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)

  • 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.
  • Somerset Hotel
    Nestled at the foot of the beautiful Boschberg Mountain lies the Somerset Hotel, offering hotel accommodation in Somerset East. The historic building dates from the early 1800's. Normal, Budget and Backpackers accommodation 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Featured Activities in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • Bird watching at Glen Avon Farm
    Glen Avon Farm, with close to 250 species spotted and identified, offers a unique birding experience for guests staying on the farm. Look at their website for more information and their bird list.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.

Featured Attractions in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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."

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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

  • February 5 2016 - Rocco de Villiers
    Appearing at the John Rupert Theatre.....
  • Orange Grove Karoo is excited to be hosting an Artist 'Retreat weekend together with the talented...
  • April 16 2016 -
    Bruintjieshoogte Marathon
    This Marathon between Pearston and Somerset East is a qualifier for the Comrades
  • June 17 2016 -
    Castle Lager Eastern...
    The Blue Crane Route Municipality will be staging the 2016 Biltong Festival on 17th and 18th June...

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