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Buffelsdrift Game Lodge
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
2 reviews
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“Perfect romantic and or family getaway”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

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 !

Room Tip: The luxury tents are right on the waterfront. Ask for number 8 and 9.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Stayed in December 2013 for 1 night on our way to Kynsna. What a great place. Loved the tented room, the outdoor shower, and had great views from the terrace.

Great welcome from Staff at reception and generally everyone was great and helpful.

Their red velvet cake is the best :) I would def. stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

We went for a day trip to Buffelsdrift and was welcomed by the friendly and helpful staff. Feeding the elephants was a memorable experience and do try the venison roosterkoek! The views are breathtaking and a must-visit for anyone passing through Oudtshoorn.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Lancashire
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Reviewed 2 May 2014 via mobile

The waterfront tents are amazing with the outside shower and a view of the water from the bath! We sat on the terrace and soaked up the sun for a few hours whilst reading a book and watching the hippos, plus I had a dip in the pool which was lovely. We had dinner on the restaurant terrace which was good although I would say go for the location and accommodation rather than a dining experience.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

On our tour of the garden route we stayed one night at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge. By ariving there at the reception we gets all a glass of juice. The people at the reception were amazing!. We had a problem with one of our location and the people from the reception did everything to solve this problem. Amazing !! I never slept in a tent but what i saw there was amazing. A very nice safari tent with air conditioning, and outdoor shower and the bed were very good, a very nice bathroom and a magnificient view over the lake. We see a lots off animals at the other side of the like and even hippos. We had diner at the Buffelsdrift a la carte menu outside with view over the waterpool. It was enormously good and the food was very good. The entire setting of this lodge with his beautifulls gardens, his fantastic people, very nice architecture were out of this world. It is a place where we would stay again when we are in SA. Magnificient place to be and next time we would love to try their game viewing options. Many congratulations for the people and the owner.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

On our stay to Oudtshoorn over the Easter weekend we dined at the Buffelsdrift a la carte restaurant with our 3 children.

We dined outside on the deck overlooking the beautiful water hole. There were massive carp at the surface gaping for tidbits from the customers.

Whilst dining we saw the elephant safari, some buck and a rhino. We also saw a terrapin close by. The waitress said that there are also hippo in the water hole but we unfortunately didn't see any.

Our waitress was a very professional, caring lady with a pleasant serving manner. She could not do enough for us. I unfortunately cannot remember her name.

The food was totally out of this world and not over-priced at all. My husband commented that it was the best burger that he had ever tasted. The food was beautifully presented, fresh and very tasty. The bill was not enormous either considering that it is a game reserve restaurant in a very touristy over-priced town.

I would certainly visit this restaurant when in town again. I would also like to try out their accommodation and game viewing options when here again.

Room Tip: Try and go for dinner a little earlier as we could choose a wonderful table.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

They would have to be the best safari tents I have ever seen, with air conditioning,a bidet, an outdoor shower and unrivalled view of the lake / Hippo pond. The staff were great, the safaris terrific and the food excellent

Room Tip: lakeside is probably better, but then you may miss the Nyalla coming in to graze at night, outside t...
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Additional Information about Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Property: Buffelsdrift Game Lodge
Address: Cango Caves Road | P.O.Box 268, Oudtshoorn 6620, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 46 Speciality Lodging in Oudtshoorn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Buffelsdrift Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 29
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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