Buffalo Hills Lodge and Safaris

Buffalo Hills Lodge and Safaris

R340 Wittedrift Uniondale near Plettenberg Bay PO Box 1321, Buffalo Hills Game Reserve 6600 South Africa

View prices for your travel dates

Contact accommodation for availability.
There are similar hotels available.
View all
Did you already book this hotel?

About

4.5
#1 of 1 lodge in Buffalo Hills Game Reserve
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Value
Experience the beauty and tranquility of Africa in the unique, malaria-free Cape Garden Route. All our accommodation rates include Safari Game Drives & Safari Game Walks! Accommodation rates include dinner, bed & breakfast in our Luxury Lodge or our Luxury En-Suite Safari Tents and you get a free afternoon Safari Game Drive, a Guided Morning Safari Walk and a tour and mampoer tasting at our unique cultural attraction - the Nyati jjj Distillery. What's the greatest luxury when you're on safari? A hot shower in the outdoors, of course - and that's exactly what you'll be able to enjoy when our four new luxury tents open for guests later this month.
Read more
Suggest edits to improve what we show.Improve this listing
Property amenities
Free parking
Pool
Hot bath
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Good to know
HOTEL CLASS
Star ratings are intended to indicate the general level of features, amenities, and services to expect. This property is classified according to Giata.
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic

Location

R340 Wittedrift Uniondale near Plettenberg Bay PO Box 1321, Buffalo Hills Game Reserve 6600 South Africa
28Reviews1Q+A3Room tips
Traveller rating
  • 19
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • 1
Time of year
Traveller type
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Sort by:
Detailed Reviews
TheOldTiger wrote a review Jun 2006
London, UK
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here for three nights and had a very pleasant stay. BH is not in the top league of safari lodges, but then it doesn't charge their prices, nor have their pretensions. Overall it delivers a good standard of accommodation and game viewing within an affordable budget. The plus points are:

(i) the personal attention that you get from the camp staff, led by the (ever so slightly lugubrious) Tony and his (very charming and helpful) wife Maria. The team can't do enough for you; among many kindnesses, they were very accommodating to us who were travelling with a small child, including babysitting while we had dinner at the boma.

(ii) the small scale of the place. With only 6 "rooms" you feel very much not part of the tourist scene and have plenty of time to enjoy the game, both on drives (baby giraffes!) and at your lodge (rhino just 20 feet away, with only a wire strand between you and them.

(iii) the food; great cooked dinners round the boma in the evening and excellent breakfasts.

Less good were some "infrastructure" issues; a lousy road to get there, especially the final stretches, a "swimming pool" that's basically a water tank - most unappealing - and a cottage that we stayed in which really could do with a bit of money being spent on a spruce-up to bring it up to standard. Plus a slightly-annoying but also slightly-funny constant mini-campaign to sell you some home-brewed firewater that they make on the premises.

We enjoyed our stay and if we wouldn't hurry back, that's got more to do with "new places to see" than anything else. Don't expect Shamwari and you won't be disappointed.
Read more
Date of stay: March 2005
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
ho67 wrote a review Nov 2011
Frankfurt
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Buffalo Hills has rooms and cottages, and a lot of animals: giraffes, zebras, bonteboks, springboks elands and - of course - buffalos.

There are a lot of game reserves, but buffalo hills is special, for 2 reasons:

First there are amazing tented lodges right within bushes and trees in the middle of the game reserve. With a spectacular view all around you, especially because you can roll up the whole wall and have the biggest possible window (with flyscreen, no worries). The Tents have solid wooden floors and a ensuite bathrooms with big windows too. So you can sit in the tub watching birds and giraffes right around you... :-)

Second Tony & Maria Kinahan make the best braai (BBQ) we have met in RSA. All guests meet around the big fire, have a first drink, while Tony is preparing the meat, game and fish on the live coal. Lateron everyone sits together at a large table and enjoys a delicious 3 course menue. A little bit like King Arthurs table. :-) Even so we had to get to bed earlier than the rest of the circle (kids...), we had two wondeful nights at the Kinahan's braai. Thanks very much!

Very friendly and lovely hosts, amazing nature, wonderful views, many anymals.
Read more
Date of stay: October 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
nobster666 wrote a review Nov 2006
wales
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A good place to go. The staff are excellent. There is a clear passion about wildlife and conservation which comes accross with enthusiasm from the staff. Yes you will get up close to rhinos, giraffe, buffalo etc but this isnt just about seeing animals. Its a real learaning experience brought to life by the team. The rooms are great: we stayed in a luxury tent, which was gorgeous. The boma is great fun and a good way to meet the other guests. It is a small reserve so the service is more personal. Maria and Tony are excellent hosts and keen that all guests enjoy their stay.
There are many game reserves around now and each one will appeal to different tastes. Go to Kruger if you want lions and go to Shamwari if you want gin on your game drive. If you want a great couple of days seeing shed loads of animals, coupled with great hosts, great food and great accommodation: you'll be hard pushed to do better than here.
Read more
Date of stay: November 2006
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
PennyScotland wrote a review Jun 2007
Scotland
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked Buffalo Hills for two nights, through the Portfolio Collection, for both good accommodation and the game tours. The accommodation was good, spacious and clean. We were very comfortable.

We arrived mid afternoon and, having been given details for the evening game drive and instructions not to leave the lodge for safety reasons, were pretty much left to entertain ourselves. The swimming pool was an uninviting watertank that did not seem entirely appropriate for children. We did not use it.

On the game drive the guide was knowledgable and informative but there was a limited variety of animals to view. This was our first experience of a small game reserve and, having been to Pilanesberg National Park, we found the drive slightly tame and artificial. However, two German families with young children (4-8 years) thoroughly enjoyed the experience. One young lad was mad keen on the open top Landrover and absolutely loved the off road experience.

Dinner was a shared experience which had the potential to be good but again did not quite hit the right note. The owners did not dine with us but the owner's elderly father did. It would perhaps have been a better evening had it been the other way round. It was a classic "Basil Fawlty" situation of an elderly man relating his WW2 tales blissfully unaware of the nationality of a number of the guests. We felt slightly uncomfortable and so did the Germans.

The meal was adequate by SA standards but the uncomfortable evening was not improved around the boma bonfire by a slightly over familiar chef.

The game drive in the morning turned out to be a game walk without game. We were led into the fynbos for a flora ramble which turned out to be very interesting and a thoroughly enjoyable surprise. Perhaps less so for the children.

Breakfast was at trestle tables on the lodge lawn and was an enjoyable feast in the morning sun.

Whilst we had booked for two nights, the limited attractions meant that their was nothing more for us to see or do. We took our leave early with no loss of deposit. Whilst we were not highly impressed with Buffalo Hills, the children thought it was great. So a recommendation for family groups on their first visit to a game reserve but not so good for experienced game watchers.
Read more
Date of stay: March 2007
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
PoppyM1111 wrote a review Jun 2015
Dungannon, United Kingdom
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked a cottage at Buffalo Hills, knowing it was a game reserve, but did not expect to see Rhinoceros, giraffes and wildebeest outside our door! Literally right outside our door! There was a wire fence (turned out to be electrified) between us and a field full of the most amazing wild life.
We went on a safari or two, met some funnel spiders, saw the local highly revered deer, and got pretty up close and personal with those rhino!!
The food was great, the BBQ in particular being a well enjoyed highlight.
I couldn't possibly express how precious some of the memories we made here are to me!
Read more
Date of stay: July 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: It's well worth joining with others who are there at the same time for meals, makes for a...
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Sarah E wrote a review Apr 2012
Manchester, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed one night at Buffalo Hills Lodge, as part of our Garden Route tour. I thought i had booked a tented lodge, but I had mistakenly booked us in to the main lodge. However, we were not disappointed - the lodge was beautiful. We had a very spacious room with a large ensuite bathroom, with fantastic views out over the lawns. Zebra, buffalo and numerous 'boks and eland wandered about in front of our bedroom window! The safari drive and morning walk with Kurt were excellent. He was really knowledgeable and sadly the time seemed to disappear very quickly in his company due to the excellent and entertaining guidance. Our 'Braai' in the evening was fantastic - we dined with another couple and their young daughter and baby. Tony cooked the meat whilst we sat outside talking, and Marie had prepared a lovely starter, salads, vegetables and desert to accompany the meat, as well as pasta for the children's meal. We really enjoyed the experience and felt it was great value for money and excellent standards.
Read more
Date of stay: March 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
CandPSouthampton wrote a review Mar 2012
Southampton
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Buffalo Hills Lodge for 2 nights recently, whilst touring South Africa and the Garden Route. We had opted to stay in the tented units, which on arrival were most impressive. Very spacious, with all the mod-cons and even a spa bath!

We were most impressed with the hospitality, having booked on a DBB basis, and Tony is the world's official "Best Braai Chef". Amazing food, drink, service and overall experience. Marie also catered for vegetarian needs excellently - both are very good cooks making bread, desserts etc at home from scratch - a wonderful touch we thought. Breakfast also was excellent with a wide variety of options and plentiful buffet.

During our stay we opted to do both the guided walk in the morning with Kurt - who was extremely knowledgable and entertaining - he is an asset to Buffalo Hills, as well as the guided game drive one afternoon. Having already been on a game drive to see wild animals a few days before, it was really lovely to be able to get so close to the animals at Buffalo Hills to see their markings and to learn about their behaviours - which again Kurt delivered very well indeed.

As a group, we loved our experience at Buffalo Hills - we really did feel like we were "camping in the bush", but it was made so much more comfortable by the standard of the accommodation.

Thank you Tony, Marie and Kurt for such a lovely stay at Buffalo Hills. We wish you all the very best.
Read more
Date of stay: February 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Definitely book a tented unit to get a memorable experience!
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
yvonne_rb wrote a review Nov 2011
Bergen, Norway
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent three fantastic days at Buffalo Hills and would gladly have stayed for another three if only we had had the time. Our cottage was clean, comfortable and charmingly rustic, the view over grazing zebras and antilopes was delightfully exotic and the game drives and walks were truly enlightening. But Buffalo Hill's very best asset is the lovely people we got to know there: Tony and Maria who provided delicious meals and interesting conversation at the dinner table, and the very knowledgable Kurt who took us for amazing walks in the African wilderness. They all made our stay very special. We can't wait to go back!
Read more
Date of stay: November 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
mathieu_dupuis wrote a review Apr 2011
Lille, France
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my girlfriend stayed at Buffalo Hills for 2 nights, and were actually so charmed by this amazing and quiet location that we decided to spend 2 more nights there on our way back.
I have very rarely been in such relaxing place, offering a magnificent view on the wide land, where we could enjoy and observe the peaceful wildlife while taking a sun bathing outdoor breakfast, cooked by the lovely Maria.

She and her husband Tony always made us feel like at home (only better!) thanks to their extreme kindness. We ended up every evening having late conversations in the Boma around the fire and a delicious meal (homemade, of course!), providing us various tastes of Africa! Among one of them you would definitely like to try out the Mampoer, traditionnal African liquor distilled within the Reserve.

Being located along the Garden Route, we could enjoy our days by driving to various attractions such as Tsitsikamma National Park, the city of Knysna, Pletenberg bay, etc...
But before that, we enjoyed listening to Curt and his incredible knowledge of flora/fauna (especially snakes!) during a pleasant and invigorating morning walk.

To sum up, it was for me and my girlfriend an extremely pleasant stay, where I felt very close to nature as well as very comfortable: a highlight of my South African journey!
Read more
Date of stay: March 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: En-Suite Bedroom
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
peggyvisserfam wrote a review Apr 2011
Brighton
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an amazing couple of days at Bufallo Hills. The luxury tents were above our expectations. Decorated with love and attention to the detail and equipped with all you need to make your stay enjoyable and pleasant. Even the heaters were on on our arrival, fresh flowers and a chocolate next to the bed. I had a bath in the jacuzzi early morning, sipping a cup of coffee and watching the monkeys playing in the trees. The evenings were just a spectacular, relaxing on our privte the wooden deck, with a glass of wine and enjoying the sunset and the view towards the hills, while zebras and wildebeast were entertaining us.
The ultimate treat was the outside dinner around the fire. Maria cooked up a storm every evening and served the most delicous meals every night.
Plettenberg has so much to offer, but we couldn't bring ourselves to leave the Lodge, but rather enjoyed the wonderful surroundings, the peace and tranquility and the well guided safari walks or drives on the property.
Than kyou so much for your excellent hospitality Tony and Maria.we hope to be back soon. Kristin, Stefan and the girls
Read more
Date of stay: April 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
PoppyM1111 wrote a tip Jun 2015
Dungannon, United Kingdom21 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It's well worth joining with others who are there at the same time for meals, makes for a more interesting visit!"
Read full review
CandPSouthampton wrote a tip Mar 2012
Southampton32 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Definitely book a tented unit to get a memorable experience!"
Read full review
mathieu_dupuis wrote a tip Apr 2011
Lille, France11 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"En-Suite Bedroom"
Read full review
Not the right property for you?
There are more places to choose from in the Buffalo Hills Game Reserve area.
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeBuffalo Hills Game Reserve
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect average nightly room rates, including taxes and fees that are fixed, known to our partners, and due at time of booking. Please see our partners for more details.
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

BUFFALO HILLS LODGE AND SAFARIS - Reviews (Buffalo Hills Game Reserve, South Africa)

Frequently Asked Questions about Buffalo Hills Lodge and Safaris
Which popular attractions are close to Buffalo Hills Lodge and Safaris?
Nearby attractions include Plettenberg Beach (1.1 km), Cairnbrogie (0.8 km), and St. Christopher Catholic Church (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Buffalo Hills Lodge and Safaris?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Buffalo Hills Lodge and Safaris?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Buffalo Hills Lodge and Safaris?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Buffalo Hills Lodge and Safaris?
Conveniently located restaurants include Nguni Restaurant, Nineteen 89 Plett, and Sol Kitchen.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Buffalo Hills Lodge and Safaris?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Buffalo Hills Lodge and Safaris?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Old Timber Shed (1.3 km), Nelson Bay Cave (5.8 km), and Van Plettenberg Beacon (1.4 km).