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Historic and serene Somerset East and nestles at the foot of Boschberg Mountain. This beautiful, wooded mountain is the furthest north where you will find flora and fauna elements of the Tsitsikamma forest. It is known for its giant indigenous trees like Cape Kastaiing and Yellowwood, beautiful hiking trails, clear water streams, waterfalls and birdlife; even the Knysna and Forest Loerie can be found here.
The surrounding area consists of 6 vegetation biomes, varying from wavy grasslands, to Karoo and Noorsveld.
The town hosts many historic buildings of which the Somerset East Museum and the Walter Battiss Art Museum are the best known. The latter had been restored recently and has the largest collection of Battiss' work.
This pollution and malaria free region is a fly fishing and hunting paradise. There is a beautiful, highly rated 9 hole golf course where the annual Boschberg Classic is held. Other annual events are the Cycling Races (January), Bruintjieshoogte Marathon (March), Biltong Festival (July) and Rose Show (October).
Other activities in the area range from the peaceful to the adventurous.