South African Lodges

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Oudtshoorn, Garden Route
Western Cape
South Africa
Lodge Type

Buffelsdrift Safari Lodge is on 4ha dam is by the dry Klein Karoo vegetation which acts as a magnet for the game in the area which includes elephants, rhino and Cape buffalo, giraffe, hippo, Cape Mountain Zebra, Eland, Kudu and Springbok.

Enthusiastic bird watchers will enjoy trying to recognise the 216 bird species to be found in the area, the ostrich, of course, is the easiest. Located 8 km outside of Oudtshoorn, the lodge is in the heart of ostrich country, half-hour's drive from the Swartberg Mountains Nature Reserve and the isolated valley of Gamkaskloof.

The Buffelsdrift lodge lies just off the famous Route 62 and is part of the spectacular ring route: Oudtshoorn - to Swartberg Crossing - via the historic village of Prince Albert - through the dramatic Meiringspoort Gorge, which you exit just before the picturesque hamlet of De Rust, after which you return to Oudtshoorn.

Buffelsdrift Professional guides escort guests on early morning or late afternoon safari drive in open wildlife viewing vehicles. Refreshing sundowners are served on the lookout deck next to the open-air bar, which marks 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. Where 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 housing 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 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
  • Minibar
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone.

Luxury Accommodation (16 tented suites)

The restaurant offers an à la carte or buffet menu which specialises 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 an accurate 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 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 of this bush safari is approximately 2 hours.

Elephant Walk Safaris: Visitors can join the three baby elephants for an early morning or late afternoon walk around the Lodge's waterhole and watch the sunset on the horizon.

Elephant Feeding Experience: The Elephant feeding encounter offers a chance to socialise with the elephants. One will get to know these tender giants by name and their suggestions from close up, feel the touch of their skin, scratch behind their ears and sit on an elephant's knee.

Relaxing under starry Karoo skies: Excellent weather throughout the year with plenty of sunshine promises panoramic 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. Visitors are escorted by a guide to get a closer view of game roaming the large undulating hills.

Guided Nature Walks: Early birds can take a guided nature walk into the veld to appreciate the splendour of native Karoo succulents and fynbos or catch up on their bird watching.

Summer Sundowner Trips: Come and enjoy the magnificent Karoo sunsets up at our Spioenkop viewpoint 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
  • Trips 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 open-air lodge bar or choose a suitable spot on the deck nearby. Look out for 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 impressive selection. Beautiful, stylish leather products and a varied range of clothing are also available.

Lookout Lounge

Enjoy the spectacular views on offer from the elevated vantage point of the Lookout Lounge. With its beautiful big fire for those chilly winter nights. Also equipped with a plasma television for those sports enthusiasts.

Swimming Pool

The Hippos are allowed to swim in the dam but not guests. Instead, residents may relax and relax around the swimming pool situated between the accommodation units for your convenience.

Below detailed information about the Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is available.
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Outside Shower
  • Safe
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Viewing Deck


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 remade 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.

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 the game on horseback. The horseback safaris are led by trained guides.

Nearby attractions
  • 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.

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.

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

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
Business Services
  • Hotel Wi-Fi
General Services
  • Housekeeping service
  • Safari drives
  • Wake-up call
  • Walking safaris
Malaria Status and Animals
  • The Buffelsdrift Lodge is 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 species including elephants, rhino and Cape buffalo, giraffe, hippo, Cape Mountain Zebra, Eland, Kudu and Springbok.

    Enthusiastic bird watchers will enjoy trying to identify the more than 217 bird species to be found in the area, the ostrich, of course, is the easiest.

Available Rooms

Luxury Waterfront

# Rooms:

Of the 25 tented suites at The Lodge, 16 of them have a horizon view. These tents are not close to the watering hole but offer an elevated view of 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.
Single Room R3200
Double Room R5000


# Rooms:

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 has their 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.
Single Room R2690
Double Room R4210

Luxury Family Tent

# Rooms:

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.
Single Room R8420
Double Room R8420

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



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.









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.

Star Rating

4 Star

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