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Somerset West (Somerset-Wes), Cape Winelands

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Somerset West viewsSomerset West is a total situated in the Helderberg area of the Western Cape province of South Africa, around 50 km (30 mi) east of Cape Town and 10 km from Strand. The town is overlooked by the imposing Helderberg (meaning "clear mountain"), a part of the Hottentots-Holland range of mountains.

The Helderberg Lights Festival (aka the Strawberry Festival), a flea market and parade, is held here each year. The area has its own community radio station, Radio Helderberg, broadcasting community notices and playing adult orientated pop music.

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The Helderberg Nature Reserve, a 363 hectare natural wildlife preserve opened in 1964, contains a wide variety of smaller fauna (buck, tortoises and other reptiles) and outstanding specimens of indigenous flora such as protea and fynbos.  Somerset West contains a number of sporting facilities including several golf courses.  The historic town of Stellenbosch is reachable via the R44 motorway. The area between Somerset West and Stellenbosch also encompasses a number of wine farms, where visitors can sample and purchase wine.  See more accommodation in Somerset West
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Africa Lodge Bed and Breakfast, Somerset West Africa Lodge, Bed and Breakfast, SOMERSET WEST
Situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain, the beautiful setting of Africa Lodge offers you comfortable and stylish accommodation. The swimming pool and large garden are absolutely private and secure off-road parking is available. There are many excellent restaurants in and around Somerset West. Whatever you fancy, we will be delighted to assist you.  Surrounded by many famous wine estates, Somerset West is the ideal base for exploring the entire Cape Peninsula such as Cape Town with its V & A Waterfront and Table Mountain or the famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Robben Island, The Cape of Good Hope or the penguins in Simon’s Town are other favourite hotspots.
Alphabed Bed and Breakfast AlphaBed Bed and Breakfast, SOMERSET WEST
AlphaBed offers stylish accommodation located the centre of Somerset West in a relaxed residential atmosphere on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. The guest house is surrounded by good restaurants, shops, and numerous wine and golf estates. South Africa's oldest wine estate Vergelegen and the prestigious Erinvale Golf Estate are just 2 km from the guest house. Sceneic routes take you in no time to other Cape Wineland towns such as Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, while whale watching in Hermanus and tours to the townships are perfectly arranged from our guest house. AlphaBed is your ideal base for day trips to Cape Town, the V&A Waterfront, botanical gardens, and Robben Island. This charming guest house offers stylish rooms, each comprising an en-suite bathroom and patio or lounge overlooking the swimming pool and beautiful garden. 
Lalapanzi Lodge Lalapanzi Lodge, Bed and Breakfast, Self-catering, SOMERSET WEST
If you’re looking for something completely different, either as a unique holiday experience, an impressive corporate event, or as a place to hold that landmark celebration, then look no further than the truly breathtaking Lalapanzi Lodge. Hidden in 600 acres of forest, fynbos and vineyards in the foothills of the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, our cosy mountain retreat is the perfect place to unwind or use as a base from which to explore the Cape. The self-catering lodges and en-suite B&B rooms all have stunning views across False Bay and Cape Point. Situated in a secure country estate, we’re only 10 minutes from the beach, 20 minutes from Stellenbosch, 35 minutes from Cape Town International Airport, and 50 minutes from Cape Town city centre. The lodge now boasts four luxury en-suite rooms and one luxury suite which come with a hearty cooked or continental breakfast. 
Somer Place B & B Somer Place B & B, Bed & Breakfast, SOMERSET WEST
Spend your vacation at the beautiful B&B in Somerset West, right next door to the Wine Lands, Cape Town. The beach is only 5 minutes away by car and some of the most beautiful golf courses in the Cape are located in the surrounding countryside of Somerset. There is an ideal connection to the airport. Enjoy a quiet location, a lawn tended with care, a large pool, and a delicious breakfast (German continental or full English).  The rooms are modern and offer you a number of conveniences. You also have access to the internet telephone for more affordable calls to Europe and the rest of the world.  Owner Armin gives you a hearty welcome and if you let him, spoils you with a South African Braai (BBQ) under the stars. He will also arrange local excursions for you (wine testing, game tours, golfing trips, etc.).
Spanish Farm Guest Lodge Spanish Farm Guest Lodge, Bed and Breakfast, SOMERSET WEST
Spanish Farm Guest Lodge is situated in the beautiful town of Somerset West, on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain. The Guest House is located on six acre property of forest land with beautiful views of the Hottentots Holland mountain range and False Bay.  Spanish Farm Guest Lodge have five en-suite bedrooms, furnished with Cape antiques. Four rooms have private patios, each with television (M-Net and Satellite). Other facilities include a swimming pool and sauna.  Secure parking and laundry services are provided. Nearby are championship golf courses, hiking trails, beach, the wine route and it is only 20 minutes from Cape Town International airport. Spanish Farm Guest Lodge is a holiday maker's dream, with warm and caring hosts.
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Situated on the Western Cape of South Africa, Somerset West is close enough to Cape Town (30m /50km to be more precise) and all it has to offer for you to be suitably entertained if you feel the need to wander. However, there is no need to worry, as Somerset West has many things for you to see and do while you are there. Whether it's for a flying visit on business, or whether it's for an extended vacation, you will find that your time is fully occupied.

Somerset WestSomerset West is in the Helderberg area and is overlooked by the Helderberg Mountain, which is part of the range of mountains known as the Hottentots-Holland Mountain range.

Additionally, you will also find that Somerset West, is close enough to other towns in the Western Cape besides Cape Town, that you can get in a good dose of this wonderful land before you have to leave. These include the Cape Winelands (which is closer to home as Somerset West is on sub-route of the Wine Road); the Cape Whale Coast, the Garden Route, Robbens Island, Fossil Park, and of course the world famous Table Mountain (which is in Cape Town itself).

So where do you start? Well, a good place would be to explore close to Somerset West first, before setting out into other parts of the Western Cape. Whatever you do though, make sure that you set aside at least one day, if not two to look around Cape Town, and more importantly, to go through Table Mountain National Park. This is definitely one experience you don't want to miss.

Besides the Winelands, you will find that there is a nature reserve near Somerset West, called the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. There are a number of birds and other animals to see here, or if the idea appeals more, you can always go hiking through the reserve. Make sure that you consult with Reserve officials on the best routes before setting off on your own.

Golf in Somerset WestOr, if you find you want something a little less adventurous and more relaxing, why not take in a game of golf at the Erinvale Golf Course which played host to the 1996 Golf World Cup.

If wine is more your thing, then you might find that an extensive tour of the Cape Winelands is called for. The Helderberg Wine Route which lies closest to Somerset West is a sub-route of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes. The wines you will find here however, are truly unique in that they combine the benefits of mountain air with that of the sea air. This is due to the fact that the vines tend to grow on the slopes of the Helderberg, and are in close proximity to the sea.

And being in close proximity to the sea, if you are feeling particularly adventurous, you might want to try your hand at Shark Cage Diving. A truly unique experience and not for the faint hearted! From May to October is considered the best time to go shark cage diving, the months of South Africa's winter.

There are just so many places to see in Somerset West, and in particular in the Western Cape, that you will be hard pressed to find time to do them all. However, make sure that you get time in at the magnificent Table Mountain, and you will be well served. Oh, and don't forget the many Cape Town beaches, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Point, and the Cango Caves where you can ride an ostrich! As you can see the list is endless, and you truly have to go there to experience it all.

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