The site of this unique little town, at the foot of the Coetzee Mountains in the Karoo, originally lay on the wagon route between the Cape and Somerset East, with the challenging slopes of Bruintjieshoogte lying between the two towns.  The Bruintjieshoogte Marathon has been run along this route for many years.

The area was immortalised in Eve Palmer’s book, Plains of Camdeboo, and the town was founded in 1859 around the N G Kerk under the guidance of Rev. Pears, after whom the town was named.

Pearston serves a farming community, and offers wide open spaces, crystal clear air, star gazing, and hunting.

Accommodation options include convenient self catering units in the main street, and farm stays. Famous people from Pearston: Herbert Hayton Castens (1st ever South African rugby and cricket captain); Eve Palmer (Author); Ernst van Heerden (Author); Nigel Hobson (Springbok Clay pigeon shottist and Author of Karoo Plant Wealth)

Somerset East Hospitality Guild

The Walter Battiss Foundation assists the Somerset East Hospitality Guild in providing information that 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!

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