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South Africa Tourism Awards

Type: Accommodation – Lodge
Category: Unique Experience

Motivation for award: BUFFELSDRIFT GAME LODGE IS SITUATED IN THE HEART OF THE KLEIN KAROO WHICH IS PART OF THE WORLD FAMOUS GARDEN ROUTE IN SOUTH AFRICA. We are located 6.5 km just outside of Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich capital of the world. The lodge is situated only 300 metres from the tar road leading to the Cango Caves. The main lodge area is right next to a 5ha waterhole, filled with big fish, turtles and hippo. From the wooden deck that surrounds the lodge area, you can see our elephants walking, our hippo and fish in the water as well as other game grazing on the opposite bank. If you are lucky you will even spot the fish eagle catching his daily meal. We have a wide variety of activities such as Bush Safaris, Night Drive, Meerkat Safari, Lion Experience, Free-Roaming Cheetah Experience & Elephant Feeding and Walking.

Region: Western Cape / Garden Route & Klein Karoo

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Unique holiday experience

Unique, understated elegance in our luxury tented accommodation in Oudtshoorn. With the Swartberg mountains as the 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.

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Somila – 04.04.2022
I vote for Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Jo-Marie Du Toit – 22.03.2022
Absolutely stunning place to visit!

Susan Patton – 17.03.2022
Highly recommended and set in beautiful Karoo, such an incredible part of SA !

Hanri Swart – 13.03.2022
Best place!

Lizelle Visser – 07.03.2022
Buffelsdrift surely got my vote. Best place to be!

Maher Edwards – 07.03.2022
I have not visited Buffelsdrift but from what I hear other tour guides are saying this must be really unique experience and on their reports I have no qualms about recommending Buffelsdrift.

Lindze Samuels – 04.03.2022
What a beautiful African destination! Def the most exotic lodge so far.

Mariana Berry – 04.03.2022
I nomenate Buffelsdrif game loge,as it’s a fenomanil place and nice hart worming staff

Suenell Atkinson – 03.03.2022
Definitely the best game lodge, situated and surrounded by the Swartberge.

Nicole Bischoff – 03.03.2022
Wonderful family bush breakaway based in Oudtshoorn, Garden Route, lovely tented accommodation in a relaxed setting with the Elephant Interaction being top of the list experience.

Sonia Henkerman – 02.03.2022
Buffelsdrif is such a beautiful nature reserve. Relaxing and adventurous. Friendly staff and love the animals

Christo uys – 01.03.2022
Most amazing experience, I stayed there myself with my international guests. From accomodation, staff to the best food!

Jurgens van der Walt – 01.03.2022
Best experience ever. Beautiful people…Beautiful Lodge.

Meagan Louw – 01.03.2022
Buffeldrif Game Lodge the most beautiful, natural & naturer place in Africa ever.

Wayne Bezuidenhout – 28.02.2022
Awesome spot.

Riana – 28.02.2022
Would love to win this amazing giveaway. We had a booking to go for a few days as a family with out loved ones from overseas. Then covid happened, they never came to South Africa, few months later our father passed away during covid time. We haven’t seen them ever since and we hope that this year we will be able to be reunited as a family for the first time since our father passed away.

Sonja Pretorius – 28.02.2022
What a Gem! Love this Game Lodge. Excellent and friendly service, beautiful surroundings and fantastic owners / staff. Always friendly and ready to help and make your stay as comfortable as possible. Many activities to choose from. I will definitely recommend this to anyway looking to escape to a peaceful setting in the Karoo

Janekke Van Jaarsveld – 28.02.2022
Best place for relaxing with the most beautiful view.

E.M. van Aarde – 28.02.2022
Wonderful setting, friendly staff and the elephants are just on top of list. Thanx Buffelsdrift Gamelodge you are my nr 1.

Louise Engelbrecht – 28.02.2022
Perfect location among the other Garden Route highlights! Wonderful family friendly experience.

Zonia Barnard – 28.02.2022
This place is unique like no other Staff is friendly and just amazing customer service. The place is just fantastic so lovely to stay there. The fresh air in the morning makes you feel completely rested and the sounds of the creatures at night let you feel so relax. I will highly recommend this place to all my friends. This is just the best place in Oudtshoorn to go

Gabriel Ramonete – 28.02.2022
I have voted

Sharon Louw – 28.02.2022
Absolutely stunning place to visit from the ambiance, hospitality, food and animals, a real gem in the semi-desert area.

Wouter De Villiers – 28.02.2022
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Dailina Vermaak – 28.02.2022
Amazing place!!

Corrie du Preez – 28.02.2022

Saayman Irene – 28.02.2022
Buffelsdrift game lodge

fransie Terblanche – 28.02.2022
5 Star service and environment! A wonderful African experience!!


Morton Kate – 28.02.2022
Great Game farm and wonderful staff

Adri Kleyn – 28.02.2022
Unique experience in the Klein-Karoo!

Hannelie du Toit – 28.02.2022
No voucher needed :-)

Adele Behr – 28.02.2022
Amazing customer service, absolutely stunning property with so many options to keep you busy with

Ramesh Cara – 28.02.2022
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge has the ideal setup for their Game Lodge with eco friendly they assist their local NGO’s You get an ideal Bushveld experience in the heart of the Karoo It’s a Malria Free Area

Glenn McKeag – 28.02.2022
I have stayed at Buffelsdrift on 2 x occasions and highly recommend the tented style accommodation and all the immersive experiences they offer.

Linda Shelah – 28.02.2022
Great option in Oudtshoorn!

Rudolf Badenhorst – 28.02.2022
I’ve stayed at Buffelsdrift before. Best place in the Klein Karoo. Will recommend it to anyone and every one.

Simphiwe Gininda – 28.02.2022
breath taking property, would definitely love to experience it myself and would definitely recommend it to my corporate and leisure clients.

Melise van Zyl – 28.02.2022
I had the best meal at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge restaurant.

Sharon Puffett – 28.02.2022
Absolutely stunning place, loved our stay there.

Elza Stevely – 28.02.2022
We LOVE Buffelsdrift Game Lodge! Best customer service and extra support and understanding of special needs you can dish for. The family tents are a dream come true and my youngest learned about tortoises instead of ‘birds and bees’ whilst walking from the tent to the pool!

Louise Benn – 28.02.2022
Beautiful property. Amazing place to have a meerkat experience.

Jacques de Kock – 28.02.2022
Best safari option anyone can ask for. Long enough to appreciate the experience and short enough not to get bored. And the drinks plus view halfway make it all worth it!

Leentje Frederickx – 28.02.2022
Nice lodge, beautifull nature, great experience!!!!

Laurina – 28.02.2022
Beautiful lodge in the heart of the Klein Karoo with loads to offer.

Irmela Preissner-Bhaya – 28.02.2022
A wonderful experience with the hippos in the pond in front of the tents and the meerkat safari!

Anjuli Boshoff – 27.02.2022
Hands down the BEST!

Elize van Heerden – 27.02.2022
Please send me my travel voucher, thanks.

David van Heerden – 27.02.2022
Please send me my travel voucher. Thank you.

Lynn-Marie de Blocq – 27.02.2022
Buffelsdrift is the perfect place to relax, unwind and be spoilt. Loved every moment I stayed there. The elephant hugs will forever remain a lifetime highlight.

Melissa Groenewald – 27.02.2022
Lovely setting. Wonderful experience. Breathtaking views.

Elizma – 27.02.2022
Best place,best people and the best life experience ever!

Amanda LOUWRENS – 27.02.2022
Its a amazing experience to sleep next to the waterhole where you can see and hear the hippopotamus. And all the other wildlife pop in for a sip of water. The beauty of the sunsets are indescribable.

Marda Van Niekerk – 27.02.2022
Family friendly game lodge – excellent customer care ! Five star experience

Dianne Orban – 27.02.2022
Always a winner, with locals and international guests.

Henda – 27.02.2022
We had a blast time at Buffelsdrift, highly recommended.

Peter Moni – 27.02.2022
A spectacular lodge in spectacular surroundings, beautifully serviced, and a coordinated hospitality destination.

Wendy Kritzinger – 27.02.2022
I’ve stayed here once and LOVED it! My husband loved it so much he went back a 2nd time to bring his dad. This is a WONDERFUL place and one of my favorites in the entire Western Cape. I cannot wait to go back, which we absolutely will and will take friends. Top notch place with amazing food and staff. Even the little things like going back to the room after dinner and the heating blanket was on because it was a chilly night..those things make a BIG difference!

Linda Herbst – 27.02.2022
Best karoo holiday! Professional and friendly staff and luxury at its best with top class food!

Deon Karsten – 27.02.2022
Great place.

Bob Bejaan – 27.02.2022
A filthy place. Stay away from it…

Bob Bejaan – 27.02.2022
A filthy place. Stay away from it…

Gwendoline – 27.02.2022

SW Vorster – 27.02.2022
Buffelsdrift is a one of a kind destination. Offering wildlife experiences and encounters of quality. The accommodation is 5 star and the restaurant brings together local cuisine and memories.

Jeanne-Marie Mahne – 27.02.2022
What an amazing place! My husband and I was fortunate to stay there after our wedding 12 years ago. Would be a dream come true to go there again. Friendly staff, breathtaking views of wildlife and 5 star accommodation!!!

Hester Bester – 27.02.2022
Best game Lodge in the garden route!

Barend – 27.02.2022
Really the best

Jacques Pienaar – 27.02.2022
Best place with the best experience!!!

Emci Dippenaar – 27.02.2022
Simply the Best

Marikus – 27.02.2022
The Luxury waterhole accommodation is our favourite and we love the friendly staff. In addition to the relaxed stay the daily activities offered are something we look forward to each time we visit.

Fanie Botes – 27.02.2022
Serene breakaway !

Aneesa – 27.02.2022
I vote for Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Annemarie Momberg – 27.02.2022
Would love to visit your lodge one day and experience your uniqueness.

Marné Malan – 27.02.2022
Absolutely gorgeous, life time experience with the best staff.

Dirkie Pearsall – 27.02.2022
The lodge is breathtaking and staff strive to provide just the best service. The elephant feeding is a must – meeting the 3 gentle giants is an experience that can not be described unless you have experienced it yourself.

Sunelle vd Berg – 26.02.2022
Buffelsdrift game logde Wonderful scenery Beautiful accomodation Gorgous spa Lovely staff

Sunelle vd Berg – 26.02.2022
1000 travel voucher Thank you

Lotz May – 26.02.2022
Best Spa… Elephants feeds and lots more

Etienne Schmidt – 26.02.2022
The best game ranch that we have ever visited. Food & service magnificent Staff properly trained. Will definitely visit Buffelsdrift again

Jean-Dre Du Preez – 26.02.2022
The best lodge with the ultimate experience!

Lolita Rademeyer – 26.02.2022
Explore nature at this exceptional location. Beautiful setting overlooking waterhole. Luxury tents on the water edge.

Megan Harmer – 26.02.2022
This would be an absolute dream

karen hatto – 26.02.2022
Buffelsdrift was great,

Amber Botha – 26.02.2022
An absolutely picturesque place full of exotic animals, sights, an exotic plants. A dream for those who love nature and enjoy a little closer view of the wildlife in Africa. Buffelsdrift is an absolute must!

Dana Dana – 26.02.2022
Buffelsdrift game Lodge is honestly one of the best we have been to !

Carin Barkhuizen – 26.02.2022
Buffelsdrift is the best place for a getaway. They have great activities for young and old, and is very family friendly, but also a very romantic destination.

Marietjie Barnard – 26.02.2022
Buffelsdrift is an awesome place to visit with such friendly staff. I highly recommend them

Lee-Zanne Ackerman – 26.02.2022
A true gem. Friendly staff and beautiful animals. Our time passed way too quickly when we visited. The elephant experience is out of this world. A highlight that will be with us forever.

Lorraine Kruger – 26.02.2022
Most stunning place ever!

Taliep Shanaaz – 26.02.2022

Werner Bothma – 26.02.2022
A must visit in the Karoo

Lynne Pearman – 26.02.2022
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is a lovely place. I highly recommend it.

Brian Kruyshaar – 26.02.2022
What an amazing experience this will be

Margaret Jackson – 26.02.2022
My friend went here and hasn’t stopped raving about it, it’s definately on my bucket list.

Armand Du Toit – 26.02.2022
Buffelsdrift the best game lodge

Paulette Whitelaw – 26.02.2022
Have booked for April so can’t wait for our stay but from friends who have stayed here they could only give it a 10 out of ten. Can’t wait

Janine Paton – 26.02.2022
Great restaurant. Kids love it and romantic tent for parents

Cornel Brand – 26.02.2022
A wonderful place.

Willem Coetsee – 26.02.2022
Fantastic place!! By far one of my most memorable visits!

Rodger Thomson – 26.02.2022

Kelly Bull – 26.02.2022
Gold standard in animal care and guest service!

Delia de Bod – 26.02.2022
Fantastic experience!

Marelize Grove – 25.02.2022
Glad that we are able to visit our beautiful country again.

Mlize – 25.02.2022
Buffelsdrift game lodge is so unique and special! Hope they win the award!

Benthe bakker – 25.02.2022
Amazing place. I have been there last year for the second time. I alwased remember it from my trip.from 5 years ago.

Tanya Fockens – 25.02.2022
Truely unique experience!

Bre Carrington-Sykes – 25.02.2022
My happy place.

Rozanne Strydom – 25.02.2022
Buffelsdrift game lodge is the best…. They have good food and the best accommodation…

Colin Washington – 25.02.2022
It’s a amazing place been twice and loved every second of the visit. staff are very helpful nothing was a problem allways there too help many thanks

Smit Calie – 25.02.2022
Best place ever to have a relaxing luxury holiday

Irma Olivier – 25.02.2022
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge! Breathtaking view, superb service and worldclass facilities

Roxanne Jacobs – 25.02.2022
The reserve is absolutely beautiful, friendly staff, amazing food and views. Enjoyed the Elephant feeding!!!

Marisa Vieira – 25.02.2022
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge. Best place to relax

Charma Hurter – 25.02.2022
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge Oudtshoorn

Jacqueline Thomas – 25.02.2022
Wow what an awesome time we had and the elephant experience was wonderful,friendly staff. Definitely a place worthwhile going to visit.

Morgan Karen – 25.02.2022
I love Buffelsdrift, the food was amazing and the elephant experience is the best. Going back next month.

Vanessa G-W – 25.02.2022
Had an awesome stay at Buffelsdrift – great food, friendly staff, scenic surroundings, one with nature

Carol van der Spuy – 25.02.2022
A beautiful bush destination with fantastic facilities – one of my favourite places to visit.

Dougie Bester – 25.02.2022
Wonderlike gasvryheid Ware bos ervaring , lekker kos.

Louisa De Klerk – 25.02.2022
Beautiful place, with wonderful things to, especially the elefant interaction.

Doret – 25.02.2022
Lovely place with friendly staff

Charmaine – 25.02.2022
Elegant tented accommodation in serene surroundings. Tranquility understated.

Naomi Oosthuizen – 25.02.2022
Amazing place and love the food and scenery!

Chantél Landman – 25.02.2022

Reenen – 25.02.2022
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Rita Verhoef – 25.02.2022
Buffelsdrift, my gunsteling kuierplek. Soveel om te doen, ritte, Olifante voer, n meerkat rit. Maar n paar. Daar is selfs n Spa met nbuitsig op die dam. En dan natuurlik kos uit die boonste rakke by hul pragtige restaurant. Lief die plek.

Vivienne Fourie – 25.02.2022
Wonderlike natuur en diere deur God geskape!!!!

Aranda Storm – 25.02.2022
Buffelsdrift Oudtshoorn se Juweel

Chantelle Terblanche – 25.02.2022
Just love Buffelfsdrift and all the friendly elephants!!

Annette van den Bosch – 21.02.2022
Beautiful property

Kelly Byles – 20.02.2022
Best game drives in the garden route

Dawn de Beer – 18.02.2022
For the love of the animals!

Maryke Botha – 18.02.2022
Buffelsdrift is an exceptional experience!

Jan Nel – 17.02.2022
Rus en vrede vir jou gemoed en natuur skoonheid.

Martin van Wyk – 17.02.2022
Can I please get a R1000 travel voucher?

Devin Nunns – 17.02.2022
We had a wonderful stay.

Maaike Honig – 17.02.2022
Absolute tranquility!

Barbara Deyzel – 17.02.2022
My absolute happy place. They definitely deserve to win

Karen Gerrits – 17.02.2022
Fantastic Lodge, always a great experience!

Tiaan Olivier – 17.02.2022
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is the BEST !!!

Monique – 17.02.2022
Exceptional experience

Amanda van Niekerk – 17.02.2022
LOVE LOVE LOVE this place!!!!!

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