Alicedale, Eastern Cape
Bushman Sands is a multi-faceted experience offering something for everyone. The 4-star hotel is a delightful blend of rich heritage & modern luxury. The Gary Player designed Golf Course is perfect for the keen golfer. There are thrilling adventure options & prospects of viewing Big Game. Those wanting relaxation, pampering & peace will find alternatives at the spa or at the poolside or even on a tranquil sunset boat cruise. Rewarding for families and satisfying for visitors interested in the turbulent & fascinating history of the area, Bushman Sands has won wide acclaim as a forerunner of sustainable ecological and community tourism. Welcome to the Bushman Sands website where you will discover more about the Hotel, the Game Reserve, and the Golf Course, the Spa, the Conference Centre, the Adventure Activities and the many options available to make your holiday, event or wedding one of a lifetime.
The 4-star Bushman Sands Hotel is a delightful blend of rich heritage and modern luxury. The Hotel comprises of 39 bedrooms around a pool area overlooking the Bushman Sands Golf Course. Original railway houses form the cornerstones of what are now three rows of en suite accommodation - comprising of a choice of standard rooms, luxury rooms and junior suites - each tastefully decorated with locally produced furniture and original art and linked to the main hotel building by walkways lit by Victorian lampposts.
The décor throughout references the legacy of the Khoi San and Alicedale’s railway history. The terraced rooms combine the architectural style of the original buildings with modern four-star finishes, offering a choice of junior suites with king beds and luxury and standard rooms with twin beds.
The five junior suites and eight luxury rooms, each have a private veranda with breathtaking views of the fairways, the Bushmans River and the magnificent hills beyond. The 26 standard rooms also with private veranda overlook landscaped indigenous gardens, the sparkling swimming pool, main hotel building and the final green of the golf course.
Library with Internet access, TV & full DSTV bouquet
Private Dining Room
Wellness Centre with gymnasium
Golf Course – 18 hole Gary Player designed
Bar overlooking the 18th Green
Gents & Ladies changing room facilities with steam rooms
Scenic swimming pool
The old railway training college was built with imported bricks by Scottish masons in 1900. Now declared a national monument, it has undergone a metamorphosis and emerged as the main Reception building of a prestigious four-star hotel. During its restoration, the bricks in a certain section were painstakingly removed one by one, cleaned and reset. While the hotel rooms, Bunkers Restaurant, Sports and Leisure Centres are light and airy, the décor and dark woods of the main hotel Reception adds the element of grandiosity and a bygone era of discovery, turmoil and unification – a celebration of the fusion between the old and the new.
The 18-hole championship course has been designed by South African golfing legend, Gary Player. The course follows the banks of the Bushmans and New Years Rivers, resembling the game's earliest "links" courses in Scotland with undulating fairways and pot bunkers.
Unique features include playing the first stroke over the active railway line, a double green (1600 sq.m) shared by the 2nd and 5th holes, crossing the Bushman’s River and New Year’s River on various holes and finishing with a final drive over a small cemetery in the centre of the fairway. A challenging, yet friendly course, to be enjoyed by all golfers.
The local community has benefited immensely from the development of the golf course with a number of locals being trained as caddies and golf course assistants. Facilities include a halfway house, pro-shop and gents and ladies locker rooms each with showers and a steam room.
- Bunker’s dining room/halfway house
- Golf Pro-shop
- Bar overlooking the 18th green
- Gents and ladies changing room facilities with steam rooms
There is no setting more perfect for an elegant country-style wedding than Bushman Sands. Just an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth towards Cradock, Bushman Sands can accommodate 39 couples and offers a choice of three reception venues, accommodating between 20 – 80 guests (or more with the Marquee option).
The venues include the 80 seater (with a dance floor) Bunkers Restaurant overlooking the pool and 18th green of the golf course, the Conference Venue and the private dinning room at the Hotel.
The scenic beauty of the valley bushveld and “Bushman Sands” personal service and warm hospitality will make your special day a memory to cherish for a lifetime. Kindly note that exclusivity of the restaurant cannot be guaranteed unless the entire hotel is booked for the function.
There are four quaint chapels in Alicedale to consider for the perfect wedding ceremony. All chapels in the historic town offer intimate ceremonies and unique opportunities for wedding photographs. Contact us today to tailor make a wedding package to include spa treatments, golf, game drives and boat cruises to make your special day memorable for everyone.
The original 1901 railway station in Alicedale has been converted into the Bushman Sands Conference Centre. There is one large meeting room, a break away room and a boardroom. Groups of 12-90 delegates can be accommodated in the various venues.
All venues are air-conditioned and allow for various seating configurations. Standard equipment is available at no extra charge. Further necessary audio-visual equipment can be arranged for you at additional charges.
The conference centre is situated approximately 80 metres from the hotel and can be rented exclusively for your group.
Bushman Sands offers many opportunities from team building experiences to theme dinners to make your event distinctive. Bush Braais, local African theatre, treasure hunts, adventure activities – contact us today to discover all the options. And of course there are the added incentives like the Golf Course and The Spa & Wellness Centre, not to mention almost 4000 hectares of game viewing terrain or boat cruises on the New Year’s Dam to make an event at Bushman Sands memorable.
A variety of team building activities can be arranged on request. These activities are facilitated by our affiliate partner, Green Adventures.
Green Adventures are dedicated to quenching your thirst for exhilaration and your craving for something new.Activities include:--
- GPS Orienteering
- Water Sports
- Quad Biking
- And many other activities to tailor-make an adventure catering for all your needs.
Situated on nearly 4000 hectares of former farmland, Bushman Sands Game Reserve offers malaria free sightings of a large variety of animal species. Working with the conservation team of the award-winning Shamwari Game Reserve, Bushman Sands has reintroduced indigenous animals that once roamed freely over 200 years ago to their natural habitat, and is working towards the restoration of the environment to its natural state.
The Africa of a bygone era is further recaptured by the Bushman paintings some of which are accessible in the reserve and can be viewed on request. Dating back thousands of years, these rock art paintings ensure that the cultural legacy of the Khoi San people remains for years to come.Another unique feature is the massive 200ha New Years Dam in the heart of the reserve. Originally built as a source of water for the steam trains, the dam now sustains the wildlife in the arid Eastern Cape landscape.Interesting features on game drives include the historical site of the Battle of Death valley and the Sunset cruises on the New Years Dam
The 200ha New Years Dam in the Bushman Sands Reserve provides the ideal platform to watch the mesmerizing effect of an African sunset with the opportunity to view big game at the waters edge. Accompanied by a qualified game ranger, visitors aboard “Imvubu” could come upon antelope cautiously sipping or elephant bathing, whilst enjoying a drink from the onboard bar.
This is an experience which is possibly unique this side of Lake Kariba.The twin hull, double-decker “Imvubu” (Xhosa for Hippo) accommodates a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 50 guests and is also available for private functions and corporate events. She is fully equipped with a bar and toilet facilities and offers serene 1½ hour afternoon cruises on the New Years Dam.
The quiet village of Alicedale offers an ideal environment for the entire family to enjoy. Traffic is almost on-existent, so cycling through the town is a relaxing way of spending quality family time.
For the more adventurous, game viewing on Mountain Bikes is planned for the future. This is pending the reaction of the newly introduced buffalo and time will tell if our animals are ready to welcome cyclists on the reserve.
We have affiliated ourselves with Green Adventures and they are dedicated to quenching your thirst for exhilaration and your craving for something new. Abseiling activity is available on request only and Green Adventures will ensure all logistics are dealt with in a professional manner.
Our Gorge Glide introduction has unfortunately proved more challenging & technical than originally anticipated. Your safety is our highest priority so we are still in the process of finalising this activity – however contact us or visit our website again to check on progress of the Gorge Glide.
Hone your skills and hand-eye co-ordination by participating in the age-old skill of archery.
Challenging the skills of the individual and the team, this activity scores a bull’s eye on the fun-omitor! Left and right handed sets available. Archery is available on request and facilitated by our affiliate partner Green Adventures.