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)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Avondrust Guesthouse
    Stylish B&B accommodation in Somerset East in a beautifully restored old house with modern facilities and Cape yellow wood floors, in Louis Trichardt Street in Somerset East. Breakfast is served in the stylish dining room; relax on a large wooden deck with superb views of the Boschberg.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Angler and Antelope Self-catering
    Situated in the heart of town the new self-catering suite at the Angler and Antelope is perfect for a family getaway.
  • Altenburgh Guest Cottages
    Luxurious fully equipped self catering cottages in spacious grounds nestled under the Boschberg, with double bedroom and two day beds for children in the lounge. There is also a Studio apartment.

Featured Activities in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • Wingshooting
    Contact Festha Erasmus for wingshooting in the Somerset East area.
  • 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.
  • Fishing at Glen Avon Farm
    Fishing in dams and streams on this historic farm.
  • Avon Heights Guest Farm
    As well as hiking through rugged scenery, with opportunities for birdwatching and game viewing; guests at Avon Heights can hike to the Glen Avon Falls.

Featured Attractions in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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

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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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