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)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Angler and Antelope
    Centrally situated in the town of Somerset East, the Angler and Antelope is perfect for business or holiday travellers.

Featured Activities in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • 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
  • Wingshooting
    Contact Festha Erasmus for wingshooting in the Somerset East area.
  • Fishing at Die KAiA
    Catch carp, yellowfish, catfish and eel at Die KAiA on the Little Fish River just outside Somerset East

Featured Attractions in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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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