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Somerset West

The first thing that will catch your eye in Somerset West is the view over False Bay.  This town surrounded by majestic mountains and hills covered with vineyards is rich in cultural heritage dating back to 1672 when the land was purchased from the locals and a cattle post was established by Dutch soldiers.

Somerset West

The town was named “Somerset” after and British Governor of the Cape Colony during the 1800s, Lord Charles Henry Somerset. The suffix ‘West’ was added after 1825 to differentiate it from Somerset East

Somerset West is well known for the traditional “Helderberg Lights Festival” or the “Strawberry Festival” when Main Road is transformed into a magical display of lights and Christmas decorations. During the festival Main Road is closed off to traffic during the evenings so everybody can enjoy the flea market stalls and parades.  People from all over Cape Town travel to Somerset West to share in this fantastic display of Christmas spirit.

The Helderberg  area has a community radio station “Radio Helderberg” broadcasting community based information and contemporary music.

Somerset West is home to various Sports clubs e.g. Soccer, Bowling, Baseball, Tennis, Cricket, Croquet, Hockey, Golf, Squash, Athletics and various others. Click here for a list of sports clubs and their contact information.

There are numerous wine farms in Somerset West that are part of the Helderberg Wine Route including Vergelegen which has the oldest vineyard in the area and also the historic Cape Dutch homestead.  Vergelegen hosts the annual “Carols by Candlelight” event every Christmas season.

Somerset West

The Helderberg Nature reserve is situated on the slopes of the mountain and offers picnic areas, hiking trails, a restaurant and a gift shop.

For the watersport enthusiast there are the beaches in Strand and Gordon’s Bay as well as the harbours offering sailing and various other sports.

There are various other activities available in the Somerset West area e.g. Horse Riding, Hiking trails, a Cable Water Ski Resort, Mountain Bike Trails and lots more.

Where to stay in Somerset West

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAccommodation in Somerset West caters for every taste and budget. With the town being the heart of the Helderberg Wine Route, beautiful and luxurious Wine Estate accommodation is available.

Visit our Accommodation Page..

Where to eat in Somerset West

food-and-wine-of-italyNo matter what your taste, Somerset West will have a restaurant that suits you, from Fine Dining to Italian, Chinese, Seafood, Burgers and Tappas. There are a variety of restaurants spread around the town’s CBD, its shopping malls (Somerset Mall and Waterstone Village), and the wine route.


Visit our Restaurant Guide..

Night Life in Somerset West

If you are looking for something to do at night, no need to travel very far.  Somerset West has various establishments offering live entertainment, DJ’s and big screen TV’s for those all-important sports games.

Some popular spots include The Old Bridge Tavern, Nu’Bar and The Nameless Pub, amongst others.

Visit our Events & Entertainment calendar

Property in Somerset West

Looking to buy or rent property in Somerset West?

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Things to do in & around Somerset West

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 Type of Activity
 Activity & Area
 Sport/Adrenalin  Strand/Somerset West - Play a round of Golf at Strand Golf ClubSomerset West, or Erinvale Golf Course
Gordons Bay - Surf at Bikini Beach  or Koeel Bay
Gordons Bay - Go Deep Sea Fishing
Gordons Bay - Hike the Danie Miller Hiking Trail up to the GB sign
Gordons BayRent a bicycle & cycle around our Village
Gordons Bay - Go Scuba Diving
Kogel BayHike up to Crystal Pools (permits required)
Sir Lowry’s PassGo Horse Riding at Journey’s End
Somerset WestRent a Harley Davidson and take a scenic drive
Somerset WestGo Hiking at the Helderberg Nature Reserve (Check our Events & Entertainment Page for Guided Hikes)
Sir Lowry’s PassParaglide from Sir Lowry’s Pass Lookout Point (seasonal)
Sir Lowry’s PassSpend the day at Blue Rock where you can Cable Water Ski, Wake Board, Fufi Slide, Play Paint Ball, swim in the Badi or have a picnic
Somerset West - Hit a couple of balls at the Vodacom Golf Driving range
✓ Somerset WestMountain Biking at Schapenberg located at Ongegund Lodge
Somerset West - Spend the day at Helderberg Farm where you can Mountain BikeHike one of their Trails, try the 4×4 Route, play Laser Games or go Gravel Carting
✓ Somerset West
Play Paintball at Helderberg Farm
GrabouwGo on a quad biking adventure
Grabouw/Stellenbosch - Go on a Segway Adventure
Strand - Rent a surfboard from Son Surf School at Strand Beach & learn to Surf
GansbaaiGo Shark Cage Diving
Betty’s BayGo Sand Boarding
 Sight  Seeing/Other ✓ Gordons Bay - Browse for some reading at Bikini  Beach Books
Gordons Bay/Strand/Somerset West - Treat yourself at one of our Spa’s
Gordons Bay - Visit an Art Exhibitions by our local artists – exhibitions take place the last weekend of every month.  Visit our Events & Entertainment Page for info.
Gordons Bay - Take a scenic drive up to the Steenbras Water Treatment Plant
Somerset West/Sir Lowrys PassTour the Helderberg Wine Route
LwandleVisit the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum
Somerset West/StrandVisit our famous Bird Watching spots
Somerset WestGo shopping at Somerset Mall
Somerset West/Gordons BayVisit one of our local Craft Markets
Gordons BayTake a scenic drive along Clarence Drive to Hermanus
Betty’s Bay - Visit the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
Hermanus - Go whale watching  (seasonal)
Western Cape – Do the Brandy Route
 Family Activities

✓ Gordons Bay - Spend the day at one of our beaches
Gordons Bay - Have a picnic under the Milkwood trees
Somerset West - Have a picnic at the Helderberg Nature Reserve 
Somerset West - Go to a Summer Sunset Concert at Helderberg Nature Reserve (seasonal)      
Somerset West - Visit Monkey Town
Somerset West - Visit the Cheetah Outreach Centre where you can now Take a Cheetah for a walk on the Beach 
✓ Strand - Spend the day at Strand Waterworld with water slides and putt-putt
✓ Strand - Spend the day on Strand’s 5km beach 
Somerset West - Spend the day at Helderberg Farm’s picnic spots, petting zoo or go strawberry picking
✓ Klapmuts/PaarlVisit Butterfly World 
✓ Cape Town – Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront
 Betty’s Bay - Visit the Stony Point Penguin Colony

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