Albertinia, Western Cape, South Africa




This small town on the N2, about 350km from Cape Town and about 40km from Mossel Bay was named after the Rev. J R Albertyn. The area surrounding Albertinia is an eco-paradise with breathtaking views stretching from the coastal area right along the Gourits River over the dune lands to the South of the N2 up into the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains to the North.

Alcare Aloe Factory

Albertinia is a convenient refuelling stop but it does have one other attraction. Apart from thatching reed, fresh and dried flowers, Albertinia processes the blades of the Aloe Ferox plant into cosmetic and health products competing with the best of other countries.

A variety of raw materials are mined here which are marketed abroad.  Amongst them are the yellow ochre and quartzite. The yellow ochre is used to make different dyes for the paint factory. This factory is the only one in South Africa that produces gel & bitter powder from the leaves of the Aloe Ferox plant. 

By using these powders as a base, the percentage of aloe in their several medicines and skin-care products is the highest in this country. Tours through the factory shows the procedure from powder into container.

Both operations have retail outlets where visitors can learn about these interesting plants, so it makes an interesting stop. The turn-off to Still Bay is near here and the Gouritz River Bridge is between here and Mossel Bay.

History:

Albertinia had its origin from the the spiritual need of the farmers in the area and to establish an education institution. The Dutch Reformed Church bought a  portion of the farm Grootfontein in 1902 from the widow Anna Sophia Lourens. Mr Henry Stanford had already bought another portion of the farm in 1881 which was called Stanfords. This portion came in 1912 under the control of the Town's Management.

Activities:

Hike along breathtaking trails through Rein's Nature Reserve at Gouriqua or enjoy wine tasting at our wine cellar in the foothills of the Langeberg. As an alternative visit the Garden Route Game Lodge and enjoy a game viewing drive through the reserve in an open Land Rover, or be daring and experience an exhilarating bungi jump or bridge swing from the Gourits River bridge.