Sleeping Beauty of the Garden Route
Nestled at the foot of the Sleeping Beauty mountain peak, which never fails to capture the imagination, lies Riversdale, the floral paradise of the exquisite Garden Route. The abundance of indigenous flora, known as fynbos, covers the mountains and surrounding areas.
A town full of suprises and contrasts, where you can experience the serenity of true country living. Treat your tastebuds to mouth-watering country cuisine. Cherish the memories of sincere country hospitality, where tradition and diversity blend to form rich character, charm and culture. This is a place where old meets new.
This flourishing country town is situated along the N2 national Road 300km to Cape Town and 470km to Port Elizabeth. The ideal location gives it the advantage of being within a few kilometers from seaside towns such as Still Bay, Gouritsmond and Witsand.
For The Adventure Lovers
A favourite destination for adventure and nature lovers and especially for fynbos enthusiasts, activities such as 4x4 routes, abseiling alongside waterfalls, horseback safaris, hangliding, fishing and water sports are on offer and various fynbos export farms offer guided tours.
Impressive examples of South African art can be viewed at the Julius Gordon African Centre in Long Street. It was built in 1860 and is internationally known and hosts artists such as Pierneef, Baines, Maggie Loubscher, Jan and Vera Volschenk and the second largest collection of Thomas Bowler paintings.
Albertinia, now a thriving business town, has retained much of the character of a typical late 18th and early 19th century trade outpost. The town was one of the first in South Africa to be awarded the "Proudly South Africa" status. The town has several export products. Apart from the aloe cosmetics and health care products, the town exports thatching reed as well as fresh and dried flowers. A variety of raw materials are mined and marketed abroad. Amongst them are yellow ochre and quartzite.
Albertinia is the primary SA source of ochre which is used in the manufactruring of paints and the colouring of cement and linoleum. Adrenaline junkies can engage in the thrill of a swing (solo or tandem) from the old bridge at the original African bungy site, abseiling and 4x4 scenic routes. For the less adventurous outdoor lovers, there are a number of hiking trails, mountain biking and organized tours to factories.
A rich diversity of proteas, everlastings, grasses, aloes and the Albertinia Bridal Erica (Erica Bauera) provides a flourishing dried flower industry.
The town and surrounds offer an eclectic mix of attractions and activities, including a pukka South African game drive experience, in search of the BIG FIVE in Albertinia. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Langeberg mountains, a malaria-free, private game reserve is home to an abundance of animal and bird life including the BIG Visitors to Albertinia can enjoy game viewing in open Land Rovers, luxury accommodation and a memorable dining experience.
Albertinia has something for everyone, from adrenalin sport to scenic beauty and tranquil surroundings. The town boats a flourishing dried flower, thatch and ochre industry. The Albertinia aloe products produced in the region are distributed worldwide and tours of the various factories are available.