Join Us For At Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge For A Night Under The Stars And Experience The Klein Karoo Sky Up Close.

Let your expert guide take the pleasure in sharing his passion for the marvels of the heavens and share some interesting facts about what can be observed on a cloudless night in the Klein Karoo at Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge.

Bookings must be made prior to the evening of the tour and preferably with your Online Registration form. Price. A minimum of 2 persons, subject to weather conditions.

This is also open to the public, however bookings are essential and must be made at least 48 hours in advance

Garden Route

George is 65km from here, Mossel Bay just over the fabulous Robinson Pass is just 98km and of course the entire Garden Route and the wonders of now famous Route 62 opens up to you on our doorstep!


On the farm there are a few relaxing activities, swimming, hiking, reading on your deck, watching the animals, and enjoying the scenery.


The Vergelegen Road upon which Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge is situated leads one directly to the R328 and one of the most highly sought after circular routes in South Africa, down the Swartberg Pass to Prince Albert, through Meiringspoort and de Rust and back home to us, in time for sundowners and another fantastic dinner!

Free-roaming Cheetah Experience

In April 2020, we introduced our South African cheetahs to our guests. After two years of being on the Reserve and being a part of our family, our cheetahs are now adapted and have relaxed to their new environment. We are aiming to create a platform to educate tourists about this predator in its natural environment.

We aim to create conservation awareness through education and to give the visitor a once in a lifetime experience. Buffelsdrift Game Lodge is part of EWT’s Cheetah Meta-population project and are wanting to contribute towards the existence and increase of the free-roaming cheetah population in their natural habitat in Southern Africa.

Cheetahs, like all other large predators, are heavily persecuted by livestock farmers. To conserve habitat for species such as the cheetah are a massive challenge to overcome. Buffelsdrift Game Lodge decided to contribute to this cause, by conserving the habitat for the cheetah and in so doing help to overcome the challenges that our cheetah meta-population faces. Track the free roaming cheetahs by vehicle and by foot in their natural environment at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge.

Activity Information

Outfit: Long Tracksuite
Age Limit: Min age of 12 yrs/Min height of 1.2m
Duration of Activity: 3 – 4 Hours
Meeting Point: Look-out Lounge @ 08:00 (have to leave Zwartberg Mountain View Lodge 7h00)
What to Bring: Sunblock, Hiking shoes (no sandals or flip flops), Preferably long trousers, Hat, Small Backpack, ,Water, Binoculars / Camera and Appropriate medication for personal medical conditions.

African Bush Safaris

During our bush safaris ( game drives ), you can expect to experience true Karoo vegetation from our open game viewing vehicles. Our wide range of animals includes Hippo, Giraffe, Eland, Zebra, Buffalo, Springbok, and much more. The duration of our bush safaris is ± 2 hours. About midway through the safari, there is a refreshment break at one of our scenic lookout points. These offer 360° panoramic views of the area as well as the Zwartberg Mountains.

Activity Information

Duration of Activity: 2 Hours
Meeting Point: Look-out Lounge @ 9h00 (have to leave Zwartberg Mountain View Lodge 8h00) or @15h00 (have to leave Zwartberg Mountain View Lodge 14h00)

Elephant Experience

At a Directors meeting on 29 April 2022 a decision was taken, that with immediate effect, too no longer offer Elephant Walks as an Activity.

None of our elephants have been taken from the wild for captivity. The three elephants were orphaned when the adults were poached. Our elephants come from circumstances that if we did not intervene they would not be alive today. We did not choose this life for them but we rather chose to give them the best possible life within our means with the best possible love and care. All our elephant excursions have a most informative educational approach.
We are fortunate that they ended up here at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge as they are true gentle giants and have great personalities. Elephants are very affectionate and caring animals.

Activity Information

Duration of Activity: 30 min
About the Activity: An early booking for an Elephant Experience is essential as our elephants are very popular. Clients should arrive 15 minutes prior to activity. Activity will automatically be cancelled if clients arrive 15 minutes after booked time and will have to wait for the next time slot. You are welcome to ask our elephant guides as many questions as you like.

Hourly from 09:00 to 14:00 depending on availability. You may take as many photos as you like while our qualified and skilled elephant guides share their knowledge with you of these gentle giants.

Meerkat Safaris

Join us daily at dawn to witness these incredible wild habituated creatures emerging out of their burrows, just in time to soak up the sun before they head about their daily activities.

Meerkats are also referred to as the Suricate or in German as the Erdmännchen and are known to be part of the Mongoose family. They are small species of foraging mammals that’s usually found inhabiting the harsh conditions of the open and arid, semi-desert plains in Southern Africa.

Meerkats are known for their upright stance and their sociable behaviour. The Meerkat Safaris at Buffelsdrift Game Lodge will bring you up close to these amazing animals. A trained ranger will meet our guests in the Lookout Lounge, where they will enjoy a warm cup of coffee and rusks, before heading to the Safari vehicle by which they will be taken to the Meerkat burrows. On the way to the burrows guests are usually lucky to spot some of the 22 species of animals on the reserve. As there are dangerous animals like Buffalo and Hippo on the reserve, the guests remain on the vehicle while waiting for the Meerkats to emerge at the break of dawn. The ranger will educate the guests on all the interesting facts and behaviour throughout the experience.

Activity Information

Duration of Activity: +-2 Hours
Please note:
Weather permitting. On sunny mornings our meerkats wake up on time, but conditions such as rain and cold overcast mornings can delay the meerkats to emerge from their burrows for the morning. Meerkats prefer clear sunny mornings. Thus, in the event of above mentioned weather conditions, there is a possibility that we will not see the meerkats or that the meerkat safari can be cancelled.
General Guidelines:
These are wild habituated Meerkats and will not be touched or handled by humans, including the ranger. The distance from the Meerkats and the guests will at all times be determined by the ranger and respected by the guests. Maximum of 16 guests per vehicle. Maximum of 2 vehicles per day. No children under the age of eight years.

Heritage Nature Walk

Strap your boots and come experience an adventure that will allow you to use all your senses to connect deeper with the Little Karoo and its history. A 5km trail swirls past dramatic scenes of the famous red rock formations of the little Karoo. These scenes will take your imagination on a journey, while a qualified guide tells the stories on how the Little Karoo was born millions of years ago. Smelling nature and Feeling the grass crush underneath your boots while following your guide, you can encounter a variety of wildlife species from a safe distance. This activity is also a fantastic opportunity for bird lovers as our expert guides are fully qualified and well informed on the many bird species you may encounter on the walk. Moving through dense Karoo veld, the trail leads you to a historical cave that was previously inhabited by the San ( Bushman ) people. Here you will witness the fine art of the bushman people, painted many years ago against the folds of the mountain range. Overlooking the plains of the Little Karoo, the guide will share stories of the Bushman and how they lived here in the land of thirst.

Activity Information

Outfit: Long Tracksuite
Age Limit: Min age of 12 yrs/Min height of 1.2m
Min Pax: 2 Pax 8 Max
Duration of Activity: +- 4 Hours (depends on group’s pace)
Breakfast: Snack pack, juice & water incl.
Trail difficulty: Casual +- 5km walk
Fitness Level: Moderate
Provided: Walking Stick (optional)
Departure Times: 06:00 (summer-have to leave Zwartberg Mountain View Lodge 5h00) 08:00 (winter -have to leave Zwartberg Mountain View Lodge 7h00)
What to Bring: Sunblock, Hiking shoes (no sandals or flip flops), Preferably long trousers, Hat, Small Backpack, ,Water, Binoculars / Camera and Appropriate medication for personal medical conditions

Cango Caves

Along the same route you’ll encounter ostrich farms, wine estates, endangered species breeding units and of course one of the greatest natural wonders in the world – the awesome Cango Caves and its sister attractions, Cango Ostrich Farm – directly accessible from here!

Klein Karoo Horse Adventures

Ontdek die wonder en natuurskoon van die Klein Karoo te perd met ons kundige span.

Experience nature on horseback: up close, rugged, beautiful. We offer scenic guided outrides in the Klein Karoo routes on Doornkraal farm along old tracks and hidden game paths through the foot-hills of the spectacular Swartberg Mountains. Riders of all skill levels welcome, even beginners.

You can enjoy short outrides or day rides including a sumptuos picnic of fresh, wholesome farm produce served with local wine or delicious homemade cordials. Our horses are descendants of the Cape Riding Horse, a South African breed with a rich history. They have excellent temperaments and are sure-footed and big-hearted.

For more information and to book click here

Bird Watching

The Klein Karoo, specifically the Oudtshoorn area and Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge, is a haven for bird lovers. The lodge offers a variety of bird-friendly habitats, allowing guests to observe a diverse range of bird species on the walking trails, at waterholes, and even on the mountain itself. These habitats include permanent streams, thickets, fynbos, and karroid veld, as well as man-made habitats like dams and gardens. Each of these habitats is home to its own unique species, some of which can only be found in the Western Cape. Whether you are a seasoned birdwatcher or simply appreciate the beauty of these feathered creatures, Zwartberg View Mountain Lodge is the perfect destination for an unforgettable birding experience.

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