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Buffelsdrift Game Lodge and Restaurant is a unique South African bushveld experience in the heart of the Klein Karoo within the Garden Route, only 5 hours drive from Cape Town.

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.

“Luxury Air-Conditioned en-suite Tented Accommodation in Oudtshoorn, Garden Route South Africa”

“Out of Africa, with some luxury” – Exactly as one of our recent guests remarked. We truly strive to bring you the best accommodation in Oudtshoorn and the Garden Route & Klein Karoo. A true African experience, with a touch of comfort and luxury.

Enjoy the privacy of one of our 34 free-standing luxury tents. Simply and stylishly decorated, they not only offer you a true bushveld experience, but real comforts of luxury accommodation. We also have 24h onsite service, with friendly staff to cater for your every need.

All our tents are equipped with:

  • King Size or Twin beds
  • Fully en-suite bathrooms
  • Private outdoor hot water shower
  • Dual air-conditioning
  • Digital safe
  • Mini Bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Free WiFi
Our Accommodation

Luxury Waterhole Accommodation (9 units)

Experience true “African” style waterhole accommodation in Oudtshoorn. Our accommodation (waterhole tents) are perfect for those who enjoy the closeness of the water’s edge. The sundeck on each waterhole tent overlaps the water’s edge and is the ideal spot to relax during your stay with us. Enjoy sundowners on the deck whilst viewing our free-roaming animals in the water and surrounding banks.

Luxury ( Horizon View ) Accommodation (20 units)

The luxury tents are set only a few meters away from the waterhole and provide an elevated view of the surroundings. They also have great views over the whole lodge area and is surrounded by true Karoo fynbos.

Luxury Family Accommodation (5 units)

The Family units have a spacious main room and a children’s room with a shared en-suite bathroom separating the rooms. These units can accommodate a family of up to 5 people. The family tents provide an elevated view of the surroundings and Swartberg Mountains and is in walking distance of the 5 hectare waterhole. True Karoo fynbos and bushveld surrounds these tents, creating an authentic bushveld experience. One might even be lucky enough to spot wildlife in the distance.

Our Facilities

Residents Swimming Pool

A residents-only swimming pool with deck chairs is conveniently located near the tents. The pool overlooks our waterhole and great Swartberg Mountains. To avoid disturbing the wildlife, no swimming is allowed in the waterhole. Fresh drinking water and towels are provided at the swimming pool hut.

Outdoor Functions at our Elephant Lapa

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is situated along the Garden Route in the Klein Karoo within a unique bushveld environment. The Lodge and Restaurant are situated next to the waterhole, with luxurious tented accommodation also laid out alongside the wall. This setup provides our guests with a true bushveld experience.

Adding an Elephant Lapa to the mix ensures an even greater bushveld experience with facilities catering for traditional South African braai’s beneath the brilliant Klein Karoo night skyline. The Elephant Lapa is a thatched roofed construction with smooth cement flooring and an open bar area. The rock finished exterior provides a rugged, earthy feel which blends effortlessly into the natural surroundings.

A permanent view of the picturesque Swartberg Mountains and the Klein Karoo bushveld while enjoying refreshing sundowners is enough to transform any ordinary day into an exhilarating natural breakaway.

The Elephant Lapa will be available for outdoor functions, traditional South African braai’s, Elephant Weddings and corporate breakaways. The area beneath the thatched roof is 40m2 while the patio stretches over a spacious 70m2. It will accommodate between 50 and 70 guests, perfect for a ‘lekker’ social gathering with true local flair.

Rates and more information available on request. Feel free to contact our in-house function
co-ordinator, Beadri Eloff at restaurant@buffelsdrift.com

The Spa

The Spa @ Buffelsdrift is situated at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains, South Africa’s 6th World Heritage Site, on Buffelsdrift Game Lodge. Situated 6.5km outside Oudtshoorn en route to the Cango Caves. At the Spa you will find a view of pristine Bushveld and lush vegetation overlooking a 5ha dam with hippos and more than 217 bird species.

Authentic Karoo Cuisine

Specializing in authentic Karoo cuisine, the Buffelsdrift Restaurant offers guests a delicious a la carte menu of homemade foods and local fresh produce. As accompaniment, our wine selection consists of some of the best award-winning wines on Route 62, South Africa’s longest wine route.

Our restaurant also expands to the wooden deck, overlooking our 5ha waterhole filled with big fish, turtles and hippo. If you are lucky, you might even spot the elephants and other game on the opposite bank.

Our Activities

Free Roaming Cheetah Experience

In April 2020, Buffelsdrift will be introducing our South African cheetahs to our guests. After two years of being on the Reserve and being a part of our family, our cheetahs are now adapted and have relaxed to their new environment. We are aiming to create a platform to educate tourists about this predator in his natural environment.

African Bush Safaris

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

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.

Elephant Experiences

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.

Meerkat Safaris

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.

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.

Events - Conference - Weddings

Conferences in Oudtshoorn

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

Seating Arrangements

  • “U” Shape – 30 Delegates
  • Boardroom – 50 Delegates
  • School Room – 60 Delegates
  • Cinema Style – 100 Delegates

Weddings at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge

Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is unique for its setting, breathtaking views of the Swartberg Mountain, vast Klein Karoo plains and blue skies as a natural backdrop

– 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.


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