Somerset West

Lies between the foot of the Hottentots-Holland Mountains and False Bay. It is one of the very few towns in the world that is blessed with the best of everything.

It has the mountains, the sea, the vineyards and a village atmosphere.

Somerset West is 48 Kilometers from the center of Cape Town, and many of the residents commute into the City daily. Even so, the Industry in this Town has grown by leaps and bounds within the past 10 years.

This region was first visited by Europeans in 1657. The Hottentots clan, residents in the area at that time, allowed their livestock to graze in the area alongside the Lourens River.

This river runs it's short journey from the Hottentots-Holland Mountains to the sea, and along this river, blossomed the little town of Somerset West.


Erinvale Golf Club in Somerset West

Somerset West boasts two championship Golf Courses, one of which is Erinvale, which hosted the 1996 World Cup and then, there are another two other courses within a ten minute drive from the Town. This excludes the numerous other golf courses available, 30 minutes away, in Cape Town.

Water Sport

There are all types of water sport available, and the warm Indian Ocean lends itself to Surf Skiing, Board sailing, Surfing, Diving and Snorkeling. And with it's white sandy beaches, and warm African sun, just simple relaxation. For the residents of this magnificent area, it is like living in paradise.

Other Sports

Like most South Africans, the people of the Hottentots-Holland Basin love their outdoor activity, and make the most of the favourable outdoor climate or the area.

Other Activities

Somerset West boasts a host of cultural and business activities. These include for the Theater lover The Playhouse and for the Craft lover, the Town has been a fore runner in the Craft Market Industry and has in the Summer and Spring Months their exceptionally well attended Craft Market.

Somerset West is also well known for their beautiful Christmas lights during the festive season. The main road is alight with all the colours of the rainbow, and is closed off to traffic for most of December (in the evening) with the Strawberry Fair. The street becomes a hive of informal business activity which comprises of business-and-craft stalls which line the Main road.