Over the past weekend I explored the West Coast between Yzerfontein and Langebaan on the R27, where I discovered a lovely reserve called Buffelsfontein Game & Nature Reserve, which is a private game reserve, less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town city centre. This makes it ideal for a quick get-away or day excursion.
This once 1 600ha cattle farm came under ownership of Mr Paul Loubser in 1993 who realized the potential of the land to serve as a reserve and tourist destination. The infrastructure started changing over time with the introduction of a restaurant, bar and accommodation. Only smaller animal species could be introduced at that time because of the weak perimeter fencing.
In the summer of 2000 Buffelsfontein had a huge set-back with a large destructive fire that destroyed almost everything on the then cattle farm. This destruction included a high percentage of fencing, building structures, plant and animal life. In the following years Buffelsfontein cattle farm literally stood up from the ashes and transformed into the successful Game & Nature reserve it is today.
The accommodation units are situated near waterholes where animals come to quench their thirst, so you can sit back and relax while having your own game viewing experience and Buffelsfontein can accommodate up to 50 people sharing.
What blew me away was their day trip package, which departs from pre-arranged locations around the City Bowl area, Waterfront and Atlantic seaboard areas.
The Day Trip Safari includes transportation to and from Buffelsfontein, breakfast on arrival, a game drive with refreshments and lunch (A la Carte or buffet). I didn’t realise the wide variety of game that one can see that include Giraffe, Kudu, Eland, Oryx (Gemsbok), Bontebok, Springbok, Duiker, Steenbok and Caracal, Lion, Cheetah, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra, Blue Wildebeest and Red Hartebeest.
So if you’re looking for a day trip out of the city, this is the perfect adventure.
* Visit www.buffelsfontein.co.za for more information.