We had an incredible experience at Bufflesdrift.
I found the web-site on line and booked without hesitation. I had never been to a "proper" game park as many of the others have referenced in their reviews. So in retrospect if you're looking for that "Wild" experience you may want to look elsewhere. For me it was perfect.
I too was concerned when we merely turned off the main road into a driveway and within minutes were at the lodge. But despite the close proximity to the road you really have no inkling that you're that near to civilization.
Upon approaching the gate the guard took my name and guided me onto the main lodge where we were met at our automobile by a porter who took out luggage and stowed it in our tent. We were escorted by golf cart to the lodge where we were greeted by reception and a cool beverage. We didn't stand at a check-in counter with bags in tow
in a noisy lobby, we were seated at a table in the lounge with a receptionist with all of our paperwork bound in a smart leather folder. From the moment we arrived we were called by our Sir names.
Afterwords we were once again escorted back to our tents by golf cart, which incidentally is available at your disposal throughout your stay, and if you have the further-est out tent and to much wine at dinner you may need it!
Spotting game in "not" like shooting fish in a barrel. I think you kind of have to go into it with that mentality. Sure it's disappointing when you don't see everything you'd like to see but that the luck of the draw. The rangers were very knowledgeable and possessed a wide variety of experience between them.
The tents were incredible!!! The outdoor shower was the best! It may seem daunting at first especially if you're staying on the waters edge but they are very private. Still if you're a bit shy you may find it intimidating.
Note...to conserve electricity the Air-Con is turned off at around 2:00AM and turned back on around sunrise. Be sure you close the tent flaps and cool it down properly although I never experienced any discomfort during the day or night and it was around 100 degrees during our stay. They tell you this upon arrival.
The food was great the first night, we caught the tail end of the weekend so the Chef was obviously on duty. Being a Chef myself I know this because we are often scheduled off during slow days which was obviously the following Monday evening.
Overall I thought it was a great experience for a weekend getaway or a first time game watching experience.
The ranger explained to us that the reason that there were no predators was because that they would simply eat every other animal in the compound. It's a vast piece of land that they have there. It's certainly "not" a Zoo or animal park.
If you're in the area I highly recommend it.
- 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