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)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Die KAiA
    Die KAiA is 4k outside Somerset East, with accommodation on the banks of the Little Fish River. There are 4 tented chalets, for self catering accommodation, and camping and caravan facilities, and a large lapa with licenced bar. Braai places, braai packs, salads and fresh roosterkoek always available.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Featured Activities in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • 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.
  • Fishing at Die KAiA
    Catch carp, yellowfish, catfish and eel at Die KAiA on the Little Fish River just outside Somerset East
  • 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.
  • Trails at Die Lapa Skietfontein
    Experience exciting and challenging 4X4 trails at Die Lapa Skietfontein

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
  • 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.
  • 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

  • November 28 2015 - Dr NB Ngcipe Foundation...
    5km walk starting at the Prof Jakes Gerwel Centre in Aeroville, 10 k run and 30 k, 15 k, 10 k and 5...
  • December 26 2015 - Somido Homecoming...
    The Somido Homecoming festival is an annual music showcase set to debut in Somerset East on the...

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