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)

  • Fish Eagle's Rest
    Two fully equipped self catering units, each with a queen size bed, for comfortable accommodation in Somerset East
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Angler and Antelope
    Centrally situated in the town of Somerset East, the Angler and Antelope is perfect for business or holiday travellers.
  • Middleton Manor
    Middleton Manor, just off the N10 at Middleton is near the Great Fish River. Unwind in our tranquil, scenic surroundings - we offer the following: Accommodation just off the N10 at Middleton, a la carte restaurant, pub, tennis courts; activities available include Bird watching, River rafting, fishing and hiking trails. We cater for year end functions, weddings and conferencing. Three self catering flats - two with 2 double beds and a sleeper couch, and one family flat with 2 rooms each with a double bed, and one room with 3 single beds.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Featured Activities in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

  • Skietfontain Lapa
    Die Lapa offers 4X4 trails and quad biking as well as many other outdoors team building activities
  • Boschberg Youth Development Mountain Biking Club
    Boschberg Youth Development Mountain Biking Club is based at the Boschberg Trails at the Boschberg Hub in Somerset East and fosters MTB riding skills for local learners
  • Hiking to the Glen Avon Falls
    While staying at Avon Heights, you can hike to the Glen Avon Falls. You can also contact Reg and Vivian Playdon and organise to collect a key to access the falls, at a charge of R20 per person, and a deposit for the key.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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