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)

  • Zanre
    Zanre Self catering accommodation in Somerset East consists of two flats in the main street; one sleeping 4-5 and one sleeping 6. Fully equipped kitchens. Safe parking can be arranged.
  • Avon Heights
    Self Catering mountain lodge nestled in the Boschberg Mountains that welcomes guests to share in the unique nature of indigenous bushveld valleys & mountain top grassland. Rare indigenous trees, plant species & outstanding natural beauty. Abundant buck, bird life, insects & small reptiles. Activities include climbing, hiking, mountain bike trails, 4x4 trails, swimming, trout fishing, bird watching, game viewing in your own vehicle, farm animals, relaxing in a tranquil enviroment
  • The Oaks and The Acorn
    The Acorn self catering cottage has two en suite bedrooms, and fully equipped kitchen. The Oaks offers gracious luxury B&B accommodation in two rooms, each with a king size bed and large en-suite or private fully appointed bathroom. Each room has a private entrance, breakfast is served in the handsome dining room, and dinner will be provided by prior arrangement.
  • 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.
  • Angler and Antelope
    Centrally situated in the town of Somerset East, the Angler and Antelope is perfect for business or holiday travellers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Somerset Lodge
    Conveniently located in the charming and historic little town of Somerset East is a comfortable guest lodge with five bedrooms offering guests either bed and breakfast or self catering accommodation.

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.
  • Gertina's Riding School
    Situated at the Boschberg Tourism Hub, Gertina's Riding School offers riding lessons, and horseback outings.
  • Canoeing and tubing at Die KAiA
    Canoeing and tubing on the Little Fish River, at Die KAiA, close to Somerset East
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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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