought at the local supermarket in Prince Albert. Your hosts George and Elsabe will gladly inform and advise you on the many interesting hiking routes in and around Prince Albert.

Permits are required for certain hikes and are obtainable at the local Tourist Office just down the road from Karoo Lodge.

If you're a keen photographer of the outdoors, this is an opportunity you should not miss. See some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets from the mountains and vast plains.
BEST MONTHS FOR HIKING - April / May and September / October

MARKET  
Held every Saturday morning next to the Fransie Van Zyl Museum. From Karoo Lamb to fruit and vegetables, cheeses, home-made jams and preserves, home baked bread and pickles, the Saturday market is once again becoming a tradition as of old.

MUSEUM  
The Fransie Pienaar Museum offers visitors a glimpse of the cultural and historical past which moulded this beautiful town. The museum collections grow day by day as inhabitants make valuable contributions to the museum in order to preserve the proud heritage of this gem in the Karoo.

View the distillation process of Witblitz on the premises, still in the original copper stills!

The house in which the museum collection is housed, was built in 1906 and first served as a hospital ( 1952 until 1978) for the inhabitants of Prince Albert.
Tel: 023-5411 172; R4 per Adult and 50c per child

MOUNTAIN BIKING  
There are outstanding mountain biking opportunities in and around Prince Albert.

WOLSKUUR WEAVERY (WOOL SHED WEAVERY)  
See the locals weave their magic with the highest quality 100% wool.

ALL CONTENT KAROO LODGE 2004 - 2011