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They say travelling with a family is hard. Buffelsdrift Game Lodge disagrees! While you may not have the ease of mobility you did as a hip singleton, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing your whole family bond and flourish through shared fun on a private game reserve. If you’re looking for somewhere perfect to head with the kids this year, Buffelsdrift has everything you need to keep the whole family entertained every step of the way.
While some people say that game drives are wasted on kids, we disagree! Showing your little ones the magic of the natural world is one of the richest experiences you can ever give them. Not only does it help develop respect for their world and their place in it, but it can help teach them fun facts and even how to think critically about the information they receive- all without it feeling like work!Our bush safaris are kept fresh and interesting by our skilled guides, so the whole family can enjoy. But that’s not all. Younger children are sure to be thrilled by the chance to get up close and personal with our resident gentle giants- our rescued elephants! While most of the bush isn’t like you see in Disney, these three charmers are sure to enchant young and old alike, and give children the rare chance to safely encounter a wild animal at close range.Our meerkat safaris also give children a delightful chance to experience a familiar Disney favourite in their real habitat, and learn more about the realities of these fascinating, fierce- if admittedly cute- cornerstones of the African experience.
In some ways, travelling with tweens, teens, and young adults can be more wearying- after all, they know so much more than you, their uncool parents, ever did! Luckily, the magic of the Karoo will woo even the sullenest teenager. Why not consider adding a night safari to the cards? It’s a chance to experience the bush after dark, far from the city lights, where every sound is magnified and the stars glitter overhead.Our predators are also sure to catch the eye of older children. Our free-roaming cheetah and lion experiences carry the thrill of danger and rebellion, but also offer a valuable learning experience at a critical time in your child’s development. Let them learn more about conservation and their role in saving the beautiful land around us for the future while experiencing primal Africa at her most bewitching.
Buffelsdrift also offers heritage walks. A great way to stay active and burn energy while learning more about the unique Karoo landscape and the people and animals which shaped it. Steeped in the natural beauty of the Karoo, you can also head out to the Greater Oudtshoorn area for more adventures.From the thrills of the Cango Caves to the spills and giggles at the Oudtshoorn Ostrich farm, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. Let young adults (and parents) have a sip or two of sparkling local vintages at Karusa Winery, sample succulent local-grown produce, cheeses, and more at every turn, explore the art and heritage of this vibrant town, and have fun together as a family. The Swartberg Mountain Reserve also lies close by, allowing you to explore even more of Africa’s vibrant wildlife.It’s fun in the sun at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge whether it’s winter or summer, and there’s something for all ages to enjoy. Our luxury family units allow you to enjoy your time on the reserve together, with gorgeous views, access to the resident’s pool, and an authentic bushveld experience you just can’t beat. Experience and African Game Lodge at its best. Experience Buffelsdrift with the whole family.Image: IG @benescke