Location is very nice. Out of the rush and sheltered from the wind, perfect for the family. We were warned in advanced that there is only gas and solar power and 5 hours of generator power a day. The rooms adjacent to each other is not sound proof. Bathroom sounds can be heard clearly. The lodge require a woman's hand to finish off the fine touches. The freezer that is capable to run from LPG or 220V electricity, was only working from 220V electricity and consequently it was inefficient with only 5 hours of generator power. The fridge working from LPG and electricity functioned 100%. Not all the 12V light bulbs in the room and the braai area was working
Pictures of cottage one indicate privacy and a quaint but simple cottage.
In reality you are sharing a yard with another cottage less that 20 metres away from you, the only view you have is a fence and the cottage was cramped- one 'bedroom' actually being a hall way!
We arrived and left it was so bad!
We then offered to pay half but asked for a 50% refund which they agreed to- still no refund.
This place shouldn't even be listed!
Honestly, this is probably the hardest review I ever hat to write.
Our start at the Buffalo Drift wasn't exactly a good one. We did book a tent directly at the water front, but apparently there had been a storm a few weeks ago and some of the tents were not available since they had to be repaired. Supposedly they did tell our travel agency about this issue and they accepted the other room in our name. But until the day of our arrival we did not know that we didn't have a tent directly at the waterfront but instead a tent with hardly any sight of the water hole. After we complained about the wrong tent the ladies at the reception did not seem to care at all All three of them were indifferent and unfriendly. Finally after a lot of discussion they moved us in another tent even further away from the water hole but with a better view since it was higher then the other tents. Needless to say that we were not all to happy as we went to bed this night.
But the next morning marked a turning point in our experience with the Buffalo Drift. While we were eating breakfast the manager joined us at our table and apologized for all the inconveniences. He also explained the issue with the broken tents and offered us a complimentary lion feeding experience as a compensation for the trouble we had the day before. (Apparently he hadn't been at the Hotel the day we arrived) This evening at diner he also made sure that we got the best place at the restaurant ( directly in front of the fire place since it was pretty cold that night.) After that we cheered up again and could enjoy the rest of our stay at the Buffalo Drift.
Besides our booking issue there is a lot good to say about the Buffalo Drift Lodge. The tents were really beautiful and well equipped. You only need to keep in mind that there is only a heater/ac in the bedroom but none in the bathroom so it can get pretty cold there.
The breakfast was nothing extraordinary but good all together (not as bad as we read n a lot of the reviews). In the evening they had a "à la carte"-menu at their restaurant from which we could choose an appetizer, a main dish and a dessert. This restaurant, which is also open to the public, has truly amazing food. ( it was definitely a highlight during our stay)
Last but not least we took part in two game drives as well as in the elephant and lion feeding. During our first game drive we probably saw all the animals this game drive area had to offer (except for lions, elephants and meerkats since they were part of separate activities) But we did see zebras, rhinos, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, turtles (even one single meerkat along our way) ,springbucks, black wildebeest.... If you want to see as many animals as possible in a short amount of time I would definitely recommend this lodge to you. But to me it felt more like visiting a huge drive through zoo than going on a game drive. (the area is not to big and they had two feeding spots where a lot of the animals were found) The elephant feeding was pretty cool since we got to feed the elephants ourselves. We could also take some pretty cool pictures with them. Also the lions were pretty cool to see.
All together it turned out to be a nice trip after all!
I booked Blombosch Farm for a weekend in June 2017, to celebrate my birthday with friends and family. Although it was freezing, we had an incredible stay! The rustic farm house is surprisingly well equipped; the beds are magically comfortable (bedding provided - bring your own towels and extra warm blankets if necessary); and the setting is just lovely! Each of the eight rooms (each with two single beds and a bunk bed - sleeps 4 each) overlook a beautiful a little dam - a birder's paradise! The outside deck also overlooks this dam, and makes for great views. The large living room/dining room has some comfy couches, a large fire place, a pool table and lots of chairs and tables, pushed together to form a long dining room table. The large kitchen has a big freezer and a fridge (I think in the summer, it would be handy to have a second/larger fridge with more shelf space, although there are bar fridges in some of the rooms) and a gas stove. The kitchen was especially well-equipped. The extras that we usually pack for "rustic" accommodation was unnecessary - sharp knives, cutting boards, braai grids and tools, soup ladles, wash cloths, even coffee plungers! We never thought - "oh, if only we had this..." Outside there is also a nice big undercover braai with lots of picnic tables; a space for a bonfire and another "secret" bonfire space enclosed beneath the trees, ideal for kids to braai their marshmallows!
I communicated with Esther beforehand, and she was friendly, professional and informative. Her husband, Jaco, saw to our needs while on the farm. He was warm, welcoming and very helpful; delivering fire wood, arranging on-and-off times for the generator, etc. A wonderful addition to the stay was the help of Moses, who came in a few times to wash the dishes and clean up a bit. He was not only a great help, but his lovely, warm character truly added something special to the general joviality of our stay.
Blombosch is totally removed from the "Real" world - quiet and tranquil and a real getaway for people who love nature! The kids in our party really loved it - in the words of an eight-year-old, "This place is AWESOME!". This is a rare, perfect place for a larger group (min20, max 34). All my guests had only good things to say. It is clear that Esther and Jaco are willing to go to great lengths to ensure the success of this lovely venue. If ever we need a place to stay for a large group again, I will look no further than Blombosch!
Overall a good holiday house with large rooms all with ensuite bathrooms and plenty of cupboards. The kitchen is well equipped with plenty of space. Booking went smooth and great service from Buffalo Drift representative. The lower rating on cleanliness is not a reflection on the house in general, but we need to mention that some of the mattresses' condition were well below standard. The daily accommodation rate is on parr with peak season rates in this area. Two blocks from the beach and walking distance from the main shopping complex is convenient. The main bedroom bed needs urgent attention. The bed frame is balanced on a smaller wood frame and if you get on the bed from one side the whole frame tilts in that direction. I have mentioned the condition and cleanliness of the mattresses earlier and the main bedroom needs a new mattress urgently.
All in all a good experience and will be back next year.