Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is nestled in the heart of the Klein Karoo in South Africa and offers luxury amenities and facilities combined with an outdoor experience. Buffelsdrift is a game farm set in the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains and boasts an excellent location just over six kilometres from Oudtshoorn—the ostrich capital of the world.
This impressive game farm is defined by lush vegetation, a 12-acre dam, and stunning bushveld, all home to over 22 wildlife species and 217 bird species. The exclusivity of Buffelsdrift means that visitors can enjoy a unique safari experience, far from the maddening crowds of national parks. Local attractions around the game farm include the glittering Cango Caves, the majestic Swartberg Mountain range, numerous rivers, streams, and thundering waterfalls.
The nearest airport to Oudtshoorn is in George, approximately 65 kilometres away. Furthermore, Port Elizabeth International Airport is just under four hours east of the town, while Cape Town International Airport, in the opposite direction, can be reached within five hours. The world-famous Garden Route makes for a scenic and memorable drive from either international destination, greatly adding to the South African safari experience.
This exclusive game farm offers a truly authentic wildlife experience—a home for over 22 wildlife species and 217 bird species. The farm is a sanctuary for three orphaned elephants, who were left behind due to poaching. The elephants, named Jabari, Bulelo, and Malaika, are well cared for and protected on the farm—a good life they might not have had if the lodge had not intervened.
Among other wildlife, safari-goers can expect to spot the resident meerkats, hippo, giraffes, eland, buffalo, zebras, and springbok. Furthermore, Buffelsdrift is home to three relocated lion cubs—two females and one male—as well as South African cheetahs that have adapted well to their new environment over the last two years. Lastly, the African fish eagle tends to make an appearance while snatching up its daily meal from the dam.
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is a year-round destination in South Africa. International travellers can expect four seasons within the year, with average rainfall in the wintertime—between June and September. The summer months range between mild and hot, with average temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius.
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge offers an impressive array of safari and wildlife experiences for any discerning traveller. Guided game drives provide an incredible opportunity to view the resident wildlife while learning about their movements and the surrounding flora from an open-air vehicle. For a unique safari experience, guided night drives are a fantastic way to spot the elusive Shy Five—the caracal, genet, porcupine, aardvark, and aardwolf.
Additionally, Buffelsdrift is home to three orphaned elephants that are cared for by the Game Lodge. There are elephant experiences available, which include meeting, feeding, walking, and brushing these three gentle giants. For the early birds, the Meerkat Safari offers a unique experience. At dawn, safari-goers can witness these habituated creatures in their natural habitats, as they emerge from their cosy homes to soak up the sun before meandering out for the day.
The Lion Safari experience on offer allows visitors to witness three wild lion cubs, as they play, taunt each other, and explore their new home. The lion cubs were born in captivity and relocated to Buffelsdrift in early 2020. Safari-goers will be transferred to the lion enclosure and can admire the incredible predators from an elevated viewpoint, providing great photo opportunities. For more Big Cat experiences, the Game Lodge is home to South African cheetahs that have adapted well to the game farm environment over the last two years.
These luxury safari tent accommodations are located within Buffelsdrift Game Lodge and provide an incredible experience in nature. All the tents boast king-size beds or twin beds, ensuite bathrooms, and various amenities to make any discerning traveller feel right at home. The tents can accommodate between two and five guests, and some of them offer stunning views of the 12-acre watering hole. Furthermore, guests will wake up to the wonderful sights and sounds of the wilderness, enjoy a delicious breakfast before starting the day, and can choose from a variety of safari experiences.
The Game Lodge offers shared facilities and services that include a swimming pool, a spa, conference facilities, and a wedding venue. There is also a restaurant on-site. In-tent amenities include dual air conditioning, a hairdryer, a minibar, tea and coffee facilities, a telephone, free Wi-Fi access, and a digital safe.