Attractions & Activities in Queenstown, Eastern Cape
The attractive town of Queenstown is known for its friendly locals, climate and roses. The town lies on the Komani River at the foot of the Hangklip Mountain, and is an ideal stopover for guests travelling to the Wild Coast or Karoo Heartland.
Queenstown also provides plenty of activities for the outdoor enthusiast, including hiking trails, fishing, mountain biking and canoeing.
The town further offers an 18 hole golf course and a casino for guests to enjoy, while the Bongola Dam is a great place to enjoy a picnic and water sport.
Lawrence de Lange Game Reserve
The reserve is situated on the slopes of the Madeira Mountain, which overlooks the town from the west and provides panoramic views of Queenstown and its surrounds. The species of game roaming the reserve includes to name few, Eland, Gemsbok, Kudu, Blesbok, Springbok, Ostrich, Zebra, Indian Water Buffalo, Wildebeest, Rhinoceros and Giraffe. The reserve is also home to the indigenous Aloe Ferox, which is a magnificent sight in winter when it is fully clad in scarlet. In summer, the tamboekie thorn (Erythrina acanthocarpa), also known as “wag-‘n-bietjie” – as its hooked thorns make progress difficult, which is unique to this area, adds its colour to the many species of acacia which are covered in yellow flowers. Game drives are welcome and the reserve also has a lapa where functions can be hosted. The Reserve is open daily throughout the year in daylight hours.
The original part of Queen’s College in Berry Street, which in autumn is a magnificent sight in its mantle of Virginia creeper, is another reminder of the town’s proud heritage. Queens College is one of the oldest schools in South Africa and has been declared a national monument.