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To explore the enormous depth and breadth of South Africa’s natural spectacles sometimes you need to look at the lesser known towns that provide a true glimpse of the magnificence this country has been blessed with. Somerset East is one such location. With its riveting and dramatic landscape, Somerset East completely embodies the natural wealth the Eastern Cape has been blessed with; furthermore, this is bird watching country offering excellent birding opportunities for all avid nature fans. Somerset East is located along the very important Blue Crane Route in the province; the Blue Crane Route heads along the R63 from Pearston to Cookhouse, and in conjunction with a number of farms in the area, was formed to protect the national bird, the Blue Crane. Due to many reasons, the Blue Crane suffered a sharp decline in its numbers and this alliance came together to protect the birds; while the Blue Crane is still on the... Show more
For those who are a little adventurous and enjoy the company of other travellers, you can decide to stay at a Backpackers. Often having to share a room with others as well as costs, it is incredibly inexpensive. Often the best choice for those who may be just passing through or will be occupied for the majority of their day. It comes with the most basic amenities and is often formed as part of a bar or similar establishment. Not recommended for those who want privacy, this is best suited for those who wouldn’t mind meeting various other interesting travellers.