Somerset East

A biodiverse oasis in the Karoo
top things to do

This lovely little town lying under the Boschberg Mountain is steeped in history; and has something for everybody – from gentle strolls along Paulet Street with gracious old buildings, heritage roses, and the Walter Battiss Art Museum and Old Parsonage Museum, to hunting, fishing, hiking and mountain bike routes and Wild Fly Fishing in the Karoo.

The mountain holds many treasures for birding, plant, and tree enthusiasts, with over 325 different bird species recorded. The beautiful nine-hole golf course hosts events throughout the year, and the Bowling Club’s greens are utilised by locals and visitors.

What to do in Somerset East

Whether you wish to hunt, mountain bike, or fly fish; visit the museums, or stroll and admire the gracious buildings and lovely gardens, Somerset East will deliver what you need to relax and enjoy yourself.

More to do

Historical farm stay 


Mountain Biking 


Park Run

Walter Battiss Museum 

Food and Whisky Tasting 

National Heritage Site

Boschberg Nature Reserve

Where to Stay

Somerest east offers a wide range of accommodation options, from camping to up- market guesthouses, something to suit everybody.

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Explore the town

The slopes of the Boschberg, long considered to be the most beautiful mountain in Southern Africa, with sparkling waterfalls in rainy seasons, deep kloofs covered with indigenous forest, giant trees and magnificent flora.

bird species