Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Unique, understated elegance in our luxury tented accommodation in Oudtshoorn. With the Swartberg mountains as backdrop and a magnificent waterhole at your doorstep, it’s the closest you’ll get to the wild of the Klein Karoo and true African accommodation.

Just off the famous Route 62, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge offers you an escape to something spectacular. Experience an array of wildlife including Elephants, Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Giraffe, Hippo and over 200 bird species. We also offer Bush Safaris, Horseback Safaris, Elephant Feeding, Walking & Riding Experiences.

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Here at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge, we offer Bush Safaris not only to our residents, but to the public as well.

“We call it Bush Safaris, as our guides are trained to not only educate our guests on our wide variety of animals, but also about our bird and plant species..”
– Andries van Schalkwyk | Managing Director

During our bush safaris ( game drives ), you can expect to experience true Karoo vegetation from our open game viewing vehicles. Our wide range of animals include Hippo, Giraffe, Eland, Zebra, Buffalo, Springbok and much more.  The duration of our bush safaris is ± 2 hours.  About midway through the safari, there is a refreshment break at one of our scenic lookout points.  These offer 360° panoramic views of the area as well as the Swartberg Mountains.

Bush Safari Times

1 October to 30 April
07:00 and 17:00 In house guests
09:00 and 15:00 Day Visitors

1 May to 30 September
09:00 and 15:00 In house guests and Day Visitors


This is definitely a highlight at the lodge. Guests can marvel at the Karoo sunset from our Spioenkop viewpoint while having a refreshing beverage. Guests will be lucky to spot some of our 22 different animal species on their way to the viewpoint.
The perfect way to end a glorious day.
1 October 2018 to 30 April 2019
18:00 (Duration ±1 and a half hours)


None of our elephants have been taken from the wild for captivity. The three elephants were orphaned when the adults were poached. Our elephants come from circumstances that if we did not intervene they would not be alive today. We did not choose this life for them but we rather chose to give them the best possible life within our means with the best possible love and care.
Early bookings for an Elephant Experience are essential as our elephants are very popular. Clients should arrive 15 minutes prior to activity. Activity will automatically be cancelled if clients arrive 15 minutes after booked time and will have to wait for the next time slot.

(Times stated below may change depending on bookings made)

Hourly from 09:00 to 16:00 depending on availability.

While feeding our elephants you will experience them (Jabari, Malaika and Bulelo) up close and personal.  You will find they may be huge, but are gentle as can be.  You may feed them, touch them and take photos with them while our skilled elephant guides share their knowledge of these gentle giants with you.  Afterwards they will even reward you with an elephant hug as a special goodbye.

Daily – 09:00 & 16:00 Depending if there is a walk or feeding booked.

How often do you get the opportunity to brush an elephant? Well, here at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge you can brush our 3 elephants. They have been trained and are truly gentle. Enjoy and be part of an elephants natural, daily routine and also be educated on the importance of brushing an elephant. This is a unique, fun and unforgettable experience.

Daily – 08:00 & 15:00 Depending if there is a brush or feeding booked.

Take a leisurely stroll with our elephants in the early morning or late afternoon.  This is a great way to take in some of our Karoo beauty whilst walking with the biggest land mammals on earth. Afterwards you may feed them, touch them and take photos with them.

Our 3 African Elephants are orphans from the Kruger National Park.  Their parents were poached. We are fortunate that they ended up here at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge as they are true gentle giants and have great personalities. Elephants are very affectionate and caring animals. You will immediately experience this when visiting ours. You are welcome to ask our elephant guides as many questions as you like.


Join us daily at dawn to witness these incredible wild habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows, just in time to soak up the sun before they head about their daily activities. Meerkats are also referred to as the Suricate or in German as the Erdmännchen and are known to be part of the Mongoose family. They are small species of foraging mammals that’s usually found inhabiting the harsh conditions of the open and arid, semi-desert plains in Southern Africa.   Meerkats are known for their upright stance and their sociable behaviour. Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is situated in the heart of the Klein Karoo and offers the ideal environment and vegetation for Meerkats to thrive.

The Meerkat Safaris at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge will bring you up close to these amazing animals.  A trained ranger will meet our guests in the Lookout Lounge, where they will enjoy a warm cup of coffee and rusks, before heading to the Safari vehicle by which they will be taken to the Meerkat burrows. On the way to the burrows guests are usually lucky to spot some of the 22 species of animals on the reserve. As there are dangerous animals like Buffalo and Hippo on the reserve, the guests remain on the vehicle while waiting for the Meerkats to emerge at the break of dawn.  The ranger will educate the guests on all the interesting facts and behaviour throughout the experience.


  • These are wild habituated Meerkats and will not be touched or handled by humans, including the ranger.
  • The distance from the Meerkats and the guests will at all times be determined by the ranger and respected by the guests.
  • Maximum of 16 guests per vehicle.
  • Maximum of 2 vehicles per day.
  • No children under the age of eight years.
  • Advanced bookings only.
  • Please call Lodge day before activity to reconfirm departure time.
  • Winter Times Daily from ±07:30 weather permitting (duration ± 1-2 hours)
  • Summer Times Daily from ±05:30 weather permitting (duration ± 1-2 hours)

Please note:  Weather permitting
On sunny mornings our meerkats wake up on time, but conditions such as rain and cold overcast mornings can delay the meerkats to emerge from their burrows for the morning. Meerkats prefer clear sunny mornings.  Thus, in the event of above mentioned weather conditions, there is a possibility that we will not see the meerkats or that the meerkat safari can be cancelled.

Currently Buffelsdrift Game Lodge has embarked on an extensive Meerkat research program. Volunteers at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge will be utilized to help the ranger with data collection and behaviour observations.  


The Klein Karoo is renowned for its clear, unpolluted night skies offering fantastic stargazing evenings. At Buffelsdrift we seize every opportunity to present the “High five” to our valued guests. Join us for a fascinating one-hour tour of the Southern Celestial Hemisphere every evening.


  • Our Solar System
  • Galaxies
  • Stars
  • Constellations
  • Planets
  • Globular Clusters
  • and other interesting observations
  • For centuries civilizations have used the stars and moon for navigation and yet, we know so little!
  • Great weather all year round and plenty of sunshine promises spectacular views and great outdoor living.

Oct – April May – Sept
Bush safari R 515 R 260 R 515 R 260
Sundowner Safari (drinks & snacks included) R 600 R 300 - -
Meerkat Safari (children from 8 yrs) R 615 R 310 R615 R 310
Elephant Feeding R 315 R160 R 315 R 160
Elephant Brush & Feed R 470 R235 R 470 R 235
Elephant Walk & Feeding R 810 R 405 R 810 R 405
Stargazing R 365 R 365 R 365 R 365


Buffelsdrift Game Lodge launched their newly built helipad on the 28th November 2006. In association with On Air Helicopters we can now offer our guests the opportunity of flying along the Garden Route.

Open-Air Bar

Make yourself at home with a refreshing cocktail at our 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 provide 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 at Buffelsdrift 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.

Residents Only Swimming Pool

To keep you from disturbing our 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.


The Buffelsdrift Restaurant offers an à la carte or buffet menu that specializes in local Karoo cuisine – homemade preserves, chutney, pickles – fresh produce and herbs from the area as well as a variety of freshly baked oven bread. 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 – the longest wine route in South Africa. This venue is available for functions – corporate as well as family celebrations – all year round.


Our modern conference centre is situated on the edge of a natural water hole with a wide wooden deck. Providing the ideal setting for Bush Breakaways, Conferences, Team Building Sessions and Incentive Getaways.


  • Data Projector with Screen
  • Two combination flip charts
  • White boards
  • Secretarial services available
  • Internet access
  • Additional equipment can be arranged

Seating Arrangements

  • "U" Shape - 30 delegates
  • Boardroom - 50 delegates
  • School Room - 60 delegates
  • Cinema Style - 100 delegates


The KAROO WEDDING CHAPEL is situated on the edge of a natural water hole with a wide wooden deck as entrance to the intimate little chapel. The deck is an extension to the restaurant and this creates a beautiful space for wedding guests to take their seats and witness the couple exchanging their wedding vows.


  • Bush Safari
  • Elephant Walk Safaris
  • Elephant Feeding Experience
  • Relaxing under starry Karoo skies
  • Horseback Safaris
  • Guided Nature walks
  • Summer Sundowner Trips

Our accommodation comprises of 25-tented units. Each has its own wooden deck where guests can relax, admire the view and spot the game. Guests have a choice of Luxury Waterfront or Luxury accommodation.

Luxury Waterfront Accommodation (9) – situated on the waters edge with a wooden sundeck overlooking the dam. Fully en-suite bathrooms with a private outdoor shower with hot & cold water. The tent is equipped with a dual air-conditioning unit to cool you on those hot summer Karoo days & warmth on those chilly winter days. Also provided: tea/coffee facilities, digital safe, mini bar, hairdrier and telephone.

Luxury Accommodation (16) – situated just a few meters away from the waters edge with beautiful mountain and dam views. Fully en-suite bathrooms with a private outdoor shower with hot & cold water. The tent is equipped with a dual air-conditioning unit to cool you on those hot summer Karoo days & warmth on those chilly winter days. Also provided: tea/coffee facilities, digital safe, mini bar, hairdrier and telephone.

Our swimming pool is situated in between the tents for accommodation guests only. On arrival at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge you will be met by a guide at the car park, to collect your luggage and direct you to reception, where our reception team will be waiting to welcome you. While you sit and relax with a welcome drink in our lookout lounge, your luggage will be taken to your tent. Your guide will then come and collect you and show you to your tent. Our environment is one of quiet solitude that offers peace of mind. The ideal place to read your favourite book, go for a long walk or simply appreciate the beauty of nature. Guests can check in from 14h00, unpack their bags before opting for a refreshing drink, a taste of the local cuisine or one of the various outdoor excursions that the lodge has to offer – or – they can simply kick back and relax!

Child Policy

Buffelsdrift is Child Friendly and accommodates kids of all ages

Children 0 – 3 – Free of charge 

Rates are subject to change without prior notice

Guide | Driver Policy

  • 10 or less paying guests – 1 complimentary room on same package as guests
  • 11 or more paying guests – 2 complimentary rooms on same package as guests
  • If there is space, guides are welcome on bush safaris at no charge
  • Guides must pay for extras – i.e. drinks, phone calls, etc

Cancellation Policy

  • 4 weeks prior to arrival 50% of full amount
  • 2 weeks prior to arrival 100% of full amount
  • Refunds will be approved by management to comply with cancellation policy

Deposit | Payments

  • 50% deposit is required within 7 days on confirmation of booking.
  • Balance of payment is required 14 days prior to arrival.
  • Failing to adhere to these payments the management reserves the right to make this accommodation available to other guests.
  • Should a guest decide to depart prematurely – they will be responsible for full payment of booking.

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge offers an unique and perfect setting for your conferences in Oudtshoorn, product launch, successful meeting, corporate  function and team building session. Our modern conference centre is situated on the edge of a natural waterhole with a wide wooden deck – the perfect atmosphere to promote the sharing of information and where productive and innovative thinking can take place.

Enjoy break sessions out on the deck beside the 5ha dam, in the lookout lounge and/or in the A la Carte restaurant. We offer numerous activities such as bush safaris, meerkat safaris and elephant excursions, all supervised by trained professionals.

Our Game Lodge has a total of 34 luxury air-conditioned tents with en suite bathrooms and private outdoor showers. Each unit has a  view over the dam and the Swartberg Mountains and accommodates 2 delegates, either in twin or king size beds.

  • FREE WiFi
  • High Quality Audio-visual equipment
  • Data Projector
  • Television
  • A Microphone
  • Two flipcharts / whiteboards
  • Markers
  • Multi Plugs
  • Extension Cords
  • Notepads
  • Pens
  • Mineral bottled water
“U” Shape – 30 Delegates
Boardroom – 50 Delegates
School Room – 60 Delegates
Cinema Style – 100 Delegates


– a photographer’s dream to capture the special moments for the bride and groom to treasure! The charming Karoo Wedding Chapel is situated on the edge of a natural water hole with a wide wooden deck as entrance to the intimate little chapel.

The wedding venue in Oudtshoorn is ideal for romantic country weddings and a dream come true for those who prefer natural surroundings and tranquility  The deck is an extension to the restaurant and this creates a beautiful space for wedding guests to take their seats and witness the couple exchanging their wedding vows.

Ice-cold sundowners served on the lookout deck next to the open-air bar mark the end of a perfect day with the sun setting over the mountains. Each wedding is unique and we make each one an unforgettable experience for both you and your guests.

including 50  x B&B and Chapel Use – Private wedding

including 50  x B&B with Bush Safari and Chapel Use – Private wedding


Wedding with the Elephants as witnesses – Smaller weddings – outside Including B&B and Bush safari for bride and groom


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