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Somerset West (Somerset-Wes), Cape Winelands
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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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
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Bed & Breakfast accommodation in Somerset West
Lodge, Bed and Breakfast, SOMERSET WEST
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.
Bed and Breakfast, SOMERSET WEST
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.
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.
Place B & B, Bed & Breakfast, SOMERSET WEST
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.).
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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West South Africa by Hannah Rollmaker
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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.
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
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.
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
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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