What to do and see in Somerset West, South Africa: The Best Places and Tips

October 21, 2017 Toi Mattera

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.
Restaurants in Somerset West

1. Vergelegen Estate

Lourensford Road, Somerset West 7130, South Africa +27 21 847 2100
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 719 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 SashaGerber - Stellenbosch, South Africa

I visited Vergelegen for a tasting and was very impressed! The wine tasting was very informative and the service was great! The Gardens are absolutely beautiful and definitely worth a visit - this is most certainly a farm you could spend an entire day at! Cannot think of a better way to spend a Sunday!

2. Lourensford Wine Estate

Lourensford Road | What3words: ///files.coder.downturn, Somerset West 7129, South Africa +27 21 847 2200
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 239 reviews

Lourensford Wine Estate

Reviewed By Robyn168 - Cape Town Central, South Africa

Last week we spent a few hours visiting this magnificent estate. The Gardens were recently re-landscaped. They are beautiful. Occasional sculptures are strategically placed. The art galleries offer beautiful work. We have previously visited the coffee shop & restaurant. This time we popped in for a wine tasting. The tasting was professionally conducted & the wines outstanding.

3. Helderberg Nature Reserve

Verster Avenue, Somerset West 7130, South Africa +27 21 444 9744
Excellent
57%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 269 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 MG051977 - Cape Town Central, South Africa

We didnt go hiking but rather enjoyed Boxing Day under the trees in the park. It had a wonderful family driven atmosphere with clean facilities.

4. Waterkloof Wines

Sir Lowrys Pass Road | What3words: ///solving.hang.then, Somerset West 7130, South Africa +27 21 858 1292
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 98 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 TravelBabeSA

I follow and visit the top restaurants and wine farms in SA. Strangely we've always known about, but never visited Waterkloof. What a BIG MISTAKE. This place is next level amazing. In beauty, sustainable farming and delicious wines. Wow. Immediately joined the wine club and made a restaurant booking. It should be on everybody's MUST DO list!

5. Cheetah Outreach

De Beers Avenue | opposite the Somerset Mall, Somerset West 7130, South Africa +27 21 851 6850
Excellent
50%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 720 reviews

Cheetah Outreach

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 Filip C - Gdansk, Poland

The attractions from the touristic perspective is very average. The highlight is petting an adult cheetah on a leash. The cheetah seemed rather bored. Cub encounter is totally overpriced. You don’t touch them too much and you don’t get to play with them at all. The fur of an adult cheetah also feels nicer.
The staff is friendly and knowledgeable.
We needed to pay an entrance fee for a 6 months old baby.

6. Lourensford Market

Lourensford Rd | Lourensford Estate, Somerset West 7130, South Africa +27 72 284 1654
Excellent
56%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Lourensford Market

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 BushyD - Somerset West, South Africa

Firstly, the scenery is stunning! Sufficient parking with super “ushers” regulating traffic. Beautiful shady trees. Immaculate, lush lawns! Awesome food selections at the wide array of stalls. Great live entertainment! All of this for the whole family. Brilliant!!

7. Monkey Town Primate Centre

Mondeor Road, Somerset West 7129, South Africa +27 21 858 1060
Excellent
44%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 200 reviews

Monkey Town Primate Centre

Reviewed By mary2266 - Cape Town

The tour guide was very knowledgable and entertaining. Our family consisted of senior citizens, teens, small kids, all of who enjoyed the outing.

8. Morgenster Wine Farm

Vergelegen Avenue, Somerset West 7130, South Africa +27 21 852 1738
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

Morgenster Wine Farm

Reviewed By whenzuc - Woodbury, New York

What a wonderful venue to taste Morgenster’s award winning olive oils. Amazing views to take in while tasting. Great historical overview and education about the olive oils we sampled. Our guide bought olive oil for himself for 10 usd a bottle. We bought some in JNB airport duty free shop at 12usd a bottle. Be aware that if you like their olive oil it will cost you 31 usd in Whole Foods and more on Amazon. So, go olive oil tasting and bring home some for yourself like we did on the way home in the airport. A great stop with amazing views.

Strand Rd | R44, Somerset West 7129, South Africa +27 21 855 3218
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 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 Robyn168 - Cape Town Central, South Africa

This is a beautifully located gallery, but on the 3 occasions we have visited it the reception has been rather chilly and impersonal to say the least.
The art selection has always been over the top contemporary, which is not my taste, but the quality of work is usually excellent. If you manage to pass the cold scrutiny as you arrive and enjoy contemporary art, then it is certainly worth a visit..... otherwise settle in the wine cellar where the reception is always very pleasant!

10. Vergelegen Picnic

Louwrensford Avenue. Vergelegen Avenue, Somerset West 7130, South Africa +27 21 847 2131
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Vergelegen Picnic

Reviewed By camilla363 - Paarl, South Africa

As an anniversary treat we booked for the Camphor Forest Picnic at Vergelegen. From the moment we arrived we were treated with friendliness and professionalism. What was lovely that although we were having a picnic, we were seated at a lovely table on proper chairs in what must be one of the most special places in the Western Cape - the Camphor tree forest. The magical atmosphere and peacefulness of the setting added to the whole experience.
Our picnic was delicious with five "mini-courses" as well as dessert, a cheese board and coffee. Exceptional value for money! What was lovely was the sense of being entirely private, although some tables are visible through the trees.
I would recommend this experience to anyone who hasn't been, and especially those who have guests from abroad.
Thanks for a memorable day!

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