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Explore the great outdoors

August 5, 2011

There are some great opportunities to get close to nature and explore the great outdoors, just a stone’s throw away from the guest house.  Somerset West makes an ideal base from which to strike out on your own or take part in an organised activity. 

Why not try something new, be it horse riding, quad biking or waterskiing. There are lots of different things to do, all with the fabulous back drop of the Helderberg and Hottentots Holland mountains and within sight of beautiful False Bay with our famous Table Mountain in the distance.

Horse Riding

Journey’s End Horseback Rides, located just 10 minutes from the centre of Somerset West, caters for riders of all levels and for kids from the age of 6 years.  Journey’s End offers outrides through nearby vineyards and surrounding wine farms such as Mount Rozier. The natural birdlife and awesome splendour of the mountains adds to the tranquillity and beauty of the ride.

Some of the rides lead through a beautiful forest where the trees only allow an occasional glimpse of the sky. The forest floor is strewn with pine needles and the only sound you hear is the soft thud of hooves on earth. Longer rides lead up to a vantage point where the majestic Helderberg hovers over your shoulder while you look out over False Bay and see Cape Point in the distance.

Riding lessons are also provided for all ages and riding abilities. There are frequent fun shows catering for beginners to advanced riders; full-moon night rides, camps and other horsey activities are on offer every school holiday.

Hiking

Somerset West is situated in an area with so much natural beauty and what better way to spend your weekends than enjoying nature. If you enjoy hiking, you will love the trials through the fynbos in the Helderberg Nature Reserve, which is right on our doorstep. 

For the less energetic there are easy boardwalk routes to follow, including one which provides a short, flat stroll around the lake, where you can see varieies of geese, weaver birds nesting in the central reedbed, the bright coloured sunbirds and sugarbirds, and if you’re lucky the beautiful malachite kingfisher.  The lawns at the foot of the trails are perfect for a picnic or there is a café on the site.

There are also some lovely hiking trials on Helderberg Farm.

Cycling and Mountain Biking

There are plenty of places to cycle around Somerset West. There are some awesome mountain biking trails on Helderberg Farm, over Sir Lowry’s Pass and further afield. For more details see my 20 January blog.

Quad biking

Kamazoo Quad offers guided quad bike tours through beautiful vineyards, with fabulous views of False Bay and Table Mountain. These quad bike tours cater for just about anyone from the complete novice to the more experienced rider. All the tours are lead by experienced guides, ensuring a safe and memorable experience. This is a fabulous experience for families, friends and colleagues alike: trail riding at its very best.

Waterskiing

You can even go waterskiing right here in Somerset West, just a stone’s throw away from Sir Lowry’s Pass and the Hottentots Holland mountain range.

The Blue Rock cable water-ski uses an overhead cable system with an electric motor which pulls users around the lake. Other water sports at Blue Rock include traditional waterskiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, free diving, and scuba diving.  Other activities include volleyball and off-road motocross.

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