The Bucklands Luxury Tent Camp is a gorgeous retreat, hidden within the exclusive a 5500ha Private Game Reserve situated 40 km north of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This is the ideal safari experience for local travellers and international tourists alike. In addition to the beautiful surrounds, this tent camp is also situated within close proximity to Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth), Port Alfred and East London. These are all popular coastal cities, and make for ideal day trips.
Surrounded by lush valley vegetation, Bucklands Tent Camp maintains its strict respect for the environment, using only solar power in all the tents and guest areas.
The guest areas include a dining tent that boasts chic furnishings and excellent service as well as a boma, which is a traditional place of meeting in Africa. Enjoy the crackling fire under the stars as you swop stories with fellow guests in this idyllic venue.
Bucklands Private Game Reserve has three camps on offer – Bucklands Lodge, Bucklands Luxury Tented Camp and Bucklands Rustic Tented Camp which all sleep 8 persons each. All our camps are small and intimate and our base of return guests proves how our small personal touches and family-like atmosphere make Bucklands an unique and affordable destination for local and international guests alike.
At Bucklands Private Game Reserve we offer game drives, night drives, game walks, quad biking, fishing, swimming in the Fish River and visiting our Rock Art site. We can also accommodate small conference and team building groups (maximum of 16 guests only).
Hearty South African breakfast and scrumptious three-course dinners are prepared by trained chefs that are committed to creating a taste sensation using fresh ingredients. Delicious lunches can be arranged ahead of time.
Conservation & Wildlife
The Bucklands Private Game Reserve boasts a stunning panorama of river valleys with mudstone and sandstone featuring to create a diverse scene before even the most frequent of travellers. There are a variety of soils, influenced by and influencing the topography and vegetation and promising a unique mixture of fauna and flora. While some types of sands are particularly susceptible to erosion, this area remains fertile and lush.
Studies of the variety of plants and animals were carried out in December 2007. The result was the discovery of 77 species of mammals, 245 bird species and a vast array of insects, reptiles and fascinating plants. These studies also examined the condition of the roads, infrastructure and water points in order to ensure that the reserve is as expertly managed and environmentally responsible as possible.
Guests of the Bucklands Luxury Tent Camp are invited to share in the beauty of South Africa by exploring the reserve and its surrounds. There are various activities on offer, many of which are ideal for the entire family. These include:
Game Drives - tour the expanses of Bucklands and the 45 000 hectares of its neighbour, the Great Fish River Reserve, in search of the many animals that roam these habitats. These tours are conducted in the morning and evening to allow for the greatest variety of animals to be spotted. Trained guides conduct the tours, adding extra snippets of fascinating information and answering guest questions. Snacks are available on these drives.
Guided Walks - for a more personal encounter with this natural environment, allow a trained guide to transport you through the local terrain to experience the Bushmen paintings, historical attractions and cliff tops.
Specialist Guided Walks - guests that are particularly interested in certain animals or vegetation may arrange for a specialist walk that focuses on these. The emphasis is placed on nature conservation, and the policies in place at Bucklands.
Fishing - avid fishers will enjoy the rich abundance of fish in the Great Fish River, which is inside the borders of the Bucklands Private Game Reserve. Common catches include Barbel, Carp and Yellow Fish.
Night Drives - after the hot sun descends on the land, many different species emerge from their daytime hiding holes to hunt, drink water and enjoy some freedom in their natural habitat as guests look on from the safety of the safari vehicles.
Quad Biking Trails - combine a game drive with an adrenalin rush by exploring the surrounds and their natural residents on an exciting quad bike ride.
Star Gazing - Africa is known for its high, star-speckled skies. These skies and the glittering stars are an impressive sight to behold from the guest house or on the night game drives.
Bird Watching - with almost 250 bird species, this area is ideal for bird watchers. As these avian species soar overhead, the true splendour of South Africa is reflected in their unique glory.
Bushmen Paintings - the ancient tribes that once occupied this area left behind them art that portrayed their lives and customs on the rock faces. Hundreds of years later, Buckland guests are still invited to experience these haunting remnants.
Directions / Location to the Bucklands Private Game Reserve:
Entrance gate to Bucklands Private Game Reserve:
26deg 41min 15sec E,
33deg 06min 43sec S
Bucklands Boutique Guest House:
26deg 42min 24sec E,
33deg 06min 26sec S
Directions from Port Elizabeth to Bucklands Private Game Reserve:
Proceed to Grahamstown; bypass Grahamstown on N2 towards King Williamstown. At 6 km along the N2 past Grahamstown, turn left onto R67 Fort Beaufort / Rini road. Drive 21 km then turn right onto dirt road signposted "Great Fish River Reserve". Drive 2 km then turn left onto dirt road signposted Sam Knott, Double Drift, Great Fish River Reserve. Drive through closed green Reserve gate (sometimes left open), keep right at fork immediately after going through gate area, proceed 9 km to closed green gate signposted Bucklands Reserve. Go through gate. Drive 3 km then turn left through farm gate signposted Top House, Bucklands. Drive 2 km to the Bucklands office.
Directions from King East London to Bucklands Private Game Reserve:
Proceed towards Grahamstown via King Williamstown on N2. At 6 km before Grahamstown along the N2, turn right onto R67 Fort Beaufort / Rini Road. Drive 21 km then turn right onto dirt road signposted "Great Fish River Reserve". Drive 2 km then turn left onto dirt road signposted Sam Knott, Double Drift, Great Fish River Reserve. Drive through closed green Reserve gate (sometimes left open), keep right at fork immediately after going through gate area, proceed 9 km to closed green gate signposted Bucklands Reserve . Go through gate. Drive 3 km then turn left through farm gate signposted Top House, Bucklands. Drive 2 km to the Bucklands office.