The coastal town of Somerset West , South Africa and Garden Route Tours

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Garden Route Tours, Somerset West, South Africa

Somerset West in South Africa is named after Lord Charles Somerset in 1819. Since then Somerset West has thrived and is now the commercial and residential capital of the Helderberg Basin whilst maintaining its village atmosphere. Many of our Garden Route tours drive past the town of Somerset West before taking the scenic mountain pass of Sir Lowry's Pass.

Lying on the slopes of the Helderberg, Somerset West is 6km inland from the False Bay coast and the resort towns of Strand and Gordons Bay, is 20km from Stellenbosch and its wine route, a mere 35 minutes' drive to Paarl, Wellington and Franschoek and forms an integral part of the Cape Winelands Region of South Africa. Apart from the winelands, it provides beautiful coastal and mountain scenery as we head to The Garden Route or during our Hermanus whale tours.

Somerset West is found along the N2 motorway and easily accessible from this road. Somerset Mall can be seen from the national road and the main shopping hub of the town. The Cheetah Outreach and breeding facility is also found in Somerset West where cheetah interactions can be experienced. These cheetah experiences can be included in our wine tours, Hermanus whale tours and even Garden Route tours.

One of the more mystical secrets of Somerset West will be a section of road called 'Ghost Hill'. Here, an optical illusion created by the slopes of the mountain and the lining of the trees give you the impression that your car is rolling up a hill!

Somerset West offers a large variety of hotels and guesthouses where guests can enjoy a stay away from city life but still close enough to explore the city of Cape Town and surrounds. Following the mountain road of Clarence Drive provides miles of unspoilt beauty and within an hour or so you find yourself in Hermanus and The Overberg where whales spotting can be done from June to November. During the winter months of South Africa the Southern Right whales can be spotted all along the coast during our Garden Route tours.



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