The Angler and Antelope property in the town of Somerset East comprises three seperate buildings. The guesthouse that was built in 1893 as a residence, and housed only three families in 100 years. Next door to the guesthouse is St Francis, the culinary centre, which was built in 1906. St Francis is an old Roman Catholic church where you can relax, eat and drink. A fine selection of malt whiskys, apparently a favourite of the priests of the past, is worth sampling at Nigel's Pub, in the church. The confessional is still in one of the vestries of the building, and is now a fully stocked fly fishing shop - it ensures that fishermen are honest about their catches! The presbytery is our self-catering Fisherman's Cottage. All of these buildings are situated within a huge indigenous garden, also offering ample secure off street parking. Experience wild fly fishing in the Karoo. Alan Hobson, our inhouse R.E.F.F.I.S. accredited fly fishing guide, has secured exclusive access to certain waters in the area. He stocks these streams and dams with trout. The trout are stocked as fry and fingerlings, and left to fend for themselves, which ensures your wild fly fishing in the Karoo. This diversity in landscape ensures an equal diversity in animal and bird life; over 350 species of birds can be found in and around the Boschberg. The list of endemic birds recorded includes 53 Southern African endemics and 33 near endemics.
Somerset East is a gem on the edge of the Karoo, with four biomes within 20 km of the town; Karoo, savannah, grassveldt and indigenous forests. The microclimate induced by the Boschberg mountain ensures that an unusual amount (for the Karoo anyway) of rain falls annually. This is great for fly-fishing enthusiasts, as it makes Somerset East an exceptionally good fishing spot for trout.