About Somerset West2016-12-09T12:11:50+00:00

About Somerset West

SW1 Lodge guests enjoy all the attractions of sophisticated living, such as fine restaurants and first-class shopping experiences, without losing the charm and peaceful atmosphere of the countryside. There is a wide range of activities and tourist attractions in the Winelands and Cape Town which are all within easy reach of SW1.

Day tours

  • in and around the Winelands
  • throughout the Cape Peninsula
  • to Hermanus, Kleinmond and best whale watching spots

We also package customised tours anywhere in South Africa for guests using SW1 as their base.

We love the Cape and we love being part of a beautiful country like South Africa – so putting a tour together for you that will make you see our country in all its splendour is our pleasure.

Helderberg Wine Route

Spend your day wondering from farm to farm, tasting award winning wines and indulging in dining excellence.

Cape Town Activities

Cape Town tourist attractions are never more than a 45 minute drive from SW1 Lodge. These include popular attractions like our beautiful Table Mountain, historical Robben Island, the famous Cape Town V&A Waterfront and scenic Cape Point.

V&A Waterfront

WWW.WATERFRONT.CO.ZA | 021 4087600

For unparalleled shopping , entertainment and dining experiences in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbor, visit the V&A Waterfront.

Two Oceans Aquarium

WWW.AQUARIUM.CO.ZA | 021 4183823

Explore the incredible diversity of marine life found in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, which meet at the southern tip of the African continent. The Aquarium is one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town and over 3000 living sea animals, including sharks, fishes, turtles and penguins can be seen in this spectacular underwater nature reserve.

Table Mountain


Experience magnificent 360-degree views of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain. The cableway takes you to the summit in under ten minutes. Many adventures await on Table Mountain, from gentle walks and nature-lover trails to advanced hikes and mountain climbing.

Cape Point


Located at the southwestern tip of Africa, in the Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park, Cape Point has captivated travellers for centuries with its dramatic scenery and fascinating history…more

Camps Bay

Located at the base of Table Mountain, nestled beneath Lions Head and the majestic Twelve Apostles, Camps Bay boasts a magnificent palm fringed sandy beach and stunning scenery. The beach front buzzes with vibrant, up market cafes and restaurants as well as water sports and beach activities.

Robben Island Museum and Tours


Visit Robben Island, which is now a World Heritage Site and museum. It is an important focal point of South African heritage as well as an education facility, tourist hotspot and research centre.


WWW.SANBI.ORG | 021 7998783

Explore the biodiversity of the Cape Floral Kingdom at the world-renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Other activities at Kirstenbosch include picnics, Summer music concerts and guided tours or walks through the gardens.

Iziko South African Museum

WWW.IZIKO.ORG.ZA | 021 4813800

Visit South Africa’s oldest museum in the historic Company’s Garden, and cultivate a better understanding of the earth and its biological and cultural diversity, past and present.

Boulder’s Beach and Penguins


After Simon’s Town turn left off Main Road to Boulder’s Visitor Centre to visit the famous colony of Jackass Penguins, so called for their hilarious braying call. This is a truly special experience and Table Mountain National Park staff are knowledgeable and offer guided tours. After falling in love with the penguins head to the secluded Boulders Beach for a swim in the warm waters of False Bay.