Ta Mala's Cottage  Verified Listing

Karoo > Prince Albert > Western Cape > South Africa

Excellent Rating: 5.0 / 5
Based on 4 verified guest reviews

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Member since: 12 Feb. 2016

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Full Kitchen
TV
Selected DSTV Channels
Electric Blankets
Fridge
Microwave
Covid-19 H&S Certified
Braai/BBQ Area
Parking on Premises
Dining Area
Aircon

Each cottage offers you the following:

* Private outside entrance
* Private entertaining area with braai facilities
* Off-street parking for Windpomp, Meerkat, Olive and Rooster.
* Full sized, fully equipped private kitchen
* En-suite spacious bathroom with walk in shower, luxurious bath and vanity
* Lovely bedroom with comfortable bed and 200 Thread count, white poly cotton percale linen
* Mosquito nets and repellent

In Room Facilities:

* Vanity area with good lighting, mirrors, hairdryer, lots of hanging space and extra coat hangers
* Lounge and dining areas with cosy, comfortable seating
* Air-Conditioners with heat controls
* Electric blankets with individual controls
* Netflix/Youtube in Aloe, Windpomp, Olive and Rooster
*Fireplaces in Aloe, Windpomp and Meerkat

Your kitchen will be equipped with:
* Four plate gas stove (Meerkat has a two plate stove)
* Microwave, kettle, toaster and coffee plunger.
* Refrigerator with freezer
* Full self-catering inventory
* Salt, pepper, serviettes, placemats and dishwashing liquid are supplied for your convenience.

Area Information:

Prince Albert had its origins in 1762 when a loan farm named Kweeckvalleij "the valley of cultivation and plenty" was established in a green and fertile valley at the foot of the awesome Swartberg Mountains.

Today, the town is one of the prettiest in the country - a place of great serenity and charm, with beautiful architecture, fascinating flora and fauna and great Karoo hospitality. Just 2 kms from the foot of the awesome Swartberg Pass, Prince Albert is the perfect base for exploring the wonders of the Swartberg including Gamkaskloof (The Hell) and Meiringspoort.

Hiking, mountain biking, birding and botanical excursions are major attractions. Aside from a superb climate, with a high sunshine index and spectacular night skies, the village itself is a small gem, with beautifully preserved Cape Dutch, Karoo and Victorian buildings. Of these, 19 are National Monuments. Prince Albert is known for its sun-ripened fresh and dried fruit, especially figs and apricots. Karoo lamb, olives, olive oil and homemade cheeses are local delicacies.

Activities for visitors include a guided historical walk through the town, a well marked "koppie trail" with almost 100 listed plants, fossil hunting and stargazing, a tractor trail to the olive farm, traditional Karoo meals and a visit to the delightful Fransie Pienaar Museum - and there is ample hotel and guesthouse accommodation to suit all preferences and pockets.

Prince Albert is well situated for overnight stops from Gauteng, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The Garden Route resorts and beaches are two hours south by road. Oudtshoorn, the Cango Caves and the Karoo National Park are just an hour away.

Property Facilities:

For your convenience we also offer the following:
* Cottages are serviced daily at no extra cost
* Cell phone service
* International adapters- please ask if required
* High speed WiFi

Attractions:

Activities:
Prince Albert is filled with exciting and interesting things to see and do. If you stay a while longer, you will be surprised by how much does go on in this tiny Village!
I will name just a few:
* Astro Tours
* Art After Dark at Villa Kruger
* Take a drive or scenic walk around the village taking in its Historical Route including 13 National Monuments. Maps available at the Tourism Office or Museum.
* Bushman Valley offers Hiking trails, fossils, breathtaking views, Bushman shelters and museum.
* Fossil Tours
* Fransie Pienaar Museum
* Ghost Walk
* Hiking (Various Trails)
* The Gallery which hosts numerous art exhibitions during the year
* Holistic Health with Colour Therapy
* John’s Donkey will take you to the dizzying heights of the Swartberg Mountains and down into the depths of ‘The Hel’
* Massages/ Bodytalk
* Guided Nature Walks with Renu-Karoo Veld Restoration
* Saffron Wellness
* The Showroom Theater –A World class theatre and cinema in the this beautiful Karoo Town
* Saturday Market
* Various outstanding Restaurants catering for all from real home cooking right through to those delightful cordon bleu style meals
* Quaint little shops to visit which include antiques, jewellery, interior decorating, Karoo Looms, gifts etc.
* Gay’s Dairy with Cheese tours
* Wine Route with Wine Tasting
* Kredouw Olive Farm
* SoetKaroo wine Estate in the Main street of PrinceAlbert
* Prince Albert Olives & Olive tree Nursery
* Swartrivier Olive Farm
* Weltevrede Fig and Fruit Farm
* Avoova ostrich Eggshell Designs
* Photography and Photographic courses
* Mountain Biking, Cycling and Hiking along various interesting routes
* Swartberg Hiking Trail- collect a map and permit from the * Lazy Lizard restaurant
* Prince Albert Karoo Golf Course

What to see in the area:
* Gamkaskloof/Die Hel
* Gamkapoort Dam
* Meiringspoort
* Swartberg Pass
* Weltevrede Valley
* KKNK in Oudtshoorn
* Oudtshoorn where you can ride an ostrich while visiting an Ostrich Show Farm
* Visit De Rust/Klaarstroom/Oudtshoorn/Calitzdorp for Port etc.
* Rust en Vrede Waterfall; The Great Waterfall
* Cango Caves
* Wilgewandel Holiday Farm en-route to Oudtshoorn
* Buffelsdrift Game Lodge
* Cango Wildlife Ranch- Oudtshoorn

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Extra Info

Property Type Cottage, Self Catering
Conditions Show
Check-in after 02:00 PM
Check-out before 10:00 AM
Cancellation Policy Strict
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Reviews

Mike OBrien
06 January 2021

Awesome place, really enjoyed it.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Caitlin Meyer
18 December 2020

We love staying over at Ta Mala's! They accommodated our special request, easy check in, beautiful and super clean place, really felt like home!! Wonderful hosts!

Superb. 5 out of 5
Joanne Pretorius
09 February 2020

What a beautiful cottage. Perfect for a few days stay.
Pool was welcome in the intense Karoo heat.

Superb. 5 out of 5
EMMERENTIA VAN ROOYEN
25 August 2019

We absolutely loved this cute, historic cottage. A lot of attention to detail. Very comfortable & central location.

Superb. 5 out of 5

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Prince Albert Reviews

Clare Madden
09 May 2021

Lovely little gem of a town. Lots of things to do, eateries and little shops and galleries to visit. At the base of the most spectacular mountain pass in all Africa.

Superb. 5 out of 5
sharon de swardt
06 October 2019

The charm and character of this town impressed me. The Karoo gardens are beautiful and there are interesting local products for sale. I recommend the book shop in Marlene's home.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Anonymous
23 October 2018

Peace and quiet; feeling of safety; good clean air. We attended a wonderful photographic course with Louis Botha.

Fabulous. 4 out of 5
Vivienne Lisher
23 August 2018

The variety of things to do from hiking to cycling down a mountain, wine tasting, general relaxing in the various restaurant / gift shops. HIGHLIGHT SWARTBERG PASS!

Superb. 5 out of 5
Ilse Victor
17 August 2018

Prince Albert is a lovely little town at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains.
What struck me in particular is how clean the streets are and the friendliness of the locals.
We went to a movie in “The Showroom” and were surprised to find such an amazing Art deco gem in the middle of the Karoo. “The Showroom” boasts state-of-the-art theatre and cinema equipment, making it suitable to facilitate and attract some of the country’s top performers.

Superb. 5 out of 5

Nearby Attractions & Landmarks

Swartberg Pass