In the desert of the Karoo, well off he beaten
trail between Joburg and Cape Town lies Prince Albert, a true oasis of beauty
and culture. The village, Prince Albert, sometimes has the look of a sleepy
frontier settlement out of the old American West, but it is known among travel
connoisseurs for pristine examples of 19th-century Cape Dutch architecture,
with their signature rounded gables, and for tasty figs and olives, and grazing
sheep that are raised for mohair and the most tender lamb. Improbably, in recent
decades, a lively colony of artists and crafts makers has sprung up there.
Tourists are increasingly finding their way there just as the village is
increasingly finding ways to entice European, Asian and American travelers who
can now visit South Africa without the discomfort of spending money in a land
under the chokehold of apartheid.
SOURCES: THE NEW YORK TIMES