We had the pleasure of being introduced to this stunning lodge when travelling at the end of April to Oudtshoorn and surrounds. We were booked by live4africa.com. What a surprise. From the first friendly greeting at the gate, driving slowly into the property, to being met by a friendly staff member with a golf cart as your coach to reception and your luxury tented accommodation, in the parking area (vehicles are not allowed in the camp), to the friendly staff at dinner, ready to serve you, we felt very special. At reception you are greeted with a welcome drink, the host explaining all the activities end options available at the lodge
Your coach awaits with your personal driver to take you to your luxury tent (he turned out to be our guide later on the game drive. We booked in at around two o'clock with just enough time to explore the tent and a little "siesta" in the sun on the deck chairs overlooking the dam right below the tent, listening to the hippos in the distance. The game drive leaves at four in the afternoon (and seven the next morning). The tent is well equipped with a king size bed, en suite bathroom and outside shower for the adventurous and a table to write your memoires. The tent even has a little stoep at the entrance with two chairs and a table overlooking the dam. Everything was perfect.
The game drive is informal with a sometimes too enthusiastic guide, but his passion rubs off. We saw Wildebeest, Njala, Waterbuck, Zebras, Buffelo, Giraffes and a Rhino among others. Be prepared for sun-downers at the most beautiful spot overlooking the bush. When you are finished with the game drive you are treated to the best good for value food at the restaurant, I would recommend the lamb neck and or ostrich fillet. One more treat was in store for us on our second day there where we went to feed the elephants, what an emotional experience. The well trained staff make you feel safe the whole time in the presence of these gentle giants. Buffelsdrift is great for a a family with small children as it is safe a safe environment to introduce them to the safari experience. It is good value for money, even for the ordinary South African out there looking for a luxury lodge experience close to Cape Town. We had a wonderful stay. The peacefulness and beauty of the Klein Karoo is indescribable ....go and experience it for yourself ...you wont be sorry !
- 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