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Buffelsdrift Game Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
1 review
“Dream honeymoon”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

My hubby and myself spent 3 amazing nights of our honeymoon at Buffelsdrift and I couldn't be more satsisfied about deciding to stay there!

Everyone is so friendly, helpful and makes you feel comfortable. We stayed on the 2 night package and 1 night B&B only.

Boy, what a mistake it was to order a meal for each of us! I barely touched my delicious kudu burger as the chips and salad was a meal by itself, never mind the massive burger staring me in the eye! Most definitely the best food I've tasted in a very long time, and the pudding was TO DIE FOR. . . . . . . a cocktail on their deck overlooking the river and hippos and absolutely beautiful mountain scenery, what more can you ask for!

The excursions, the game drives and the overall experience could not be perfected in any way! The weather was perfect and the evenings were cold, but just more reason to snuggle up and stay cozy while listening to the hippos in the distance.

My highlight of the trip was the elephant feeding. What a great excursion to include in a package, and so amazing to be so close to such a wonderful animal. To me, that most definitely made our last day there worth every second!

Absolutely amazing and I would most definitely try my best to go back there for our anniversaries!

A big thanks to each and everyone that we had contact with.

Fred & Vivienne Bownes

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Buffelsdrift, Manager at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
Fred and Vivienne - First of all congrats on your marriage, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge wish you many more years together filled with love. Thank you for sharing your stunning experience with us, we hope to see you soon. Next time try our elephant ride - know you will love it!
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Guwahati, India
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

This was my second visit here. Simply love this place. A great place to stay while visiting the Oudtshoorn area and Cango caves. Not to forget the wonderful game drive in this private reserve. Food was good and staff very friendly. A wonderful taste of the outdoors with all the luxury of a city hotel. Would highly recommand this place.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Buffelsdrift, Manager at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
Glad to hear it's your second visit and we hope to see you again. Thank you for taking the time to write a review, we appreciate the fact that you enjoy our lovely surroundings and activities at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge.
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

Amazing, it took our breathe away it was everything it promised to be, scenery surreal - tent accommodation just perfect, spotless. The staff all curteous, efficient and friendly.The food a gastronomic delight. To see the animals up close was one delightful experience we will never forget. One improvement could be less noisy air conditioners.We hope to come again with guests next time

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Buffelsdrift, Manager at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Yva and Larry, we appreciate your review and are glad that you loved our unique experience at our lodge. We have addressed the air conditioners, thank you for informing us. Hope to see you soon.
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

Unfortunately we only spent one night at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge - I would so have loved to spend at least another 2 nights there. One just automatically unwinds and becomes at peace with the world. The accommodations are incredibly comfortable and very nicely put together. Seeing that we were there in the middle of winter, it was really nice to get back to the tent after the lovely dinner to walk into a nice cosy and warm environment with proper bed turndowns and the electric blanket on to welcome us into the really lovely cosy bed. I would highly recommend a visit to Buffelsdrift

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Buffelsdrift, Manager at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
What a cold winter indeed - currently some snow on the mountains. Thank you for writing such a warm review and we hope to see you soon.
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Utter bliss - no radios, tv's, no cars allowed near the tents - perfect! Luxury tented accommodation was spotless, very comfortable, large bush shower, good service and good quality dining in the restaurant. Highlight was the walk/ride and feeding of elephants - thought the rate for the privilege bit high. On game drive saw hippo, rhino, zebra, hartebees, buck, etc. Would definitely recommend this Lodge.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Buffelsdrift, Manager at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Glad to see that you enjoyed your stay with us - we appreciate you taking the time to write us a review and look forward to welcoming you back.
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed June 27, 2012

Unbelievable landscape, picture perfect scenery and luxury tents.....you can't ask for more. A lake full of hippos, wildlife roaming freely outside your tents, a shower in the open, luxurious modern bathrooms, heated beds.....this was one amazing experience. Get up early morning to catch the sunrise. Sit by the pool facing the lake with a cupa tea or a drink and marvel at the beauty ahead, wondering why your home country has no such place.

Room Tip: All rooms seems good, the ones on the lake side were scary for us.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Buffelsdrift, Manager at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, responded to this review, July 19, 2012
Thank you Amit,B for the lovely review regarding our lodge - we look forward to having you back in South Africa and Buffelsdrift Game Lodge in the near future.
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Ahmedabad, India
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Reviewed June 6, 2012

Overall the lodge is setup in a pretty nice area - tents are well done, nice view of the pond, and an open-to-air shower at the back of our tent (which we didn't discover until it was time to check out).

Now coming to why the poor rating...

> At the time of booking we had specified the booking was for 2 Adults and 2 Children. They even charged us for the 2 children and booked us for a "Family Tent". However, what we got for a regular tent with two extra beddings on the floor. When I asked them to explain... they said all the tents are the same size and this arrangement is what they define as a "family tent". This left us with absolutely NO room to walk around in the room.

> As if this wasn't bad enough... there was a full length SLIT in the front bottom of our tent. With outside temperatures in the singe digits - there was a constant draft coming in. We called in to get it fixed and they repeated assured us that this will be fixed by the time we returned from dinner. Not only did they not fix the problem, they didn't even answer our calls at night. This made it impossible for any one to sleep on the "extra beds" - and all four of us ended up sleeping in 1 bed. Not a very comfortable situation and I practically spend a sleepless night.

> Next morning (after checking out - and settling our extras in full), I brought up this issue with the person at the reception - and he simply said that they didn't have the spares to fix the problem. He was not at all bothered with making any alternate arrangements (like change of tent) - leave aside informing us that the problem had not been fixed. His attitude was absolutely appalling - that he showed no regret / remorse towards our discomfort - more importantly our children suffering in the cold weather. This is surely not something we expected from a lodge of this level - not to mention being short-changed for all the extra money we had paid for a comfortable stay.

> Food was over priced and didn't quite live up to our expectations (taste wise)

> They have a fancy chef... but neither the taste nor the quantity was satisfactory. Didn't have many vegetarian options

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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buffelsdrift, Manager at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, responded to this review, June 11, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. It is with great regret that your stay with us did not meet with our usual world class standards and humbly apologize for the inconvenience. Unfortunately it is the responsibility of the tour companies to inform their clients that we don't have family units and have large luxury rooms, and if required - we supply extra camping beds. 7 Vegetarian dishes are displayed on our A la carte Restaurant's menu - regrettable you overlooked it. Accordingly we have investigated all the issues and assure you that they have been addressed and resolved.

However based on the vast number of awards and reviews obtained, the majority visitors adore the service and experience they receive. We try our utmost to satisfy our guests but unfortunately it is not always possible.

We hope that when you next visit our Lodge we will meet all your expectations.
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Property: Buffelsdrift Game Lodge
Address: Cango Caves Road | P.O.Box 268, Oudtshoorn 6620, South Africa
Location: 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 Specialty 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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