The Bucklands Private Game Reserve is beautifully situated in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, and can easily be reached from Port Elizabeth, East London, and Port Alfred. The Bucklands Luxury Tent Camp offers an intimate safari experience, located in the heart of the reserve. In keeping with the reserves Green environment policy, the tented camp is entirely powered by solar energy and is designed to capture the splendour of the surrounding valley.
There are four Double luxury tents which offer the following room amenities:
Buckland's chef at this Lodge provides the most delicious South African Cuisine including:
The landscape at the game reserve consists of steep river valleys with inter-basin ridges. The river valleys contain nutrient-rich mudstones, and the general geology is predominantly mudstone and sandstone of the Middleton with sandstone dominating the formation. More resistant sandstones occur on the inter-basin ridges. Clayey, dystrophic soils occur throughout the area, and alluvial silt is deposited on the river banks. Fertility is good however some soils are underlined by shallow shale banks and are easily eroded.
A comprehensive study of the vegetation and habitat types on the game reserve was in December 2007, to establish the broad mammal habitats on the game reserve, as well as estimated carrying capacities, road infrastructure, and water points.
The vast game reserve abounds with wildlife. Besides kudu, which benefited from conservation practices, there are 77 mammal species present within the private reserve. A wide variety of birds are home in this region, and to date, there have been 245 birds listed in the area. A wide range of reptiles, insects as well as some endemic plants species can be explored.
Morning and afternoon safari drives as well as within the 45000ha neighbouring Great Fish River Reserve, are offered to guests staying at the Buckland Private Game Reserve. The qualified professional guides provide a memorable safari experience, with safari drive snacks offered, and spectacular sunsets on the afternoon safari drive experience.
The guided walks focus on the unique subtropical thicket biome, Bushman paintings, historical sites, spectacular clifftop walks and unforgettable views over the reserve and the Great Fish River too. The guides focus on specific fauna and flora of the area and elaborate on the conservation ethics and policies of the reserve.
Fishing along the banks of the Great Fish River, within the game reserve, with tackle provided, for barbel, carp, and yellow fish is highly recommended as an excellent way to relax.
Guests may join night safari drives in the wilderness within the Game Reserve on the lookout for sightings of some of the elusive nocturnal wildlife in their natural habitat.