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In a sorry state

If you are inclined to judge a book by its cover then you would not be blamed for driving on by... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2016
864jay84
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East London, South Africa
Not much left of the garden due to poor maintenance

Due to poor maintenance and lack of respect for the monument, there is not much left of the garden... read more

Reviewed 2 March 2017
Maria E
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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13 Apr 2018
“Disgusting...”
9 Apr 2018
“Disappointing!”
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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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1820 Settlers National Monument, Grahamstown, South Africa
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

Ran by a Mob of seedy municipal cronies, that believes in organised chaos! The filth and shabby gardens was a disgrace during graduation time. Students and families look forward for some awesome pics around the monument, an absolute shocker!

Thank CJ-what
Reviewed 10 April 2018

Why is it so difficult to mow the lawn and keep a garden looking attractive? Absolutely no maintenance and no explanation of the significance of the monument. An absolute tragedy!

Thank Paula B
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Due to poor maintenance and lack of respect for the monument, there is not much left of the garden but a lot of litter

Thank Maria E
Reviewed 6 November 2016

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.

Thank GarySib
Reviewed 25 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,...More

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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...More

Thank 864jay84
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...More

1  Thank Mands007
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...More

Thank Sarahthexton
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.

Thank Zulu_Safaris_SA
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