The town of Somerset West was built in the 19th century, but the area was settled long before then. The residence of Willem Adriaan van der Stel, 'Vergelegen', was built here. Somerset West lies in a fertile, horseshoe-shaped valley, part of which is coastal.
A literary source identifying this location as a VOC post has not yet been traced. The images of this location featured in this programme currently serve as source.