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)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Altenburgh Studio
    Self catering studio flat with access to swimming pool and garden, sleeping two, twin beds. Complimentary continental breakfast supplied. Nearby to schools and the main street.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fish River Lodge
    Three en-suite rooms near the Great Fish River near Cookhouse. All meals supplied on request.

Featured Activities in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • Fishing at Die KAiA
    Catch carp, yellowfish, catfish and eel at Die KAiA on the Little Fish River just outside Somerset East
  • All Activities, Somerset East
    Somerset East offers visitors a large choice of activities offered by a number of places. Click on MORE INFO for a list with contact details.
  • 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.
  • Skietfontain Lapa
    Die Lapa offers 4X4 trails and quad biking as well as many other outdoors team building activities

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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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

  • October 25 2015 - Pro Carmine Choir Tour
    Grahamstown-based a cappella group, the Pro Carmine Choir, are touring the Eastern Cape Midlands...

Latest News

  • The new requirements for children travelling to or from the Republic of South Africa took effect on...
  • 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 , 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...
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