No doubt one of the biggest surprises I’ve come to experience. What a terrific place.We spent many hours researching sleepover places on our way to an extensive Botswana tour and eventually decide on Buffalo Thorn Safari Lodge because:
1. The rate was very reasonable
2. Location – 15 km from the border post which meant we could be there early…
On arrival after travelling a short distance of not bad dirt road, it was a bit weird to open the gate yourself, not finding any intercom/way of communication, but go through!
On the other side there was no one either…but go ahead!
Do not expect something like ‘reception’…wait for Milton – he met us somewhere along the way (even shortly after the gate if I remembered correctly) and introduced us to the Lodge. WOW!
The place was immaculately clean and well furnished…the kitchen had everything and we did not even make use of half of the equipment.
The fridge was stocked with food and drinks which we were told was left there by the previous guests for the personnel and they removed some of it so we had place to store our food and drinks.
The rooms we occupied were lovely with sliding doors opening up to the veld while the Eland, Kudu and other animals were grazing and drinking not more than 50 meters from us. Each bedroom had its own bathroom with outside shower.
One of the rooms looked like it could be the main bedroom for the owners as there were photos and a desk that, to me, looked private.However, it was available for us to use.
The large boma was stocked with wood and Milton and his assistant lighted the fire to start our most enjoyable evening under the African sky.
Assistants came to do the dishes the following day and assisted us to load our luggage.
For what we paid per person, I thought it was heaven on earth. And so did a friend who saw the pictures and the tariffs: “Unreal!”
Thank you Mari – we did miss the fact that you were not on the farm – but next time I will not spend hours on the internet. I will go straight to Buffalo Thorn.
One word of warning…if you travel from Pretoria…listen carefully to the directions given by Mari. The road between Marken and Baltimore cannot be used until the Government do something about the extreme poor condition it is in! Drive from Marken via Steilloop and Rebone.
Room Tip: It looks as if different sets of rooms all have their own bomas – we did not have to share with othe…