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- Award-winning Buffelsdrift Lodge offers free-standing tents with views of the Klein Karoo's Swartberg Mountains and a wildlife watering hole. Activities include game drives, night drives, meerkat safaris, elephant excursions, lion feeding experience, and free-roaming cheetah experience. A private outdoor shower, private bathroom and mini-bar are featured in each air-conditioned, luxury tent. Some tents have a wooden deck set right by the water’s edge. An outdoor pool overlooks the waterhole. Rhinos, giraffes and hippos may be seen, and within a 10-minute drive are an ostrich farm and Cango Caves. This malaria-free game reserve has free WiFi in public areas. Located at the waterside is one of the best a La Carté restaurants in the Southern Cape, where award-winning wines and Karoo cuisine made from fresh, local produce is served. Alongside the restaurant is a shaded deck from which spectacular views of the Swartberg mountains can be enjoyed and even hippos, Elephants, other wildlife, and bird species that visit the waterhole frequently can be spotted. Room service and a shuttle service are also available on request. Set 4 mi from Oudtshoorn, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is located just off Route 62. There is free parking on site and a shuttle is available on request from George Airport, 44 mi away.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.4 for a two-person trip.

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge has been welcoming guests since Jun 15, 2012

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.5)

Want a great night's sleep? This property was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

Breakfast Info

Full English/Irish

Free Private Parking Available On Site

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Room Type
2 twin beds
1 king bed
2 twin beds
1 king bed
2 twin beds
1 king bed
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Travel Sustainable Level 2
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Guest reviews


Value for money
Free WiFi
Low score for Oudtshoorn
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  • George
    We had an amazing experience at Buffelsdrift. The staff and tour guides do their best to ensure you have a good time.
  • Cara
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    Fantastic high quality food, very friendly staff, beautiful views, calm atmosphere. Highly recommend
  • Zynri
    South AfricaSouth Africa
    It is an awesome place with large room and good facilities. The views are stunning and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Their activities are also awesome and good value for money. The restaurant has delicious food with a cool view of the lake.
  • Rahil
    The property is lovely and the animal experiences they have were great too. Definitely do the elephant experience - we enjoyed it a lot more than the one we did at Knysna Elephant park. We really liked our tent - was perfect for our family of 4....
  • Kate
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    everything was exceptional- the quality of the tents and lodge was amazing
  • Claudia
    very nice staff (especially at the reception : Ghank you Jasmin) great cheetah Tour wonderful tent (recommend tent close by the lake) very professionell set up
  • Jens
    We loved the location, the safaris, the tents and the friendliness of the stuff. All the employees did all to make the guests feel comfortable. Also the pool is incredible
  • Rholeen
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Amazing staff, the tents were spacious with unbeatable views. Food was great.
  • Adriana
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    Exceptional place and experience! Wonderful setting, beautiful views, fantastic staff, sublime restaurant and food! The bush drives, night drive, elephant experience and view over the hippo lake were just wonderful! Fantastic place to rest, be...
  • Gamal
    great location, lovely staff, good views and activities, wonderful rooms overlooking the lake.

Property questions and answers
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  • Hello, I would like to know if the game drive and night drive are included in the overnight costs. Is there a tent with lake view for 3 people. Thank ..

    Hello, hope you are well. It all depends on what package you booked for your stay. The Game drives are included in some of our packages. Yes, we do an..
    Answered on 25 March 2022
  • can children of all ages join thr game drives/bush safaris?

    Good day, Yes, children of all ages can partake in the Bush Safari/Game Drive. Kind Regards
    Answered on 26 September 2022
  • What time are the bush safaris? Can we do a 9am or 3pm? 7am seems very early and we'd miss breakfast.

    Good day, In-house guests can partake in the 07am OR 17pm Bush Safari. Kind Regards
    Answered on 26 September 2022
  • what game drives are available and do they need to be booked in advance ? or can it be done on arrival ?

    Hello Hope you are well. Thank you for the inquiry. For our in-house guest the Bush safari's depart at: 07:00am-09:00am 17:00pm-19:00pm For our day v..
    Answered on 16 March 2020
  • Hello How to get to you from Cape town? And do you offer transportation from cape town?

    Hi, the best route to drive is Route 62 from Cape Town. We, unfortunately, do not offer transportation from Cape Town. We can arrange transport from t..
    Answered on 26 April 2022
  • Hi. My wife isn't very mobile so was wondering is there a bit of a climb to access your game drive vehicles? She would be fine if only one step 👍

    Hello, we do have more than one step unfortunately to get on our vehicles but, she can always sit in front with the guide, that is like getting in and..
    Answered on 31 July 2022
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Area info *

1 Restaurant On Site

  • Buffelsdrift Game Lodge Restaurant
    • Cuisine
      African • South African
    • Open for
      Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
    • Ambience
      Family-friendly • Traditional • Modern • Romantic

Amenities of Buffelsdrift Game Lodge
Great facilities! Review score, 9.4

Most popular amenities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Family rooms
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Towels
  • Guest bathroom
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Toilet
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Bathtub
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Mountain view
  • Garden view
  • Lake view
  • View
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun deck
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Electric kettle
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack
  • Walking tours
    Additional charge
  • Game drives
    Additional charge
Living Area
  • Sitting area
  • Desk
Media & Technology
  • Telephone
Food & Drink
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Kids' meals
    Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Bar
  • Minibar
WiFi is available in some rooms and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
Front Desk Services
  • Private check-in/out
  • Concierge
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
  • Babysitting/Child services
    Additional charge
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Suit press
    Additional charge
  • Ironing service
    Additional charge
  • Dry cleaning
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Business Facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying
    Additional charge
  • Business center
    Additional charge
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • 24-hour security
  • Safe
  • Shuttle service
    Additional charge
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Electric blankets
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Wake-up service
  • Hardwood or parquet floors
  • Heating
  • Private entrance
  • Chapel/Shrine
  • Family rooms
  • Hair/Beauty salon
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
Outdoor swimming pool
  • Open all year
  • All ages welcome
  • Pool with view
  • Saltwater pool
  • Pool/Beach towels
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Full-body massage
  • Hand massage
  • Head massage
  • Couples' massage
  • Foot massage
  • Neck massage
  • Back massage
  • Spa/Wellness packages
  • Spa lounge/Relaxation area
  • Spa facilities
  • Body wrap
  • Body scrub
  • Body treatments
  • Pedicure
  • Manicure
  • Makeup services
  • Facial treatments
  • Beauty services
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Massage
    Additional charge
  • Spa
    Additional charge
Languages Spoken
  • Afrikaans
  • English

House rules

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM


From 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 13 and above are considered adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

No age restriction

There's no age requirement for check-in


Pets are not allowed.

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The fine print

Dear visitor, this region is currently experiencing drought conditions. Please be aware that certain properties are subject to comply with local water usage restrictions.

Please inform Buffelsdrift Game Lodge of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

FAQs about Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

  • Buffelsdrift Game Lodge offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Spa
    • Massage
    • Walking tours
    • Beauty services
    • Swimming pool
    • Facial treatments
    • Game drives
    • Makeup services
    • Manicure
    • Pedicure
    • Body treatments
    • Body scrub
    • Body wrap
    • Spa facilities
    • Spa lounge/Relaxation area
    • Spa/Wellness packages
    • Back massage
    • Neck massage
    • Foot massage
    • Couples' massage
    • Head massage
    • Hand massage
    • Full-body massage

  • Guests staying at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 8.8).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Full English/Irish

  • The prices at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Check-in at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.

  • Buffelsdrift Game Lodge has 1 restaurant:

    • Buffelsdrift Game Lodge Restaurant

  • Room options at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge include:

    • Tent

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. See details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is 4.3 miles from the center of Oudtshoorn. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Yes, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is popular with guests booking family stays.