Swamp Donkey Motel

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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. We can also accommodate smaller  groups of 20 – 36 in dorm style rooms 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 onsite at our other venues. These venues must be booked separately.

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

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

Canoe Rental : R150 per canoe ( 1 hour rental)

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

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


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

Lamb spit : 500gms meat  per person, roast veg and potatoes, greek salad and freshly baked bread served with cheese. R220pp ( min 16 pax – max 30 pax)

Potjie: Beef, lamb or chicken options R200pp ( min 16 pax – max 30 pax)

Please arrange meals via email with Kate info@buffalodrift.co.za .

2 weeks lead time needed.



Make an Enquiry

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


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