Queenstown, Karoo Heartland
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The commercial centre of a rather prosperous farming community, the attractive town of Queenstown, known for its roses, climate and amicable townsfolk, lies on the Komani River close enough to the Wild Coast and Karoo Heartland to make it a favoured stopover.
Queenstown itself lies at the foot of the Hangklip Mountain, whilst other towns in the district include Dordrecht, Molteno and Sterkstroom. The area not only provides incredible scenery, but it is a hive of activity for the outdoor enthusiast: there are trails, rivers, rocks, mountains, hiking, climbing, fishing, mountain biking, canoeing and anything really, as long as it involves relishing all that is al fresco.
The Lawrence de Lange Nature Reserve, set on the slopes of the Madeira Mountain just outside Queenstown, has a number of trails worth exploring, spectacular examples of flowering plants, and an array of different antelope that include blesbok, springbok and zebra. The reserve also has incredible views from the mountain summit. The Bongola Dam that supplies the town with its water is set in the hills surrounding Queenstown and is a great day out for picnics and water sports.
Queenstown was originally intended as a military outpost and as such is designed in a central hexagon meant to serve as a protective lager for its town’s people, who fortunately never had to use it for this purpose. Miss Lock’s Shell Art Gallery, JC Marshall Gallery, Queenstown Museum, library and the Walter Everitt Sunken Garden are all worth a visit.
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"Queenstown is a fun little spot. We love the outdoors so we did quite a few walks and hikes in the mountains around the town. It's a quiet town, so don't go ..." - Carli, Johannesburg
Featured Attractions in (or near) Queenstown
Formed hundreds of millions of years ago, the Karoo of South Africa is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Camdeboo National Park provides the visitor with insights into the unique landscape and ecosystem of the Karoo as well as splendid scenic beauty. The greater portion of the Camdeboo ... more information
The 6 000 hectare Commando Drift Nature Reserve lies roughly 60 km north of Cradock on the road to Tarkastad. At its heart is the Commando Drift Dam, fed by four rivers. On what is essentially a mixture of Karoo veld and recovering grasslands, after years of overgrazing, you will find ... more information
Nestled against the northern slopes of the Winterberg Mountain range at the edge of the Karoo, Tsolwana Game Reserve lies between Cradock and Queenstown, near Tarkastad. It is situated in a mountainous area with its grassy plains and acacia thornveld home to a wide variety of wildlife that makes game viewing ... more information
The Valley of Desolation is a geological phenomenon; a sheer cliff face, declared a national monument that lies within the Camdeboo National Park - a unique Karoo landscape and ecosystem that surrounds the town of Graaff-Reinett, creating a type of oasis in the midst of the aridness of the ... more information
Things To Do in Queenstown