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About Bosberg Nature Reserve

Set on the southern slopes of the Bosberg Mountains, the Bosberg Nature Reserve is a popular destination for hikers.

The densely-wooded nature reserve looms over the lovely dorp of Somerset East. The forest is characterised by lofty Outeniqua yellowwood, white stinkwood, Eastern Cape cabbage trees, wild peach and wild olive trees. Offsetting the forested area are the grassy plains of the Dohne sourveld as well as Karoo succulents and mountain fynbos.

Wildlife you might encounter includes zebra, bushbuck, bush pig, baboon, rock hyrax, Vervet monkey, tortoises, frogs, snakes and lizards. Look out for the Knysna turaco flitting among the treetops. With more than 80 species of birds recorded in the reserve, twitchers have much to get excited about, particularly during summer or spring.

Hikers usually take on the fairly strenuous two-day Bosberg Trail. There is also the far less intense option of the Bestershoek Trail and sedate strolls to the viewpoints over Somerset East.

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Accommodation near Bosberg Nature Reserve

Wilgerfontein Private Game Fa...

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Sleeps 12 in 3 rooms

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Avondrust Guesthouse - Somers...

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Sleeps 17 in 8 rooms

Housed in a delightful Victorian-style building on the corner of Rawson and Louis Trichardt...
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Somerset Lodge

6 Reviews
Sleeps 10 in 5 rooms

Conveniently located in the charming and historic town of Somerset East, is a comfortable guest lodge with five bedrooms. The lodge offers...
from R600
per night for 2 guests

Royal Hotel

2 Reviews
Sleeps 48 in 17 rooms

The Royal Hotel offers comfortable rooms and is situated in the beautiful area of Somerset East. Guests are invited to come and enjoy the...
from R565
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Somerset Hotel

1 Review
Sleeps 29 in 13 rooms

Somerset Hotel is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Boschberg Mountains. The building was built in the early 1800's, making it one of...
from R400
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Altenburgh Guest Cottages

1 Review
Sleeps 16 in 5 rooms

Star graded (TGCSA) self catering apartments. Breakfast can be arranged on request. Complete living spaces, creating a home and office...
from R700
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Bosberg Nature Reserve Map

Bosberg Nature Reserve is 3.7km from the centre of Somerset East , the nearest airport 141.8km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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