Angler & Antelope Guesthouse, Somerset East, Eastern CapeGuesthouse, B&B & self-catering accommodation in Somerset East, Eastern Cape
Somerset East is a gem on the edge of the Karoo, with four biomes within 20 km of the town; Karoo, savannah, grassveldt and indigenous forests. The microclimate induced by the Boschberg mountain ensures that an unusual amount (for the Karoo anyway) of rain falls annually. This is great for fly-fishing enthusiasts, as it makes Somerset East an exceptionally good fishing spot for trout.
Experience wild fly fishing in the Karoo. Alan Hobson, our inhouse R.E.F.F.I.S. accredited fly fishing guide, has secured exclusive access to certain waters in the area. He stocks these streams and dams with trout. The trout are stocked as fry and fingerlings, and left to fend for themselves, which ensures your wild fly fishing in the Karoo. However, trout is not the only species that you can target whilst fly fishing. The river system surrounding Somerset East boasts six more fish species that can by caught on fly; indigenous yellow fish and moggel, as well as barbel, carp, mudfish and black bass.
This diversity in landscape ensures an equal diversity in animal and bird life; over 350 species of birds can be found in and around the Boschberg. The list of endemic birds recorded includes 53 Southern African endemics and 33 near endemics. The raptor enthusiast can see a selection of 33 birds of prey, including 9 species of eagle. There are many rare and interesting plant species on the Boschberg, including Dierama grandiflorum (Hairbells), Kniphofia acraea (Red Hot Poker), Disa lugens (Orchid) and Haemanthus carneus (Paint brush). The Haemanthus carneus is only found in the Somerset East area, in Acacia thicket and grassland.
The town of Somerset East was established in 1825, and as such there is a rich history in the area, which can be explored by visiting the many historical monuments, as well as the Somerset East Museum.