Somerset West

Country Craft Market
An open-air market exclusively for locally produced hand crafts of exceptional quality.
Main Road

The Playhouse
We are one of the oldest amateur dramatic societies in the Western Cape and are proud of our reputation for producing quality shows of all genres.
Corner Lourensford Road & Swalle Road

Spook Hill
Spook Hill on Paarl valley Road in Somerset West (in front of Straightway Head Country House) has long boasted the creepy tales of cars left without breaks going 'uphill', leading to the myth that the hill is haunted or even a gravity hill which makes everything topsy-turvy. The myth has reportedly been debunked, and the hill is an optical illusion where what appears uphill is in fact downhill. The illusion is created by the trees on the road being slightly skew, and a gradient change midway 'down' the hill. Go test it out yourself!
Paarl Valley Road

Silverboom Kloof Natural Heritage Site
The name Silwerboomkloof means “Valley of the Silvertrees”. The rare Silvertree  (Leucadendron argenteum) is a striking, silver-coloured tree of the Protea family, and this reserve conserves a forest of them. The iconic Silvertree is actually indigenous to the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, making the population at Silwerboomkloof a bit of an isolated anomaly. This 4,9 hectare reserve encloses a section of “Granite Fynbos” and “Renosterveld” and a total of around 220 species of plant have been recorded

Vergelegen's heritage core consists of the Homestead, Library, Mill Ruins, Slave Lodge site and surrounding gardens. The residential Homestead, dating back to the 1700's, with each room authentically furnished, reflects the layered historicism of the over 300 years of Vergelegen's existence.  The Homestead also houses an Exhibition Corridor, comprising a series of pictorial panels detailing the various eras of history as well as significant visitors to the Estate.

A magnificent estate nestled in the fertile bowl of the Helderberg Mountains. Lourensford Estate, founded in 1700, a proud history joins with a dynamic new vision to create a giant among South African wine producers. Utilising unique technology and reaping the benefits of global expertise and optimal terroir, the wines of Lourensford are becoming well-recognised icons of true style and sophistication.

Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate
Morgenster Wine & Olive Estate in Somerset West, is at the gateway to the Western Cape wine-growing region. It is a thriving olive and wine farm dating back to 1711, producing internationally acclaimed Bordeaux-style wines and extra virgin olive oil of astounding quality.  The Morning Star within a scallop shell as depicted on the front gable of Morgenster's beautiful manor house, the private home of owner Giulio Bertrand, is the Estate's signature and features on the labels of its fine wines and olive products.

Lower-Rustenburg has been the home to Dellrust wines since the Bredell family started farming there in 1863. Although Johan Bredell was the first family member to farm in the Helderberg region, he did not grow grapes but rather farmed with wheat and cattle. It was only in the early 1900s that vineyards were planted and in 1916 the first wine cellar was built, producing white semi sweet wine and port for bulk trade to companies like KWV and Castle Wine & Brandy Company.

Avontuur Estate
Avontuur Estate, home of Fine Wines and Fast Horses, nestles against the Helderberg between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. Visit us on the Stellenbosch Wine Route for wine tasting, wine sales and a bite to eat in our restaurant.

Ken Forrester vineyards
Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa's most famous wine region Stellenbosch, our vineyards are commonly referred to as the Home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years our range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades over the last 21 years and are broadly available in reputable restaurants and exported around the globe. Ken Forrester’s philosophy has always been to create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complement a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value.

Ernie Els Wines
Explore the wonderful and fascinating world of wine as seen and enjoyed by South African golfer Ernie Els. Through his many travels around the globe Ernie has been exposed to and appreciated some of the world’s greatest wines and in 1999 decided to pursue his developed passion for fine wine with the creation of Ernie Els Wines. Ernie befittingly chose Stellenbosch, the noble heart of South African wine to base his operation.

Mount Rozier
Our 20 hectare farm is situated on the Schapenberg slopes above Somerset West, neighboring Vegelegen. Mount Rozier can be reached in half an hour from Cape Town international airport. The location with its commanding views, undulating topography, varied soil composition and idyllic micro-climate provides a natural amphitheatre to produce world class single vineyard wines. Research into the history of the farm led to the selection of Mount Rozier, after Annie Rozier, a local flower merchant who gathered wild flowers on the slopes of Myrtle Grove at the turn of the century and sold them in Cape Town.

Yonder Hill
Yonder Hill covers some 13 hectares of rich Oakleaf and Clovelly soil. Vineyards are planted, predominantly, on the northern slopes of the farm and comprise two main cultivars: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot feature as well. Maritime breezes in the early afternoon greatly influence the ripening process and the grapes are harvested as long as three weeks later than they are in Stellenbosch, a short distance away.

Helderberg Winery
In 1906, the Helderberg Winery was established and in that year harvested the first grapes in their new winery on the slopes of the Helderberg. Over the following decades, the winery grew in stature, based on its pedigree of consistently producing excellent red wines, with notably superb Cabernet sauvignon. The winery was instrumental in establishing the area’s reputation and high regard, and today the Helderberg is widely acknowledged as South Africa’s home of fine red wines.

Lourensford Bridge
It is the second oldest bridge in South Africa. The old bridge over the Lourens River was built in 1845. The examination of the history of the Lourens River has revealed that it has played a significant role in the region’s history. During the 17th century it marked the outer limit of the DEIC hegemony based in Cape Town. An informal wagon road stretched from Cape Town
over the sandy Cape flats. At the point where it forded the Lourens River, the Dutch East India Company built a substantial outpost, armed with cannon and garrisoned by soldiers.

Coachman Cottage Museum
One of several cottages built by the freed slaves. The Coachman’s Cottage museum collectison and it’s role in documenting the history of slave descendants, churches and schools in the region.

Die Ou Pastorie

Die Ou Pastorie - a national monument - is one of the oldest remaining buildings in the town of Somerset West, which is surrounded by the magnificent Helderberg Mountains. This parsonage building, which was erected in 1819, was enlarged and rebuilt in true Victorian style in 1848 at the request of Dr J. F. Reitz after his appointment as minister to the congregation. Hereafter it served as parsonage until 1948. Type of site: Pastorie
Previous use: Parsonage. Current use: Restaurant.

The Old NG Church
The old NG Church around which the village originated, dated 1819's. The Church was consecrated in1820 by the Rev. Meent Borcherds of Stellenbosch and was restored in 1863 and 1963. It is proclaimed a monument on account of its history and its remarkable architecture

Magistrate's office
This building was erected in 1898. It originally housed the post office, as well as the magistrate's court, after Somerset West was proclaimed an Assistant Magistracy in 1892.
Main Road

The Old Police Station
This U-shaped building has a feature peculiar to Hottentots Holland; namely a front gable with small distinctive ‘thumb wings’ reduced to the width of the edge- mould only. The Police Station, originally a dwelling-house, probably dates from between 1835 
Main Road

Somerset House Preparatory School

This property originally formed part of the farm Cloetenberg which was bought in 1709 by Catharina Cloete. The oldest section of the building complex dates from 1725 and the front gable of the homestead bears the date 1785.

Cheetah Outreach
Visit the Cheetah Outreach facility and experience the excitement of a personal encounter with hand raised ambassador cheetahs. (Don't forget to bring your camera!). Heartland's Paardevlei property has made land available to a group of hand-raised cheetahs in the care of the Cheetah Outreach Programme. Learn more about these incredible cats from a distance, or get up close and personal and even step inside an enclosure. Entrance donations help fund the Cheetah Outreach Programme.

Monkey Town Primate Centre
Monkey Town is literally that, a space in which over 230 primates roam freely. Visitors get a first-hand view of the monkeys and apes within their sanctuary, all 27 different species, from an enclosed walkway which winds through the park. The caged walkway means that human visitors do not intrude in any way on the primates’ living space, but it still allows an incredible opportunity to observe first hand the way in which they live.

Helderberg Farm 
The Helderberg Farm is an institution in Somerset West, because it caters to the whole family, from adventurous activities through to strawberry picking. Bring your 4x4 because there is a fantastic route to explore, as well as off-road go-karting for the kids (and not so little kids!). Prepare for combat with paintball, or let the kids run free through the forest, or in the dedicated playground.

Helderberg Nature Reserve
Situated on the slopes of the dramatic Helderberg Mountain in Somerset West and with beautiful views over False Bay, the Helderberg Nature Reserve is a perfect place for a weekend visit. The Helderberg Reserve offers excellent birding, a number of walking trails, Bontebok and tortoises, streams, a gift shop and picnic facilities for lazy summer lunches on a blanket under the trees ...

De Zalze Golf Estate
The De Zalze Golf Course situated within the De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate was designed by Peter Matkovich (course architect for Leopard Rock, Arabella & Pinnacle Point amongst others) who made the most of the stunning setting and created a course that places a premium on accuracy. The course has an excellent mix of parkland holes with its main challenges presented in the form of the water features on several holes, as well as the Oak tree lined Blaauwklippen River which winds its way through the Golf Estate and comes into play at various intervals

Helderberg Village Golf Club
This 9 hole golf course was built for the residents of Helderberg Village, but visitors are more than welcome. The green fees are reasonable, the course is not over crowded and the views of the Helderberg mountain are spectacular.

Erinvale Golf Course
Host of the World Cup 1996 and South African Airways Open 2003 and 2004, Erinvale is considered one of the best residential golf courses in South Africa. Designed by legendary course designer and golfer Gary Player, the course features many of his distinctive immaculate challenges.Stunning views, well established shade trees and the substantial attention to maintenance of the fairways elevate this course to world-class standards.The first nine holes are on the low lying part of the estate and the second nine are on higher, rolling ground. The standard of the gorgeous shaped greens and beautifully consistent putting surfaces remains throughout.

Somerset West Golf Village This immaculately manicured driving range is a favourite among locals who need to practice their golf swing. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Hottentots Holland Mountains the driving range is indeed spectacular. Floodlights allow for evening practice and you can enjoy a drink and a bite to eat at the resident pub and restaurant. The driving range has a golf retail outlet and teaching professionals to help you master your golf swing.

Somerset West Golf Club
Somerset West is essentially a golf course of three different parts, but in no way does that change its feeling or style nor its friendly members - visitors are always most welcome. It is a parkland type course of 5834 meters in length and is an 18 hole par 72. The course rating is 70 for both men and ladies.  As you play take time to look at the magnificent Helderberg mountain that gently slopes down to the course and look out for the White Squirrels that live around the first (top) nine holes. Somerset West has the true feeling of a Country Club and the 19th Hole will remind you of the importance of good company.