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  • Pristine Karoo bushveld location harkens back to the days of early explorers
  • Traditional safari tents offer elegant luxury
  • Nature lover's paradise offers much to see and do

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: All ages

9km from Oudtshoorn


-33.5288, 22.2522


Buffelsdrift Game Lodge showcases a tasteful mix of Karoo and African styling, along with a safari experience that is unique to this desolate but beautiful landscape.

Guests can enjoy the privacy of one of 29 free-standing luxury tents. Simply and stylishly decorated, they not only offer you a true bushveld experience, but also modern comforts including dual air-conditioning, and a mini-bar. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the lodge and tents.

The Waterfront Tents make the most of the large waterhole which is home to hippos and frequented by a variety of other animals, while the Horizon View tents, still close to the water’s edge, feature views over the lodge and mountains.

The lodge doesn’t just offer game drives through this mountainous, animal-rich area of the Karoo. Buffelsdrift has one of the best and most interactive elephant experiences on the Garden Route, where visitors can walk with, feed or brush the orphaned elephants.

At dawn, guests can head out on a meerkat safari to watch the small, sociable mammals emerging from their burrows and soaking up the sun before commencing their daily activities.

The restaurant expands onto the wooden deck with swimming pool, overlooking the waterhole, and serves up authentic Karoo cuisine and delicious a la carte meals, accompanied by wines from the Route 62 wine route. The Elephant Lapa adds to the bushveld experience with facilities catering for traditional South African braais beneath the brilliant Klein Karoo night stars. 

As the cherry on the top, The Spa @ Buffelsdrift, offers a variety of treatments, massages and facials to ensure the utmost relaxation during your stay. 

Rates & Summary

9 Luxury Waterfront Tents

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Outdoor shower
Sundeck overlapping water’s edge

16 Luxury Horizon View Tents

Each sleeps 2 in King-size/twin beds
En-suite bath and shower
Outdoor shower
Elevated views of waterhole and fynbos

4 Luxury Family Tents

Each sleeps up to 5 in 2 bedrooms
Shared en-suite bathroom
Outdoor shower
Wooden canvas-covered door frames
Elevated views of waterhole and fynbos


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Full English or Continental breakfast


Children are very welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is situated outside Oudtshoorn en route to the Cango Caves. At the lodge you will find pristine bushveld, Karoo ambiance, a 5ha dam, and 24 hour service. With a large waterhole as its centrepiece, Buffelsdrift strives to bring you the best accommodation in the Klein Karoo and offers African-styled, comfortable luxury tents close to the ostrich capital of Oudtshoorn and the famous Cango Caves.


  • Pristine Karoo bushveld location harkens back to the days of early explorers
  • Traditional safari tents offer elegant luxury
  • Nature lover's paradise offers much to see and do

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching and game viewing.

Road Conditions

The short gravel approach road is suitable for all vehicles.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Game drives
  • Meerkat safari
  • Stargazing
  • Elephant interactions


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Heater included
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Licensed
  • Fridge or minibar


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Good cell phone reception
  • Conference facilities available

Access & Convenience

  • Very child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Off street parking
  • Nearest shops within 10km
  • Nearest fuel within 10km


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted




Klein Karoo

Western Cape


The name ‘Karoo’ is synonymous with vast semi-arid landscapes, small rural towns, large farms, and few people, and here it is no different, except for that small word ’Klein’ (meaning little). There’s really nothing small about it, and only its modest title differentiates it from its big brother to the north, the Great Karoo.

The reason the Klein Karoo is dry is because it lies in the rain shadow between two long ridges of the Cape Fold mountains - these are made up of the Swartberg and Little Swartberg ranges in the north and the Outeniqua and Langeberg in the south. 

The 125 000ha Swartberg Nature Reserve, which includes the lost valley of Gamkaskloof, embraces most of the Swartberg range from De Rust in the east, past Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp, and on towards Ladismith. It achieved World Heritage Site status in 2004. A section of the popular tourist ‘Route 62’ passes through the Klein Karoo from east to west, and is sometimes referred to as the ‘mountain route’ because the visitor is never out of sight of the impressive ridges. 

Getting to and from the region, the traveller has a choice of interesting options through or over the mountains. 

In the north, the amazing natural gateways of Meiringspoort and Seweweekspoort wind beneath the plunging cliffs, while the high altitude route is via the Swartberg Pass. In the south the Outeniqua and Robertson passes are no less sublime.

Big, bold scenery aside, the Klein Karoo has lots of smaller natural wonders that make it interesting, one of these being its wealth of plant species - the region is part of the succulent Karoo biome. 

Plant lovers will be happy to know the region takes a healthy third place in the succulent diversity rankings in South Africa. Many of these unusual plants are tiny and finding them requires the donning of hiking boots and a sun hat and stepping out into the veld. Other outdoor pursuits are plentiful with hiking trails, mountain bike routes and bird watching being popular.

The Klein Karoo also has a wealth of tourist attractions, many of which are centred around the region’s biggest town, Oudtshoorn. The fascinating Cango Caves, for example, attract around 250 000 visitors a year.

However, every town along the route has something unique on offer.  

As part of the longest wine route in the world, each town has either wine estates or a wine co-operative. Running parallel with this viticulture, but not as well known, is the R62 Brandy Route. This should bring a gleam to the eyes of many a South African, as Brandy is amongst the nation’s favoured spirits. Producers include Mons Ruber near De Rust, Kango Wine Cellar and Grundheim in Oudtshoorn, and Boplaas in Calitzdorp. 

As a destination the Klein Karoo is generous in its offerings which, like all good things in life, should be enjoyed slowly.

Look out for

The Cango caves are situated at the end of the R328, about 40km north of Oudtshoorn. Of the 5.3km of caves, 1.2km is open to the public and the Standard Tour is an easy walk through the first six largest and most spectacular halls to the ‘African Drum Room’. The Adventure Tour lasts 90 minutes and takes one deeper into the caves, but is strictly for lean, fit people who are definitely not claustrophobic because adventurers have to squeeze through narrow fissures. There’s an interpretive centre offering a short film, a museum, gift shop, bureau de change, bar and coffee shop, and a photographic Fantasy Theatre; plus a restaurant specialising in ostrich dishes. Open 363 days a year, but closed on Christmas Day. 

Wine, Port, and Brandy tasting - each town has at least one cellar where visitors can sample some of their produce, from Mons Ruber in De Rust, through to Kango Wine Cellar and Gundheim in Oudtshoorn, Boplaas, De Krans, and Calitzdorp cellars in Calitzdorp and Ladismith Wine Cellar in Ladismith.

Swartberg pass - This sinuous road, which climbs and dips between Prince Albert in the north to Matjiesrivier valley near the Cango Caves is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular mountain roads in the world.

Gamkaskloof, or Die Hel, as it is more commonly known – this lost valley, which was only connected to the outside world in the 1960’s, was once home to a remote group of people for over a century. At the time, they were described as ‘the most isolated community within a community of their own kind in the world’. The valley is now a nature reserve and offers overnight accommodation in some of the restored houses from that amazing era, as well as camping. Getting there is half the experience.  It takes more than two hours along the narrow gravel road from the top of the Swartberg Pass to cover the 50km to the end of the valley.

Meiringspoort - is the eastern gateway into the region and once in the poort the serpentine road winds around sheer cliffs of orange rock and across the mostly serene waters of the Grootrivier (Great River), which it crosses 25 times. It falls within the Swartberg Nature Reserve and there are numerous well-maintained picnic sites along the way, some with braai facilities, and it’s easy to spend half a day exploring from one end to the next. Make a point of stopping at Waterfall Drift picnic site and taking the short stairway to view the waterfall with its 60m drop culminating in a deep pool.

Seweweekspoort - This spectacular gateway through the Swartberg Mountains is situated 24km west of Calitzdorp and winds below the imposing 2 325m Seweweekspoort peak - the highest in the Swartberg. In many ways it’s similar to Meiringspoort, except here the road is gravel and the atmosphere is more primitive. Visitors can also picnic in the poort itself, and one spot that’s perfect to break out the sandwiches is at the thatched umbrella below the cliffs.

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