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About Bosberg Nature Reserve

Set on the southern slopes of the Bosberg Mountains, the Bosberg Nature Reserve is a popular destination for hikers.

The densely-wooded nature reserve looms over the lovely dorp of Somerset East. The forest is characterised by lofty Outeniqua yellowwood, white stinkwood, Eastern Cape cabbage trees, wild peach and wild olive trees. Offsetting the forested area are the grassy plains of the Dohne sourveld as well as Karoo succulents and mountain fynbos.

Wildlife you might encounter includes zebra, bushbuck, bush pig, baboon, rock hyrax, Vervet monkey, tortoises, frogs, snakes and lizards. Look out for the Knysna turaco flitting among the treetops. With more than 80 species of birds recorded in the reserve, twitchers have much to get excited about, particularly during summer or spring.

Hikers usually take on the fairly strenuous two-day Bosberg Trail. There is also the far less intense option of the Bestershoek Trail and sedate strolls to the viewpoints over Somerset East.

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Accommodation near Bosberg Nature Reserve

Mount Marlow Lodge

Sleeps 10 in 5 rooms

Mount Marlow Lodge is a stately homestead built in 1852, located on Mount Marlow Farm, just 60 km from Somerset East. The farm is situated...
R700
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Hockley Cottages

1 Review
Sleeps 32 in 12 rooms

Nestled at the foot of the Boschberg Mountains, Somerset East is one of the gems of the Eastern Cape. If you're a nature lover, sports...
R800
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Palm Court Bed & Breakfast

Sleeps 13 in 6 rooms

Palm Court was originally a large family home until it was converted into a B&B in 2009. It is in a...
R400
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Die Kaia

8 Reviews
Sleeps 112 in 29 rooms

On the banks of the Little Fish River, approximately 4 km outside Somerset East on the Suurberg/Addo Road/R335, you will find Die Kaia. ...
R120
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Altenburgh Accommodation

1 Review
Sleeps 13 in 5 rooms

Star graded (TGCSA), air-conditioned, self catering apartments with separate entrances. Breakfast / Lunch Packs supplied on request. ...
R850
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The lodge is set in the majestic Bosberg Mountains of the Eastern Cape and is only 200 km from Port...
R700
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Bosberg Nature Reserve Map

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Bosberg Nature Reserve is 3.7km from the centre of Somerset East , the nearest airport 141.8km (Port Elizabeth Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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