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The bush by night. Filled with the rustlings of shy nocturnal critters and soul-stirring cries of night birds, it feels like a different place from the fynbos you explored in the bold light of day. Peaceful, beautiful, and an adventure in itself, there’s plenty to look forward to from a night at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge.
While the Buffelsdrift Restaurant is open to you at most times of the day, there’s nothing like a delicious evening meal to make you feel at home. The Buffelsdrift Restaurant specialises in authentic Karoo cuisine that will leave your taste buds begging for more, all accompanied by a specially curated wine and spirit’s list from the best of the famous Cape Route 62 wine trail.Perched on the deck alongside the watering hole, you’ll have a chance to see the first nocturnal animals emerge tentatively from their day’s slumber as you dine, as well as the last of the diurnal fauna grabbing one last drink before a good night’s sleep. As the warmth of the lights and a hearty fire flicker into life, it’s a romantic glimpse at the peace and stillness of the bush, surrounded by joy, laughter, and some of the best food you’ll ever taste. Even the most jaded soul will find themselves wooed by the beauty and peace as nature takes her own pause.
While we all have the image of a day safari under the blazing sun burned in our minds, did you know that a night drive can be even more exciting? Imagine heading into the bush as the quiet of dusk settles over the Karoo. Night jars and other nocturnal birds are just starting to wake, filling the air with their haunting cries. Your skilled guide will introduce you to the elusive ‘Shy Five’ at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge- aardwolf, genet, aardvark, porcupine, and caracal. But of course, they’re not the only exciting sites you’ll see! Hippos come out to play at night, leveraging the cool temperatures and stillness of the bush to graze. Buffalo, Sable, Cape Mountain Zebra, Giraffe, Eland, and Sable all have their furtive night routines, and you’ll be a ghostly presence in them for the drive. Plus, of course, plenty of time to enjoy the legendary Karoo stars on your refreshment break, too! The Karoo is known globally for some of the most striking starscapes you’ll ever see, so expect to find your heart in your throat many times over as this unmissable beauty unfolds forever above you.It’s a can’t-miss chance to experience a side of the bush few ever see, and learn its shy secrets for yourself.
Plus, of course, after an action-packed day and a wondrous evening, you can retire for a sleep packed with sweet dreams and peaceful relaxation in our luxury tented camps. For those of you in the Horizon view tents, you’ll be close to the banks of the wateringhole, lulled to sleep by the cries of the nocturnal birds and soft rustlings of the fynbos around you. Peer over the sundeck where you were basking in the day, and allow the peace of one of nature’s most beautiful landscapes to sooth you to sleep, ready for another action-packed day tomorrow.Buffelsdrift safari lodge by night is an experience that will linger in the quiet corners of your memory for a lifetime, even as you feel your soul and senses rejuvenate. With a wealth of memorable experiences to share, a tummy full of heart and delicious cooking, and peace like nowhere on earth, there’s no more perfect way to round out your Buffelsdrift experience!