Somerset West is a pretty upmarket suburb of Cape Town lying on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, enjoying amazing views of False Bay and the Hottentots-Holland Mountains.

Going wild isn’t usually on most visitors’ itinerary but there is some great mountain biking at Lourensford Estate and hiking in the stunning Helderberg Nature Reserve. Golfers can tee off in beautiful surrounds at Erinvale Golf Club or Somerset West Golf Club. Not far are the stunning beaches of Strand and Gordon’s Bay.

If you’ve got kids take them to Monkey Town Primate Sanctuary for a fun and fascinating experience with 200 apes and monkeys ranging from chimpanzees to spider monkeys and cuddly looking lemurs.

A visit to Somerset West wouldn’t be complete without exploring the magnificent grounds and historical buildings of Vergelegen Wine Estate, finishing off with a tasting of their wonderful wines. Other noteworthy vineyards are Lourensford and Morgenster Estate, who also produce award-wining olive oil.

Somerset West accommodation is generally of a high standard and offers numerous options ranging from self-catering to top hotels. If you really want to splurge, then book a stay at the elegant NH The Lord Charles hotel, host to former South African president, Nelson Mandela.

Keen for a blast in the Somerset West Winelands? Ride through vineyards with amazing views of Table Mountain, False Bay and the Helderberg Mountains.

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Family visit
Somerset West is a lovely quiet area with spectacular views over the bay and surrounding areas.
Wolfi Teichert

Somerset West
Somerset West is ideally situated and it’s just a short drive from a very upmarket mall. It’s close to the Winelands with beaches nearby, excellent restaurants to chose from including family restaurants. Lush and green, there’s also abundant birdlife.
Dianne Parkin

Ted Burden - Somerset West
A short business strip took us back to one of our favourite destinations. Unfortunately, we spent our time in meetings this time, but we are familiar with the area and have spent many memorable trips in the Stellenbosch/Somerset West area - our son studied at the university for 7years. It is a relaxed version of Cape Town - and if need be , Cape Town is only 40 min away. I would like to retire in Somerset West one day ! Ted and Wilna Burden - East London
Ted Burden
South Africa

Eve's Place BnB
We only stopped for one night, getting out early for our trip. So no comment on Somerset West is reasonable.
Hansjörg Droescher

Favorite spot
Somerset West is perfectly placed on the edge of the winelands, within easy reach of Cape Town and all the tourist areas. Many fantastic places to eat and enjoy the local produce.
Pauline Farquhar
United Kingdom

The place to be!
The shopping centre has a great vibe! and we love to go to the shopping Mall for wonderful restaurants and shops that have lots to offer the shoppers, then after that there are the movies to choose from, Somerset West is my favourite place!
Barbara Magill
South Africa

Up country oke's view
Somerset West has every thing that is offered in Capetown and still has that rural feeling with friendly helpful peopleBeautiful shops and boutiques for that special occasion as well as good restaurants with still South African prices.For the handy man everything that he can wish for The keen seamstresses can buy all materials and accessories they needAll specialist medical services are available and there is no need to travel to Capetown any longer
Manie Brink
South Africa

Somerset West
Somerset West is a beautiful holiday destination only a 30 minute drive from Cape Town International Airport toward the Helderberg Basin. Surrounded by the Hottentots Holland and Helderberg Mountain ranges creating a majestic backdrop that make you appreciate creation and the true beauty of the Cape.It is only a few minutes away from the very popular Strand / Gordon's Bay area, with its family friendly beach and swim area.
Corne de Kock
South Africa

family holidays
somerset west is a beautiful part of cape town,i went for holidays with my family in 2011 december.We had fun with my family because Somerset West is within easy reach of several beaches,we experienced the warmth of strand beach which is popular with families.Somerset West Mall is big and have a lot of shops to shop around,really is most fun-filled entertainment environment.I'll recommed others to come spend holidays with their families,it is a very welcoming warm place.
Pinky Ngobeni
South Africa

Something for everyone!
Somerset West, in itself, has many attractions for the visitor, be they single or a family, looking for upmarket luxury or a budget holiday. Should these attractions wane, the visitor can easily explore different areas of the Western Cape every day, by choosing a new direction out of town, so centrally located is Somerset West!
liesel kruger
South Africa

Somerset West has the best!
A most exciting and adventurous town I visited in the Western Cape, South Africa. Located between the Helderberg Mountains and the ocean and surrounded by vineyards, olive and fruit orchards, golf courses, a nature reserve, craft markets and many varied other attractions like an animal sanctuary and hiking trails.It is a picturesque town steeped in historic significance, yet modern and appealing to every taste and provides excitement and adventure for all ages. A mall which caters for a shopper’s paradise and the area’s numerous restaurants that satisfies and delights every culinary interest....
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ian Bosch
South Africa

Suburb of Somerset West

Paradise between Mountains and Sea!
Amanda my wife and I had the opportunity to stay in Heldervue during December 2011. Heldervue is situated next to Somerset West and close to major routes like the N2 and R44From 22 on Jasmine we had a clear view from Gordensbay on your left as far as Cape Point on your right. As far as the eye can see, you are met with beeches, mountains and sea.We had awesome sunny weather during our stay in December 2011. Taking the R44 we were close to some of the most popular wine-routes that Stellenbosch offers. We also visited on of the best kept secrets the Wine Farm Waterkloof situated on the old Sir...
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Wynand Groenewald
South Africa

Sunshine, mountains, wine and more...
Somerset West is overlooked by the imposing Helderberg (meaning "clear mountain"), a part of the Hottentots-Holland range of mountains. The land was initially bought from local people and a cattle post was established here by Dutch soldiers in 1672. The town developed around the Lourens River and the farm of Vergelegen (Dutch: "remotely situated"), an 18th-century farmhouse built in the historic Cape Dutch style by governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel and his son Simon. It was named Somerset after an English governor of the Cape Colony during the 1800s, Lord Charles Henry SomersetSomerset...
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thomas & Elke Frauenknecht
South Africa

Suburb of Somerset West

Heldervue (Somerset West, Western Cape)
Heldervue: “Helder”: Afrikaans word for “clear”. “Vue”: French word for “view”.Here in the Heldervue village of Somerset West - on the gentle mountain slopes of the Helderberg - you have a CLEAR VIEW in all directions, thereby locating oneself at an exceptional junction of the Boland Region in the Western Cape. To the NORTH: The prominent Helderberg (mostly sunny, but ‘predicting’ rain when clouded) with its beautiful Nature Reserve. The popular R44 wine-route leading all the way to Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington.To the EAST: The majestic Hottentots-Holland mountain range enclosing Vergel...
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Louise van Rensburg
South Africa

The right place to be - Somerset West
Situated ideally in the center between the historic Stellenbosch Winelands and Mountains and the beautiful view over the Beach and the ocean, you will find Somerset West!Come and enjoy our Helderberg Nature Reserve for long walks, scenic views and pure nature feeling.Pamper yourself with the Heart of Helderberg Wine Tasting experience, that takes you to 3 of our famous Wine Estates to enjoy Wine, Cheese, Chocolate and Olives. Want to go shopping? Somerset Mall with nearly 200 Shops is right here!Want to go to beach? Only 10 Minutes away! Looking for the closest airport or City? Only 30 minutes...
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Sybille Kempf
South Africa

An all in one destination
Why go to the Karoo for a holiday of peace, tranquility, activities, ocean, restaurants, etc. when you have it all in and around Somerset West!Hiking, Horse riding, farm life, Bird watching, Game parks, lovely restaurants, nightlife, shopping centres, the ocean, restaurants at the beach... Somerset West is an all in one destination which is not to be missed!
Suzette Van Niekerk
South Africa

A slice of Heaven
Originally known as Somerset Village, Somerset West offers residents a peaceful community feeling in a pristine natural setting. While the town is steadily growing and becoming increasingly commercial, it has retained the charm that it had when it was first established. Somerset West and in general the False Bay coastal area was inhabited by indigenous people, named the Strandlopers (beach combers). Most of the land was claimed by the then Governor of the Cape Willem Adrian van der Stel, appointed by the Dutch East India Co who were in control of the Cape, and he created the farm Vergelegen...
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Graham Greeff
South Africa

European guests about Someret West:
Somerset West, which is close enough to the center of Cape Town to be convenient and far enough to be away from the hustle of the big city. Somerset West is in the middle of some of the most beautiful landscape I've ever seen. Mountains surround the town and the vineyards are only a few miles away, as is a beautiful white sand beach. Enjoying the wonderful S. African wines from Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl is absolutely a daily routine while staying in Somerset West.
Anne List
South Africa

At the foot of the Helderberg
Somerset West has always been popular as a residential area. Life is quieter here at the foot of the Helderberg, away from the rat race of the city, bordering on the beautiful winelands and close to the warm waters of the False Bay. Somerset West has thrived and is now the commercial and residential capital of the Helderberg Basin whilst maintaining its village atmosphere. Lying on the slopes of the Helderberg, the town has a panoramic view of the False Bay coast and the resort towns of Strand and Gordon’s Bay. It forms an integral part of the Winelands Region as it is close to Stellenbosch...
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Antonie van denhurk

Views of the sea and the Helderberg Mountains
Somerset West is a great location for a holiday as it is close to all other areas for you to explore, such as Stellenbosch, Strand and Gordon’s Bay. Look out onto the Helderberg mountains draped in wine farms, or out onto the Indian Ocean. A beautiful escape for those that enjoy wine tasting.
Kyle Hepple
South Africa