Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Exterior Arial View of Buffelsdrift Game Lodge
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Hotel Type:
Conference, Leisure, Game Lodge
Oudtshoorn, Garden Route
Western Cape
South Africa
Single Rate for Today: R2200.00 Book Now


The Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is a game farm located in the Cango Valley which runs up against the Swartberg Mountains. The Game lodge is located in close proximity to the Cango Caves which is South Africa's 6th World Heritage Site. The 4ha dam is surrounded by the dry Klein Karoo vegetation which acts as a magnet for the game in the area which include elephants, rhino and Cape buffalo, giraffe, hippo, Cape Mountain zebra, Eland, Kudu and Springbok. Enthusiastic bird watcher's will enjoy trying to identify the more than 216 bird species to be found in the area, the ostrich of course being the easiest.

Located 8 km outside of Oudtshoorn, the lodge is in the heart of ostrich country, half-an-hour's drive from the Swartberg Mountain Nature Reserve and the isolated valley of Gamkaskloof ("Die Hell"). The lodge lies just off the famous Route 62 and is part of the scenic circle route: Oudtshoorn - the Swartberg Mountain Pass - via the historic village of Prince Albert - through the spectacular Meiringspoort gorge which you exit just before the quaint village of De Rust, after which you return to Oudtshoorn.

Professional guides escort guests on early morning or late afternoon game drives in open game viewing vehicles. Refreshing sundowners are served on the lookout deck next to the open-air bar, which mark the end of a perfect day with the sun setting over the mountains.

The lodge's swimming pool is set in between the tents and is only accessible for guests staying at the lodge.

On arrival at the lodge, guests are met by a guide at the car park to collect their luggage and direct them to the reception. While guests sit and relax with a welcome drink in the lookout lounge, their luggage will be taken to their tent.


The lodge offers accommodation in luxury en-suite tents which feature air conditioning. Like the conference venue, the restaurant and the wedding chapel, the accommodation is located on the edge of the waterhole and offers breathtaking views of the Klein Karoo.

The accommodation at the Lodge comprises of 25 tented units. Each has its own wooden deck where guests can relax, admire the view and observe the game. There are two different types of room available to guests which are:

Superior Accommodation (9 tented suites)

  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Private outdoor shower
  • Dual air-conditioning
  • Tea/coffee facilities
  • Digital safe
  • Mini bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone.

Luxury Accommodation (16 tented suites)

  • En-suite bathrooms
  • Private outdoor shower
  • Dual air-conditioning
  • Tea/coffee facilities
  • Digital safe
  • Mini bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone.


The restaurant offers an à la carte or buffet menu which specializes in local Karoo cuisine such as homemade preserves, chutney, pickles. Fresh produce and herbs from this region as well as a variety of freshly baked oven bread are offered.

The selected wine list is a true representation of excellent South African wine and offers guests some of the best award-winning wines on the R62 which is the longest wine route in South Africa.


Bush Safari

Guests can participate in the exciting bush safari, which is conducted in an open game vehicle to a panoramic lookout point where refreshments will be enjoyed while enjoying the natural beauty of the surrounding area. The duration for this bush safari is approximately 2 hours.

Elephant Walk Safaris

Visitors can join the 3 baby elephants for a early morning or late afternoon walk around the Lodge's waterhole and watch the sun set on the horizon.

Elephant Feeding Experience

The Elephant feeding experience offers an opportunity to interact and feed Buffeldrift's elephants. One will get to know these gentle giants by name and their meanings from close up, feel the texture of their skin, scratch behind their ears and sit on an elephant's knee.

Relaxing under starry Karoo skies

Great weather all year round and plenty of sunshine promise spectacular views and great outdoor living. In the Klein Karoo the full moon is more beautiful and the stars much brighter than anywhere else.

Horseback Safaris

Game viewing on horseback is also an option for guests at Buffelsdrift. Guests are escorted by a guide to get a closer view of game roaming the vast undulating hills.

Guided Nature walks

Early birds can take a guided nature walk into the veld to appreciate the splendor of indigenous Karoo succulents and fynbos or catch up on their bird watching.

Summer Sundowner Trips

Come and enjoy the amazing Karoo sunsets up at our Spioenkop view point, while sipping on a glass of sparkling wine, watch the sunset over Oudtshoorn.



The lodge has a helipad on site offering guests the opportunity of flying along the Garden Route.

  • Picnic flights
  • Champagne stopover on the Swartberg / Outeniqua mountains
  • Flights to the Pezula Golf Course in Knysna
  • Specialised flights: romantic picnics, whale watching and other tailor made flights are available.

Open-Air Bar

Guests are welcome to make themselves at home with a refreshing cocktail at the lodges open-air bar or choose a suitable spot on the deck nearby. Look out over the dam to the towering Swartberg Mountains in the background.

Gift Shop

The Gift Shop, located in the reception area is a reflection of the best local arts and crafts from the area and provides the tourist with an interesting selection. Beautiful, stylish leather products and a varied range of clothing is also available.

Lookout Lounge

Enjoy the spectacular views on offer from the elevated vantage point of the Lookout Lounge. With its lovely big fireplace for those cold winter nights. Also equipped with a plasma television for those sport enthusiasts.

Swimming Pool

To keep guests from disturbing the Hippos and other wildlife, no swimming is allowed in the dam. Instead, residents may relax and cool off around the swimming pool situated between the accommodation units for your convenience.


Check In and Check Out Times

  • Check In: 14:00
  • Check Out: 10:00

Business Services

  • WIFI

General Services

  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris

Malaria and Animals

  • The Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is located in the Malaria free area of Oudtshoorn, South Africa.  Lush succulent Karoo vegetation and a 5 ha natural waterhole create a haven for a variety of game species including elephants, rhino and Cape buffalo, giraffe, hippo, Cape Mountain zebra, Eland, Kudu and Springbok.

    Enthusiastic bird watcher's will enjoy trying to identify the more than 217 bird species to be found in the area, the ostrich of course being the easiest.

Room Types

Luxury Waterfront: 16 rooms

buffelsdrift game lodge luxury waterfront

Of the 25 tented suites at The Lodge, 16 of them have an horizon view. These tents are not close to the watering hole but offer an elevated view over the surrounding Reserve.

Luxury Waterfront room features:

  • Fully en-suite bathrooms
  • Private outdoor hot water shower
  • Dual air-conditioning
  • Digital safe
  • Mini bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • Tea and coffee facilities.

Today's Rate

Single Room: R2600.00

Double Room: R4080.00

Luxury: 9 rooms

buffelsdrift game lodge luxury

There are 25 luxury tented suites at Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge. Of the 25 suites, 9 of them are waterfront based.  Each of these rooms have their own sundeck which overlooks the watering hole.

Room Amenities include:

  • Fully en-suite bathrooms
  • Private outdoor hot water shower
  • Dual air-conditioning
  • Digital safe
  • Mini bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • Tea and coffee facilities.

Today's Rate

Single Room: R2200.00

Double Room: R3430.00

Luxury Family Tent: 4 rooms

buffelsdrift game lodge luxury family tent

The family tents feature a spacious main room and a children’s room with a shared en-suite bathroom separating the rooms. These tents can accommodate a family of up to 5 guests. The family tents are located near the waterhole and provide an elevated view of the Swartberg Mountains and the magnificent surroundings.

Luxury Family Tent features:

  • main room
  • childrens room
  • one bathroom
  • can accommodate up to five guests.

Today's Rate

Single Room: R6850.00

Double Room: R6850.00

Room Amenities

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • En-suite / private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Outside Shower
  • Safe
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Viewing Deck

Hotel Restaurants

Dining at the Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

The Buffelsdrift Restaurant at Buffalo Ridge offers an a la Carte menu which specialises in authentic Karoo cuisine.  The delicious home made dishes re made with only the best local ingredients and fresh produce. Wines that pair with these delicious meals are from Route 62, South Africa's longest wine route.

Address: Oudtshoorn, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa

Hotel Spa

No Spa available

No Spa information available currently.

Activities / Sports and Leisure

Wildlife activities

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge offers Bush Safaris to guests as well as to the public. Safaris on open game viewing vehicles give guests the chance to see a wide variety of animals including hippos, elephants, giraffes, eland, zebra, buffalo,rhino and springbok. 

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge also offers some of the best and most interactive elephant experiences in the Garden Route. Guests can enjoy elephant feeding, elephant walks and elephant riding. The three African elephants found here are orphans from the Kruger National Park and their parents were lost in poaching incidents.

Visitors to Buffelsdrift Game Lodge have the opportunity to become part of the natural environment while viewing game on horseback. The horseback safaris are led by trained guides.

Nearby attractions

Nearby attractions in the Oudtshoorn area include:

  • Cango Caves - this is the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo. These fine drip stone caverns feature vast halls and towering formations.
  • Cango Ostrich Farm
  • Gamaskloof Valley Gamkaskloof - this fascinating valley near Prince Albert has rich cultural history.
  • Karusa Winery - this wine estate is well-known for its Cap Classique and Mediterranean-styled wines.
  • Safari Ostrich Show Farm - here visitors can see large flocks of ostriches at different stages of development.
  • Swartberg Mountain Nature Reserve
  • Gamkapoort Nature Reserve
  • Towerkop Nature Reserve.

Meerkat Safari

The Meerkat Safaris at the Buffelsdrift Game Lodge provide a unique way of experience wildlife to travellers.  Early morning, guests are welcomed in the Lodge Lookout Lounge with a warm cup of coffee while being briefed by the Meerkat Ranger on what to expect on the outing.

Then they are driven in the open game viewing vehicle to the Meerkat Burrows, where comfortable camping chairs are placed out for the guests to sit and enjoy the scenery. While they wait for the Meerkats to emerge from their burrows, the ranger shares his knowledge and passion for these creatures with them. 

There is even a chance that they will spot other wildlife such as giraffes, hippos, buffalo and various other animals on their way or while relaxing on the chairs. This activity can last up to three hours, depending on the timing of the Meerkats.

Conferences and Events

Conference Venue

The conference venue at Buffelsdrift Safari Lodge is a great place to hold your work conference.  The venue overlooks the watering hole and is a great place to be when working hard at a conference.  The Conference Venue can hold up to 100 delegates comfortably.

Conference facilities:

• Data projector & screen
• Combination flip charts
• Whiteboards
• Internet access.

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Facilities Available

  • Bar
  • Conference venue
  • Curio Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge Specials & Packages

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GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude: -33.528667
Longitude: 22.246116


Directions to the Buffelsdrift Game Lodge from Cape Town:

1. From Cape Town take the N2 towards Somerset/Muizenberg
2. Turn left onto R324
3. Turn left to stay on R324
4. Turn right onto R62
5. Turn right onto South St/R62. Continue to follow R62
6. Turn left onto Baron Van Reede St/R328. Continue to follow R328. Destination will be on the right.



On site parking facilities are provided for guests.


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Submitted By: (28 August 2012)

Rating: Very Good

Had a great stay at Buffelsdrift, I enjoyed my superior room & I enjoyed the local Karoo cuisine. Great time.

Submitted By: (05 August 2012)

Rating: Very Good

As I am an enthusiastic bird watcher I enjoyed trying to identify the more than 217 bird species found in the area, the ostrich of course being the easiest.

I really also enjoyed the spectacular views on at Buffelsdrift from the elevated vantage point of the Lookout Lounge.


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