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  • Beautifully renovated Cape Dutch homestead offers great comfort
  • One of the most parts of the Karoo
  • Vibrant town embodies the local culture

De Bergkant Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 12 years and older

In Prince Albert


-33.2319, 22.0316


One of eighteen gabled houses in Prince Albert, De Bergkant Lodge was built by Carel Lotz, creator of the Prince Albert Gables, as a wedding present for his daughter Petronella when she married Helmuth Luttig in 1858. The house features beautiful sash windows, elegant doors and high, wooden ceilings, and guests will be intrigued with the beautiful antique furnishings which have been lovingly collected by the owners over the years.

The luxury suites and double rooms are hugely spacious, opulent and comfortable, and the en-suite bathrooms, with their massive Victorian baths and lovely double showers, have become much spoken about over the years. All rooms have ceiling fans, air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities and TV with selected DSTV channels, and most have underfloor heating. The honeymoon suite has its own private patio.

The surrounding gardens are lush and green with many shade-giving trees, and are home to a 15 metre swimming pool, another walled private pool and a small heated sit pool. A delicious breakfast is served in the poolside dining room or in the garden beneath the trees, with much of the fare coming from the village and local farms, including the prize-winning Gay’s Dairy. For dinner, your hosts will go out of their way to make reservations at some of the town’s lovely, intimate restaurants.

The tiny population of Prince Albert is awash with academics, artists and ordinary good folk who instantly make you feel welcome with their cheerful greetings and great pride in their green oasis in the harshness of the Karoo. Within walking distance of the guest house are the many attractions of this cultural, historical, food and wine hotspot, while Prince Albert is also closest to Gamkaskloof, a fascinating and lush valley, inhabited for 100 years but now deserted.

Rates & Summary

5 Luxury Double Rooms

Each sleeps 2 in King / twin beds
En-suite Victorian bath & double shower
Garden, mountain and pool views

4 Luxury Suites 

Each sleeps 2 in King / twin beds
En-suite Victorian bath & double shower 
Lounge area
Garden, mountain and pool views


Luxury Double Rooms

  • R 800 pp sharing 
  • R 1 200 single

Luxury Suites

  • R 1 000 pp sharing
  • R 1 500 single


Full breakfast included.
Complimentary drinks included.


Children older than 12 years are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Arriving in Prince Albert via the awe-inspiring twists and turns of the Swartberg Pass, or the scenic Meiringspoort, you are instantly enfolded in tranquillity. De Bergkant is a delightful base from which to explore this sweet little town. With origins dating back to the mid-1800s, this beautifully restored Cape Dutch house in the peaceful town of Prince Albert is the epitome of Karoo hospitality, and continues to delight visitors from around the world.


  • Beautifully renovated Cape Dutch homestead offers great comfort
  • One of the most parts of the Karoo
  • Vibrant town embodies the local culture


One suite offers greater privacy.

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, binoculars for bird watching.

Road Conditions

The roads in Prince Albert are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Salt-water swimming pool 
  • Walled private pool 
  • Heated sit pool
  • Sauna and steam room
  • Nearby attractions include: museums, art galleries, the Leather Trader, the Weavery, Gay’s Dairy farm, historical tours, ghost tours, stargazing tours, bushman paintings and fossils and a fresh produce market


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Lounge
  • Air conditioning
  • Under floor heating
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Television
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Not child friendly
  • Pets allowed by arrangement
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 500m
  • Nearest fuel within 1km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Office safe




Central Karoo

Western Cape


The Central Karoo falls within the Western Cape Province and embraces the south-western region of the vast and semi-arid Great Karoo. In keeping with the typical character of the Karoo the area is sparsely populated, with just a few towns scattered across the plains amongst large sheep and game farms.

Beaufort West is the main town of the region, with the nearby Karoo National Park being a big visitor draw card to the area. The region is home to two popular villages - Matjiesfontein, alongside the N1, and Prince Albert, tucked snugly at the base of the Swartberg Mountains.

In the north of the region the landscape has a prehistoric appearance, with conical hills and flat-topped ridges peppering the encircling horizon. A slight surge of the imagination could spark images of smoke and ash and oozing lava, with dinosaurs stomping along the valleys and gorges - a scene, perhaps, from the region eons ago. 

Further south the countryside loses altitude rapidly, tumbling more than 1 000m down the slopes of the rugged Nuweveld Mountains. It then levels out onto a vast plain that sweeps towards its southern boundary at the Swartberg Mountains, over 100km away.

Many travellers only pass through the region along the thin line of the N1. The Nuweveld Mountains north of Beaufort West may look interesting, but the plains to the south are more or less featureless. However, this perception should be tempered by the fact that the area contains more species of flora than the entire United Kingdom.

As with much of the Karoo, one has to get out on foot and explore to discover its true appeal. The region has a good choice of guest farms offering a range of Karoo experiences. Beaufort West, the northern ‘gateway’ to the Western Cape, is a busy town and one where many travellers stop in to refuel and have a bite to eat. Recently it has seen an increase in the number and quality of its guesthouses as tourism in South Africa’s platteland catches on.

The Central Karoo is more suited to the explorer than the tourist - to those who enjoy seeking the less obvious joys and novelties, and who enjoy the experience of the journey as much as the destination. 

Look out for

The Karoo National Park- On the outskirts of Beaufort West this 88 000ha park conserves the habitats and wildlife typical of the plains and mountains of the semi-arid Karoo. It is ostensibly a scenic park but there are a number of creatures to look out for during a game drive. Plains game includes gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest and plains zebra in the low-lying areas, while klipspringer and Cape mountain zebra can be seen in the mountains. Top species to spot are the desert black rhino and the recently introduced pride of lions. For birdwatchers the list of around 200 species is quite impressive for the region. The road network has been upgraded to allow access to some of the mountains as well as the plains, and for the adventurous there are two easy 4x4 trails heading into the western reaches of the park. Day visitors are welcome. Accommodation is in chalets and caravan and camping sites.

Matjiesfontein - On the N1, 240km from Cape Town, there is a unique Victorian village which has changed little since its establishment in the late 19th century. The Lord Milner Hotel and other buildings seem to send one into a time warp. For those who enjoy antiques and Victoriana, the Marie Rawdon Museum is fascinating.

Prince Albert - This charming Karoo village at the base of the Swartberg Mountains has a large following of avid fans. It is situated on the R407, 45km south of the N1.

Meiringspoort - This scenically spectacular road is situated on the N12 as it meanders through the Swartberg Mountains. Once in the poort (narrow pass between precipitous mountains), the serpentine road winds around sheer cliffs of orange rock and across the mostly serene waters of the Groot Rivier (Great River), which it crosses 25 times. It falls within the Swartberg Nature Reserve and there are numerous well-maintained picnic sites along the way, some with braai facilities. It is easy to spend half a day exploring the pass. Make a point of stopping at Waterfall Drift picnic site and taking the short stairway to view the waterfall with its 60m drop.

The Swartberg Pass - This sinuous gravel road climbs and dips between Prince Albert and Matjiesrivier valley near the Cango Caves in the Klein Karoo. It is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular mountain roads in the world.

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