Bushman Sands Game Reserve

Bushman Sands Game Reserve is situated on nearly 4000 hectares of former farmland

Eastern Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Bushman Sands Game Reserve

Although the reserve claims to offer Big 5 sightings, by all accounts this is not the norm. For this reason, if it is a Big 5 game viewing experience you are after, we do not recommend this reserve. If you are after wide open spaces and viewing of various antelope species and small game, the Bushman Sands might be worth a visit.

Bushman Sands Game Reserve is situated on nearly 4000 hectares of former farmland. Bushman Sands game reserve offers malaria free sightings of wildlife within the reserve. Working with Shamwari's conservation team many years ago, Bushman Sands reintroduced indigenous animals to the reserve in an attempt to restore the environment to its natural state.

Animals that once roamed freely over 200 years ago have been reintegrated into their natural habitat.

Species present include cheetah, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, zebra, giraffe, hippo, kudu, eland, springbuck and waterbuck.

The Africa of a bygone era is further recaptured by the Bushman paintings which are accessible in the reserve. 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.

Three-hour game drives through the Bushman Sands Reserve take place daily. Accompanied by qualified rangers who have been employed from the Alicedale community, visitors are introduced to true African big game from open landrovers.

Popular Activities near to Bushman Sands Game Reserve

Bushman Sands Golf Course


Some of the standout features at Bushman’s include teeing off your game over an active railway line, the 1600sq.m double green shared by holes 2 & 5, the final drive which takes you, hauntingly, over a graveyard and not to forget the multiple crossings...

More info and contact details: Bushman Sands Golf Course

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Bushman Sands have reintroduced indigenous animals to the reserve, in an attempt to restore the environment to its natural state.

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