A quaint and well-preserved village at the foot of the Swartberg Pass, Prince Albert (400km from Cape Town) is the quintessential Karoo dorp. There is no ignoring its visual appeal: pretty streets of Cape-Dutch, Victorian and Karoo houses with corrugated-iron roofs, fly-screen doors, shuttered windows and cool stoeps. Unlike the surrounding peppercorn plain, the village is a verdant oasis, thanks to a perennial spring that trickles down a system of furrows along the sidewalks. The entire town can be explored on foot – both the main street and the dusty residential neighbourhood are a pleasure. At sunset the village lies more often than not under a golden glow and the silver church steeple shimmers against the dusk sky – this is Prince Albert at its best.