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R27 West Coast Road, Darling 7345 South Africa
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#1 of 5 Speciality lodging in Darling
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COS80919 wrote a review Dec 2019
Cape Town, South Africa192 contributions33 helpful votes
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This was a great way to show our USA daughter in law some game. We had the full board which took care of meals . Fridge was well stocked with wine and sodas. As it is near enough for a drive to Paternoster, we could even have some great seafood too! Very friendly restaurant staff.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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PaulP72015 wrote a review Nov 2019
Cambridge, United Kingdom12 contributions1 helpful vote
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We were made very welcome, we were collected from Cape Town Airport by Paul (son of the owners). The accommodation was very comfortable, Bungalow 4. the food was all cooked to order and tasted devine. We had 2 Game drives, the morning we shared with 3 day visitors, when we came across the Giraffes the ranger/driver invited us out of the vehicle to get closer to them. Everyone at the park was very friendly.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Room Tip: Cottages1-5 overlook a waterhole.
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TravellingPeacocks wrote a review Mar 2019
Romsey, United Kingdom232 contributions23 helpful votes
We booked an afternoon game drive as a day visitor. We arrived at the gate which gives a good impression and were directed to the reception. The reception building and restaurant are at the end of a gravel drive and in the middle of the maintenance area which gives an overall impression of untidiness and neglect which is not the case with the main buildings which all seemed new. We had arrived in plenty of time for the drive so we had lunch in the restaurant which was very nice, well cooked and fresh. There was little to do for day visitors whilst waiting. We did wander around some new looking accommodation that looks over a waterhole that was almost dried up and looked uninviting. We got on the game drive vehicles, old 4x4 trucks which gave a good high view and drove onto the reserve to see the Giraffes and various antelopes and wildebeests. We went past the lions which are in a separate enclosure, so are not free roaming with the other animals. We then further onto the reserve and saw the Rhinos, eland and large group of Buffalo's along with numerous antelopes on the large open ground. They have to put feed out in the summer so know where most of the grazing animals will be in the afternoon. They are building a new lodge in the middle of the plain which would be a nice place to stop overnight to be in the middle of the animals. The guide we had, an older gentleman was well informed and knew the animals well. We watched them feed the cheetah and lions whilst we were there as well which brought more activity from them. We enjoyed the game drive in seeing the animals out in the fields, it's a pity the big cats are not out but that was never expected. We didn't stay overnight so cannot comment on the overnight facilities. The reserve has the potential to be much better than it was, clearing up around reception area would give a better overall first impression which can count massively in your favour. I could recommend the drive to see the animals but if the animals are not seen then would be hugely disappointed in presentation of the package, you would have to ignore the caged cats as being there are they can't be anywhere else nor released in the wild.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ImOnABoatZA wrote a review Jan 2019
Melkbosstrand, South Africa81 contributions29 helpful votes
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Stayed here for a few nights during the height of Summer tourist season and it was just one disappointment after another. The access gate is manually operated by a staff member wearing worn-out casual clothing. The main entrance has no signage leaving us to guess where the chalets were and how to get there. There is heavy machinery surrounding the main entrance and the surrounding bush is littered with builders rubble. Eventually we figured out how to get to our accommodation and more disappointments ensued. Our chalet's exterior was infested with pigeons and their droppings were piled up in every outside corner and were all over our cars upon departure while we had to listen to their constant calls. Inside our chalet, we found that there was a smell of something dead around the bed/bathroom entrance while the DSTV didn't work at all. The receptionist said she'd send someone over, but eventually she came herself. She agreed with the bad smell and said she'd send someone over the next day to fix the DSTV but she was sure to tell me how much we'd hate the particular DSTV package and that we really weren't missing anything. That person never came the next day and for the duration of our stay the TV didn't work. The cleaning staff who arrived soon after to investigate the smell, were unable to find the source and that's where it was left - we were just left to deal with this terrible odour! Access out of our chalet sliding door was via two cinderblock bricks loosely placed next to it, and outside was a rough and unfinished concrete/gravel surface. All throughout the property are signs of neglect, lack of maintenance and generally one gets the feeling that nobody actually cares. There is clearly zero management and everyone is more or less left to do their own thing. The staff don't have uniforms and the cleaning staff in particular generally appeared untrained and unequipped to do a proper job. The area around our chalet was littered with cigarette butts, builders rubble and pigeon droppings all of which are ignored by the cleaners. Large pieces of builder's rubble dotted the bush around the chalets - see my pictures for proof. The pool area, which could have been a real highlight, was totally neglected. There were old pool tables scattered here and there and rows of decrepit tables and dart boards. There was no proper seating and no real plan for that area. The available seating appeared to have come from an office environment and was entirely inappropriate for the purpose. The one highlight of all of this depressing scenery was the restaurant. The food was hearty and delicious and served with the smile. I'd say this was perhaps the only functional aspect of the whole property. Outside the bar area was a sad looking pair of pens, one containing a mongoose and one containing two meerkats. If I could have rescued them from that depressing existence, I'd have done so in a heartbeat. Shame on you Buffelsfontein. Overall an incredibly disappointing and depressing experience. It was all so bad that I have even considered volunteering my time to try to fix this place as it has so much potential but the reality is nobody there seems to care. A staff member told us that the place is run by two brothers who can't agree on anything and I believed that - the lack of proper management and decision-making really shows. What a depressing place. We'll never be back and I'll tell everyone else to avoid it.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Caroline d wrote a review Jan 2019
Rotterdam, The Netherlands4 contributions1 helpful vote
We visited CapeTown this Christmas. Wanted to see some wildlife. A few years ago we went to Phinda, nothing really can top that, we knew this would not be the same kind of expeience. The trip from Capetown to Buffelsfontein was surprisingly beautiful!! By arrival we had a welcomming drink and a lovely buffet. The safari guide was great and enthousiastic. We saw a lot of animals but there were hardly trees, so they were not in their natural habitat. We feld a bit said, but we knew that when we booked the trip. And when we look back it was a lovely day, no regrets!
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions about Buffelsfontein
Which popular attractions are close to Buffelsfontein?
Nearby attractions include Darling Olives (2.2 km), Darling Sweet (0.1 km), and Darling Museum (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Buffelsfontein?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Buffelsfontein?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Buffelsfontein?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Buffelsfontein?
Conveniently located restaurants include Marmalade Cat, 1910 The Old Forge - Darling, and Evita se Perron.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Buffelsfontein?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Buffelsfontein located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.09 km away from the centre of Darling.