Named after Lord Charles Somerset in 1819, Somerset West is a mere 30 minute drive from Cape Town and forms the heart of the Helderberg region. Lying on the slopes of the Helderberg mountains, Somerset West is within easy driving distance of the seaside towns of Strand and Gordon's Bay as well as the wineland towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek.

A variety of activities are on offer from wine tasting to golf or, enjoy a visit to the Helderberg Nature Reserve for a picnic or a walk. The Somerset Mall offers a varied shopping experience and there are excellent restaurants to choose from for wining and dining.

Somerset West is ideally located for exploring a number of areas including the Cape Peninsula, the winelands and the Overberg towns of Elgin, Grabouw, Hermanus and Betty's Bay.