I booked a new year get away to Buffelsdrift for the family because I had visited before & really enjoyed it, from my original booking, the group numbers did alter & the bookings staff were very accommodating in allowing the alterations.
On arrival on a Very hot day, we were welcomed (less welcome drinks!) & shown the various tents booked, in general all the tents are Amazing, although it is because of small oversights in cleanliness that this review did not earn 5 stars, (old takeaways in bar fridge & Lots of ants in the room).
That said, the setting that Buffelsdrift has is second to none, the 2 - 3 hours before sunset & sunrise are stunning times, I would say the best times of the day here, where the whole watering hole/dam comes alive.
The restaurant serves good food, with a decent selection on the menu & a very good breakfast spread.
All in all a very good lodge, don't expect to see any predators here, but on the game drive plenty of buck, birds, great views from the top, hippos, meerkats, giraffes & more.
Our game drive specifically was a little rushed, about half way round,, they have a view point with some great views, we were only allowed to stop there for 10 minutes before the 'picnic' was packed up around us.
Had been before, we came back & will most likely be back again before long.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is a sprawling game farm situated in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains in the Cango Valley, Oudtshoorn. Only 5 hours drive from Cape Town and less than an hour's drive from George Airport. This game farm is located 6.5 Km outside of Oudtshoorn, en-route to the Cango Caves. Pristine bushveld, lush vegetation and a 5 hectare dam provide a haven for twenty-two game species and more than 217 bird species. In May 2004 this beautiful Nature Reserve became part of the 6th South African World Heritage Sites offering a wealth of endemic plant species. It is our aim to bring the highest quality of service to our guests and to this end we try to anticipate their every need.Buffelsdrift Game Lodge offers 9 waterfront, 16 luxury and 4 family tents each one with en-suite bathroom and private outdoor shower, air-conditioning, mini-bar, digital safe, tea / coffee making facilities and a game viewing deck. We can accommodate a total of 66 guests in our 29 tents either with twin or king size beds. A lookout lounge is situated next to the reception with a large round stone fireplace in the middle, overlooking our dam with the Swartberg Mountain Range in the distance. A charming wedding chapel is situated on the edge of a natural water hole with a wide wooden deck as entrance. The deck is an extension to the A la carte restaurant which creates a beautiful space for wedding guests to take their seats and witness the couple exchanging their wedding vows. Conferencing at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is quite unique. Our fully equipped conference hall is situated right next to the dam, and also extends onto the deck connecting to the restaurant. Activities offered are Bush Safaris (game drive), Meerkat Safaris, Elephant Excursions and Star Gazing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Buffelsdrift Game Hotel Oudtshoorn