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Address: 1820 Settlers National Monument, Grahamstown, South Africa
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This garden is both historic and beautiful, occupying 61 hectares of...

This garden is both historic and beautiful, occupying 61 hectares of Grahamstown's Gunfire Hill. It’s an exotic living tribute to Cape Colony’s first settlers.

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A tribute, rather than a garden.

The monument to the Settler family stands isolated on a raised section of exposed ground, with a scattering of aloes,in their flame- coloured glory, alongside and a few... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 June 2016
Jilldutoit
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Kempton Park, South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been visiting family at least once a year and will visit the gardens and its been deteriorating over the years, "lack of maintenance" is biggest problem.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

The monument to the Settler family stands isolated on a raised section of exposed ground, with a scattering of aloes,in their flame- coloured glory, alongside and a few wind-resistant, hardy succulents at its base. This tableau epitomises the story of the settler; hardships, determination, set-backs, survival! Apart from the odd tufts of grass, there is precious little else which would... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

If you are inclined to judge a book by its cover then you would not be blamed for driving on by this attraction off the N2 . The lawn hasn't been mowed for ages and the pathways are covered in weeds . A real sorry state of affairs . It is only when you drive up the the main building... More 

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

The gardens are very beautiful and there are a few interesting things to see within the gardens such as the astronomical stones. The gardens themselves have a variety of plants from cycads to aloes and proteas. There are several refuse bins along the pathways but we were sad to see quite a lot of litter strewn around. Fort Selwyn is... More 

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

The monument is a wonderful, well kept and beautifully designed monument with lovely art work and stunning gardens. Visit it in festival time when it a hive of activity or visit it at other times during the year to appreciate its position perched on the hills above Grahamstown. It makes for a wonderful gateway into the city of Saints.

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2013

Grahamstown itself being a beautiful town and very rich in History. Settlers garden is the perfect spot to get your mind off things, very peaceful and fresh air.

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Grahamstown, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2012

Such a tranquil setting for a walk and for the children to ride bicycles freely and to enjoy a fun outing or picnic or read a book in the shade of the trees, feels like olde worlde

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