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)

  • Glen Avon Farm
    Glen Avon Farm, near the historic little town of Somerset East in South Africa's malaria-free Eastern Cape, lies at the foot of Boschberg Mountain and provides a perfect environment for a farm holiday.
  • Altenburgh Guest Cottages
    Luxurious fully equipped self catering cottages in spacious grounds nestled under the Boschberg, with double bedroom and two day beds for children in the lounge. There is also a Studio apartment.
  • Angler and Antelope
    Centrally situated in the town of Somerset East, the Angler and Antelope is perfect for business or holiday travellers.
  • Archer Accommodation
    Archer Accommodation at 3 Archer Street in Somerset East offers a flat sleeping 3, and a cottage sleeping 4 offering B&B or self catering options in both. Situated in a quiet location in Somerset East. Close to Gill Primary and Gill College.
  • Blue Crane Lodge
    Blue Crane Lodge B&B accommodation in Somerset East is proud of the 5 en-suite rooms in this gracious Victorian house in Scallan Street. Rooms are individually furnished, have TV/MNet, tea and coffee facilities, and are equipped for hot summers and cold winters. A delicious breakfast English Breakfast is served in a homely atmosphere.
  • Hockley Cottages
    Hockley Cottages offer stylish self catering accommodation in Hockley Street in Somerset East. Each cottage has two bedrooms, one double and one twin; 2 bathrooms, open plan lounge and fully equipped kitchen which will be supplied with everything you need to fix your own continental breakfast. Gas and wood braai on undercover stoep.
  • Somerset House
    Somerset House was built as a school in the Colonial style in 1905 in Paulet Street which was the first street to be built in Somerset East in South Africa's Eastern Cape. Situated in the quietest part of a quiet town and backing on to the Boschberg, the ambience of Somerset House is tranquil, scenic and restful.
  • Royal Hotel
    For hotel accommodation in Somerset East, the Royal Hotel is situated on the main road into Somerset East, and, as well as stylish comfortable rooms, offers conference facilities,a restaurant, and an event venue, and will handle outside catering. DSTV in luxury rooms.

Featured Activities in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • Boschberg MTB Trails
    Starting from the Boschberg Tourism Hub in Somerset East, is a 35 k system of new single track MTB trails, combining with old roads and paths, to create an exciting biking experience.
  • Inyati Hydro and Wellness Spa
    The Inyati Hydro and Wellness Spa has the latest in Wellness technology, including the Ozone Wellness Pod. Treatments can be done either on Buffelsfontein Farm or at the Boschberg Tourism Hub.
  • Boschberg Hiking Trail, Somerset East
    This one or two day 15 km hike takes one up up and around the Boschberg overlooking Somerset East, offering glorious views and an overnight hut.
  • 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.

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."
  • 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.
  • Museum Ghosts, Somerset East
    Over the years, several visitors to the Somerset East Old Parsonage Museum have reported seeing a tall man in a black suit sitting behind the desk in the study. There have been incidents of visitors seeing the light bulb over the desk in the study switching on and off when they enter the room.
  • Slachter's Nek Exhibition at Somerset East
    The Slachter's Nek Exhibition in the Old Parsonage Museum in Somerset East is staged around the actual beam used for the hanging of the Slachter's Nek rebels in 1816.

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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

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