Helderberg is situated in Somerset West, South Africa, about half an hour's drive from Cape Town, and provides a relaxing and refreshing environment in which to study and live.

Our campus sits at the foot of Helderberg Mountain, with Helderberg College Road leading up to our campus gates.

Seventh-day Adventist education in South Africa began in 1893 with the establishment of Claremont Union College at Claremont, Cape Town . It was the first College operated by the Seventh-day Adventist denomination outside North America. The College changed location in 1919 and again in 1928 in an attempt to follow more closely the philosophy that motivated it from the beginning. After the first move, the College became known as the South African Training School and later as Spioenkop College, located 32 km from Ladysmith in Natal. In 1928 the College was relocated to a 150 ha fruit farm on the slopes of Helderberg Mountain, 5 km from Somerset West. Helderberg College is the product of the seeds sown by the pioneers, both staff and students, at two earlier locations.


The campus hosts not only the College, but also a Pre-School, Primary School and High School. Accommodation is provided in both men's and ladies' residences, along with limited married student housing. The property supports an olive industry, producing both table olives and high-quality olive oil. As rural as it appears, the College is a mere few minute's drive from the town centre, large Shopping Mall and local beaches. It is 20 minutes drive from Cape Town International Airport.

strand beach

Helderberg College is a half-hour's drive from the city of Cape Town. A popular tourist destination, it offers easy access for our students to Table Mountain, the

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, shopping malls and other entertainment.

Across the bay is Cape Point, a two-hour drive from the college. The The most south-westerly point of Africa, it incorporates part of the Table Mountain Nature Reserve and sees the meeting of the Indian and Atlantic oceans.

Near the college the Helderberg Nature Reserve can be found. Hiking trails lead up the mountain slopes and green lawns provide the perfect place for a relaxing picnic.

Within easy driving distance are the towns of Stellenbosch, Grabouw and Paarl, each with their own unique atmosphere, things to do and places to see.

Shark diving, mountain biking, hiking, surfing, you can find it all right here.

Music, culture, theatre, quaint little coffee shops and street markets, they're here too.  All it takes is a little time and a wander off the beaten track to discover the many jewels this area has to offer.

For a quick shopping trip, the comprehensive Somerset Mall complex offers everything you need - and more! - a mere 8 minutes drive away.

somerset mall


Local Shopping Mall - Somerset Mall

Local Shopping Mall - Waterstone Village Mall

Cape Tourism Web site

Helderberg Nature Reserve

Accomodation in Western Cape/Cape Town area

Theatre - Artscape Theatre Centre & Baxter Theatre Centre

Town of Stellenbosch

V&A Waterfront

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