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)

  • 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.
  • Aloma House
    Four en-suite rooms with a great mountain view in Somerset East. Rooms are spacious and decorated in a country living style.
  • 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.
  • Hilltop House
    If you seek clean, comfortable and air conditioned accommodation in Somerset East for your visit or overnight stay, Hilltop House provides exactly what you are looking for.
  • 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.
  • Angler and Antelope Self-catering
    Situated in the heart of town the new self-catering suite at the Angler and Antelope is perfect for a family getaway.
  • Middleton Manor
    Middleton Manor, just off the N10 at Middleton is near the Great Fish River. Unwind in our tranquil, scenic surroundings - we offer the following: Accommodation just off the N10 at Middleton, a la carte restaurant, pub, tennis courts; activities available include Bird watching, River rafting, fishing and hiking trails. We cater for year end functions, weddings and conferencing. Three self catering flats - two with 2 double beds and a sleeper couch, and one family flat with 2 rooms each with a double bed, and one room with 3 single beds.
  • 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.

Featured Activities in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • 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.
  • Wild fly fishing in the Karoo
    The Angler & Antelope has secured exclusive access to several dams and stretches of river in the Somerset East district for fly fishing. When you fly fish these exclusive Angler & Antelope waters, you will experience the majesty of the Karoo, with no interruptions – well, except maybe a trophy sized trout at the end of your fly line!
  • Wilton Guest Farm and Mountain Bike Trails
    Up to 60 km of purpose built single track, 1700 m of climb. B&B and S/C accommodation, day visitors welcome
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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

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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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Latest News

  • You may have read about the blue crane massacre in the Karoo earlier this year, which saw the...
  • A friend who roams far and wide every day of the week, mentioned he’d met an interesting...
  • Chris Marais, co-founder of www.karoospace.co.za , is a seasoned travel writer-photographer who has...
  • One way of gauging the nature of a small town is to see how the poorest of the poor are treated.
  • To celebrate the opening of our Karoo Space e-Bookstore, we are offering you all three books...
  • The Karoo Space e-Bookstore launched - get these beautiful Karoo collections on-line.
  • Increased biodiversity leads to healthier ecology but the social structure of Kudu in many parts of...
  • The Karoo landscapes of blistering horizons, blue mountains, bright blue skies and charcoal singed...
  • The well known Karoo author and photographer couple Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit launched...
  • Diva, a female black footed cat, arrived at her new home at Clifton farm near Cradock on 11 October...
  • The 23rd Biltong Festival in Somerset East on 12th and 13th July took place during a weekend of...
  • The excellent Mountain Bike Trails at the Boschberg Tourism Hub are seeing a lot of use, by locals...
  • On Saturday 23rd February, the Bruintjieshoogte Marathon was run, for the 36th time, in perfect...
  • After the very successful and popular launch of the Boschberg Classic MTB and Trail run at the...
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