Albertinia – the eco-paradise where you can experience the abundance of nature in a safe and friendly environment – and the home of South Africa´s aloe industry.
Take time to explore this quiet village that lies alongside the N2 between Mossel Bay and Riversdale. While away a lazy few days among the people, visit antique and crafts shops and the historic old church around which this enchanting community revolves. This is farming country – but here they farm with a difference, for Albertinia is an exporter of thatching reeds and both fresh and dried flowers. And, most importantly, of the products of the Aloe ferox (don´t miss visiting one of the Aloe factories to see how the juices are turned into fine health and cosmetic products).
Birders enjoy the Gourits River for its variety of species – and adrenaline junkies love it for bungy jumping and bridge swinging from the old bridge (it´s just 14 km from the centre of town). And the River Mouth is a sought-after destination for fishermen and those who love to mess about in boats.
Foodies will find what they need at the Albertinia Hotel (which has been renowned for its good table and excellent service since 1900) and at Die Poort – the Garden Route´s only wine cellar.
Above all it is here, between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, where the connoisseur can find some of the finest examples of the Cape Fynbos. Often described as one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Cape Fynbos (or Cape macchia) is a unique collection of about 6500 species of plants that grown on South Africa´s Cape coast – and nowhere else in the world.
In Albertinia, they know that the Fynbos is more than just one of the seven wonders – it is also the hidden jewel in the crown of the Cape.
Sadly, as with so many things, the Fynbos is under threat from development and farming in many other parts of the Cape. But here in the Albertinia area, you can still find large, untouched stands of Fynbos (and, especially of the unique Albertinia Lowland Fynbos).
- Arniston - Waenhuiskrans
Picturesque Waenhuiskrans is best-known for the 200-year old restored fisherman´s village, Kassiesbaai. This village, with its whitewashed, thatched cottages, has stolen the hearts of many an artist and photographer and the whole village is a National Monument. Walk, picnic or watch birds at De Mond Nature Reserve.
Wine, fruit and race horses – Ashton is a truly bountiful place.
Here in the Breede River Valley, at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains and amongst lush vineyards and verdant orchards, the central focus of Ashton, and the focus of almost all the activities in the area, is fruit.