About Somerset West
Somerset West is approximately 40minutes east of Cape Town city centre traveling along the N2 national road, 20 minutes past the Cape Town International Airport, and is the start of the famous Cape wine route. It is also just 10 minutes drive to the beaches of the Strand and 15 minutes to the University town of Stellenbosch which itself is steeped in history and of course is the main centre of the wine industry. Surrounded by mountains, being at the base of the Helderberg mountain, affords beautiful views from every aspect of Somerset West whether you be up on the hillside looking out to the False Bay and Cape Point or down in the valley looking up to the mountains. Somerset West boasts a population of approximately 33 000 people of diverse culture and is known for its fairly large German community. It is also a very popular destination for “Swallows”, overseas visitors who visit annually for extended periods attracted by its location in relation to other centres and the many facilities offered.