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.

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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 River Lodge
    Three en-suite rooms near the Great Fish River near Cookhouse. All meals supplied on request.
  • Altenburgh Guest Cottages
    5 luxurious fully equipped self catering cottages in spacious grounds nestled under the Boschberg, with different options to suit all requirements. There is also a Pool Apartment at a different venue.
  • Aloma House
    Aloma House is a gem in the Karoo. We offer our guests true country style hospitality, fresh spacious luxurious rooms, Free WIFI, amazing view and a tranquil luscious garden and swimming pool. Aloma House offer 5 en suite spacious rooms with an option of bath or shower. All rooms have outside doors that open up on the luscious garden or swimming pool area. Two of our rooms can also offer a self catering option.
  • Kuzuko Lodge
    Also known as the “Place of Glory”, Kuzuko Lodge is built high upon a hill in a private section of the northern part of the Greater Addo Elephant National Park. It is here where breathtaking views from your private veranda are complimented by luxurious chalets and warm, attentive service. Spectacular cosmic safaris, day and night game drives and time spent in our wellness centre are but a few of the ways in which you can truly experience this unique and glorious place. Guests are housed in 24 luxurious chalets, each with a private deck offering spectacular views of the malaria free Karoo bushveld of the big five park below. All chalets, three of which are wheelchair accessible, features an en-suite bathroom with bath and walk in shower, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities, colour television, direct dialling telephones, free wireless connectivity and data cable points. Children of all ages are welcome at the lodge and may accompany their parents on game drives.
  • Rustig B&B
    For farm accommodation near to Somerset East, Rustig Farm, self catering accommodation, with breakfast and dinner available on request. Walking and bird watching, as well as farm activities, with a stunning view of the Boschberg, and set in a lovely garden.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Stone Cottage
    The Stone Cottage offers guests the opportunity to experience the tranquillity of the Karoo countryside. The more energetically inclined, can spend time at the swimming pool, enjoy exploring the veld, cycling or canoeing (seasonal). The early mornings are ideal for birding enthusiasts. Children of all ages will enjoy experiencing farm life first hand. The cottage has DSTV, though guests will most probably find they don't even think to switch it on.

Featured Activities in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • Fishing at Glen Avon Farm
    Fishing in dams and streams on this historic farm.
  • Avon Heights Guest Farm
    As well as hiking through rugged scenery, with opportunities for birdwatching and game viewing; guests at Avon Heights can hike to the Glen Avon Falls.
  • Boschberg Youth Development Mountain Biking Club
    Boschberg Youth Development Mountain Biking Club is based at the Boschberg Trails at the Boschberg Hub in Somerset East and fosters MTB riding skills for local learners
  • Skietfontein Lapa
    At Skietfontein Lapa, as well as the many other outdoor teambuilding activities offered, you can experience horse riding in the veld, and riding training for children and school groups.

Featured Attractions in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 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

  • September 24 2016 -
    Bruintjieshoogte Trail...
    Distances of 21 km, 10 km, and 3 km, starting at the Somerset East Golf course
  • September 25 2016 -
    Bruintjieshoogte MTB...
    MTB races, distances of 70 km, 35 km, and 10 km starting at the Somerset East Golf Course

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