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  • Buffelshoek Tented Camp in Manyeleti Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa
    Buffelshoek Tented Camp
  • Buffelshoek Tented Camp
    Buffelshoek Tented Camp
  • Buffelshoek Tented Camp
    Buffelshoek Tented Camp
  • Buffelshoek Tented Camp
    Buffelshoek Tented Camp
  • Buffelshoek Tented Camp
    Buffelshoek Tented Camp
  • Buffelshoek Tented Camp
    Buffelshoek Tented Camp
  • Buffelshoek Tented Camp
    Buffelshoek Tented Camp
  • Buffelshoek Tented Camp
    Buffelshoek Tented Camp
  • Buffelshoek Tented Camp
    Buffelshoek Tented Camp
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    Buffelshoek Tented Camp
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Braai Area
Balcony
Linen
Shared lounge/TV area
Parking on Premises
Bath towels
Patio
Fireplace
Deck
Serviced Daily
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 time 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!
Property Facilities:
The camp is unfenced 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 the guest will hear 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.

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 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.

Area Information:
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 thatched-roof, 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.

Attractions:
“Big 5” Game Viewing;
Bird Watching;
Game Drives;
Guided Walks;
Photographic Safaris;
Stargazing

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Property Type Camp
Check-in after 02:00 PM
Check-out before 10:00 AM
Cancellation Policy Moderate
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Reviews

seangilve
05 March 2019
We booked two nights at Buffelshoek...it was simply amazing!!!
The accommodation, the food, the staff and the location....all amazing!!
Our safari guide (Mike) was incredibly helpful and informative and knowledgeable. We saw the big five and countless other animals in our two days.
We could see elephants and rhinos at the watering hole which was less than
yards from our tent. We had hyenas walking through the ungated camp.
Thank you to all for making our stay a wonderful memory!
Superb. 5 out of 5
Tom
25 February 2019
I can't say enough great things about Buffelshoek Camp. 4-night stay at the camp and this is the perfect place if you are looking to be completely with nature, enjoy great time with the staff and other guests, great food and great game drives. The camp consists of great "tents" (5 for the guests) that have a wonderful patio for viewing the waterholes / wildlife, comfortable beds, and simple bathroom. The main building has a nice sitting area to relax in, hide to view wildlife and a nice dining area. The camp is open to nature and you will see and hear plenty of animals during the day. The food cooked by Kenneth is amazing and we had something new for every meal. Make sure and ask for Kenneth Cake! Our game tracker was Louis and he was very informative of the area and wildlife. And genuinely a good man. If you want your own alcoholic beverages, make sure and bring them with you and also a good flashlight for the evenings. Outside of that, the entire staff makes everything else about the stay very comfortable!
Superb. 5 out of 5
spasci
26 January 2018
We stayed in this upmarket tended camp 2 nights for our honey moon and we simply loved it. It counts 5 extremely organised and well built tents in the heart of the reserve with no boundaries to the nature. Elephants and Imapalas and other animals would walk in front of your door tent and you would have the amazing feature to be part of the magic world of the nature. The camp is very intimate and a staff of four is there to take care of you! We were lucky as we were looking for intimacy and we were there one night just the 2 of us and 1 night with another young couple. The staff is also very caring: chef Robert prepared us really nice and abundant portions of food and Guide Luis took us on 4 safari and he went the extra mile to make us experience everything he could! We also see a group of lions feeding of a buffalo just killed at 2 meters away from our car! Even if this place is a bit higher then our normal budget we did not regret spending a single cent! Well done, it was a real unique experience we will remember for ever! I would suggest this camp to anyone!
Superb. 5 out of 5
Rebecca Hoest
06 August 2017
We stayed here for three nights and had a double bed tent, overlooking a little water hole. We where lucky enough to see the whole big five in just two safari's! Also thanks to Lois a great safari guide, who even spotted the smallest animals. Like a bush baby or a little owl at night. We've heard lion's and other animals at night.
The food was also nice.
Thanks!
Superb. 5 out of 5
Tybit
20 July 2017
We were looking for peace and beauty. We got much more.
The placement of the tented camp is perfect. There is no fences between you and the wild. The tents are very comfortable, the beds are very nice and the bathroom is clean and with a nice shower. During our stay they installed new batteries for the tents so each tent could charge their own cameras and laptops or anything needing a charge.
No generator noise, just birds and from time to time the call of a lion, the growl of two Impalas discussing hierarchy.
Breakfast was excellent as was dinner.
The guided tours (5:30-9:30AM and 3:30-7:00) were amazing. Luis, our guide had deep knowledge about animal behaviour and species interdependence. In a very respectful way he would find a place to let us admire them without interfering with their life. If you are a photographer, without a word, he is going to position the vehicle in the best way for light and background. We were really amazed how he could take so many aspects in consideration and still drive off-road and tell specifics about a species or a particular animal.
Perfect vacation!
Superb. 5 out of 5
Birgit
16 April 2017
We stayed 3 nights in the middle of April 2017. Buffelshoek tented camp is a jewel, the sort of place that is hard to find nowadays. Extremely nice personnel. The place exceeded all our expectations. Fantastic views, great healthy food. Louis, the Safari guide has 16 years of experience. He is very kind and made every game drive a successful adventure. Big 5 in 2 days ! We traveled with our 8 year old daughter who loved every moment. The accommodation is close to nature, built with natural materials. We loved the little solar lamps that were placed every evening to light up the paths. Very romantic and beautiful. An enormous thank you to the whole team for making us feel at home in the bush. Thanks to Dudley for getting us those little extras that we needed...We had the most wonderful time..will stick for life in our memories and hearts.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Barrie
22 March 2017
Absolutely fantastic experience. Complete wilderness and no fences round the camp, amazing camp and the guide Louis is a great guy with plenty of knowledge, seen the big 5 over the 4 game drives. Amazing feeling knowing you are surrounded by wild animals in total darkness, would highly recommend to anybody wanting a no frills, as close to nature experience as you can get.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Natalie
12 March 2017
Stayed here with 4 friends in February. The camp is basic but beautiful and exactly what we were looking for. The camp isn't fenced which adds to the authenticity. The viewing deck is a highlight and we got to see a cheetah chasing wildebeests from there over breakfast! The staff are wonderful and the safari guide for the game drives was great and really knowledgeable. If you're looking for an authentic safari experience then I would definitely recommend.
Superb. 5 out of 5
Anonymous
24 November 2016
A true bush experience, it is a no fence camp on the Manyeleti reserve which meant that the wildlife was on your doorstep. I was lucky enough to visit just after a lion kill and the lions stayed around the camp and watering hole for my full stay. Big 5 all in the reserve and as there are no fences between Kruger/Sabi sands and Manyeleti the game move freely ans makes for a much better game drive.

I could not have been made more welcome by the owners Lynn and Dudley who cooked for me (catering for a vegetarian), kept me company and shared their stories of the wildlife.
Do not expect 5* luxury but a home from home feel with lovely staff and clean tented accommodation.
My best experience of a Safari to date and would happily re visit when back in SA.
Superb. 5 out of 5
BobDu
12 October 2016
We signed up for a full board experience. Rooms, meals, game drives and parking are all included in the price. Getting there takes a bit of navigating - you must follow the GPS co-ordinates indicated on their site. I pre-saved it on Google Maps, but Doug kindly met me near the Orpen gate to lead me into camp so it was easier. It takes an hour to drive along sandy paths from the Manyeleti gate to the tents. We had no problems getting out with a phone and google maps by ourselves. However, do watch the weather and plan for getting in and out. Heavy rain may cause issues for driving, particularly if you are using a rented car and want to avoid getting stuck in mud.

The people who manage the camp are actually civil engineers who were asked to help the Mpumalanga government make it better. Currently, the camp is still under handover from the Limpopo town to Mpumalanga. This experience comes at a fraction of the price you pay for a Sabi sands resort or luxury safari experience in other nearby camps. You won't get a receptionist or pool, but you will experience the nature there as it is and support job creation for the local community. You have a charging station powered by a generator - shared by all guests so you can charge your camera / phone. Toilets are lit by solar powered lamps (we loved it so much we bought one home). Rooms are cleaned everyday, but do expect some friends to visit you - its the african bush so some insects and frogs do visit. Its a tent with zips for doors. If you can't handle stuff like this, you may prefer to holiday in Camps bay and oil yourself up for a tan on the beach or choose a luxury safari option.

On our return from the game drives on 2 evenings, we spotted lions and a leopard wandering near our camp. Due to climate change, the bush was bare and dry. To help the animals, Doug pumped ground water from a generator to a pool around 150m away from the tents. You can observe magic just from the balcony of your tent. I shot families of elephants drinking together. Zebras, buffaloes, impalas, giraffes strolled along and took turns to drink. In the evening, we saw the leopard heading there too. You do get a few nervous comments from the guests and some awkward silence over dinner, knowing that we are in the wild with no fences. Still, the night always ends in laughter and we had the fortune of meeting great company during our stay.

You wake up for game drive at 5am - with a tea break during the 3 hour drive. Once back, breakfast will be served at 830am. Lunch at 130pm. Game drive at 330pm and dinner is served on your return from the evening drive. Food was decent for us. My wife is buddhist so they catered for her diet too on our request. Braai was prepared on firewood in the open communal area for dinner every night.

Now, here's the best part. Our guide cum driver cum tracker is called Louis. In 3 days, he managed to show us the big 5 on separate game drives. He doesn't count his hours. Despite having drives allocated 3 hour slots, he drove an extra hour on one evening to bring us to see the leopard upon hearing the sighting on radio. Louis shares tips with the guides from the other lodges in the Reserve and they collaborate to share sightings. In a way, that increases your chances to see the animals. We came as close as 5m to a pair of lions who took down a buffalo. I captured amazing photos - even had selfies of us on the 4x4 and the leopard in the background. This is only possible with an experienced guide, with superman's eyesight.

At the end of our stay, we returned home feeling humbled by mother nature and enjoyed the Buffelshoek camp's unpretentious offering, knowing that there was a local community that is being helped by our stay. We also gave our guide a tip before we left.

Manyeleti means the place of the stars.
Mpumalanga is the place where the sun rises.

Buffelshoek provides you clean sheets, flushing toilets, hot water and strong coffee to wake you up in the morning. The rest is what you make of it.
Superb. 5 out of 5

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