Top things to do in Central Karoo

Top Choice Fusion in Prince Albert


Prince Albert’s smartest dining option has an ever-changing menu featuring modern takes on local classics such as Karoo lamb and game steaks. There are also a couple of imaginative vegetarian choices.
Park in Central Karoo

Swartberg Nature Reserve

The main attraction in the Swartberg Nature Reserve is Gamkaskloof, a narrow valley better known as Die Hel. One of the most remote settlements in the country, Die Hel is reached by a vertiginous dirt road that is b…
National Park in Central Karoo

Karoo National Park

The Karoo National Park covers 900 sq km of impressive Karoo landscapes and representative flora. Lions have been reintroduced and you might also spot black rhinos. More commonly sighted are dassies (agile, rodent-l…
South African in Prince Albert

Karoo Kombuis

This homely restaurant has been serving the same three traditional dishes since 1998 – bobotie (a lightly spiced mince dish), chicken pie and lamb. There's Malva pudding for dessert – a sticky sponge cake that's a f…
Museum in Prince Albert

Fransie Pienaar Museum

Named for a local resident who started the collection, the museum is a magnificent hotchpotch of everything from old matchboxes, ornate 19th-century bibles and a room full of sewing machines to San artefacts, then-a…
Cinema in Prince Albert


Starting its life as a car showroom in the 1930s, this marvellous art deco building has been reincarnated as a cinema. Movies are shown on Wednesday evenings and there are often live shows on weekends. Even if nothi…
Arts & Crafts in Prince Albert


Based in Rondomskrik, 3km north of the town centre, this community craft project serves as both a youth centre and a way for teenagers to earn some pocket money. The beaded fridge magnets depict Prince Albert's peop…
Winery in Prince Albert


It's not often you find a wine estate slap bang in the middle of town, but SoetKaroo is quite possibly the smallest wine estate in the country. The vineyards occupy less than a hectare of space behind the main house…
Cafe in Prince Albert

Lazy Lizard

This bright, cosy house offers the best coffee in town, a selection of South African dishes and stocks home-baked goodies and crafts. The menu offers a little of everything. Try the apple pie – legendary among local…
International in Beaufort West

Karoo Deli

Beaufort West doesn't have much of a dining scene but you'll get a decent burger here. The lamb curry is also recommended. Grab a table outside if you can – the echoey interior is rather soulless.