Somerset West
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Somerset West Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Somerset West is part of the Cape Town Municipal Region but is thirty miles west of the city centre
  • A mountain called Heiderberg overlooks the town
  • In a region originally called Hottentot Holland, it was founded by Dutch soldiers
  • When the English took over in the early 1800s they changed the name to Somerset after a governor of Cape Colony
  • It’s located in a famous wine producing region including Stellenbosch

Somerset West Mini Guide

Why is Somerset West so Popular?
It’s an upmarket urban centre with top quality shopping opportunities. The countryside around Somerset West is strewn with important vineyards, including South Africa’s oldest, Verglegen. The countryside is undulating, rising to a peak at Heiderberg whilst there are great views from many vantage points around the city.

Somerset west Vineyard

How do I get to Somerset West?
The nearest and most convenient airport is Cape Town. You’ll find flights there from many European destinations including Heathrow. The London routes are operated by BA and Virgin although Virgin’s route is only seasonal. You’re looking at a journey time of around 45 minutes from the airport and you can make it by hire car from the airport or take a taxi or bus then hire a car in Somerset West if you prefer.

What is There to See and Do in Somerset West?
It’s not really on the safari park trail but there are two animal reserves around Somerset West. The Helderberg Nature Reserve has many of South Africa’s smaller mammals but none of the big game you might expect. There’s also a monkey sanctuary called Monkeytown which is a fun place to visit. Elsewhere, wine is the main product of the region and heading out of the city towards Stellenbosch, you’ll find several top vineyards where you can stop to try their products.

Somerset west Helderberg Nature reserve

Driving in Somerset West - Need to know



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Located in a beautiful part of Western Cape, you’ll get to see a lot more of what the region has to offer if you collect a hire car from Somerset West.
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