About Queenstown

Located in the heart of the Eastern Cape, Queenstown was founded in 1853. Designed as a military outpost to protect the British settlers from attack during the Frontier wars, the town laid around a central hexagon which was built to offer locals refuge during times of trouble. Nowadays, the town has become an administrative, commercial and educational centre for the surrounding farming districts. Queenstown lies near the Komani River and several nature reserves, the town boasts a great climate. The town is also known as 'the rose capital of South Africa' because of the beautiful roses that grow in the area during spring.

Attractions

The Hexagon

Located near the town hall, at the centre of Queenstown , the Hexagon was built as a laager to which British subjects would flee in times of trouble during the 1800s. Although it never achieved its purpose, the hexagon has survived. Nowadays, its beautiful garden and a fountain continues to attract locals.

Queens Casino and Hotel

The luxurious Queens Casino and Hotel is one of the top nightlife spots in Queenstown. With a 32-room hotel, great facilities, restaurant and bar, the casino is an all in one entertainment spot.

Queenstown Golf Club

With amenities such as a Pro shop, driving range and a club house, the 18-hole golf course offers an excellent golfing experience. Visitors are always welcome at the golf course.

Lawrence de Lange Game Reserve:

The game reserve is home to 166 bird species and animals such as eland,gemsbok,kudu and giraffe. The reserve features two hiking trails namely the Bushbuck Trail, which leads hikers along foothills through the reserve, and the Wilderness Trail, a six-hour long trail along level ground.

Longhill Nature Reserve

Located north of Queenstown, Longhill Nature Reserve is home to several species of antelope and wild animals. The reserve also features a world famous plant known as the Cape Aloe or Tamboekie Thorn. The Cape Aloe is only found in Queenstown and surronding areas only.

Bongolo Dam

Built in  dam in 1905, Bongolo Dam is wildely utilised for water sports such as yachting, power boating, water skiing and wind surfing. The name Bongolo is derived from the Xhosa word 'mbongolo' meaning donkey as these animals were used extensively in the construction of the dam.

Class 15AR no 2016 locomotive

In 1921, British company the North British Locomotive Co built locomotive that was used to pull the Royal Train when King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princesses, Alice and Margaret visited Queenstown in 1947. The steam locomotive has been restored to its former glory, and is currently located at the Queens Casino.

Queenstown Museum

Housed in a monument, the Queenstown Museum shares the history of Queenstown and surrounding districts. The museum also boasts a large telephone and medical equipment collection as well as some natural history.

The Berry Reservoir

The Berry Reservoir is located off the end of Milner Street within the residential area. The reservoir is a beautiful and tranquil spot for picnickers, fishermen and walkers.

Bulhoek Heritage Memorial

Located 45km outside of Queenstown, the Bulhoek Massacre Memorial commemorates the 183 Israelites, African religious sect, who lost their lives during a clash with the police in 1921