Somerset East

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Somerset East lies at the foot of Boschberg Mountain (1623m) and on the banks of the Little Fish River. Boschberg Nature Reserve (2'050Ha) has 16 waterfalls, and contains natural forest. There is a 15Km hiking trail with a circular route to an overnight hut at the summit of Boschberg mountain. Many outdoor activities such as fly-fishing and bird watching are on offer in Somerset East.

Famous South African artist, Walter Battiss (1906-1982) was born in Somerset East and spent his childhood here. Once described as a “gentle anarchist”, Battiss’ joie de vivre, appreciation of beauty and sensual treatment of the human form earned him recognition across the world. The town is home to the Walter Battiss Art Museum, housing the largest collection of Battiss's work in Africa.

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