Macleantown District, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent & CEO (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man (UJ). M.P.R.E.)
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Type: Game Reserve
Yield: Not Disclosed
Macleantown is a town in Buffalo City in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.
The village is 34 km north-west of East London and 46 km south-east of Stutterheim. Named in April 1881 after Colonel John Maclean (1810-1874), Chief Commissioner of British Caffraria from 1852 and Lieutenant-Governor of that territory from March 1860 to December 1864.
East London is a city on the southeast coast of South Africa in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality of the Eastern Cape province. The city lies on the Indian Ocean coast, largely between the Buffalo River and the Nahoom River, and hosts the country's only river port. As of 2011, East London had a population of over 267,000 with over 755,000 in the metropolitan area.
John Bailie, one of the 1820 Settlers, surveyed the Buffalo River mouth and founded the town in 1836. There is a memorial on Signal Hill commemorating the event. The city formed around the only river port in South Africa and was originally known as Port Rex. Later it was renamed London in honour of the capital city of Great Britain, hence the name East London. This settlement on the West Bank was the nucleus of the town of East London, which was elevated to city status in 1914.
During the early to mid-19th century frontier wars between the British settlers and the local Xhosa inhabitants, East London served as a supply port to service the military headquarters at nearby King William's Town, about 50 kilometres (31 mi) away. A British fort, Fort Glamorgan, was built on the West Bank in 1847, and annexed to the Cape Colony that same year. This fort is one of a series of British-built forts, including Fort Murray, Fort White, Fort Cox, Fort Hare, Fort Jackson and Fort Beaufort, in the border area that became known as British Kaffraria.
With later development of the port came the settlement of permanent residents, including German settlers, most of whom were bachelors. These settlers were responsible for German names of some towns in the vicinity of East London such as Stutterhim and Berlin. Today, German surnames such as Gehring, Salzwedel and Peinke are still common in East London, but the descendants of the settlers rapidly became Anglicised.
The existing port, in the mouth of the Buffalo River, adjoining the Indian Ocean, began operating in 1870. In 1872, the Cape Colony, under the leadership of its first Prime Minister John Molteno, attained a degree of independence from Britain. The new government merged the three neighbouring settlements of East London, East London East and Panmure in 1873, forming the core of the current municipality, and in 1876 it began construction on the region's railway lines, commencing on the river's east bank. At the same time, it began construction of the East London harbour. This new infrastructure rapidly accelerated development of the area into today's thriving city of East London.
The unusual double-decker bridge over the Buffalo River was completed in 1935, and to this day is the only bridge of its type in South Africa. Modern-day attractions include the Gately House, City Hall, Cape Railways, Nahoon Museum, East London Museum housing the coelacanth, a prehistoric fish, thought to be extinct, discovered live at the Chalumna River mouth near East London by fishermen in 1938, and numerous memorial statues.
The period of international sanctions that followed in the 1980s damaged the economy of East London's harbour. Enormous investment in recent years, by corporations such as Daimler AG, has resulted in the harbour being developed to include a new car terminal.
From the 1960s until the 1990s, the apartheid government created tax and wage incentives to attract industries to the then black "independent states", including nearby Ciskei. Investment thus flowed into surrounding areas such as Fort Jackson and Dimbaza, leaving East London in relative isolation. Transport infrastructure deteriorated and port activity wound down.
To encourage investment in East London, the East London Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) was established on the West Bank in 2004, close to both the port and airport. 1500ha of land has been made available, and the site is one of four duty-free development areas in South Africa.
East London has good transport links with the rest of South Africa. The N2 highway connecting Cape Town and Durban bypasses the city, while the N6 highway joins East London with the inland city of Bloemfontein (as well as, via the NI, Johannesburg). East London Airport, 10 km from the city centre, has daily flights to all major South African cities.
With its rolling hills, river valleys and luscious surroundings, it caters to the heart of even the keenest eco-tourist. This game reserve near East London is perfectly positioned for the enjoyment of both travellers and locals.
GAME RESERVE IN THE EASTERN CAPE
Nestled in the Malaria-free Eastern Cape, 35km from East London's city centre and 40 km from the airport, this reserve holds a treasure chest of beauty, rugged terrain and untouched land.
Whilst there are a host of activities available at this Private Game Reserve, those looking to explore the area have a number of options available to them. Take a day trip to one of the many beautiful white sandy beaches of the East Coast or visit the East London Aquarium where you can watch whales swim in the Indian Ocean through a telescope or take pleasure in a seal show. Walk in the footsteps of South African golfing legends at East London Golf Course which has hosted the South African Open six times.
This Private Game Reserve offers the following incredible ways to explore the reserve.
OUR PRIVATE GAME RESERVE ACTIVITIES
for both guest and day visitors.
Explore our private Game Reserve with a guide on a 2-hour game drive (booking essential).
Guided walks through the reserve are an incredible way to experience the diversity of wildlife on the reserve. Our early morning walks have captured the heart of many of our guests.
Team Building Activities
A host of exciting activities are available and tailor-made packages are offered in and around the reserve.
For a conference with a difference, we offer tranquil surroundings and intimate venues.
A UNIQUE SOUTH AFRICAN CONFERENCING EXPERIENCE
Enjoy both luxury and comfort while using this Private Game Reserve for your next event. Located only 35km from East London’s city centre, this malaria-free reserve allows you to enjoy the South African landscape while attending or hosting business events. In addition, this is the perfect location for eco-tourists as it is home to a vast number of African wildlife such as elephants, lions and a variety of gazelle.
EXPERIENCE TRUE SOUTH AFRICAN HOSPITALITY AND EXTRAVAGANCE
Conference delegates will overnight in luxury with a touch of African outdoors on more than 3500 hectares of conservation land. Out of town business professionals also have the opportunity to take advantage of the legendary East London golf course, which has hosted the South African Open.
THIS PRIVATE GAME RESERVE CONFERENCE FACILITIES
With two conference venues, the Private Game Reserve conference facilities provide personalised professional service for any conference, product launch or corporate meeting.
Conference organisers can expect excellent service standards, flawless event co-ordination and tailor-made packages to suit every need.
PERFECT FOR TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES
This Private Game Reserve is ideal for team building events whether indoors or outdoors. Your delegates will have the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind during scheduled events, to connect with their colleagues away from the office in luxury surroundings. Enjoy a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle, appreciate nature and the animal kingdom.
The standard conference package includes:
* All other audiovisual requirements can be arranged by the Hotel.
Luxury hilltop game lodge accommodation.
From its perch on the hilltop overlooking the reserve, the Indlovu Lodge offers incredible views. The lodge offers standard rooms and dormitory accommodation with a shared communal lounge, dining room and guests at Indlovu have access to their own private swimming pool.
Luxury game lodge accommodation in the heart of the reserve.
Our River Lodge offers 10 elegant Deluxe Rooms, a luxurious Suite and three private Chalets that enjoy spectacular views of the Umpongo River.
Luxury game lodge accommodation at its finest.
Spacious and elegant, our chalets enjoy big game viewing from the lodge decks.
Rooms include Twin or King-sized beds, a communal lounge area and well-positioned workstation for those needing to stay connected via Free High-speed hotel WiFi.
AMENITIES & FACILITIES
Our game lodge restaurant is located next to the waterhole
Guests can enjoy a meal while watching various animals lingering at the water nearby. Décor with a touch of Xhosa culture and the close, but safe encounters with wild animals complement the dining experience. Diners are treated to a blend of African European cuisine and can select from a wide range of wine cultivars to complement their delicious meals.
Huberta Restaurant is open daily for breakfast and light lunches from 9h00 to 16h00 (a la carte & buffet style dining), as well as Sunday buffet lunch and a traditional Sunday braai with all the trimmings. Breakfast and Dinners are served at River Lodge and or Indlovu Lodge.
Wild Animal numbers in the Reserve
Our rangers are extremely knowledgeable and well-trained.
Conference room sizes
We are able to cater for 150 persons in our main conference room and 2 x 80 pax in our smaller conference rooms.