Somerset West lies about 50 kilometres east of Cape Town central city area, and borders on Strand. The town is overlooked by the Helderberg Mountain, a part of the Hottentots-Holland range of mountains.
In recent years many guest houses and B&Bs have opened up in Somerset West, since it is conveniently located for Cape Town, the beaches at the Strand and Gordon’s Bay, as well as the Western Cape’s numerous wine farms.
The Helderberg Nature Reserve contains a wide variety of smaller fauna (buck, tortoises and other reptiles) and outstanding specimens of indigenous flora such as Protea and fynbos.
The oldest remaining vineyard in South Africa, Vergelegen, is situated on the outskirts of Somerset West. The buildings on the estate constitute fine examples of Cape Dutch architecture.
The Lourensford Wine Estate which neighbours the Vergelegen Wine Estate features the locally renowned Lourensford Market and a Sports car museum known as MOTOR Studio.
The area between Somerset West and Stellenbosch also encompasses many vineyards and wineries where visitors can sample and purchase wine.
Every December, the town has a decorative display of Christmas lights erected atop the street lights of the Main Road. The Helderberg Lights Festival (aka the Strawberry Festival), a flea market and parade, normally complements these lights.
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