Bushman Sands Alicedale
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.
At the heart of the rebirth of the once decaying railway town of Alicedale is a unique leisure experience, Bushman Sands. Hosts invite you to join this historic partnership to see Alicedale transformed into a thriving example of sustainable tourism development unlike any other in South Africa. Situated in the Bushman's River Canyon in the Eastern Cape, Alicedale is approximately 50 kilometers from Grahamstown and 100 kilometers from Port Elizabeth. Surrounded by valley bushveld, the town exhibits a rich multi-cultural heritage, from ancient Bushman paintings to the Victorian Karoo flavour of a century ago, when it was developed as a major railway junction. The town steamed along as an important link in the railway until steam trains were sidelined in the 1980s. By 1996 the management of its rail functions had been transferred to neighbouring Port Elizabeth and the junction slid into ruin. Since then the town has been virtually dormant with soaring unemployment.
At the beginning of 2003 a joint initiative between the Mantis Group, owners of Shamwari, and the Eastern Cape government was established to redevelop the town. Mantis Group Chairman Adrian Gardiner initiated the vision to see the town regain its vibrancy. In much the same way that Shamwari was transformed from barren farmland into one of the world's top conservation destinations, this initiative seeks to become a model of transformation for a previously disadvantaged community and the turnaround of a rural town. At the centre of the transformation of Alicedale is Bushman Sands, the latest tourism product in the Mantis Group s portfolio. Named after the historic Bushman's River, Bushman Sands has provided the impetus for new investment and the sustainability for ongoing growth and development of the town.
A NEW DAWN AT ALICEDALE
Economic life was breathed back into Alicedale in June 2003 with construction of Bushman Sands. During the building phase, direct employment has been created for 374 people, all of whom were selected from the existing Alicedale community. ECDC estimates that each breadwinner in this community provides for up to seven dependents. This takes the number affected by the initial employment through this project to 2800 - more than half the local population. When completed, it is expected that Bushman Sands will provide approximately 150 jobs.
Rates per room per night, bed and breakfast: on request
|ROOM TYPE||High season: 01 January to 30 April||Low season: 01 May to 30 September||High season: 01 October to 31 December|
Children under 3: no charge
Children 3-11 years : R - per child on a sleeper couch per night
Children 12 years onwards - full rate
A family room must be booked for 2 children sharing with 2 adults
Mantis Madness special: on request
This 5 nights package will include 2 nights at any of the Mantis Collection Private Game Reserves and 3 nights at either Lake Pleasant Living in Knysna, Bushman Sands Hotel in the Eastern Cape, any 1 of the 5 Last Word Retreats (The Constantia, The Long Beach, The Franschhoek, The Bishops Court, The St. James) in and around Cape Town or The Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
Contact & reservations:
1) you can e-mail us requesting information and/or rates
Reservations are only accepted in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
Final availability confirmation: in writing: by fax or via e-mail.
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