The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Queenstown

Queenstown main street

Main street in Queenstown

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Eastern Cape

Queenstown was founded in 1853 and was named after Queen Victoria by Sir George Cathcart.

The surrounding area is a major farming district. The cattle and sheep raised raised here are known for their dairy, beef, wool and mutton products.

One of the things that Queenstown is known for is its beautiful gardens. It is sometimes referred to as the 'Rose Capital of South Africa'. These gardens include Walter Everitt Sunken Gardens and the Memorial Gardens. The Berry Reservoir is a peaceful spot to have a picnic.

Other places of interest in and around the town include the Lawrence de Lange Game Reserve, Longhill Nature Reserve and the Bongola Dam. Hikers will enjoy the two hiking trails that start from Berry Reservoir. The Town Hall was built in 1882 and features a clock tower that was added in 1897 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The Frontier Museum houses many interesting exhibits from bygone eras. There are also memorials to the people who have lost their lives in wars.

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Queenstown scenery

Above - Queenstown in located in a beautiful part of the country

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Queenstown memorial 1899-1902

Above - Queenstown War Memorial 1899-1902

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Queenstown War memorial

Above - Memorial to the men who died on the battlefields of Europe

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Queenstown Post Office

Above - Queenstown Post Office

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Queenstown Post Office

Above - St Michael & All Angels Anglican Church (1882)

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Queenstown Post Office

Above - Wesley Methodist Church (1880)

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Queenstown Post Office

Above - Dutch Reformed Church (1924)

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References and further reading

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 82

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 164

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 282

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 160

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 220

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 176

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 140


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