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Somerset East

Somerset East is in Karoo Heartland.

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Established in 1825 by Lord Charles Somerset and found at the base of the Boschberg Mountain, Somerset East is home to many beautiful heritage sites and buildings of historical importance. It is also known to produce some of the finest roses in the country, while the Walter Battiss Art Gallery, in the hometown of this grand old man of South African art, has the largest collection of his work in Africa on display.

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  • 1 Slachter's Nek Exhibition, ☏ +27 42 243 2079, ✉ bluecranetourism@gmail.com. Gallows exhibition that is staged around the actual beam from which the five rebels were hung in 1816. Be sure to look out for the timeline of events that happened in the rest of the world during the same period.
  • 2 Walter Battiss Art Museum (Walter Battiss Art Gallery), Cnr Beaufort Street & Paulet Street, ☏ +27 42 243-1448, ✉ walterbattissfoundation@gmail.com. The Walter Battiss Art Gallery boasts one of South Africa’s most celebrated artists, who left some of his major works to the people of Somerset East. The gallery is in a historical building - dating back to before 1825.

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  • Lavelilanga Women's Craft, ☏ +27 71 967 5396, ✉ ccreid76@gmail.com. A cooperative where you can learn to create decorative paper mache household items

Birdwatching

  • Glen Avon Farm, ☏ +27 42 243 3628, ✉ brown@glenavonfarm.co.za.
  • Blue Crane Route, ☏ +27 42 243 1448, ✉ bluecranetourism@telkomsa.net. 350 bird species converged at one of South Africa's most diverse hiomes.

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