Experiences

Mountain-biking

Over 30 km of single track mountain bike routes have been cut into the Boschberg mountain.  The starting point for the routes is at the Boschberg Tourism Hub buildings. The routes are maintained by the development riders in the area.

Walter Battis

Walter Battiss Art Museum

Walter Battiss was born in Somerset East and lived here until he was 11. He always had a soft spot for Somerset and when he died, he left his private works to “the town of Somerset East”.  He is generally considered to be the foremost South African abstract artist. For more information on Battiss visit the www.somerset-east.co.za.

 

Bird watching

As this is a meeting place for most of South Africa's natural biomes, it comes as no surprise that roughly 320 species of birds occur in this area, making it one of the richest places for birding in the Eastern Cape.

Hiking

The trails on the Boschberg are also perfect for short hikes.  Various farms in the area also offer hiking trails, and a visit to the Glen Avon Falls is almost a spiritual experience.

Just to chill

For the more leisurely days, visit the Somerset East museum.  The Coffee Shop boasts a little ladies boutique as well as Nest interior designers for some creative inspiration.  Ladies (or gents) can also arrange spa treatments for a little me time.