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Meerkat Safari provided by Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - Activities

Meerkat Safari
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About
Join us daily at dawn to witness these incredible wild habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows, just in time to soak up the sun before they head about their daily activities. The Meerkat Safaris at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge will bring you up close to these amazing animals. A trained ranger will meet our guests in the Lookout Lounge, where they will enjoy a warm cup of coffee and rusks, before heading to the Safari vehicle by which they will be taken to the Meerkat burrows. On the way to the burrows guests are usually lucky to spot some of the 22 species of animals on the reserve. As there are dangerous animals the guests remain on the vehicle while waiting for the Meerkats to emerge at the break of dawn. The ranger will educate the guests on all the interesting facts and behaviour throughout the experience. Please note that the departure time change according to seasonality. Guests should contact Buffelsdrift Game Lodge a day before to confirm the departure time.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • The Meerkat Safaris at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge will bring you up close to these amazing animals. A trained ranger will meet our guests in the Lookout Lounge, where they will enjoy a warm cup of coffee and rusks, before heading to the Safari vehicle by which they will be taken to the Meerkat burrows. On the way to the burrows guests are usually lucky to spot some of the 22 species of animals on the reserve. As there are dangerous animals like Buffalo and Hippo on the reserve, the guests remain on the vehicle while waiting for the Meerkats to emerge at the break of dawn. The ranger will educate the guests on all the interesting facts and behaviour throughout the experience. Please note that the departure time change according to seasonality. Guests should contact Buffelsdrift Game Lodge a day before to confirm the departure time.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • The Meerkat Safaris at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge will bring you up close to these amazing animals. A trained ranger will meet our guests in the Lookout Lounge, where they will enjoy a warm cup of coffee and rusks, before heading to the Safari vehicle by which they will be taken to the Meerkat burrows. On the way to the burrows guests are usually lucky to spot some of the 22 species of animals on the reserve. As there are dangerous animals like Buffalo and Hippo on the reserve, the guests remain on the vehicle while waiting for the Meerkats to emerge at the break of dawn. The ranger will educate the guests on all the interesting facts and behaviour throughout the experience. Please note that the departure time change according to seasonality. Guests should contact Buffelsdrift Game Lodge a day before to confirm the departure time.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 212592P5
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, Cango Caves Road, Oudtshoorn, 6620, South Africa Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is situated 6.5km outside Oudtshoorn on Cango Caves Road on route to the Cango Caves.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Inclusions
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Departure details
  • Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, Cango Caves Road, Oudtshoorn, 6620, South Africa Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is situated 6.5km outside Oudtshoorn on Cango Caves Road on route to the Cango Caves.
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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247LiveLife
South Africa917 contributions
What a fantastic experience!!!
Aug 2021
What an fantastic experience the Meerkat Safari is! This was not my first time to do it, and will definitely not be the last! Definitely an activity to recommend to everyone to try. They are usually very reliable in waking up and emerging from their burrows, and going about their morning duties, before scampering off to hunt for food
Written 12 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Buffelsdrift
Hello, and thank you for the kind words it is much appreciated. We are very happy to hear that you have enjoyed the Meerkat Safari and that we will have the privilege to welcome you guys back here in the future. Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your day.
Written 13 August 2021
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Alians5
Hastings, UK105 contributions
Just wonderful!
Feb 2020
Despite the early morning, this was a must for us and we were not at all dissappointed. The meerkats were just delightful to watch, the tour guide was knowledgeable and moved the vehicle so that all sides could get a good view.

I hghly recommend this tour.
Written 13 March 2020
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CSE132
London, UK10 contributions
Amazing experience
Feb 2020
Guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We had a full 1.5-2 hours watching the meerkats from start to finish and the guides ensured we all had a great view. Only two vehicles were with the meerkats so it was a relatively small group of I would say around 20 people.
Written 25 February 2020
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TheGaskins
Swadlincote, Derbyshire46 contributions
Better than we expected
Feb 2020
We chose this trip as the other Meerkat trip was sold out but found it to be excellent. Nice meeting point at the lodge by the watering hole where we saw 2 hippos whilst having a coffee. Took a short ride and parked very close to the system just as the first “lookout” appeared. We watched them from the vehicle, which gave a great view, as they all appeared and went through their morning routine. The guide (Elouise) was friendly and very knowledgeable. Would highly recommend this trip. One criticism though is that we were told we must contact Bufflesdrift Lodge the day before the trip to confirm time. We called and emailed over a few hours without success. There was no mobile number. This was very frustrating but we arrived at 5.50 for the 6 am time and all was ok. There should be some guidance for what to do if you cannot get in touch as there are a lot of power cuts which affect their communications.
Written 18 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Klaus G
Pretoria, South Africa1,071 contributions
Book well ahead of time
Nov 2019
As there are only 32 seats available on the 2 vehicles, book well ahead of time. The arrival of one of the vehicles was a surprise as it looked like a large earth moving truck. The guides did a good job to find the little creatures.
Written 14 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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