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Albertinia Garden Route South Africa

Home of the healing Aloe
 

Albertinia is a floral paradise located 50 kil­ometers west of Mossel Bay, along the N2. This peaceful country village is surrounded by an eco-paradise: stretching from the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains in the north, to the Indian Ocean in the South - along the Gouritz River. The town has retained some of its character as a late 18th century trading post.


 









The area accommodates some of the finest ex­amples of the 8500 species of Cape fynbos that grows only along the South African coast, in the Cape Floral Kingdom. The Cape Aloe (Aloe Ferox) grows prolifically in the area, and Alber­tinia is best known as the ‘home of the Aloe’.
 

In addition to the agricultural sector, products derived from the Aloe plant for the cosmetic and health industries form a large part of the town’s economic activity – with two Aloe factories lo­cated in the town. Scheduled daily tours at the factories allow visitors the opportunity to pur­chase some of these aloe health care and beauty products.


 






Natural thatch reed, growing between the Gour­tiz and Breede Rivers, is harvested for commer­cial thatching. Albertinia is renowned for its dried flower industry and is a primary source of red and yellow ochre, used in the manufacturing of colouring for cement and linoleum in South Africa.

The town and surrounds offer an eclectic mix of attractions and activities, including an interna­tionally renowned ‘Big 5’ game drive experience in a malaria-free private game reserves set against the backdrop of the majestic Lange­berg mountains. The private game reserve is home to a wide range of animal and bird life, which may be viewed in their natural habitat at close quarters from open Land Rovers.
 

Accommodation in the area includes a hotel, luxury accommodation, game lodge, bed and breakfast establishments, farm stays, self-cater­ing accommodation and a back packers’ lodge. Restaurants range from fine dining to bistros and include rustic farm stalls, coffee shops and safari cuisine experience.











Activities and experiences in this beautiful natu­ral setting include:
 

• Adventure sport • Big 5 Game drives • Bird walks and bird watching • Bush spa • Cheetah walk • Day trips • Farm stays • Feeding elephants • Hiking • Historic buildings • Mountain biking • Museum • Reptile encounters • Skull garden • Wine tasting