31 Dec 2014
December 31, 2014

Sayonara to 2014 – What a year!

Events, Oudtshoorn
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge team

We have reached the end of 2014 and what a special year it was. We had a lot going on this year with new developments, amazing awards and some unforgettable guests visiting our lovely Lodge. The whole team at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge took a moment to reflect on the past year and what it had to offer. Here are some highlights that we would like to share with you as well:

New developments

Meerkat Safaris
The first Meerkat Safari went out in June this year and it has seen amazing growth over the past few months. There were two litters and we are expecting more to come soon. Our head Meerkat guide, Armando Crafford, is still busy working on the Meerkat Research Program to further help us understand their behaviour and environment. The safaris depart daily at sunrise. For more information regarding our Meerkat Safaris click here.

Luxury Family Tents
Our brand new Family Tents are also a big attraction for traveling families. These tents are exactly the same size as our Luxury and Waterfront tents, with an additional room added and a sharing en suite bathroom with outdoor shower. A perfect getaway with your family to experience the Klein Karoo bushveld and wildlife. To read more about our Family tents click here.

Awards

Diner’s Club Wine List Awards
Our wine list has won Best New Entry for 2012, the Diamond Award for 2013 and the Platinum Award for 2014. Our Food & Beverage Manager, Daniëlia Fourie is an avid wine enthusiast and we are proud to put forth our delicious wine list for our guests to choose from.

Klein Karoo Smulpaap Top 20 Restaurant
This award is awarded to restaurants situated in the Karoo region, from Montagu to Prins Albert. The award honors the quality of the food, service, appearance and atmosphere.  Buffelsdrift Game Lodge Restaurant was under the Top 20 restaurants chosen to be awarded.

TripAdvisor – Certificate of Excellence Lodge & Restaurant
We always appreciate the reviews and feedback we receive from our guests on TripAdvisor. This year was our fifth consecutive year to receive the Certificate of Excellence for the Lodge as well as the Restaurant. The Buffelsdrift Game Lodge team will always strive to offer the best quality and value for money to all our guests. Thank you for your amazing reviews and support.

Special events

Hayden Quinn: South Africa
Allister Scharneck was chosen to cook alongside Hayden Quinn in the Hayden Quinn:South Africa cooking series, which was showcased during August on SABC 3. Allister demonstrated how to prepare and cook an Ostrich egg frittata in true Klein Karoo style. He wrote a blog on this exciting experience:
Hayden Quinn cooks with Oudtshoorn chef, Allister Scharneck.

Ultimate Braai Master
The penultimate episode of this season’s Ultimate Braai Master was shot at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge. The contestants had to prepare and braai a main course while standing between our Waterfront tents with the 5ha waterhole and majestic Swartberg Mountains as the perfect background. The elimination round took place at our Elephant Lapa where the contestants had to struggle it out to ensure that the entire crew had snacks or traditionally referred to as “padkos” to take with them on the road.  This episode was showcased during November on ETV.

Thank you to all our loyal supporters throughout the year.
We hope you have a prosperous New 2015.