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Living in Somerset West, South Africa:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Somerset West, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked eight people living in Somerset West what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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If you move here to Somerset West, don’t mind where you get a place to stay the prices are sky high and places on sale are rare, otherwise this is a wonderful area. So many great activities to do and places to visit, with plenty of history as well, also very close to beach, only a 5 minute drive depending on where you stay. Also has a very nice road going through to Cape Town, you can decide one afternoon you want to go to Cavendish Square and Bam! There you can go. Really wonderful infrastructure. 😀

Summers are hot, dry and windy. There are often bush fires. Winters are fairly mild but wet. Sometimes when snow comes in it gets cold. This is a fast growing area with good schools, good roads, a good shopping mall and great beaches. Central to the Winelands there’s lots of outdoors activities. Also it’s an easy drive to Cape Town and the airport. It gets pretty crowded in the holiday season but the roads are good.

Robynne, says: 2022

The individuals that staying Somerset West are always in a hurry. Whether it is a daily school commute or traveling to the big city for work, people always seem to be in a rush to get from point A to point B without noticing how much of life passes them by. That being said, they are kind-hearted.

Chanya, says: 2020

Somerset West is home to a moderate amount of industrialization alongside mountainous landscape and natural vegetation. It promotes productivity and relaxation through the hustle and bustle of local businesses, accommodation sites and eateries. It is not as fast paced as the Central business district as it is along the countryside and promotes a breath of fresh air.

Gugulethu, says: 2020

The primary factor to consider when moving to Somerset West is one’s fuel budget. Although there are many stores, malls, schools and wholesalers in close proximity to the many residential areas, there are limited employment opportunities. Most people live in Somerset West but work in Stellenbosch, Cape Town, or in the Northern Suburbs. Also, despite the proximity of these services, the stretches between them are often unsafe to walk or cycle through, therefor the use of a car for daily activities or errands is definitely encouraged.

Somerset West is a city in the Western Cape, South Africa. The city is nestled in the basin of the majestic Helderberg mountain range. It is approximately a 45 minute drive from Cape Town, a 30-minute drive to the airport, and a 15 minute drive to the beach. The average summer temperature is 25-35 degrees celsius and the average winter temperature is 15-25 degrees celsius.

Khulekani, says: 2020

Somerset West is very laid back. It is sort of a holiday town and people are very helpful and friendly. We have excellent schools, vibrant shopping centres and beautiful beaches. Our town is only 20 kilometres from the International airport and public transport is available around the clock. Although there is not much of a night life, the quiet atmosphere will suit young and old.

Victoria, says: 2020

Somerset West is bordered by mountains on one side and the sea on the other. There is a large wine industry whose vineyards are in the valley. It has a population of approximately 50 thousand souls, who mostly work in the vineyards. It’s no wonder wine tasting is a very popular activity in Somerset West.

Lutendo, says: 2020

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