Queenstown was founded in 1853. It was intended to be a military outpost designed to protect the British subjects from attack during the time of the Frontier wars. The town was laid out around a central hexagon, which was to be the lager to which the citizens would flee in time of trouble. Although still a distinguishing feature of the town today, the hexagon was never used for its intended purpose.
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 Lawrence de Lange Nature Reserve enjoys prime positioning as it is idyllically perched on the inclines of the Madeira Mountain Range. From here, it overlooks the small town of Queenstown, +/- 4 hours drive from Port Elizabeth (363 km) on the R67 and 2 hours from East London (195 km) on the N6 National Road.
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.The Tsolwana reserve derives its name from the Xhosa word ‘spike’, which refers to a 1.9 metre conical shaped hill that sits prominently in Tsolwana Game Reserve.
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The Queens Casino Hotel brings some Las Vegas glam to accommodation in Queenstown. With over 40 eccentric Four star hotel rooms. Although it is situated in the Eastern Cape in the small town of Queenstown, there is nothing old about this hotel. Nothing about this Queenstown stunner is simple or minimal, with decadence and opulence taken to the extreme so you enter and leave your holiday feeling like a million bucks.
The house has been converted into three galleries, the first of which contains a myriad sculptures made almost entirely from sea shells that Ruth collected on her holidays in Port St Johns on the Wild Coast. The second holds a series of intricate paintings that, on closer inspection, reveal that they too are made from shells. The third gallery, is a collection called Broken Things - Ruth collected a series of things that she found on rubbish dumps - plates, jugs, teapots - almost all of them broken and tossed out by their owners, which she embellished.