The Pale Chanting Goshawk (Melierax canorus) is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae. This hawk breeds in Southern Africa. It is a resident species of dry, open semi-desert with 75 cm or less annual rainfall. It is commonly seen perched on roadside telephone poles. This species is 56–65 cm long. The adult has grey upperparts with a white rump. The central tail.. read more →

11 Sep 2017
September 11, 2017

Annual Ladies Golf Day

Events, Oudtshoorn

On the 7th of September 2017, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge had the privilege of sponsoring its 6th annual SWD ladies golf day held at the Oudtshoorn Golf Club. This years event was themed Wildlife / Safari, the ladies went all out with their safari outfits! Teaming up with Liesl Neethling (Ladies Club Captain from Oudtshoorn Golf Club) and her.. read more →

My name is Cesario Bergamin, I’m 19 years old, live in Switzerland and spend 2 weeks as a Volunteer at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge. After 1 week of exploring Cape Town my journey to Buffelsdrift Game Lodge started. I was welcomed by the lovely Volunteer Project Manager Mariné with whom I spent every day with. She.. read more →

My name is Monique Douglas, 21 and I volunteered at Buffelsdrift from the 20th of June until the 4th of July 2017. I am a final year BA Humanities student at Stellenbosch University and was required by a course to do some job shadowing or volunteering in an area that interests us. I chose Buffelsdrift.. read more →

Arrived 18-04-2017 at Buffelsdrift as the first volunteer to participate in the new project. My main interest were the meerkats. After arrival I was accomodated at the volunteer campsite which consists of 5 tents with a maximum of 4 volunteers per tent. A general part named the Lions quarter was in front of the tents.. read more →

08 Sep 2017
September 8, 2017


Oudtshoorn, Ranger Diaries

Porcupines are rodentian mammals with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, that protect against predators. The term covers two families of animals, the Old World porcupines of family Hystricidae, and the New World porcupines of family Erethizontidae. Both families belong to the infraorder Hystricognathi within the profoundly diverse order Rodentia and display superficially similar coats of quills: despite this, the two groups are distinct from each other and are.. read more →

After two years of intensive preparation, Buffelsdrift Game Lodge received three young lions in January 2017. The negotiations with the Namibian conservationists Dr Rudie and Marlice van Vuuren from N/a’an ku sê -Conservation, started almost two years ago when the couple indicated that they would like to expand their work that they are doing in.. read more →

A large grey owl, 43–50 cm tall, barred in front and blotched on the head, back and wings. Their wingspan is about 1 m. The distinguishing features of the Spotted Eagle-Owl are the prominent tufts of feathers on either side of its head, which it erects into ‘ears’ or ‘horns’, and its bright yellow eyes. The ear.. read more →

In English, the species is known by several different names, including saddle-backed, grey, silver-backed, red, and golden jackal. The black-backed jackal is a fox-like canid with a slender body, long legs and large ears. It is similar to the closely related side-striped jackal and more distantly related golden jackal, though its skull and dentition are more robust and.. read more →

The heat of the summer months brings with it man’s most feared reptile, the snake. The name ‘puff adder’ stems from the snake’s habit of inflating itself and hissing when threatened. The noise produced is a menacing hissing sound and should be construed as a strong warning. The snake itself is rather sluggish and generally.. read more →