Alicedale ia a village in the Eastern Cape, some 42 km west of Grahamstown. Named after Alice Slessor (née Dale), wife of the engineer who constructed the railway. Alicedale is or was a railway junction on the main railway line between Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. From here a branch line leads to Grahamstown.

The Bushmans River rising near Ann’s Villa in the Albany district and flows southeast past Alicedale to enter the Indian Ocean between Boknes and Kenton on Sea at Boesmansriviermond. Named after the San or Bushmen. The Xhosa name for this river is Qora.

Alicedale is 155 km’s from Alice. ( some useless information)


Alicedale is parth of the Makana Local Municipality which is a Category B municipality located in the Eastern Cape Province on the south-eastern seaboard and in the western part of the Eastern Cape Province. It is one of the seven municipalities in the Sarah Baartman District Municipality.
With the cities of Port Elizabeth 120km to the west and East London 180km to the east, Makana Municipality is strategically situated between two of the province’s largest industrial centres. Both coastal cities are served by well-equipped container ports and have major airports linking them to Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.

Cities/Towns close to Alicedale are Makhanda (Grahamstown), Riebeek East and Sidbury.


Alicedale is on the Frontier Country route. Grahamstown, home of the annual National Arts Festival, forms the centre of the Frontier Country. Shaped by the spirit of the Khoi, Xhosa, Boer and British cultures, the Frontier Country is popular to outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers.

Did you know? The Frontier Country inhabits more forts than the rest of the country combined.

Including Alicedale, Riebeeck East, Salem, Seven Fountains, Adelaide, Alice, Bedford, Fort Beaufort, Hogsback, Peddie, and the village of Bathurst near the seaside town of Port Alfred, the Frontier Country Route is one of the most diverse ecological regions in South Africa.

Private Game Reserves.

The Shamwari Private Game Reserve is located 35 km’s away and the Kwantu Private Game Reserve is 22km’s,  approximately a 30 minute drive away. The spectacular Addo Elephant National Park is an easy 35 minute drive away.

For more information on the Eastern cape province please check the following links below.

Easter Cape Province Home Page

Eastern Cape Tourism

Eastern Cape National Parks

Eastern Cape Private Reserves

Eastern Cape Provincial Reserves

Eastern Cape Towns/Cities