The N2 town of Albertinia is home to a large concentration of Cape Aloe, also known as Aloe Ferox. This hardy African plant has been used for many thousands of years to treat a myriad of ailments – from scratches and burns to sun protection and purgative medication. Evidence of its healing properties have been found in ancient Roman, Greek and Egyptian archives.
Albertinia boasts with two Aloe factories dedicated to the extraction and processing of Aloe juice to create a variety of beauty and wellness products. When you head further into town, you’ll find the healing treasure of the Champion Whispering Tree and the friendly Donkey’s of Klein Begin met Groot Genade. The town is also home to the BIG 5 at Garden Route Game Lodge, the incredible treasures of Tuinplaas which is one of the best child-friendly stops along the N2 and the old-fashioned charm of the Albertinia Hotel and Bar.
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- Game Drives
- Gravel Roads for MTB rides
- Whispering Tree & Voëlroepersfontein
- House of Aloes
- Find out more about the thatch industry
- Garden Route Game Lodge & BIG 5
- Albertinia Museum
- Gouritz Bridge Lion, Bird and Reptile Park
- Gourits River Guest Farm & Eco Camping
- Jakkalsvlei Winery & Restaurant
- Tuinplaas Farm & Tiny Town
- Albertinia Hotel & Bar and the Sunday Lunch
- Tuinroete Wine Boutique & Aloe Motors Business Complex
- Garden Route Game Lodge Day Spa
- Kraaines Coffee Shop
- Skinki Koffie
- Klein Begin met Groot Genade (Donkey’s)
- Lasarus Game Farm
- BonGame Farm
- Fire Roasted Coffee Shop
With its temperate climate and rocky outcrops Albertinia is home to a large concentration of Cape Aloes also known as Aloe Ferox. This hardy African plant has been used for many thousands of years to treat a myriad of ailments – from scratches and burns to sun protection and purgative medication. Evidence of its healing properties have been found in ancient Roman, Greek and Egyptian archives.
Albertinia boasts two factories dedicated to the extraction and processing of aloe juice to create a variety of beauty and wellness products. Visitors are invited to pop in at the factory shops of The House of Aloes and Aloe Ferox, located right next to the N2 to purchase products as well as learn more about this magical indigenous plant species. The two aloe factories also boasts with visitor facilities like a nursery, kids play area and even a coffee shop! However, don’t stop your exploration of Albertinia here. Head further into the town to experience the old-style hospitality for yourself.
The towns offers nature enthusiasts 4×4 trails and camping facilities like Gourits River Guest Farm and Eco Camping, quad biking experiences and historical landmarks. The Garden Route Game Lodge is home to the BIG 5 and also a variety of reptiles and fauna and flora species. The Garden Route Game Lodge offers game drives with qualified tour guides – ensuring you of an authentic South African experience.
The Albertinia Hotel & Bar is a well-known hotel for its Sunday lunches and old-fashioned charm. The hotel has also accommodated renowned musicians and sporting teams whom travelled the Garden Route.
Tuinplaas – just off the N2 – is regarded as a must visit when travelling via the N2. The farm is home to a coffee shop and a ceramic shop. The kids will love the farm atmosphere and tiny town – a replica of a town! The milkshakes are legendary and often the item of choice when travelling along the N2.
The Tuinroete Wine Boutique – also just off the N2 – stocks a variety of local and international brands, which you can enjoy to hearts content once at your destination. The Tuinroete Wine Boutique is located on the premises of Aloe Motors, which also houses the Engen Garage, Aloe Motors Restaurant, Roosterkoekhoek and a variety of specialty shops with bathroom facilities. If you are looking for mouthwatering Biltong, you should definitely visit the Aloe Motors Complex.
Soak up the tranquility and reconnect with who you truly are by visiting the award-winning Whispering Tree in town – while you’re in town, say hello to Moses and Noag, the two donkey’s at Klein Begin met Groot Genade (next to the Whispering Tree). The team at Voëlroepersfontein Guest House also offers picnic space for visitors within their beautiful and well-maintained gardens.
The Albertinia Dutch Reformed Church – in town – is a landmark which is almost always photographed when travelling to Albertinia. Another popular landmark is the Evangelical Lutheran Church, which is located along Mission Street.
Geocache enthusiasts can look forward to a few interesting geocache locations in Albertinia and along the N2 network from and to town. One such location is the scenic Hectorskraal gravel road, connecting Albertinia with Stilbaai.
Founded in 1900 and named after Johannes Rudolph Albertyn – the first Dutch Reformed minister to serve the community – the town has a rich history and is a regular export of thatch and ore in the region.
The Jakkalsvlei Winery is a scenic 30 minute drive from Albertinia via gravel road (best suited for 4×4 vehicles) and offers wine tasting and a restaurant. The Gouritz Bridge Lion, Bird and Reptile Park is a new addition to Albertinia and is located just after the Gourits Bridge along the N2 highway and is home to Tigers, Crocodiles and a selection of rare bird species. BonGame at the Gourits Bridge offers accommodation facilities, walking trails, game drives and bird watching.
The Albertinia Museum is located in station street and houses a great collection of memorabilia related to the Albertinia region. The Albertinia Museum is a must visit attraction when visiting Albertinia.
The Albertinia Golf Course is a 9-hole, 72-par course located in the heart of town. This course offers sand and oil greens, making it one of the most challenging courses within the Southern Cape region. A South African golfing icon is closely linked with course! The club amenities include a club house, driving range and lounge.
The Fire Roasted Coffee, a coffee shop at Aloe Ferox, serves delicious meals and refreshments, which is ideal for the traveller on the go.
The Lasarus Game Farm is located about 25-kilometers outside Albertinia and offers a unique hunting experience for locals and travellers alike.
The town residential neighbourhood of Theronsville still features a small amount of houses from a bygone era and is worth exploring by car. The Theronsville neighbourhood is also the location where you’ll find the Albertinia Sporting Grounds.
The addition of tourist facilities like Aloe Plaasvars Deli, Zoutpan Struishuis, Aloe Guest Rest, Giant Aloe Coffee Shop, Wolwekraal Guest House, Garden Route Game Lodge Day Spa, The Hungry Travel Catering, Kraaines Coffee Shop and Skinki Koffie makes Albertinia worth visiting when exploring the Garden Route.