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Olive Festival

The famous festival usually takes place on the last weekend in April. Then the smell of grilled meat wafts through town. A grand pageant, music and dance, street markets, a cycle race and many other competitions take place. Hotels and guest houses are fully booked a long time before this event.

Shopping hints for Prince Albert
At Prince of Africa, beautiful mohair blankets and jerseys are on sale for a good price. Peter Schneekluth sells leathergoods from his own tannery. An art gallery and a coffeeshop are part of the museum. Bodo & Gudrun sell semi-precious stones, jewellery and silkpaintings. And you can get handwoven carpets from the weaving mill. Olive oil and olive paste is available from the Swartrivier Olive Farm.

Restaurants
Tasty Karoo lamb from the area and other specialities can be savoured at these restaurants: Blue Fig, Calibane, Celestino's, De Kelders, Karoo Kombuis, Swartberg Hotel and The Olive Branch
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Accommodation

Saxe-Coburg Lodge
Cosy Victorian home; warm hospitality; ensuite rooms or self catering; aircon; pool; hiking. Tel +27 (0)23 5411267
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Karoo Lodge
On two acres of tranquil gardens. Spacious suites. TV. Fridge. Pool. Breakfast, Dinner. Tel +27 (0)23 5411467. eMail

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Prince Albert
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Travel Information

How to get there
The easiest access to Prince Albert, turns off the N1 (Cape Town - Johannesburg). It is the R 409 near Prince Albert Road. The distance to Prince Albert is 45 kms on a tarred road. In Leeu-Gamka on the N1 there is another turn-off and a gravel road to Prince Albert.

Whoever comes from the south, from Oudtshoorn, has the following choice:

1. Swartberg Pass
On the R328 through the Schoemanshoek Valley to the Cango Caves and from there over the really spectacular and untarred Swartberg Pass. The pass is very steep, but in dry weather conditions it can be done in a normal car. Not permitted for caravans or campers. Close to the peak of the pass, 15 kms before Prince Albert, a road turns into the beautiful Gamkaskloof valley. The 57 km long detour is worthwhile. A green paradisical valley awaits the traveller. Along the sandy river bed of the Gamka, which runs through the valley, are many wonderful picnic spots. An isolated farming community of Trekboers who grew fruit in the fertile valley once lived here. Nowadays, Gamkaskloof is protected and falls under the administration of Cape Nature Conservation.

Skelm Pool2. Meiringspoort
This access is an easier drive on a tarred road. From Oudtshoorn you take the N12 towards De Rust. Some kilometres behind the town, the valley narrows to a gorge called Meiringspoort. The 14 kilometres through the gorge are stunningly scenic. The road runs along the Groot River and crosses it 25 times.

One of the most beautiful spots along this stretch is the waterfall of Skelm, where the water plunges into a crystal rockpool. 9 kms behind Klarstroom, the R 407 turns off to Prince Albert .

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