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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 a more down to earth experience there are guest houses. Less expensive than hotels, they offer a more homey environment, as well as more privacy. Converted from a private house it’s a much gentler environment and for those with furry friends, there are also pet friendly options. They are usually well situated with shops and places of interest nearby. Being so small it offers a much more personal and intimate attention to it’s upkeep, leaving you with a more polished and homely experience.