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)

  • 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.
  • Die KAiA
    Die KAiA is 4k outside Somerset East, with accommodation on the banks of the Little Fish River. There are 4 tented chalets, for self catering accommodation, and camping and caravan facilities, and a large lapa with licenced bar. Braai places, braai packs, salads and fresh roosterkoek always available.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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)

  • Canoeing and tubing at Die KAiA
    Canoeing and tubing on the Little Fish River, at Die KAiA, close to Somerset East
  • Boschberg MTB Trails
    Starting from the Boschberg Tourism Hub in Somerset East, is a 35 k system of new single track MTB trails, combining with old roads and paths, to create an exciting biking experience.
  • Skietfontein Lapa
    At Skietfontein Lapa, as well as the many other outdoor teambuilding activities offered, you can experience horse riding in the veld, and riding training for children and school groups.
  • Wingshooting
    Contact Festha Erasmus for wingshooting in the Somerset East area.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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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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