Queenstown is renown for its beautiful gardens. This will become eminent when driving or walking through the suburbs. The Municipality recently committed itself to enhancing the scenic beauty by planting roses (which grow very well in the area), on the islands all along Cathcart Road.
Lovers of nature and gardens will enjoy the year-round beauty of the Memorial Gardens in Shepstone Street and the quiet tranquillity of the Walter Everitt Sunken Gardens in the eastern entrance to the town.
The Berry Reservoir off the end of Milner Street is virtually within the residential area and provides a beautiful, tranquil haven for picnickers, fishermen, walkers and those wishing to just soak up some peace and beauty while getting rid of the stresses of daily living.
For the more energetic, two Aloe walking trails originate from and return to the waterside of the Berry Reservoir. Well laid out and signposted, there’s a shorter one taking about three-quarters of an hour for the casual stroller and a longer walk of about two and a half hours for the more serious hiker, both offering marvelous views of Queenstown.
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 include: eland, gemsbok, kudu, blesbok, springbok, ostrich, zebra, wildebeest, rhinoceros, giraffe and many others.
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.
The Reserve is open daily throughout the year in daylight hours, except when excessively wet weather precludes safe travel.
LONGHILL NATURE RESERVE
On the northern boundary of the town lies the aptly-named Longhill. Entry to this area may be obtained through a gate opposite the Lawrence de Lange entrance and the drive includes delightful picnic spots offering pleasant views of the town, while several species of antelope and other wild animals can be seen along the road.
he Bongola Dam, about 5 km from town on the Dordrecht road, is one of the town’s main sources of water. The wall was begun in 1905 and was for years the largest concrete dam wall in South Africa. Incidentally the origin of the name Bongola has cause some controversy, but it is believed by some to have been derived from the Xhosa word mbongolo meaning donkey, as these animals were extensively used in the construction of the dam.
Now a popular recreation spot, the beauty of the dam is enhanced by the close proximity of hills which hold the expanse of water in a deep basin. The surrounds of the dam are equipped with picnic spots under shady trees.
The Queenstown Power and Yacht Club premises are a popular venue for functions. The dam is widely utilised for all sorts of water sport such as yachting, power boating, water-skiing and wind surfing.
The dam is also stocked with black bass and bluegill, providing many hours of pleasure (and frustration) to the anglers who frequent the shores opposite the clubhouse.