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)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Museum Cottage
    For unique accommodation in Somerset East, the Museum Cottage is situated in the picturesque gardens of the Old Parsonage Museum at the foot of the beautiful Boschberg Mountain Reserve.
  • 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.
  • Angler and Antelope
    The Angler and Antelope is centrally situated in the quiet rural town of Somerset East. This is an attractive base for anglers who would like to take advantage of the great fishing opportunities to be found in the area. Alan is a registered field guide and has access to various private fishing locations.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Featured Activities in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • Canoeing and tubing at Die KAiA
    Canoeing and tubing on the Little Fish River, at Die KAiA, close to Somerset East
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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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