Welcome to Buffalo Kloof

A family-owned and managed 20,000 hectare conservancy in South Africa’s beautiful malaria free Eastern Cape.

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Born in 1999 with a vision to rewild the Kowie River Thicket and old farm lands, Buffalo Kloof is slowly returning to its former glory. The conservancy is home to diverse flora and fauna, including 4 of the big 5.

Once a thriving wilderness, the history of Buffalo Kloof changed with the introduction of fences and agricultural farming nearly 200 years ago. In the early 2000s, hundreds of kilometres of old sneezewood stock fencing was removed to amalgamate the 10 individual separate agriculture farms and areas of untouched thicket into a conservancy.

The private use of the conservancy means you won't encounter any other guests during your stay with us.

Buffalo Kloof features an exceptional variety of habitat, from forested hills cleft by ancient rivers to open savanna grasslands home to a rich biodiversity of wildlife and plant life – from elephants to field mice; crowned eagles to sunbirds; palm trees to fynbos; Cape clawless otters to African buffalo.

A handful of guests are invited to experience Buffalo Kloof at any one time. Two intimate camps on the conservancy offer a taste of authentic South African hospitality. In addition, guests can choose from a myriad of activities on offer to enjoy, explore, educate and indulge. The exclusive nature of the property means you won’t encounter any other guests during your stay with us.

In visiting Buffalo Kloof, every guest contributes to safeguarding the wilderness in the future. Our conservation philosophy is holistic in its vision. Similar to other Eastern Cape game reserves, we protect functional wild ecosystems and harvest their bounty in a symbiosis between people and nature.


Acacia Lodge

A comfortable, spacious original farmstead with 4 en-suite bedrooms and a wide verandah opening onto expansive views of the surrounding hills.

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Spekboom Bush Camp

Spekboom Bush Camp has 8 en suite bedrooms, each privately positioned on platforms overlooking the Kowie Valley from atop a stunning hillside setting.

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Experiences at Buffalo Kloof



The key to successfully achieving our conservation goals is protected and productive land. Our passion is to provide a safe haven for critically endangered animals to roam free and to allow our guests to experience this vision in a responsible and respectful manner.

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Buffalo Kloof was started in 1999 with Warne Rippon’s idea to expand small individually owned farm lands into a large reserve with free-ranging animals. The dream was for it to become a big 5 destination for ecotourism or ethical harvesting, and from there, the conservancy was born.

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