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Where is it?
Somerset West is situated in the picturesque Helderberg area about 50 kilometres (30 mi) east of the must visit city of `Cape Town, 6 km from pristine white beaches, 70 km from Hermanus where one can watch wales from shore and 100km from Kleinbaai where one can dive with Great White sharks. Stellenbosch has not even been mentioned, historical town of great importance and also home to one of the top Universities in the South Africa. A most perfect place to stay to visit the glorious Western Cape region. The town is overlooked by the imposing Helderberg (meaning "clear mountain"), a part of the Hottentots-Holland range of mountains.
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.
The Vergelegen Wine Estate lies just outside the town itself. The buildings on the estate constitute fine examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
Somerset West contains a number of sporting facilities including several golf courses.
The historic town of Stellenbosch is reachable via the R44 motorway (approx 18 km/11 mi away). The area between Somerset West and Stellenbosch also encompasses many vineyards and wineries (e.g. Rust-en-Vrede, Alto, J.P. Bredell) where visitors can sample and purchase wine. The oldest remaining vineyard in South Africa, Vergelegen, is situated on the outskirts of Somerset West.
In recent years many guest houses and B&Bs have opened up in Somerset West, since it is conveniently located for Cape Town (40 kilometres (25 mi) away on the N2 motorway), the beaches at the Strand and Gordon's Bay, as well as the Western Cape's numerous wine farms.
Things To Do:
Helderberg Nature Reserve (021) 851 4060/6982
Lady Phillips Tea Garden (021) 8471346
Steenbrasdam (Hiking only) (021) 850 4000
Whale Watching - Clarens Drive in Gordon’s Bay
Deep Sea Fishing 021 855 4752
Christmas Lights Festival (021) 851 4022
Lwandle Hostel Museum & Arts & Craft Centre (021) 845 6119
Monkey Town (021) 858 1060
Helderbrau (021) 858 1309
Blue Rock Cable Water Ski (021) 858 1330
Nature Quad Rides (021) 842 3217
Tri Active: (021) 859 4250
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