Rose Capital of South Africa
Queenstown is a town virtually in the middle of the Eastern Cape Province, almost halfway between Cathcart and Sterkstroom. The town serves as a commercial centre to a rather prosperous farming community.
Queenstown is a little gem in the middle of nowhere, it is clean and tidy and renowned for its roses and pretty gardens and for that reason is referred to as the Rose Capital of South Africa! The town lies on the Komani River with the Hangklip Mountains as a backdrop and is an ideal base from which to explore the many nature reserves in the area.
Lovers of nature and gardens will enjoy the quiet and tranquillity of the Walter Everitt Gradens and the Memorial Gardens. The sandstone buildings were built in the early 19th century and today will delight those who love old architecture. Standing under oaks and blue gums in the heart of Queenstown is the town hall, court house, public offices and the Anglican Church of St Michael, which all bear testament to Queenstown's early robust days.
The hub of activity is the Queenstown Casino & Hotel, the old steam train called 'Queenstown' that used to stand outside the Queenstown Frontier Museum has since been moved, and now takes pride of place outside the Casino.
Queenstown accommodation includes Guest Houses, self-catering apartments and B&B’s in town and the surrounding area.
Things to do and see
- Lawrence de Lange Nature Reserve
- Bongola Dam
- Tsolwana Hiking Trail
- Bamboeshoek 4 X 4 Trail
- Frontier Museum
- Thomas River Historical Village, 85 km
- Ruth Lock Shell Art Gallery
- Queens College
- Queenstown Casino
- Queenstown Golf Course
Queenstown receives approximately 526 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during the Summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 29˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 3˚C and 21˚C.
Queenstown was founded in 1853 and was intended to be a military outpost to protect the British during the Frontier Wars. The town was laid out around a central hexagon which was to be the “Lager” for the community in times of trouble – the hexagon was never used for its intended purpose, but still remains a distinguished feature of the town today.
The town was named after Queen Victoria – the British Colonial Officer described the area as “a place so beautiful it could be named after Queen Victoria herself”!
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