Somerset East Accommodation, Activities and Tourism

Somerset East Accommodation, Activities and Tourism

Welcome to Somerset East, this is where you will find all you need to know about Somerset East, as well as the neighbouring towns of Pearston and Cookhouse. Together these towns make up the Blue Crane Route.

On this website we list up to date information about all Somerset East accommodation, B&Bs and self catering, whether luxury, affordable, or somewhere in between. We also list upcoming events, local information, news, history, and what to see and do in this area.

If there is anything else you need to know, contact the Somerset East Tourism office, or send an enquiry via this website.


On the fringes of South Africa's Karoo in the malaria free Eastern Cape lies the interesting, attractive and historic little town of Somerset East, which invariably charms all who visit it. The pretty town with its many gardens forms a green oasis, under the iconic Boschberg Mountain.

Featured Accommodation in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • Fish Eagle's Rest
    Two fully equipped self catering units, each with a queen size bed, for comfortable accommodation in Somerset East
  • The Oaks and The Acorn
    The Acorn self catering cottage has two en suite bedrooms, and fully equipped kitchen. The Oaks offers gracious luxury B&B accommodation in two rooms, each with a king size bed and large en-suite or private fully appointed bathroom. Each room has a private entrance, breakfast is served in the handsome dining room, and dinner will be provided by prior arrangement.
  • Villa Maria
    Villa Maria accommodation in Somerset East offers two en-suite rooms and one room with its own bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, TV in rooms, in a charming period house centrally situated in Somerset East.
  • Die Lapa Skietfontein
    Die Lapa Skietfontein is 43 kilometers outside Somerset East, with accommodation for up to 100 people in dormitories and tents. We will customise team building events, weekend getaways, weddings, school outings or holidays to suit your needs.
  • Zanre
    Zanre Self catering accommodation in Somerset East consists of two flats in the main street; one sleeping 4-5 and one sleeping 6. Fully equipped kitchens. Safe parking can be arranged.
  • Die KAiA
    Die KAiA is 4k outside Somerset East, with accommodation on the banks of the Little Fish River. There are 4 tented chalets, for self catering accommodation, and camping and caravan facilities, and a large lapa with licenced bar. Braai places, braai packs, salads and fresh roosterkoek always available.
  • Buffelsfontein Lodge
    Buffelsfontein Lodge offers stylish, comfortable and affordable accommodation near Somerset East. The ranch is set in the majestic Boschberg Mountains 200 kilometers from Port Elizabeth. Breathe in the clean mountain air while you get close to nature in a pristine malaria-free area. Taxidermy workshop and Inyati Hydro and Wellness Spa at Buffelsfontein Farm.
  • Olivewoods B&B
    Escape to Olivewoods - a working farm owned by a 6th generation farming family. Gracious B&B and self catering accommodation set in a beautiful garden with a stunning view.

Featured Activities in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • Gertina's Riding School
    Situated at the Boschberg Tourism Hub, Gertina's Riding School offers riding lessons, and horseback outings.
  • Hiking to the Glen Avon Falls
    While staying at Avon Heights, you can hike to the Glen Avon Falls. You can also contact Reg and Vivian Playdon and organise to collect a key to access the falls, at a charge of R20 per person, and a deposit for the key.
  • Fishing at Die KAiA
    Catch carp, yellowfish, catfish and eel at Die KAiA on the Little Fish River just outside Somerset East
  • Bird Watching in the Blue Crane Route
    The Blue Crane Tourism office has a bird check list for 325 birds, all of which have been spotted in the area.

Featured Attractions in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • Walter Battiss Art Museum, Somerset East
    Open 8.30 - 13.00 and 14.00 to 17.00 weekdays, but the building is sometimes closed due to other committments, so phone ahead if you are coming from out of town. Saturday and Public holidays 10.00 - 12.00 by appointment. In an official ceremony held in front of the white-gabled house in Paulet Street, Somerset East in 1981, Walter Whall Battiss bequeathed his collection of his own art works to "the people of Somerset East and South Africa."
  • The Old Parsonage Museum, Somerset East
    Shortly after the establishment of the town of Somerset, 1825, land on the slopes of the Boschberg Mountain was given to the Wesleyan missionaries for a chapel and graveyard.
  • Fairworld Fine Wool Museum
    The Fairworld Fine Wool Museum was set up by Willem van Aardt to capture the history of the van Aardt family, and fine wool farming in South Africa. To arrange to visit - 082 893 4997
  • Ann's Villa Blacksmith Museum
    Located at the foot of the Zuurberg Pass a km off the R335 is the historic inn of Ann’s Villa. Here you will find the original blacksmith which formed part of this small hamlet. The smithy is now a registered museum open to the public.

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Blue Crane Route Tourism

The Blue Crane Route Tourism Information Office covers the towns of Somerset East, Cookhouse and Pearston and a wide area of surrounding country.

We are located in the Walter Battiss Art Museum, 45 Paulet Street (on the corner of Beaufort Street), Somerset East.

If you are in the area, come and visit us and see what we have to offer!

If you need information about our area please contact us:

Upcoming Events

  • November 28 2015 - Dr NB Ngcipe Foundation...
    5km walk starting at the Prof Jakes Gerwel Centre in Aeroville, 10 k run and 30 k, 15 k, 10 k and 5...
  • December 26 2015 - Somido Homecoming...
    The Somido Homecoming festival is an annual music showcase set to debut in Somerset East on the...

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