A unique experience of game viewing and true South African hospitality. Home to a variety of African wildlife (elephants, lions, buffalos, giraffes, numerous antelope and bird species): for sale

A unique experience of game viewing and true South African hospitality. Home to a variety of African wildlife (elephants, lions, buffalos, giraffes, numerous antelope and bird species)

Macleantown District, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa


140 000 000 ZAR

Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent & CEO (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man (UJ). M.P.R.E.)
Agent Cellphone: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Agent Office Number: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
Agent Email Address: cliff@exquisitehotelconsultants.com
Type: Game Reserve
Bedrooms: 87
Bathrooms: 87
Showers: 87
Parking: 100
Yield: Not Disclosed
TGCSA Rating: 4 Star

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.


East London is the second-largest industrial centre in the province. The motor industry is the dominant employer. A major Daimler plant is located next to the harbour, manufacturing Mercedes-Benz and other vehicles for the local market, as well as exporting to the United States and Brazil. Other industries include clothing, textiles, pharmaceuticals and food processing.

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.

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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.


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.

  • 35km East London CBD.
  • 38km East London Aquarium.
  • 40km East London Airport.

This Private Game Reserve offers the following incredible ways to explore the reserve.


for both guest and day visitors.

Game Drives

Explore our private Game Reserve with a guide on a 2-hour game drive (booking essential).

  • Snacks and a drink enjoyed at the halfway stop.
  • Sunset Drives and Night Drives can be arranged on request
  • Game drives are also offered in conjunction with tailor-made packages so should there be availability, game drives can take place according to guest’s allocated time.

Safari Walks

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.

  • Duration 1.5 hours.
  • Anyone is welcome and the route is ideal for groups of up to 14 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.


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.


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.


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.


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:

  • Arrival tea, coffee or fresh juice.
  • Mid-morning tea, coffee and pastries.
  • Lunch and mineral water.
  • Afternoon tea, coffee and biscuits or rusks.
  • Stationery.
  • Mints and mineral water.
  • Standard equipment.
  • Overhead Projector.
  • Screen* and/or Flipchart.
  • On-site parking.
  • Air-conditioning.
  • Business centre.

* All other audiovisual requirements can be arranged by the Hotel.


  • On-site Parking.
  • Restaurant.
  • WiFi.
  • Conference Facilities.
  • Kids Education Centre.
  • Animal Encounter Area.
  • Bar.
  • Lounge.
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • DSTV in Lounge.

Indlovu Lodge

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.

River Lodge

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.


Huberta Restaurant

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

  • We have R 16 million worth of top-end wild animals in the reserve.
  • 15 superb Nguni Cattle.


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.

MGR 10
MGR 02g
MGR 03g
MGR 3 chalets
MGR 04g
MGR 05g
MGR 6 Custom
MGR 15g
MGR 16
MGR 18g
MGR 19g
MGR 399a
MGR 521a
MGR 522a
MGR 524a
MGR 527a
MGR 960a
MGR 961a
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MGR 641a
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MGR 6_10
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MGR 373
MGR 622
MGR 277
MGR 255
MGR 300
MGR 347
MGR 431
MGR 969
MGR 045
MGR 132
MGR 064
MGR 564
MGR 764
MGR 890
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MGR 384
MGR 941
MGR 071
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MGR 298
MGR 279
MGR 572
MGR 629
MGR 729
MGR 199
MGR 244
MGR 262
MGR 266
MGR 275
MGR 334
MGR A Custom
MGR Adventure 19
MGR bar area
MGR B Custom
MGR C Custom
MGR chalet in river lodge
MGR Conference 1
MGR Conference
MGR Deluxe Room
MGR 189-co
MGR 446
MGR Edited
MGR family of nyala
MGR game drive
MGR game drive giraffe sighting
MGR game walking right past
MGR Huberta Restaurant
MGR 122
MGR 080
MGR adv
MGR Adv 1
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MGR Adv 3
MGR Adv 4
MGR Adv 5
MGR Adv 6
MGR Adv 7
MGR Adv 8
MGR Adv 9
MGR 01
MGR 05
MGR 09
MGR 016
MGR 020
MGR 021
MGR 022
MGR 023
MGR 024
MGR (1)
MGR (2)
MGR (3)
MGR S Custom 21
MGR elephants
MGR hippos
MGR the great (1)
MGR scenery
MGR replica

Cliff Jacobs (Nat Dpl Hotel Man (UJ). MPRE. GA Level 5 TEFL)

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951

Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283


Skype: cliff.jacobs

Web: https://www.exquisitehotelconsultants.com

C/o Sybelstrasse 69

10629 Berlin


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