The Angler and Antelope guesthouse and B&B is situated centrally in the town of Somerset East. The location of the guesthouse (B&B) makes access to the fishing waters around the town of Somerset East hassle free.
Somerset East is a gem on the edge of the Karoo, with four biomes within 20 km of the town; Karoo, savannah, grassveldt and indigenous forests. The microclimate induced by the Boschberg mountain ensures that an unusual amount (for the Karoo anyway) of rain falls annually. This is great for fly-fishing enthusiasts, as it makes Somerset East an exceptionally good fishing spot for trout.
Experience wild fly fishing in the Karoo. Alan Hobson, our inhouse R.E.F.F.I.S. accredited fly fishing guide, has secured exclusive access to certain waters in the area. He stocks these streams and dams with trout. The trout are stocked as fry and fingerlings, and left to fend for themselves, which ensures your wild fly fishing in the Karoo. However, trout is not the only species that you can target whilst fly fishing. The river system surrounding Somerset East boasts six more fish species that can by caught on fly; indigenous yellow fish and moggel, as well as barbel, carp, mudfish and black bass.
This diversity in landscape ensures an equal diversity in animal and bird life; over 350 species of birds can be found in and around the Boschberg. The list of endemic birds recorded includes 53 Southern African endemics and 33 near endemics. The raptor enthusiast can see a selection of 33 birds of prey, including 9 species of eagle. There are many rare and interesting plant species on the Boschberg, including Dierama grandiflorum (Hairbells), Kniphofia acraea (Red Hot Poker), Disa lugens (Orchid) and Haemanthus carneus (Paint brush). The Haemanthus carneus is only found in the Somerset East area, in Acacia thicket and grassland.
The town of Somerset East was established in 1825, and as such there is a rich history in the area, which can be explored by visiting the many historical monuments, as well as the Somerset East Museum.
Guest house accommodation:
The accommodation at the Angler and Antelope
, consists of 7 rooms in total. Guests can be accommodated on a bed and breakfast, or dinner bed and breakfast basis. Each room is individually decorated to reflect the characteristics of the family that inhabited the house before it was restored and converted into a guest house. The Angler and Antelope guesthouse is one of only two four-star graded accommodation establishments in the town of Somerset East, and is also AA Travel Superior rated.
The accommodation in the guesthouse is divided into three executive rooms, three business rooms and one standard room.
All the rooms have the same basic features:
- En-suite bathroom with both bath and shower, double vanity and underfloor heating
- Cotton Percale linen, mohair blankets, goose down duvets and pillows (If you are allergic to down, hollow fibre can be supplied)
- Coffee and tea making facilities, with homemade rusks and biscuits
- Hair dryer
- Electronic safe
- Television - the executive rooms are equipped with DSTV, while the business and standard rooms have the four standard South African channels
- Free Wireless internet
The standard double room has all the features above, with the exception of air-conditioning, underfloor heating, and the bath.
Self-catering facilities have been added to one of the business rooms and one of the executive rooms:
- Bar fridge
- Microwave oven
- Private braai area (executive room only)
Arrival and departure times:
- Check in from 14h00 (2 pm) - please note, as a consideration to other guests accommodated in the guesthouse, we do not accept check-ins after 22h00 (10 pm)
- Check out before 10h00 (10 am) - should you need to check out later, please let us know so that we can make the necessary arrangements
Children of all ages are welcome at the Angler and Antelope. Children under 12 years will be accommodated on sleeper couches in the parent's room. Please let us know if you need a cot for your baby under 2 years, so that we can ensure your room is perfect when you arrive.
Self catering accommodation:
Two of the rooms at the Angler and Antelope Guesthouse have been converted to include self catering facilities. These rooms are available on a bed and breakfast basis, or as self catering.
Antelope room has a private entrance, with private braai (BBQ) area. The room includes a bar fridge, microwave oven and toaster, together with the necessary cutlery and crockery. This is a twin room, with air-conditioning, goosedown duvets and pillows, mohair blankets and DSTV. The en-suite bathroom has both bath and shower, double vanity, WC and under-floor heating.
Trout room includes a bar fridge, microwave oven and toaster, together with the necessary cutlery and crockery. This is also a twin room, with air-conditioning, goosedown duvets and pillows, mohair blankets and TV. The en-suite bathroom has both bath and shower, double vanity, WC and under-floor heating.
Special rates apply to these two rooms should you not want a bed and breakfast rate.
All day trips in the Somerset East area are available daily. However, the specific activity may already be booked if you decide to wait until you get here before confirming. If you would like to partake in one of the activities, please let us know when you book your accommodation, so that we can pre-book your activity in order to avoid disappointment.
Guided Fly fishing - Spend a day with our R.E.F.F.I.S. and THETA accredited fly fishing guide, Alan Hobson. Alan will take you on a day's excursion targeting trout in the waters around Somerset East. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, the day is structured to suit your needs. The full day's guiding includes instruction from casting to entomology, lunch and certain local beverages.
Glen Avon Falls - This beautiful 90m waterfall in the Karoo is a must see. Hiking to the waterfall can be arranged, with a small gate fee payable to gain entrance to this Provincial Heritage Site. This can be done without the assistance of a guide. The Naude's river is stocked with Rainbow and Brown Trout. Should you want to fish, you would need to be accompanied by our guide, as fishing is not available for day visitors without a guide. Our guide will transport you to within a kilometer of the waterfall, and lunch and certain local beverages are included in the rate.
Yellowfishing the Paul's River - Catch one of South Africa's feistiest fish indigenous Yellow fish. Gain access to these exclusive waters only with our guide. You have a choice of access only (which would include transport and lunch), or the full guided exprience, with instruction, techniques and tips, transport, lunch and certain local beverages included in the rate.
Five star game drive - Visit the 5-star game lodge - Kuzuko Lodge - in the northern section of the Addo Elephant National Park. Kuzuko Lodge is an hour's drive from Somerset East, but well worth the effort. Prices can be quoted inclusive of a 5-star lunch. Transport to and from Kuzuko Lodge can be arranged, at an additional charge.
Cultural tour - 1/2 day - The beautiful Georgian home of the Pastors of the Dutch Reformed Church is a must for travellers. There is a wide range of implements, books and other items from the early 1800's on display. This is a tour not to be rushed, else you are sure to miss something. The exhibition in the museum of the Slagtersnek rebellion is a must see. Once done at the museum, visit the Walter Battiss Art Museum where a number of his personal paitings are displayed, together with local art and even a few Maud Sumner paintings on display! Walter Battiss is one of South Africa's most celebrated artists, who drew much of his inspiration from Picasso, a personal friend. Finish off with a light lunch at the Coffee Shop, opposite the historic Dutch Reformed church.
Horse riding - Experience an outride on a farm just outside Somerset East, with an experienced guide. This ride is for the slightly more experienced rider, not beginners. Horse rides for beginners or shorter rides, can be arranged at a venue in town, even if this is your first time on a horse!