Goukamma Nature Reserve

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Buffalo Valley – Vlei Lodge


*Please note that Vlei Lodge is closed temporarily for maintenance. 

Buffalo Valley is a large conservation area bordering the serene Goukamma River just two kilometers upstream from the warm Indian Ocean. Buffalo Valley’s three self-catering timber lodges are fully equipped and sleep between four and six people.

The area contains two circular walks where you can view a variety of bird life in the mixed coastal dune thicket and fynbos, as well as gain access to the Goukamma Nature Reserve.

Vlei Lodge, which sleeps up to four adults and one small child, is one of three lodges available to rent in Buffalo Valley. The three lodges are all out of sight and sound to one another with complete privacy, providing each with its own unique environment within the 150ha conservation area. Each lodge offers safe seclusion where fireplaces and sundecks ensure year-round comfort.

Overlooking a tranquil birdvlei, this magical hideaway has extensive sun decks designed around noble milkwood trees. The living area with its huge fireplace has a character all its own.

Linger around the fire at the spacious outdoor braai area. Fall asleep to a chorus of frogs and wake to the sounds of the singing birds.

The loft above the living area has two standard single beds and one smaller size single bed (not suitable for an adult). A separate cabin house, the main bedroom with king-size bed, has an en-suite shower and flush toilet with an extra door opening onto the deck which is then also accessible to the loft’s users.

What we provide:

  • Beds, mattresses including bedding and towels
  • Gas fridge and Stove
  • Cutlery and crockery, pots and pans (for 5 people)
  • Braai grid
  • Three-legged Pot (No 4) – Cast Iron
  • Gas Kettle
  • Camp chairs, tables and benches in the braai area
  • Flush toilets
  • Lanterns -paraffin. Please note that there is currently a problem with the solar electricity
  • Hot water showers (Gas heated)
  • Firewood for sale
  • Firelighter for sale

Conservation fee

R40Adults R20Kids





Nearest town

Knysna Sedgefield


Garden Route

Get involved


Bookings are processed through our Call Centre during office hours Monday to Friday 07h30 to 16h30 and Saturday 08h00 until 12h00 noon (CAT).

Our friendly tourism booking officers will take you through the booking process and answer all enquiries.