We stayed at Buffelsdrift overnight as part of our Port Elizabeth to Cape Town Garden Route tour. It was our first time in South Africa and having never stayed at a Game Lodge before was not sure what to expect, especially when our tour guide told us we were staying in tents. (I had not signed up for camping). My first glimpse of Buffelsdrift took my breath away. What a stunning location by the lake with restaurant and accommodation designed in keeping with the game lodge theme. Our ‘tent’ took glamping to a whole new level. The only thing that resembled a tent was the canvas sides. Perfectly located beside the lake our tent had a beautiful wooden floor, and was equipped with all the comforts including an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and an outdoor shower surrounded by bamboo poles for privacy. There was a private deck where we could enjoy the stunning views overlooking the lake. The setting was idyllic. What an amazing experience it was waking up to the unfamiliar sounds of birds and animals. Stepping outside our tent we could see springbok drinking from the other side of the lake, a variety of different birds and hear hippos snorting as they surfaced. There was even a kudu a few feet away from our tent looking absolutely magnificent in the early morning sun light. We enjoyed a delicious dinner of ostrich steak at the restaurant and in the morning there was a sumptuous buffet that offered a generous selection of both continental style and cooked breakfast. For both meals we were seated outside on the deck overlooking the lake. Before leaving we had the opportunity to feed the African elephants that had been raised at the lodge and learn so much more about them. That was a special experience, never having been that close to an elephane before. Back home again, compiling my photo album and writing this review, I would have to say that staying at Buffelsdrift was one of the highlights of our trip to South Africa.
- 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