At The Foothills of The Swartberg Mountain (South Africa’s 6th World Heritage Site)



Buffelsdrift Game Lodge holds a unique feature with it’s luxurious tents.  There are Nine Luxury Waterfront tents that are at the waters edge, with private decks overlapping the water.  Whether you are sipping sundowners or the warm African sun, you can also spot Hippo and other game from the comfort of your tent.

Luxury Waterfront Accommodation


There are also Sixteen Luxury tents a few metres further from the water.  These have magnificent views over the waterhole and general lodge area.


Luxury Air-Conditioned en-suite Tented Accommodation

Residents have their own private swimming pool to cool off on hot Karoo days.  The pool, like the waterfront tents, is at the edge of the waterhole and an amazing place to relax and enjoy a nice swim whilst having the wildlife close to you.



Luxury Family Accommodation (4 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 are also near to the waterhole and provide an elevated view of the surroundings and Swartberg Mountains. 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.



All 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



Tea and coffee facilities

Free WiFi



The 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.


The Spa @ Buffelsdrift

The Spa @ Buffelsdrift has 4 permanent therapists onsite that are professionally trained to provide the feeling one gets of being in nature with a relaxing and revitalizing treatment. Choose your preferred massage, treatment or facial and be amazed by the view over the lake, sounds of wildlife and relaxing soft music in the background.

Bush Safari

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

A wide range of animals can be spotted, from Hippo, Elephant, Giraffe, Eland, Zebra, Buffalo, Rhino, 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.


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.


Meerkat Safari

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.



Elephant Experiences

The 3 African Elephants are orphans from the Kruger National Park.  Their parents were poached.  Buffelsdrift are fortunate that they ended up here at the 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.


Elephant Feeding

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.

Elephant Brushing and Feeding

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.

Elephant Walking and Feeding

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.



Images and Video footage credited to Buffelsdrift Game Lodge