Swamp Donkey Motel

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Swamp Donkey Motel is our newest addition to the Buffalo Drift Leisure Group. The facility can comfortably accommodate large groups, in varying cabin styles. Choose between luxury en-suite Cabins, shared en-suite cabins or more affordable dorm style cabins with a shared ablution block. All accommodation includes bedding, but excludes towels. Please remember to bring your own towels.

All accommodation overlooks randomly scattered dams giving you the feeling of being in the rustic swamps of the deep South. Follow the winding walkways, strung with fairy lights, from your cabins and you will end up at our communal dining and entertainment area.

Our event area caters for weddings, functions and large group events, and is booked out separately.

Smaller groups have the use of the courtyard, flanked by a dining room with open plan kitchen and a bar area with pool table adequately catering for smaller groups who are there for a party and not necessarily a formal event.

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 which also offers our guests the opportunity to use as they wish. They should feel free to bring their own tubes, lilo’s and other non-motorised floaties and just enjoy being on the river in the outdoors.

For those groups looking for a little extra entertainment feel free to enquire about our onsite activities offered at an additional cost, including canoeing, fishing and clay pigeon shooting.

The venue 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 onsite at our other venues. These venues must be booked separately.

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

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

Please note
Price excludes ice and towels, Guests must bring their own


Big groups: Although we have priced it separately for your convenience. You will have to pay the full amount, even if you are not using all the accommodation. The breakdown of units are just to help you with pricing.

But because we dont charge venue hire fee, the venue is rented out as a whole, at a fixed price of R11700 per night. Sleeping 62pax

Cabino De Lujo – 5 units - 1 x double bed in each(R700pn)(2pax in each room)

Choza Barata – 2 units - 1 x double bed in each( R500pn) (2pax in each room)

Choza Barata Bunks – 3 units - 2 x bunk beds in each - R600pn(4pax in each room )

Gran Cabina Barata – 3 units - 6 x bunk beds in each - R1800pn(12pax in each room )

Price included crockery, cutlery, tables and plastic chairs for 80pax Bedding provided, no towels.

Smaller groups: R5000pn(20pax)+R150pppn thereafter. Max 36pax – Dorm rooms only – IF double bed bedrooms are needed it will be R200 extra per room per night.

Choza Barata Bunks – 5 units - 2 x bunk beds in each - R600pn(4pax)

Gran Cabina Barata – 3 units - 6 x bunk beds in each - R1800pn(12pax)

If double bed bedrooms are needed it will be R200 extra per room per night.

Check in is 2pm-6pm and check out is 10 am , early check in or late check out can be arranged with Kate if done so prior to arrival via email  and a R250 fee will be charged .

The venue can also be rented out as a whole at a fixed price of R11700 per night. Sleeping 62pax maximum – all units can be utilised

R500 Refundable Breakage Deposit will be charged

Meals - Working up an appetite

Whatever your age and taste, no one will be going hungry. The fully equipped kitchen delivers a walk in refrigerator as well as a scullery. Bring your own food and drinks along or let us do the cooking if you would prefer.

Breakfast and lunch can be arranged with prior notice by one of our outside catering teams. For dinner a delicious lamb or pork spit served with roast potatoes, onions, seasonal vegetables and fresh bread.

Catering: We offer a spitbraai meal, potjiekos, and breakfast. Please contact Kate on info@buffalodrift.co.za for options and prices (These may vary from time to time).

The best part – spring clean and dish washing fairies are included free of charge!
A minimum of 20 people required per meal. Yes we only use big pots and pans.

Please contact us should you have any other queries.


Make an Enquiry

Please contact us on info@buffalodrift.co.za or on +27 83 449 0725 for availability and bookings.

Check-in is between 2pm and 6pm.

Check-out is 10am.

After hours check-in’s to be arranged with management prior to date of arrival.

Fill out the form below and we will get back to you ASAP.

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 the Lodge Office.
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