Somerset East is a quaint little town in the heart of the Blue Crane Route Municipality in the Eastern Cape, South Arica. The town was founded in 1825 by Lord Charles Somerset, a British soldier and politician.
Somerset East, located on the foot of the Boschberg Mountains with about sixteen waterfalls is also on the malaria free Eastern Cape safaris. The town is home to the densely wooded Boschberg Nature Reserve popular for its hiking trails and the well-known circular route to an overnight hut at the summit of the mountain. With such a nature reserve, there is no doubt that Somerset West is an exceptional bird-watching destination. For nature and outdoor lovers, adventure activities in Somerset East are endless.
Indulge in trout fishing on five local dams, hiking, hunting, playing golf in a 9 hoke course, game farms and visiting the several museums that tell stories gone by in the Eastern Cape. There is also a tourism office to show you the Somerset East Heritage which showcases churches, houses and schools built two centuries ago. Somerset East also holds several exciting events that you can enjoy if you happen to be visiting the town at the time. These include the Biltong Festival, the Bruintjieshoogte Marathon, Bruintjieshoogte Cycle Tour and the Spring Rose & Flower show.
If you are looking for a place to stay during your vacation, accommodation in Somerset East is aplenty and you are spoilt for choice. From quaint guest houses and self-catering cottages to welcoming hotels and bed and breakfasts, Somerset East accommodation offers everything and more any traveler would need during their stay in the town.