Swamp Donkey Motel

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R500 Refundable Breakage Deposit will be charged

Pet Friendly : R100 Pet levy per dog per stay

2022 Entire venue rental (max occupancy: 62) R12870 per night - Two night minimum stay

For Smaller groups : R5500 per night base rate (up to 20 people ) plus R275 per person per night thereafter for up to 40 people. This is for access to dorm rooms ONLY as well as the entertainment space, you will have exclusivity of the venue

Groups of 20 - 40 pax can add a double room (7 available ) at an additional R400 per room per night (over and above the R275pppn charge)

Groups over 40 people will need to rent the entire space at R12870 per night.


Swamp Donkey Motel is the newest addition to the Buffalo Drift Leisure Group.

The facility can comfortably accommodate large groups (62 max), in varying cabin styles. This includes 7 double cabins, 3 x  4 sleeper dorm rooms and 3 x 12 sleeper dorm rooms.

We can also accommodate smaller  groups of 20 – 36 in dorm style rooms ONLY with a shared ablution block, for a more affordable price.

All accommodation includes bedding, but excludes towels. Please remember to bring your own towels.

The courtyard has a fire pit surrounded by benches, a braai area that opens out onto a jetty leading into a small dam for swimming.

Swamp Donkey Motel is located on the banks of the Berg River, so bring along your swimming costumes, lilos and other non motorised water floaties.

The main venue space is equipped to host a 120 people for a function. 62 of which can be accommodated at Swamp Donkey Motel directly. The balance of your guests can easily be accommodated on-site at our other venues. These venues must be booked separately.

Guests will be sent the gate code as well as their on-site contact the day before check in via WhatsApp.

For those groups looking for a little extra entertainment we offer the following :

Additional activities
Clay pigeon shooting (R200 per person for 10 clays).

Hiking and adventure options available in Tulbagh, enquiries welcome.

Please note that additional activities are subject to availability and must be booked two weeks prior to arrival.

Pet Friendly: R100 pet levy per dog per stay.

Meals - Working up an appetite

This Property is self-catering.
A Spit braai can be arranged by a trusted service provider (lamb is standard but other options can be arranged).

Groups of 15 and up from *R250 – R300pp – please ask for a quote, group size dependent
Spit includes:
500 Grams raw meat (bone-in) per person
Curry Pasta Salad
Green Salad
Pearl Onions and Potatoes
Garlic Bread
(Vegetarian, vegan, and special dietary requirements can be catered for – additional costs may be incurred)
2-week lead time needed for any catering requirements

Make an Enquiry

Please contact info@buffalodrift.co.za or on +27 63 486 5201 for availability and bookings.

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Make your own booking

To make a booking directly email info@buffalodrift.co.za or click below to book through nightsbridge.

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Take the N1, out of Cape Town, heading in the direction of Paarl.
Take the Stellenbosch/ Wellington off ramp, turn left in the direction of Wellington (R44).
Drive straight with the R44 into Wellington. At the first traffic light in Wellington turn left, sign reads R44 Porterville.
Drive straight for approximately 45km, passing Hermon. You will then get a turn-off to the left, sign reads R44 Gouda/ Porterville.
Turn left and drive for approximately 11km heading in the direction of Porterville.
You will see the Buffalo Drift sign board on the left hand side of the road, come through the gates and follow the signs to your accommodation.
This drive should take no longer than 1 hr and 10 min.

GPS Co Ordinates:

Lat: 33° 13' 42.0564"S Long: 18° 58' 26.6694"E
Lat: -33.228349 Long: 18.974075