Albertinia is known as the Aloe Capital of South Africa. The town boasts with plattelande hospitality, good food, a winery, the BIG 5, great camping locations, Aloe products and a rich history.
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 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, camping facilities Gourits River Guest Farm and Eco Camping, quad biking experiences and historical landmarks. 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 Garden Route 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 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. 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 Coffee Shop (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.
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 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.
The town residential neighbourhood of Theronsville still features a small amount of houses from a bygone era and is worth exploring by car.
The addition of tourist facilities like Albertinia Hotel & Bar, Aloe Deli, Die Pinkstoep Coffee Shop, Aloe Plaasvars Deli, Skilpadgat Guest Farm, Aloe Guest Rest, Wolwekraal Guest House, Garden Route Game Lodge Day Spa and Skinki Koffie makes Albertinia worth visiting when exploring the Garden Route.
Police: +27 (0)28 735 8040
Doctor: +27 (0)28 735 1942
Not to miss
- Game Drives
- 4×4 routes
- Whispering Tree & Voëlroepersfontein
- House of Aloes & the Worlds Largest Aloe Tree (Replica)
- Find out more about the thatch industry
- Garden Route Game Lodge & BIG 5
- Gouritz Bridge Lion, Bird and Reptile Park
- Gourits River Guest Farm & Eco Camping
- Jakkalsvlei Winery & Restaurant
- Tuinplaas Farm & Tiny Town
- Albertinia Hotel & Bar
- Tuinroete Wine Boutique & Aloe Motors Business Complex
- Garden Route Game Lodge Day Spa
- Die Pinkstoel Koffie Winkel
- Skinki Koffie
- Klein Begin Donkey Venue