Top 10 Things to do in Somerset West, Western Cape

Somerset West (Afrikaans: Somerset-Wes) is a town in the Western Cape, South Africa. Organisationally and administratively it is included in the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality. It is situated in the Helderberg area (formerly called Hottentots Holland), about 50 kilometres (30 mi) east of Cape Town central city area, and 10 kilometres (6 mi) from Strand. The town is overlooked by the Helderberg (meaning "clear mountain"), a part of the Hottentots-Holland range of mountains. The vehicle registration code for Somerset West is CFM and the post code is 7130 for street addresses, and 7129 for post office boxes.

1. Vergelegen Estate

Lourensford Road, Somerset West 7130, South Africa Food & Drink, Wineries & Vineyards
Excellent
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4.5 based on 828 reviews

Vergelegen Estate

Vergelegen - no ordinary Estate. Founded on 1 February 1700, Vergelegen (meaning "situated far away"), has been under the ownership of some of the world's great explorers and visionaries, each of whom, in their own way, have helped shape Vergelegen to what it is today: a world-class Estate. With its world renowned handcrafted wines, history spanning over 300 years, heritage, exquisite gardens and refined cuisine, it comes as no surprise that Vergelegen continues to be the choice of the discerning visitor seeking a total sensory experience. For this reason, the Estate has borne witness to many visits of heads of state and celebrities from all over the world. Think of Vergelegen to spend quality time on your own, with your family and friends or business associates - wine tasting centre and cellar tours, Camphors at Vergelegen Signature Restaurant, Stables at Vergelegen Bistro Restaurant and the Picnic, are only a few of a myriad of enjoyable activities at Vergelegen. We invite you to experience the world of Vergelegen first-hand.

Reviewed By 48carolynh - Stellenbosch, South AfricaStellenbosch, South Africa

Breakfast

What a beautiful place! Was an experience to walk around the grounds after a delicious breakfast. Breakfasts were fresh and tasty - would recommend flap jacks. Many thanks for great review it is appreciated. I can concur with you that the Flapjacks are na

2. Cheetah Outreach - Somerset West

De Beers Avenue | opposite the Somerset Mall, Somerset West 7130, South Africa Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Excellent
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4 based on 816 reviews

Cheetah Outreach - Somerset West

Cheetah Outreach is an education and community-based programme created to raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and to campaign for its survival.Cheetah Outreach is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year to the public. We are open from 9h30 to 17h00. You do not need to make a booking to visit the facility. We charge an entry fee of R10 on weekdays and R5 on weekends and public and school holidays. Adult cheetah encounters take place from 10h00 to 13h00 and from 14h00 to 17h00.

Reviewed By GallivanterTouring - Cape Town Central, South AfricaCape Town Central, South Africa

Humbling mixed emotion visit

I am really not a fan of animals in captivity but what do you do when an animals numbers are dwindling and you have an opportunity to support a facility that educates the public and the farmers about ensuring survival for the species.My understanding is t

3. Helderberg Nature Reserve

Verster Avenue, Somerset West 7130, South Africa Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails More
Excellent
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4.5 based on 316 reviews

Helderberg Nature Reserve

Hiking, camping and bird watching are the top attractions in this majestic wildlife sanctuary nestled on the lower slopes of Helderberg Mountain. O

Reviewed By Meandalfie - Bedfordshire, United KingdomBedfordshire, United Kingdom

Lovely tranquil place

Last day of our holiday and such a charming place to spend the afternoon - nice little cafe too. You can do a trail or simply walk round the little lake.

4. Lourensford Wine Estate

Lourensford Road | What3words: ///files.coder.downturn, Somerset West 7129, South Africa Food & Drink, Wineries & Vineyards
Excellent
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4.5 based on 287 reviews

Lourensford Wine Estate

Reviewed By 919bennettb - Port Elizabeth, South AfricaPort Elizabeth, South Africa

Spacious and nice,

This is a magnificent wine farm with lots on offer. One can do wine tasting in style here or enjoy the magnificent restaurant. There is also a very nice coffee shop on the farm. A small collection of classic cars are present to be viewed and on a Friday a

5. Waterkloof Wines

Sir Lowrys Pass Road | What3words: ///solving.hang.then, Somerset West 7130, South Africa Food & Drink, Wineries & Vineyards
Excellent
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4.5 based on 129 reviews

Waterkloof Wines

Turn off the Sir Lowry's Pass Village Road and enter the Waterkloof gates, and a lane of trees beckon towards the hills, where a total sensory experience awaits. The road meanders through an amphitheatre flanked by reclaimed fynbos and immaculately kept vineyards, before arriving at our state-of-the-art cellar. A sign welcomes you to our tasting lounge. Stop for awhile outside and breathe deeply. Fill your soul with the views over the surrounding Schaapenberg Hills and the waters of False Bay down below. Now enter the main area, designed to hold you in awe, showcasing the sincere, clean essence of our Old World-style wines. Tall glass walls allow views of both the working cellar and the farm below, while raw concrete columns frame artworks from well-known South African artists.

Reviewed By Adrienne M - Roodepoort, Gauteng, South AfricaRoodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa

Cheese and wine

Fantastic. We went to the deli where there is craft beer and wines. The menu is very nice and beautiful views. Friendly service, spotless place. Mature cheddar is made on site. Fantastic place. Parking right at the door. Children's play area. Restaurant a

6. Lourensford Market

Lourensford Rd | Lourensford Estate, Somerset West 7130, South Africa Food & Drink, Shopping, Farmers Markets, Flea & Street Markets More
Excellent
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4.5 based on 84 reviews

Lourensford Market

** CLOSED for Winter | Reopening Sunday 1 September '19** Situated on the stunningly scenic and historic Lourensford Wine Estate, we didn’t have to add much to appeal to all the senses. When visiting, you are spoiled with sprawling lawns, majestic trees and newly landscaped, award-winning gardens with an interactive fountain. A rare and special space to soak up all of nature’s beauty! Add to that our vibrant market, boasting with more than 70 permanent stalls, as well as a number of Pop-ups to ensure an interesting mix. Housed in a permanent u-shaped structure with both a modern and rustic feel – it is unlike any other market space around. Quality products are our first priority and when strolling from vendor to vendor, you will find everything from delectable food, uniquely handmade wares and original art, to organic, locally sourced, artisanal produce. The Estate’s superb wine collection alongside ABRU craft beer, complement the inevitable festive atmosphere.

Reviewed By 173alexandra - Montagu, South AfricaMontagu, South Africa

Sunday market

market visit ,I remember the market years back with all the fabulous stalls selling amazing books, clothing ,crafts ,etc etc -this was simply one food stall after the other with a few odd average stalls ,the charm of the earlier market has gone ...what a

7. Monkey Town Primate Centre

Mondeor Road, Somerset West 7129, South Africa Nature & Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Excellent
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4 based on 220 reviews

Monkey Town Primate Centre

Reviewed By RoyalSailor

Meet the monkeys

Really cute place, especially for kids. Affordable entrance and animal interaction, and all worth it. My 2 year old had such an amazing time meeting the monkeys. The building structures needs some maintenance, but I can see that the money goes into lookin

8. Morgenster Wine Farm

Vergelegen Avenue, Somerset West 7130, South Africa Food & Drink, Wineries & Vineyards
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4.5 based on 135 reviews

Morgenster Wine Farm

Reviewed By davidpX8306SB

A visit to a favourite restaurant

Having previously eaten here about 2 years previously, we had forgotten how nice the location is with great views towards the mountains and over the tree circled lake. The wine waiter was excellent and recommended some first class estate wines at reasonab

9. Vergelegen Picnic

Louwrensford Avenue. Vergelegen Avenue, Somerset West 7130, South Africa Sights & Landmarks, Scenic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Sites More
Excellent
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Vergelegen Picnic

Reviewed By catellani - Richterswil, SwitzerlandRichterswil, Switzerland

Absolute highlight

We tremendously enjoyed this picnic lunch in the forest. The picnic was served on tables with comfortable chairs in the middle of an old Camphor forest. The food was amazing and more than plenty. The ambience and service were both great. Afterwards we enj

Strand Rd | R44, Somerset West 7129, South Africa Shopping, Museums, Art Galleries
Excellent
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Cavalli Art Gallery

The gallery at Cavalli (Winner of the regional 2015 Best of Wine Tourism Award for Art and Culture) aims to encourage the local arts through its platforms of public sculpture spaces and a public art gallery. Themed contemporary exhibitions are presented at regular intervals in the 600sq/​m main gallery space allocated on the below ground level. An innovative stretched translucent ceiling backlit with LEDs illuminate the impressive space to simulate daylight. All art is available to purchase.​ The Cavalli Private Collection of South African Masters is frequently rotated in the portico situated within the main gallery and two memorabilia rooms allocated in close proximity showcase a remarkable collection of rugby and sports Memorabilia. The gallery is open 5 days a week​, Wednesday to Sunday ​10am to 6pm​.​

Reviewed By ninkmallet - Palm Springs, CaliforniaPalm Springs, California

One of my favorite places to visit

I always visit Cavalli when I'm in Cape Town - it has awesome views, always very intriguing art exhibits, and a permanent sports memorabilia collection that I love to see again and again.Good day, We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed the gallery exp

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