Prince Albert, Western Cape

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Prince Albert
Prins Albert
View overlooking Prince Albert
View overlooking Prince Albert
Prince Albert is located in South Africa
Prince Albert
Prince Albert
 Prince Albert shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 33°13′31″S 22°01′48″E / 33.22528°S 22.03000°E / -33.22528; 22.03000Coordinates: 33°13′31″S 22°01′48″E / 33.22528°S 22.03000°E / -33.22528; 22.03000
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Central Karoo
Municipality Prince Albert
Established 1842[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 37.70 km2 (14.56 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 7,054
 • Density 190/km2 (480/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 2.2%
 • Coloured 85.7%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 11.3%
 • Other 0.6%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Afrikaans 91.7%
 • English 4.7%
 • Other 3.6%
Postal code (street) 6930
PO box 6930
Area code 023

Prince Albert, South Africa (spelt Prins Albert in Afrikaans) lies on the southern edge of the Great Karoo, nestling under the majestic Swartberg mountains.

History[edit]

Prince Albert was founded in 1762[3] on the loan farm De Queek Vallei with Zacharias De Beer as its first incumbent.[4] Originally known as Albertsburg, when it obtained municipal status in 1845 it was renamed Prince Albert in honour of Queen Victoria's consort, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg.[4]

Climate[edit]

Prince Albert enjoys a beautiful healthy climate with high temperatures in summer and comfortable sunny but crisp conditions during winter with cold nights, reaching midwinter minimums of 2 °C, with frost in places. Summer and winter blend into one another, leaving only a matter of weeks for spring and autumn. Prince Albert's dry heat is ideal for anyone suffering from chest conditions and many people feel the health benefits of living here. This dry heat may spike up to 40 °C on a few days in the summer with an average of 33–35 °C, and 17 °C in the winter months.

Points of interest[edit]

The village has many well-preserved Cape Dutch, Karoo and Victorian buildings, thirteen of which are National Monuments. There are several olive farms and other very large export fruit farms in the area, as well as sheep farms, an export mohair trade, and each year the village celebrates the well-known olive festival. Birding, hiking, cycling and stargazing are other pursuits for visitors. The area is well known for its hardy endemic veld plants and is frequently a destination for botanists from all over the world. Visitors also enjoy excellent dining on fine Karoo lamb and cheeses from the local dairy.

The sleepy village also houses the highly acclaimed Villa Kruger art house and sculpture garden with show-tours, Art after Dark, conducted by the artist Hennie Boshoff.[5]

The pure water and air in Prince Albert are optimal for producing the highest quality Spanish jamon. Prince Albert is the headquarters of Lucas Jamon, The only producer of the Iberian delicacy in South Africa.

Dutch Reformed Church

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)". pp. xlv–lii. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Main Place Prince Albert". Census 2011. 
  3. ^ Fitzpatrick, Mary et al. South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland, Lonely Planet, 2006, ISBN 978-1-74059-970-2, p. 228
  4. ^ a b Olivier, Willie. Touring in South Africa, Struik, 2005, ISBN 978-1-77007-142-1, p. 55
  5. ^ [1]