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Bucklands Private Game Reserve

Postnet Suite # 286 Private Bag X1672, Grahamstown 6140 South Africa
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Bucklands Private Game Reserve consists of 5500 hectares. It is situated adjacent to the Great Fish River Nature Reserve (totalling approximately 45,000 hectares in extent), and the Great Fish River. The climate is hot in summer and mild in winter, and the hilly topography and dense thickets, interspersed with mosaics of grass and bush, is supportive of a diverse plant and animal life, including rhino, zebra, kudu, giraffe and impala, among many others.
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Postnet Suite # 286 Private Bag X1672, Grahamstown 6140 South Africa
Bucklands Private Game Reserve
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Port Elizabeth Airport
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Travellinggypsy62 wrote a review Nov 2017
Exeter, United Kingdom213 contributions22 helpful votes
Anne Williams and Bucklands NR in collaboration with our local Bird Club arranged this spectacular outing. From our arrival on Friday until our departure on Sunday afternoon we were treated to the most amazing time with game drives, guided walks and seemingly never-ending meals. All under the expert guidance of Ian and Brad, with Mary-Anne and Janine ensuring that everything ran on oiled wheels. While we had specifically wanted to see the birds, we were also treated to sightings of Kudu, Eland, blesbok, giraffe, bushbuck, gemsbok and sable; and of course springbok and impala. With seemingly endless views and impeccable eastern cape hospitality, this was an amazingly restful and educational getaway. Thank you!
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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cupcake213 wrote a review Sept 2017
Haga Haga, South Africa4 contributions1 helpful vote
We spent three wonderful nights at Bucklands. We were treated like absolute royalty from start to finish! We were fortunate to be the only guests for the duration of our stay, and were made to feel so welcome. Jennae and Brad were the best hosts! Brad's passion for wildlife is infectious; even as nature lover's ourselves, he gave us a new appreciation for the sights and sounds of the bush. Jennae's food was delectable, and she was so obliging when we decided to stay for an extra night. Well done team, keep it up.
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Date of stay: September 2017
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Room 4 upstairs has the best view.
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Andrew wrote a review Jul 2017
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Traveled to Bucklands with my bae for a weekend getaway outside of Grahamstown. Didn’t really know what to expect, but their winter deal of R999 per person per night, which sounded like a good bargain. Arrived on a Friday and stayed for two nights. We were welcomed by Brad and Jennae, and that was the beginning of an experience of a lifetime. Brad, the head game guide of Bucklands was very knowledgable and most importantly passionate about the bush. As a Canadian doing his first game drive, Brad’s enthusiasm made me fall in love with the bush, he made plants and birds interesting for a city boy like me. Round of applause to Brad, as he truly made this whole trip such a great experience. He also has this app that he paid 700 rands for to call birds, which I found extremely cool.

My girlfriend and I are both vegans, and they did a fantastic job in accommodating us. Most places don’t even try, but the food was fantastic. However, next time you serve a vegan, try to avoid fruit cocktails as most places that try to accommodate us generally go down this road too. However, everything was superb. They even baked us the most amazing vegan donuts, muffins, and provided non-dairy milk. 

The staff was very friendly and the whole experience was very intimate. Everything was personalized and I was very comfortable the whole time. The rooms itself at the lodge, we stayed in Room 4, was beautiful and very clean. They cleaned twice a day and provided these tasty vegan sweets. The experience was authentic and Bucklands has a certain charm to itself. Definitely would come back again next time, and I recommend anyone who reads this review to come experience what Bucklands has to offer. They have a great staff on site right now!
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Room 4 on the Lodge was fantastic!
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addenbrooke2015 wrote a review Apr 2016
Bathurst, South Africa20 contributions1 helpful vote
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We felt like VIPs from the moment we arrived.....the welcoming drinks....the extremely private and luxuriously furnished safari tents overlooking the game reserve....Iain's outstanding Guiding and hosting and Michelle's exceptionally delicious gourmet meals completed the unforgettable experience....we will be back for some more spoiling!
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Date of stay: February 2016
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Room Tip: All luxury safari tents offer complete privacy and unobstructed beautiful valley views of the...
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Response from BucklandsTeam, Front Office Manager at Bucklands Private Game Reserve
Responded 30 May 2016
Thank you, Mark and Margie, for your review of our Luxury Tented Camp. We are thrilled that you had a unforgettable experience and cannot wait to welcome you back to Bucklands in the near future for more spoiling! Kind regards, Mary-Ann
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Jayna V wrote a review Mar 2016
East London, South Africa8 contributions1 helpful vote
Bucklands was amazing and everything about it was so luxurious and calm. The rooms were cosy and the views from the rooms are to die for! The landscape and scenery was extraordinary and my family just loved the awesome game drives. My children especially liked seeing the San Bushmen paintings as it was wonderful to see what they were learning up close and the guides also provided their good knowledge.
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Date of stay: November 2015
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: higher floors are a little safer from mosquitoes but lower floors are closer to scenery and animals
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Response from BucklandsTeam, Front Office Manager at Bucklands Private Game Reserve
Responded 30 May 2016
Thank you, Jayna, for your review on Trip Advisor. We really appreciate the feedback we receive. Kind regards, Mary-Ann
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Ellen F wrote a review Mar 2016
Watlington, United Kingdom36 contributions18 helpful votes
We spent four nights at the luxury tented camp and loved every minute of it. Kevin and Simone looked after us exceptionally well. We very much enjoyed our twice-daily game drives with Kevin and were amazed at the range of wildlife to be seen; we especially loved the baby white rhino and day-old giraffe. Kevin was very knowledgeable and happily saved us from being run over by an aggravated black rhino! The scenery and views in the reserve itself, and further afield in the Great Fish River Nature Reserve, are stunning. The food was excellent and lavish and our 'tent' was extremely comfortable and well serviced. The reserve is extremely good value for money and we highly recommend a visit.
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Date of stay: March 2016
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Xplora2015 wrote a review Jan 2016
Port Elizabeth, South Africa34 contributions17 helpful votes
Our visit to Bucklands was a truly wonderful experience. From the arrival to the departure, it was all handled very warmly and professionally yet with the feeling of being with family on the farm. The tented camp is excellently situated within the reserve and is tastefully furnished with lovely views and great cuisine. The owners e also took the time to be on hand to greet and bid us farewell
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Date of stay: January 2016
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Jane F wrote a review Dec 2015
Port Alfred7 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I spent two nights at the Lodge (11th, 12th Dec). Hosts, Kevin, and Simone, couldn't have been more welcoming, We had a lovely, beautifully clean and tastefully decorated room upstairs, overlooking the pool. Kevin took us on two game drives a day. We opted for one night drive instead of the afternoon/evening one. Kevin's knowledge of the bush, both flora and fauna, is astounding. There were snacks on these drives and then we would come back to enjoy the scrumptious meals prepared by Simone. In between, we relaxed and read our books. The bird life was disappointing but seeing all the other animals, including the newest 11 day old female rhino calf (aptly named Gift), more than made up for this. All in all, we were so impressed and felt it to be great value for money. We'll certainly be back.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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Dee312556 wrote a review Dec 2015
East London, South Africa93 contributions60 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Luxury Tented Camp. The accommodation was extremely comfortable and offered everything you needed. The food and service was excellent and our game drives were great. Kevin was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to look for the animals. Having the rhino "come and join us" for coffee at our stop was quite an experience. This really is a great place.
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Date of stay: November 2015
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HambaEastLondon wrote a review Oct 2015
East London57 contributions39 helpful votes
What a wonderful experience our "two day special" was. Despite being only guests, accommodation, food, game viewing and special staff made it a definite repeat visit and a recommendation! Nothing too much trouble and attention to detail amazing. Kevin was a knowledgeable guide and went out of his way to accommodate our interests. This visit was just what the "doctor" ordered! Well done to you all.
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Date of stay: October 2015
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Room Tip: All the tented camps were great and the lodge looked a good option as well.
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Bucklands Private Game Reserve?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.