Meerkat Safaris

About the Activity:

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.

Meerkats are also referred to as the Suricate or in German as the Erdmännchen and are known to be part of the Mongoose family. They are small species of foraging mammals that’s usually found inhabiting the harsh conditions of the open and arid, semi-desert plains in Southern Africa.

Meerkats are known for their upright stance and their sociable behaviour. Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is situated in the heart of the Klein Karoo and offers the ideal environment and vegetation for Meerkats to thrive.

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.

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Pricing & Information

R775.00 pp

(8-12 years) R390.00 pp

Duration of Activity:
+-2 Hours

Please Note:

Weather permitting. On sunny mornings our meerkats wake up on time, but conditions such as rain and cold overcast mornings can delay the meerkats to emerge from their burrows for the morning. Meerkats prefer clear sunny mornings.  Thus, in the event of above mentioned weather conditions, there is a possibility that we will not see the meerkats or that the meerkat safari can be cancelled.

Currently Buffelsdrift Game Lodge has embarked on an extensive Meerkat research program. Volunteers at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge will be utilized to help the ranger with data collection and behaviour observations.  For more information, visit our Volunteer Program.

General Guidelines:

These are wild habituated Meerkats and will not be touched or handled by humans, including the ranger. The distance from the Meerkats and the guests will at all times be determined by the ranger and respected by the guests. Maximum of 16 guests per vehicle. Maximum of 2 vehicles per day. No children under the age of eight years.

Booking Dates

Bookings for our Meerkat Safaris are via enquiry only.
Call us on 044 272 0000 or email us your booking enquiry.
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Lion Feeding Experience

About our Lions

After two years of intensive research and preparation, we received three young lions in January 2017. The decision to move the three lions was based on the fact that the area on the Game Farm where they were born was very small and the area at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge was large and would be more suited.

These cubs were born in captivity and can therefore never be released into the wild. The cubs, approximately 9 months old, two females and one male were relocated with the help of a local vet and the legal authorities, Cape Nature. The cubs were welcomed on Wednesday 4 January at their massive special erected camp at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge.

A portion of the funds accumulated from this project is used for conservation purposes and the support of a local school in our community.

About the Activity:

Guests will be transported in a game vehicle to the 5ha lion enclosure where they will see our lions (Shumba, Tonga and Safia) close-up from the elevated view point. A trained game ranger will feed the lions while guests view them. It is advisable to have a camera at hand. Furthermore, the game ranger will fully inform the guests regarding important aspects of lions in general.

R690.00 pp

(4-12 years) R345.00 pp

(0-3 years) Free of charge

Duration of Activity:
1-2 Hours

General Guidelines:

These are wild Lions and will not be touched or handled by humans, including the rangers.
Maximum of 20 guests per Lion experience. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Duration of the Lion viewing experience may vary depending on their behaviour (± 1-2 hours)

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Meet our Lions
meaning “Lion” in Shona (He is the male and the brother of the females)
meaning “Rule” in Shona (She has the outgoing personality)
meaning ” Pure and Wise ” in Swahili (She is the shy but playful one)

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