Albertinia

Albertinia is known as the Aloe Capital of South Africa – the town boasts with plattelandse hospitality and beautiful buildings of a bygone era. Travel off-the-beaten-track and explore all the hidden treasures…do a Game Drive; Adventure Camping; 4×4; Quad Biking; Mountain Biking or enjoy Fine Food and Wine. 

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 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, located right next to the N2 to purchase products as well as learn more about this magical indigenous plant species. 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, camping facilities, quad biking experiences and mountain bike rides. The Garden Route Game Lodge is home to the BIG 5 – the Lion, Cheetah, Buffalo, Leopard and Elephant – and also a variety of reptiles and fauna and flora species. The Game Lodge offers game drives with qualified tour guides – ensuring you of an authentic South African experience. 

Tuinplaas – just off the N2 – is regarded as a must visit when travelling via the N2. The farm is home to a coffee shop, museum and a ceramic shop. The kids will love the farm atmosphere and tiny town – a replica of a town! 

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. 

Soak up the tranquillity and reconnect with who you truly are. Founded in 1900 and named after Johannes Rudolph Albertyn – the first Dutch Reformed minister to serve the community – the town has a rich history that you can find out more about at the Cultural Historical museum.

Quick facts

  • Aloe Capital of SA; Big 5 Game Viewing; Adventure Camping and 4×4 Routes
  • Population: 6 372
  • Famous exports: Thatching Reeds & Ochre

Info

The Explorer’s Garden Route
Telephone: +27 (0)28 713 8000

Emergency

Police: +27 (0)28 735 8040
Ambulance: 10177
Doctor: +27 (0)28 735 1942

Not to miss

  • Tour and shop at the famous aloe factories
  • 4×4 routes 
  • Whispering Tree
  • Worlds Largest Aloe Tree (Replica)
  • Find out more about the thatch industry
  • View the Big 5 at Garden Route Game Lodge
  • Visit Albertinia Museum
  • Adventure Camping at Gourits River Guest Farm
  • Wine tasting at Jakkalsvlei Private Cellar
  • Tuinplaas Farm & Tiny Town
  • Albertinia Hotel
  • Tuinroete Wine Boutique
  • Roosterkoek Hoek

Albertinia