Prince Albert: A Hip and Happening Little Karoo Town

Many people, disillusioned by the demands of city life, have moved to smaller South African towns like Prince Albert in search of a more meaningful existence. The result is an eclectic mix of old world charm and modern, creative interpretations and expressions of  small town culture. Prince Albert, in particular, is a town that has been lovingly restored by the new comers who are as diverse as their tastes. Even though, at first glance, it appears to be just another sleepy town, it is anything but sleepy. The pace may be slow and relaxed, but there is a lot to do and see, and many interesting people to meet if one allows oneself the luxury to linger.

In 2012 when Prince Albert celebrated 250 years since the farm Kweekvallei was established, the Dustbin Art Project was conceived as a way of not only ensuring a cleaner town, but also to celebrate its history and add to its character. Over a hundred dustbins were painted by children and artists, and placed all over town that include quirky snippets of information.

If you ever find yourself in the vicinity of Prince Albert, or are planning to include it in your holiday plans, you should keep in mind that it is a town with an array of things to do, see, and experience if you allow yourself the time to discover them. My most treasured memories of the four days I spent here include a visit to the shop where Avoova’s products were first sold before becoming the luxury brand it is these days, an evening at The Showroom Theatre, and many happy hours on the porch of the cottage I rented overlooking an olive grove. I am sad that I missed the Ghost Walk, as Ailsa was out of town, but all the more reason to return to this charming place.

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Visit Prince Albert’s excellent webpage for information on what to do, where to shop, stay and eat.