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)

  • Angler and Antelope
    Centrally situated in the town of Somerset East, the Angler and Antelope is perfect for business or holiday travellers.
  • Rest Assured
    Self catering unit with bedroom with twin beds, and living area with kitchenette, bar, indoor braai, as well as outside braai on the deck
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blue Crane Lodge
    Blue Crane Lodge B&B accommodation in Somerset East is proud of the 5 en-suite rooms in this gracious Victorian house in Scallan Street. Rooms are individually furnished, have TV/MNet, tea and coffee facilities, and are equipped for hot summers and cold winters. A delicious breakfast English Breakfast is served in a homely atmosphere.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Featured Activities in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • Trails at Die Lapa Skietfontein
    Experience exciting and challenging 4X4 trails at Die Lapa Skietfontein
  • Fishing at Die KAiA
    Catch carp, yellowfish, catfish and eel at Die KAiA on the Little Fish River just outside Somerset East
  • Wild fly fishing in the Karoo
    The Angler & Antelope has secured exclusive access to several dams and stretches of river in the Somerset East district for fly fishing. When you fly fish these exclusive Angler & Antelope waters, you will experience the majesty of the Karoo, with no interruptions – well, except maybe a trophy sized trout at the end of your fly line!
  • Bird Watching in the Blue Crane Route
    The Blue Crane Tourism office has a bird check list for 325 birds, all of which have been spotted in the area.

Featured Attractions in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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

  • 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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