Queenstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Queenstown, known as the 'rose capital of South Africa' is a town that truly comes alive in spring. Watch as the streets and gardens of Queenstown become ablaze with a riot of colour. A prosperous farming district, Queenstown is also known for its commercial, administrative and educational centre.

The historical background of Queenstown can be seen in its layout, which is quite unique. The original objective of the town was to serve as a defensive stronghold for the frontier area in the time of war.

There was a central hexagonal area where cannon or rifle fire could be directed down six thoroughfares radiating from the centre. Today, the hexagon is a beautiful garden with a fountain as its centrepiece.

Queenstown lies on the Komani River and has a refreshing climate and plentiful water supply from the surrounding rugged mountains. The water is collected in Bongolo Dam, set in the hills, which is used extensively for recreation and watersports.

Nearby is a nature reserve with numerous antelopes and spectacular flowering plants together with panoramic views from the mountain summit.

Visitors to Queenstown should visit the Queenstown and Frontier Museum, which focuses on the history of the town and its surrounding districts. Another interesting attraction in Queenstown is the Ruth Lock Shell Art Gallery.

This gallery has 3 rooms which houses over 500 sculptures and pictures made from shells, sea sand, seaweed and other unusual materials. The entire material was made by Ruth Lock who was born at Westward Ho, the family home at No.1 Lamont Street.