Events – Weddings
Since the owners held the weddings for two of their children at African Relish, we have hosted numerous others. African Relish is available as a venue and as a full facility for catering up to 100 seated guests. We have a beautiful choice for an outside wedding ceremony in our gardens and courtyard or we can present alternative venues such as the larger Bergwater hangar. Our chef and team cater for both informal day or formal evening wedding feasts. Along with décor styling, floral arrangements, bar options we aim to make your wedding and reception wonderful, anxiety free and memorable. Prince Albert has both church and courthouse or the wedding party is able to bring their own minister or officiant. African Relish has its own accommodation and access to top end – mid range accommodation in the town, click here.
Functions and Private Events
On the same basis we cater for a number of corporate events and launches in town and arrange fine picnics in the countryside. We also cater for and hold dinners or lunches at the school for any size personal functions whether it be special birthdays; celebrations or school reunions.
Prince Albert has become home to many artists and artisans. There are a number of galleries and stores in town where collectors pieces can be found and the character of the Karoo and Prince Albert is captured on canvas or film. Browse through the wares of the local blacksmith; the Mohair shop and Karoo Loom. Visit and taste local produce at the dairy, fig farm, olive producers, or choose fresh fare from the Saturday morning market. Spend time in the museum or watch a movie at the restored Art Deco Showroom. Choose from the activities below.
Swartriver Olive Farm
Join us for a tour of Swartrivier Olive Farm – home of the ‘O for Olive’ farm stall and 3000 olive trees. You will view the olive groves, the sorting and processing rooms as well as the olive press before you sit down to taste the farm produce and enjoy a scrumptious olive platter. Swartrivier has the oldest olive groves in the Prince Albert area and is known for its table olives. The farm is 4 km out of Prince Albert and the excursion takes 2 hours. ENQUIRE
The Prince Albert Red Bus Tour
Prince Albert may not have a red bus, but it can rival any tourist destination with the wealth of interesting things to see and know about in this peaceful little town in the Great Karoo. Come with us on our “Red Bus Tour” – we take you on a gentle drive, showing you the town and environment in all its splendour while giving you the lite version of our history and architecture, economy and way of life. The Red Bus Tour stops at various points of interest where our guide entertains you with stories, facts and a few figures while you stay in the comfort of your seat. You will gain an understanding of the town’s character that will enrich your stay.
Departs 11 am every day Monday to Saturday from Prince Albert Activities and Excursions, Swartberg Hotel veranda, 77 Church Street, Prince Albert.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Hire a bicycle
Dennehof cycle tours has bicycles to hire should you wish to discover Prince Albert on your own terms. Bicycles range from mountain bikes, tandem bikes, BMX’s to smart “town” bikes. Hiring times are also tailored to suit your itinerary needs. ENQUIRE
Highly recommended is the Gamkaskloof ‘Die Hel’ (translated to The Hell) which takes you to visit a lost community and although it is only 50km away, this is a full day tour where you head down the valley from the top of Swartberg Pass in a 4×4 to the valley and enjoy a historical talk on this forgotten area, meet the people and then enjoy a local lunch before heading back in the afternoon. ENQUIRE
Handcrafting Port style wine
For the enthusiast of this aristocrat amongst traditional beverages, a visit to SoetKaroo cellar is a must. Herman and Susan Perold specialize in making small quantities of dessert wines, including traditional Portugese style fortified wines. The SoetKaroo Wine Estate consists of just one hectare of land, a ‘village farm’ in the heart of Prince Albert. ENQUIRE
Sunset drive & Sundowners
Join us for a relaxing drive on a beautiful Karoo farm a little distance from Prince Albert. Enjoy the views, the late afternoon light and possibility of game as we make our way to a special spot for a sundowner and snacks. Give yourself over to the splendour of the Great Karoo and feel it fill your soul. Min 2 people, max 8 people. Drive takes 3 hours. ENQUIRE
Visit Lydia Barrella’s fascinating collection of minerals, quartzes, gem stones and related collector pieces. Lydia and her late husband Zigri built this collection of interesting, rare and spectacular minerals over a period of almost four decades. The collection is housed in a large room in a beautiful 1850 homestead. ENQUIRE
Finch & Francolin Birding Excursion
Birding enthusiasts have a seldom available opportunity to bird in pristine Karoo veld. Some of the Karoo specials you can expect to see include Karoo Eremomela, Rufous-Eared Warbler, Southern Black Korhaan and Verreaux’s Eagle. Apart from the excitement of finding that Karoo bird you have been looking for, you will experience the stunning views of the Swartberg across the open Karoo. You will be accompanied by a tourist guide and seasoned bird enthusiast who is knowledgeable about the birds of the areas. Min 2 people, max 8. The excursion takes 3 hours. Refreshment provided. ENQUIRE
Explore Historic Rooikamp & modern day North End
A guide will take you on a tour of North End and experience the culture of the coloured residents of Prince Albert. The tour starts at what used to be ‘Rooikamp‘ – the site of a coloured community before forced removals. You will hear some of the stories of this time and see remnants of this community. Once you know more about the history, your guide will take you to North End where you will see churches, a primary school, house shop and taverns. You will have a traditional roosterkoek and meet Prince Albert’s oldest resident. The excursion takes 2 hours. ENQUIRE
Olive oil tasting
Visit Prince Albert Olives for olive oil tasting and olive preserving. Fred Badenhorst and his son Hein continue the tradition of a long line of farmers in a family who have lived off the soil and its bounty for generations. They saw the unique micro climate of the Prince Albert district producing beautiful figs, grapes, pomegranates and citrus – and realised that olives would be a natural fit. Their Extra Virgin Olive Oil is blended from a seasonal selection of Frantoio, Leccino, Coratina, Barnea, Dor Carlo, Koroneiki or Favolosa varieties. ENQUIRE
Wolwekraal botanical excursion
Dr Sue Milton, a lecturer in conservation ecology, arid zone vegetation dynamics and restoration at the University of Stellenbosch. Sue is the driving force behind RenuKaroo Veld Restoration, an initiative to educate and assist in the rehabilitation of wilderness areas and overgrazed pasture land. Sue guides the 2 hour early morning botanical walks. ENQUIRE
Trip to Prince Albert Valley Vineyards for wine tasting
Reiersvlei, Fernskloof and Bergwater vineyards are situated in the picturesque Prince Albert Valley in the Great Karoo. The wines on offer range from an excellent dry white to full-bodied reds and enchanting dessert wines. ENQUIRE
Cheese-tasting at Gay’s Guernsey Dairy
One of the best managed and most productive dairy herds in South Africa. Gay’s Dairy has won many major South African and international awards for its high quality cheeses all made from unpasteurised milk and guaranteed free from hormones, antibiotics,colouring and preservatives. ENQUIRE
Ghost Walk with the Story Weaver
Join Ailsa Tudhope, our local historian and storyteller, on a 1,5 hour pre-dinner walk around the streets of the village, in the company of the Ghosts of Prince Albert. Set out at dusk and wander through the streets as darkness descends. Tales of characters who have lived in the village over the centuries – and their ghosts who don’t want to leave! ENQUIRE
Stargazing with Astro Tours
Astronomy is never boring, because there is a continuous supply of new information about the Universe around us through advancing technology. Let Astro Tours take you on a horizon broadening tour through the Starry Splendour over Prince Albert. After a stargazing experience, you will look at the night sky with informed insight. Astro Tours also do private star gazing sessions for special occasions. To arrange a special tour, go to www.astrotours.co.za. ENQUIRE
The Showroom Theatre
The Showroom Theatre boasts state-of-the-art theatre and cinema equipment, making it suitable to facilitate and attract some of the countries top performers. The Showroom has already hosted Nianell, Matthys Roets, Anna Davel, Koos Kombuis, Rocco De Villiers, Barry Hilton and a host of other performers, shows and film festivals.Visit www.showroomtheatre.co.za to book online. ENQUIRE