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Somerset West is a town in the Western Cape province in the Republic of South Africa. It is situated in the Hottentots Holland area, about 50km to the southeast of Cape Town, the area's capital. It was named after an English governor of the Cape Colony during the 1800s, Lord Charles Henry Somerset, with the suffix 'West' being added to differentiate it from Somerset East, another South African town in the Eastern Cape.

In the 1960s, the AECI factory between Somerset West and Strand was the second largest dynamite factory in the world. Today the town boasts the largest concentration of millionaire residents in the country.

The town also boasts the wine farm of Vergelegen, a beautiful 18th century farmhouse built in the historic Cape Dutch style and which now produces some of South Africa's best wines.

Somerset West lies within easy reach of several beautiful beaches bordering the Atlantic Ocean and lying within False Bay. The Strand beach being the nearest, approximately 6 kms from the centre of the town, is popular with those having young children, as is Gordon's Bay, a quaint village complete with harbour and other innocent attractions.

The village (now a town) is overlooked by the imposing Helderberg Mountain, a part of the Hottentots Holland range of mountains but clearly distinct from the continuous aspect of its contemporaries.

Located between Somerset West and Strand is Somerset Mall, a large shopping Mall with a large variety of high quality shops, restaurants and various retails outlets.

The old town of Stellenbosch, founded by the Dutch in the 17th century is reached from Somerset West by the R44 road that takes the traveller through the magnificent scenery of this part of the world. Wine farms dot the route as well as vegetable and fruit growing fields and mountains drowse in the background.

 

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