Recently upgraded, Buffelshoek is situated in the tranquil SE corner of Manyeleti Game Reserve close to the unfenced boundaries of Kruger National Park and Sabi Sand Private Nature Reserve. Migration of the wildlife between the four reserves is unhindered thus making this the perfect destination to spend time in a game-rich area that is renowned for Big 5 animal sightings. Thanks to the low density of lodges in Manyeleti, the wilderness experience is enhanced and it means that there is little to no waiting in line or jockeying for position at a sighting.
Offering an authentic bush experience, Buffelshoek achieves a balance between comfort and bushveld ambience and maintains a feeling of exclusivity with only five quaint two-sleeper thatch-roofed, canvass fronted tents with open-air en-suite bathrooms all on wooden decks. With a maximum of 10 guests, this ensures that each guest receives individual attention.
The vast tranquil expanse surrounding Buffelshoek, where the elephants, rhinos and buffalos roam, restores your soul. A place where the stars shine brightly and you fall asleep to the sounds of the whooping hyenas or the not so distant roar of the lions.
Unfenced from the bush, animals move freely through and around the camp. Included in your stay are daily sunrise and sunset game drives with a guide in an open game viewing vehicle, which ensures excellent game sightings. Whilst the sunrise safaris allow you to experience the awakening of the African bush, the sunset safaris provide sightings of the elusive nocturnal creatures with a spotlight being used after dark to locate the predators.
The friendly hospitality of the local staff is a camp speciality, enhanced by the interesting stories, interpretations and explanations of your guide. Your experience of the African bush will not get more close and personal than this!
The camp is un-fenced and electricity-free, and meals are often prepared over an open fire and enjoyed in the lantern-lit dining area or under the stars in the boma. Sitting around the campfire at night is when the sounds of the African bush come alive and this is when you will truly appreciate the ambience of the camp.
Relaxing in the cozy lounge allows you to interact with other like-minded travellers and sitting on the observation deck during the day gives an elevated view of the procession of wildlife and birdlife at the waterhole and across the savannah. With the occasional elephant ambling through camp it means you don’t always need to go far for an incredible sighting.
Included in your stay are daily morning and evening game drives with a guide in an open game viewing vehicle, which ensures excellent game sightings. Whilst the morning drives allow you to experience the awakening of the African bush, the evening drives provide sightings of the elusive nocturnal creatures with a spotlight being used after dark to locate the predators. For the adventurous, guided morning game walks can be arranged at an extra cost to give you an up-close encounter with the Big 5, other mammals, birds and the flora of this magic part of Greater Kruger. Under the careful watch of the resident guides, it is not uncommon to see the Big 5 over a period of 3 days.
Seeing the "Big Five" in the wild is one of the most memorable things one can ever experience. The African continent is the only place in the world where big game still roams freely in great numbers. In particular, the Kruger National Park area and the neighbouring private game reserves are famous for the incredible possibilities of seeing the "Big Five" up close.
Buffelshoek is situated in the 23,000 hectare Manyeleti Private Game Reserve which is located between the Timbavati and Sabi Sands Game Reserves and borders the world famous Kruger National Park. Migration of the wildlife between the four reserves is unhindered making this a prime game viewing and photographic destination. All the major game species are well represented on the reserve and over 300 bird species have been recorded in the region including many of the larger raptors.
Large leadwood trees grow along multiple drainage lines throughout the reserve and there is a large dam in the centre of Manyeleti and a multitude of natural pans. Resident elephants and rhinos often wallow in the muddy pans, as do huge herds of buffalo.
Named after the Shangaan people's word for "Place of Stars", this romantic destination is spotlit each night in the most unforgettable way and provides a perfect setting for star gazing.
In Room Facilities:
Each of our five thatch-roofed, canvas fronted safari tents has 2 three-quarter size beds and an en-suite bathroom with shower, basin, toilet and gas geyser. Each safari tent is situated on an individual raised wooden deck and has its own private patio from which can be viewed the wildlife grazing on the open savannah beyond.
“Big 5” Game Viewing;