The peaceful small town of Albertinia is situated against the backdrop of the Langeberg Mountain Range on the Garden Route, on the National Road (N2) from Cape Town. The region is especially known for the prolific aloes (aloe ferox or Cape aloe) growing in this area. The aloes come into full bloom during the winter months, surrounding the town with a wonderful show of colour.
The Garden Route Game Lodge in the district offers game viewing of many species of antelope, a wide variety of birds and the Big Five.
Albertinia has two aloe factories where the leaves of the aloes are drained of their bitter sap and processed for different health and skin care products. The town is also a primary source of red and yellow ochre, used in the manufacturing of paint and in the colouring of cement.
Agriculture in Albertinia is centered around livestock farming and vineyards. Because of the dry climate, the vineyards are mostly tended organically and excellent wines are produced.
This is a circular 5 day scheduled tour departing from Cape Town. Route 62 journeys through the valleys and mountain passes of the Klein Karoo. On the Garden Route you’ll focus on Knysna You return to Cape Town via the Cape South Coast. Mountain scenery, wildlife, ocean and more.
Highlights: Oudtshoorn , Cango Caves , Route 62 , Garden Route , Knysna , Oudtshoorn ostrich farms , Mossel Bay , The Garden Route Game Lodge , The Bartolomeu Dias Museum , Swellendam , Hermanus , Cape Agulhas .
As the name suggests, the Garden Route Game Lodge is situated at the entrance to the Garden Route, with the impressive Langeberg Mountains as its backdrop. The lodge is situated on rehabilitated farm land and is home to a large variety of animals and birds.
Swellendam is located at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains in South Africa's Overberg region of the Western Cape Province.
Swellendam is a medium-sized rural town. Its historic heart, which contains most of the town's architectural jewels, is spread over a relatively small area making a walking tour a viable option.