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)

  • Altenburgh Guest Cottage
    A luxurious fully equipped self catering cottage in spacious grounds nestled under the Boschberg, with double bedroom and two day beds for children in the lounge. There is also a Studio appartment.
  • Fish Eagle's Rest
    Two fully equipped self catering units, each with a queen size bed, for comfortable accommodation in Somerset East
  • Fish River Lodge
    Three en-suite rooms near the Great Fish River near Cookhouse. All meals supplied on request.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Mountain View Inn
    Mountain View Inn accommodation in Somerset East provides nine self catering units sleeping 2, 3 or 4 people. Fully equipped, breakfast and dinner can be supplied on request.
  • 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 Self-catering
    Situated in the heart of town the new self-catering suite at the Angler and Antelope is perfect for a family getaway.

Featured Activities in Somerset East (Click for More Info)

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

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.
  • Slachter's Nek Exhibition at Somerset East
    The Slachter's Nek Exhibition in the Old Parsonage Museum in Somerset East is staged around the actual beam used for the hanging of the Slachter's Nek rebels in 1816.
  • 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

  • October 2 2015 - 2015 Lormar Endurance...
    The Lormar Endurance MTB Tour provides all of that and more! This 3-day mountain bike Tour’s...

Latest News

  • The new requirements for children travelling to or from the Republic of South Africa took effect on...
  • You may have read about the blue crane massacre in the Karoo earlier this year, which saw the...
  • A friend who roams far and wide every day of the week, mentioned he’d met an interesting...
  • Chris Marais, co-founder of , is a seasoned travel writer-photographer who has...
  • One way of gauging the nature of a small town is to see how the poorest of the poor are treated.
  • To celebrate the opening of our Karoo Space e-Bookstore, we are offering you all three books...
  • The Karoo Space e-Bookstore launched - get these beautiful Karoo collections on-line.
  • Increased biodiversity leads to healthier ecology but the social structure of Kudu in many parts of...
  • The Karoo landscapes of blistering horizons, blue mountains, bright blue skies and charcoal singed...
  • The well known Karoo author and photographer couple Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit launched...
  • Diva, a female black footed cat, arrived at her new home at Clifton farm near Cradock on 11 October...
  • The 23rd Biltong Festival in Somerset East on 12th and 13th July took place during a weekend of...
  • The excellent Mountain Bike Trails at the Boschberg Tourism Hub are seeing a lot of use, by locals...
  • On Saturday 23rd February, the Bruintjieshoogte Marathon was run, for the 36th time, in perfect...
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