Warm greetings to all our prestigious De Bergkant Lodge guests who travel both locally and from around the globe to visit us in the charming heritage village of Prince Albert!
As Swiss-born global travelers ourselves, when we came to South Africa, we fell in love with the beauty of the city of Cape Town and the wild and wide-open spaces of the Western Cape Province, so much so, that we chose to make it our home here.
The town of Prince Albert and official address of De Bergkant Lodge, is not only tranquil and set in beautiful surroundings at the foot of the renown Swartberg Pass in the Great Karoo, it is also a safe haven for enthusiastic travelers to explore its natural and adventurous mountain landscapes by 4x4, motorbike and touring cars, or for hiking, cycling, and trail running. Or for simply lying back and resting in tranquility alongside our two beautiful swimming pools under wide open blue skies.
The sun is always shining in Prince Albert as the Karoo hardly ever has any rain. The wide variety of succulents and hardy indigenous flora and abundant birdlife which has adapted to our unique Karoo environment makes it even more fascinating and brings geologists, scientist, biodiversity experts and astronomers through our doors on a regular basis.
Since we still love traveling and exploring the Western Cape region ourselves, we decided to put together a list of the top private tours we would like to recommend for our visitors traveling from abroad and who might need some assistance in planning activities around your particular scope of interest.
Hopefully we have included something for everyone. If you would like to enquire about any subject or activity we might not have listed below, please do ask us directly – we would be delighted to point you in the right direction towards planning the very best holiday experience the Western Cape Province and the Mother city of Cape Town has to offer. We hope you enjoy our selection!
Cycling is a huge craze in the Western Cape and whether you are into road racing or off-road challenges you are spoilt for choice. We recommend Bicycle South for the best cycle touring routes and mountain bike trails and resources. Visit www.bicylesouth.co.za.
The Cape is the home of some of the world’s best local and export wines available. Choose from the top 5 wine growing regions in the Western Cape, namely Stellenbosch, Franschoek, Hermanus, Constania and Somerset West and explore wines, brandies and sparkling wines by either a bespoke wine tour, a cycling wine tour, a tour by Tuk Tuk, tram, steam train or chauffeured bus. Visit https://www.capetown.travel/eat-and-drink/.
Every year, Southern right whales take a vacation in Cape waters, treating Cape Town locals to a display of breaching, fluking, spouting, and spyhopping. All along the Garden Route are perfect whale watching sites from land or the option of a boat trip for closer encounters. Visit Cape Town Tourism or Hermanus or Plettenberg Bay.
Sports & Vintage Car Tours
There is nothing better to tour the Cape’s beautiful routes in classic vintage luxury. Stop for lunch at the best restaurants, visit the Penguins in Simonstown or Cape Point and take home beautiful images with you in the photo frame. If you are feeling really international, hire the only original New York Checker taxicab in Cape Town and head out with your German-speaking tour guide. Visit https://www.classic-rides.co.za/tours/ or http://lossis.co.za/checker-cab-of-good-hope/.
Western Cape Birding offers local, regional and international birders up-to-date information on bird-watching in the Karoo and greater Western Cape region. Find tours, courses, sighting and conservation.
When the cold winter weather sets in over Europe, South Africa is the perfect place to spend summer time traveling on a motorbike. Whatever your style, on or off the beaten path, Cape Bike Travel specializes in realizing your personalized motorbike dream holiday in Africa. Offering the perfect blend between a traditional wild African vibe and first world comfort and amenities, you can keep riding forever on the smooth tar of the panorama routes along the Indian Ocean coastline of the famous Garden Route, or get the feeling of real Africa drifting along the winding gravel roads through the South African interior. Visit www.capebiketravel.com.
Almost every traveler to Africa arrives wanting to see the Big 5, namely lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo but in the Cape region we also offer the Big 6 with whales in our coastal marine reserves. Visit our personally curated list of wildlife and Big 5 day tours not to be missed here.
In South Africa, township tours to informal settlements like Langa or Khayelitsha give an insight into the country's turbulent political past, cultural customs and lifestyles and today’s modern day people of the future. Always choose an accredited and licensed South African Tourism tour operator when booking your township tour of interest.
Hand-tailored Private Tours
Our local guides are proud of their city and eager to share personalized travel tips and stories about their area and its highlights and hidden gems. Find your particular town, region or place of interest by browsing their list of hand-tailored tours.
(Free) Cape Town Walking Tours
The Mother City of Cape Town spreads out from its working harbor and attractive Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with Table Mountain and Lion’s Head rising up behind it. From the city parks and gardens to the many museums and historical checkpoints there is lots to learn about South African history and modern day travel highlights not to be missed. Join a free walking tour when you visit https://www.capetownmagazine.com/best-day-tours.
Let us know about your favourite travel experience in the Western Cape in the comments below!