Prince Albert, Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa

Another wonderful Karoo town, Prince Albert, has numerous well preserved examples of 19th Century architecture. The area is known for its fruit - apricots, figs and olives and excellent Karoo mutton.

Nature Conservation hiking trails are threaded throughout the Swartberg Nature Reserve and include the Swartberg National Hiking Way, Tierberg Trails and Gamkapoort Nature Reserve. Its position, at the foot of the Swartberg Pass puts in firmly, but only just, in the Great Karoo, as opposed to the Little Karoo, on the southern side of the pass.

Prince Albert is a mere 50km from the N1 along the R407, which leaves the highway at the appropriately named Prince Albert Road, a town so small you may miss it. This route is aconvenient and scenic way to join the N1 and N2.

The Swartberg Pass which connects Prince Albert to Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo is a steep, unpaved road with absolutely spectacular views. The adventurous (in four-wheel drives) may like to detour to 'Die Hel'. The nearest airport is at George, about 100km away.