Your ultimate travel guide – Somerset West Edition
Somerset West is located a mere 30 minutes’ drive from Cape Town in the Hottentots Holland area. Situated close to several beaches and Stellenbosch, holidaymakers will have the perfect option between beach and vineyards. If you’re looking to book a holiday to Somerset West, allow us to take you through this gorgeous travel gem with our travel guide.
Things to Do
Cheetah Outreach in Somerset West
This is an education and community-based outreach programme to raise awareness around the protection of cheetahs. Visitors can experience these majestic animals in their natural environment and find out how they may become involved.
Helderberg Nature Reserve
The Helderberg Nature Reserve is situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain overlooking False Bay and is the perfect location for a relaxing day out in nature. Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the day with friends and family amongst amazing birdlife, lush lawns and various plants.
Morgenster Wine Farm
Fancy yourself a fan of wine? The Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate is considered to be a “gateway to the Western Cape wine-growing region”. This olive and wine farm have been producing fine quality products since 1711.
Wander off the beaten track until you stumble upon the elegant Lourensford Market with approximately 70 permanent stalls and various pop-up stores to intrigue every sense. Keep the children amused by way of various rides and you can even bring your pet along for a relaxing day at the doggie bar.
Blue Rock Adventure Park
Cableskiing, paintball, fufi sliding, diving, you name it and you could probably do it at the Blue Rock Resort. This venue also offers conference facilities, a fabulous restaurant and, function facilities.
Where to Stay
Spanish Farm Guest Lodge
Where to eat
The Restaurant at Waterkloof
What to order: It’s a symphony of flavours too difficult to choose one dish.
The Millhouse Kitchen
What to order: A juicy burger and crispy fries.
Henri’s Restaurant & Wine Bar
What to order: A lamb shank would go down very well, especially on a winter evening.
Things you should know:
On average August is the coolest month in Somerset West.
June is considered to be a very wet month.
Somerset West is known for its Helderberg Lights Festivals and the Strawberry Festivals.
Visitors can take part in various adventure activities such as horse riding, hiking, skiing and more.
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