Mai came from her native Ireland to live in South Africa many moons ago and she brought the Irish tradition of grand hospitality with her. Mai and Johan have been friends for over seventeen years and he regularly visited her at her Guest Lodge. Now he has taken over he continues to offer  the same warm welcome…

The sun shines nearly every day of the year and even in winter you might enjoy a dip in the sparkling pool in its sheltered courtyard. 
Relax in our comfy lounge or on one of the several shady patio’s. while you enjoy our complementary wifi.
All of our rooms come fully equipped with air conditioning.
A full choice of continental and cooked breakfast is included in your daily rate.

Mai’s Guest Lodge offers a choice of four comfortable, spacious bedrooms, each with its own bathroom-en-suite, evaporative air cooling and DSTV.  One has a double and single bed, two have a queen-sized and a single bed, and there is a family room with a double bed and bunk beds.

Like most houses of its vintage the rooms are large and have high ceilings, the sash windows allow light to stream in. All rooms have DSTV, a fridge-freezer for cold drinks on summer days, and everything you need to make tea or coffee. The bathrooms-en-suite have showers.


Prince Albert is a peaceful village in the Karoo. The mountains which shelter the village provide spring water which has created this little oasis.

The climate is superb, with sunshine nearly every day and spectacular night skies. The village has beautifully preserved Cape Dutch, Karoo and Victorian buildings and an Art Deco building now houses the Showroom Theatre. The streets are wide and there is little traffic.

There are a number of coffee shops and restaurants where you can enjoy local cuisine. Prince Albert is known for its sun-ripened fresh and dried fruit, especially figs and apricots. In the Prince Albert Valley, to the south of the village, farmers have restored vineyards last farmed in the 19th century. Karoo lamb, olives, olive oil and cheese are local delicacies. A market is held every Saturday where organic fruit and vegetables, fresh baked bread, homemade jams and pickles are sold.

Prince Albert holds an Olive & Food Fair in April, a Leesfees in November and numerous special events throughout the year. It has become a popular wedding venue.

Bergwater, Fernskloof and Reiersvlei wineries lie to the south of the village in the Prince Albert Valley. On your way there you’ll pass the Alberts Mill with its restored wheel and millrace.

A short drive takes you to the entrance of the Swartberg Pass. Prince Albert is the perfect base for exploring all the wonders of the Swartberg including Gamkaskloof – “the Hell” and Meiringspoort. Prince Albert is well situated for overnight stops from Gauteng, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. The Garden Route resorts and beaches are just two hours away.

Oudtshoorn, the Cango Caves and the Karoo National Park can be reached in a little over an hour.


Mai’s Guest Lodge offers space to simply laze the day away, or you might want to venture forth on a walk around the village.

We can also recommend day drives with spectacular scenery.

Gamkaskloof, also known as "Die Hel", is a fascinating valley hidden in the Swartberg Mountains where a small, proud community lived in isolation for more than 100 years.
Enjoy a dip in the sparkling pool in the sheltered courtyard.
Cycle Tours
Cycle Tours
Join a popular cycle tour in and around the beautiful Swartberg
Relax in the private courtyard at Mai's
Cycle the Swartberg
Cycle the Swartberg
Hire a bike from Prince Albert Cycles and cycle the spectacular Swartberg Pass
Walk the street and explore the numerous shops and galleries
Experience world-class dining throughout the town
Swartberg Pass
Swartberg Pass
Drive the iconic Swartberg Pass
Showroom Theatre
Showroom Theatre
Enjoy an evening at the Showroom Theatre
Enjoy your complimentary breakfast at the Swartberg Hotel
Ghost stories
Ghost stories
In the evenings the Story Weaver, Ailsa Tudhope, entertains visitors as she relates tales about local characters and ghosts on her Ghost Walk, or tells stories over a pre-dinner drink.
Art Gallery
Art Gallery
Local and world acclaimed artists exhibit their work at the Art Gallery. The Fransie Pienaar Museum is recognised as one of the best local museums in the country. Their indigenous gardens include one dedicated to medicinal plants.
Gay’s dairy
Gay’s dairy
A visit to Gay's Dairy and Deli is a must. The team produce cheeses that have won awards in South Africa and abroad.
The cosy lounge is an ideal place to catch up on reading or web surfing... if you bring your laptop Wi-Fi is available.

Johan took over on 1 November 2017, here are some recent reviews...


Mai’s Guest Lodge

81 Church Street

Prince Albert, 6930

South Africa

Telephone: +27 023 5411 188

Fax: +27 086 6988 348

Mobile: +27 082 438 4650



Inclusive of Breakfast

From R550 pppn sharing (bed & breakfast)
From R750 pn single (bed & breakfast)

Exclusive of Breakfast

From R500 pppn sharing (bed only)
From R700 pn single (bed only)

Breakfast offers a wide selection of choices!
WiFi is available.
We regret that we cannot accept children under the age of six.
Sorry, you can’t bring your pets.
Arrivals from 2.00pm – 7.00pm unless by prior arrangement.
We request a 50% deposit to confirm your booking.
Credit card facilities are available.



The following conditions apply should you cancel your reservation

  • Within 7 days of date of arrival: 100% of fees will be due
  • 7 – 14 days of date of arrival: your deposit cannot be refunded
  • 15 – 21 days of date of arrival: 50% of your deposit will be refunded
  • 22 – 30 days of date of arrival: 75% of your deposit will be refunded
  • More than 30 days: full deposit refunded