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Buckler's Africa
This happened in Februar 2013 and is true.

When I woke up and lifted my head, I saw two Water Buks.
I observed a Warthog Family from my shower .
During breakfast I watched more than 15 Elefants playing in the river.
I noticed Hippos, Rhinos and Crocs when reading my book.

I never found a spot like this since 1965 in Kenya,
Namibia, Zimbabwe or South Africa.
Thanks Buckler's, Dieter
Date: 19 February 2013
Name: Dieter Steffen
We visited the place in 2009, have been on several vacations in other places,but when it comes to Mpumalanga we were startled to find this sterling place with remarkable upkeep and friendly staff and owners at an isolated corner of Komatippoort, a superb location. Spoiled to a breathtaking view of the Crocodile river from the poolside deck. We are once again heading there in December 2012 and will keep on coming back. The place complement the beauty of the Kruger National Park. Kruger is not only a neighbour to the place but the place is part of Kruger National Park family with buffalo's, elephants and rhinos occasionally mufling the heatwave in the nearby stream.
Date: 02 October 2012
Name: Thapelo
RSA, Boksburg, Elspark, Gauteng
Buckler's Africa - A star among the many!

Buckler's Africa and the Kruger Park are indeed joined together. The Kruger Park is their back garden, and this wonderful and tranquil hotel in the bush was thoroughly enjoyed by me and all the other visitors and people of the world!

The majority of visitors to this area, both casual and booked, can easily find Buckler's Africa. It is well signposted and even in the dark, very easy to find. Most visitors approach the area from Johannesburg or Nelspruit airport. Approach is through Kamatipoort and all roads are metalled, the exception being 100 meters of good dirt road to the electrified main gate into the premises. All vehicles are stored in the compound. It should be pointed out that visitors who do not want to use their own vehicles can hire vehicles from the hotel to visit Kruger Park, or be driven through the park in four wheel drive site viewing vehicles supplied by the hotel at a small charge.

Accommodation really is 4 star plus and is self-contained, with all necessary utensils, such as fridge, stove, microwaves and standard equipment. Barbecues ('braais') are supplied, as are 'braaipacks', coals, lights etc. Everything required is laid on for the convenience of the visitor. All water supplied, both hot and cold, is plentiful and pure from their own wells. A thought has just come to the writer of this report: note that there are no flies or mosquitoes in this complex or sightseeing areas within the compound. Really, what a bonus!!

There is a swimming pool for both adults and children which is safe and plentiful for all. There are many seats and lounges, both for the pool area and overlooking the view of the park. One walks from the main buildings across a beautifully kept lawn approximately 75 meters and one then looks down 40 feet to the electrified fence of the Kruger Park. The back garden of 'Buckler's Africa'! To describe the view one sees as you stand there: look forward, raise both arms sideways and look to the right along your arm and you take in the sight along the Crocodile River for approximately 1,5 kilometres. Look along the opposite arm and you see approximately 2 kilometres of the Crocodile River, which is at the bottom (only a 100 metres from where you stand) of the valley. The river is shallow at this time of the year (May) and the animals in the park that come down to the river to drink are all well in view. What animals does one see? Elephants, buffaloes, rhinoceros , giraffes, hippopotamuses, crocodiles in the river! All kinds of antelopes ('bokke') such as water bokke and impalas, bush pigs and warthogs and birds of all kinds, large and small. One hears lions and hyena's and at times sees leopards.

In addition to the above O.J. and his son Kurt will take you on game drives along 4 to 5 kilometres of private game roads along the river. O.J. will tell the kids stories about plastic bags (blue, yellow and green) that grow on trees! The kids can't believe what he tells them and there is often a lot of banter that takes place, only to be told at the end of the drive that the bags are there to cover the fruit from the birds and bugs! The kids think it is great fun and it amuses the adults at the same time...

I will definitely return to this exceptionally beautiful place and their lovely owners and staff, and I truly recommend it to everyone!!

Clifford Staley
- stayed at Buckler's Africa from 17 May till 17 June 2012
Date: 15 July 2012
Name: Clifford Staley
We were a company of 3, overnight in "semi-attached" units on a self-catering basis in May 2012. We were so impressed with this little gem that we have discovered - the place and the hosts are superb. In stead of leaving early the next moring for the Kruger National Park visit, as planned, we changed our minds and stayed as long as we could and enjoyed the birds feasting in the trees. If we had not other paid arrangements ... we agreed - we would have stayed longer.
Date: 09 June 2012
Name: Magriet Malan
Pretoria, South Africa
We had a wonderful time at your lodge. The accommodations were clean and the food was great. But the best part was the owners who went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We heartily recommend Bucklers to anyone wanting to visit this area.
Date: 14 May 2012
Name: Gary and Shirley Bohanon
Kigali, Rwanda
This was my first trip to South Africa and it won't be my last, largely in part to the hospitality and warmth we received from our host, Cheryl & O.J. at Buckler's Africa Lodge.

Not only were our accommodations comfortable and friendly, but we were so close to Kruger Park that we could watch the animals nearly every morning during our personalized, prepared breakfast and evenings while enjoying a glass of wine or local beer on the beautiful "stoop".

The hospitality of the staff helped us relax and enjoy what Eastern South Africa had to offer. They shared knowledge that enabled us to maximize our South African experience and tailor it to exactly what we wanted to do and see. But they went further than just sharing information, they helped us arrange almost every excursion we took; from four rounds of golf, a full day safari into Kruger Park, and exploring the local towns and villages. I highly recommend the safari with your personal professional guide, Heinrich, and lunch at Komatipoort’s Kambaku Golf Club (try the Hake).

I can't say enough about our hosts and will always remember how they welcomed us like family to their wonderful corner of S. Africa. I can't wait to bring the rest of my family to South Africa, and when I do, we most definitely will be staying at Buckler's.

Aaron Waters, stayed at Buckler’s on 6-12 March 2011.
Date: 06 May 2012
Name: Aaron Waters
Washington, DC, USA
We only stayed for one night in April, but wished we had stayed more, and spent the rest of the holiday comparing our other accomodation to Bucklers and they didnt even come close!! What a beautiful place and top class accomodation and amazing views across into the Kruger. We would recommend this accomodation 100% and are hoping to come back, but this time for longer!!!
Date: 29 April 2012
Name: michelle doherty
We were there in December... allI can say for our stay there is...OH MY GOSH IT WAS LOVELY!!!!! Cheryl was the best host ever with her hospitality and friendliness!! Thank you very much for the time we spent there, we will be planning to come back this year!! Sorry for the late commet hehe. Best place ever!!!!
Date: 30 January 2012
Name: Monique
We had a wonderful stay at Bucklers. Muy muy recomendable. Vistas espectaculares al parque y a los animales. Habitaciones con gusto, superlimpias y bonitas. Y un servicio excelente y cálido. Preparate tu propio brai sudafricano mientras los elefantes vienen a comer de los árboles de tu jardín. Thank you Cheryl and O.J.
Date: 05 October 2011
Name: Esther G. Bustamante
WE booked the large unit for 8.We arrived just as the sun was going down and were shown an elephant by the jackleberry tree, over the time we were here he destroyed most of it.The welcome we received from the owners was extremely welcoming and the unit was well equipped and very clean The beds were very good quality.Sheryl booked game drive and elephant riding for us.Bucklers is what it says it is - the Kruger really is on the doorstep.Although self catering, Komatipoort is only a few miles away where there are eating places and supermarkets. The units all have braiis which are cleaned out daily.This is agreat place to stay and look forward to another visit some time
Date: 18 September 2011
Name: The Jackson clan
My son-in-law were on a Fact Finding Mission for our respective families. We absorbed the warmest of environments to our pleasant surprise. The Warmth mainly came from the owners of this inviting Home. I call it a home because of the feeling one acquired staying at this beautiful location.

It's the feeling everyone there made one feel. The attendants took proactive care of the grounds, bedding and cleanliness of the rooms of which we admired.

We lay our heads securely each night and thought of the many memories made that day before falling off to sleep. Other guests echoed the same affirmation of their stay. The stay was too short. Next time, more time will be spent there (and along with our families next time).
Date: 30 March 2011
Name: Jerry Fyke
Martinsburg, WV (USA)

We stayed three magical days at the lodge! Chery and OJ was the perfect hosts. The rooms were immaculate, the view into the Kruger National park amazing.

The breakfast was very tastefull and sooo much it lasted us till late afternoon. We were so amazed to have an elephant 10m away from us grazing and entertaining us, together with this we had buffalo, Hippo.s, Rhino and the most stunning birds keeping us company.

I would seriously go back over and over for as long as i can! This place is highly recommended, you will not forgive yourself if you dont stay here at least once in your life.

Thank you Cheryl and Oj for making our stay unforgetteble!!

Quentin and Susan
Date: 22 March 2011
Name: Susan and Quentin Jordaan
We had a fantastic time in Buckler's. The staff, leaded by adorable Sheryl, was spotless. The room was just perfect and I have no words to describe the 'game breakfast'. We toasted with rhinos :) We strongly recommend the hotel for any kind of travelers. Sheryl, was great booking us game drives, and above all making us feel at home. Great great character! Hope you grow those little 'lions' there :)
Date: 09 March 2011
Name: Marcelo and Marcela
São Paulo. Brazil
Dear Cheryl and OJ

Thank you both so much for such a wonderful time. Although we didn’t manage to find the Big 5 within the Kruger, we really did stumble upon it at “Buckler’s Africa”
We can’t tell you enough, what a great time we’ve had. You have a very special place here which is made even more so by your unique hospitality.
Thanks again.
Clare & Belinda
Date: 09 January 2011
Name: Clare and Bellinda
I stayed at Buckler’s Africa with my friend for two nights in the beginning of October 2010. The purpose was mainly to visit the Kruger park. We found the Buckler’s Africa in booking.com, checked reviews and booked the room. It is worth mentioning that Cheryl the host was very helpful and kind to answer dozens of e-mail requests I had to clarify topics both related to the stay itself and to South Africa overall, as we coming to the country for the first time. Upon arrival we were really impressed with the beauty of the nature surrounding the lodging. The photos can hardly describe those picturesque views we have seen just when you enter the backgarden: the Crocodile river and the Kruger park itself with elephants, buffalos and antelopes just a stone-throw distance away.

The rooms were clean and bathroom facilities were very good. The service was also good. The lodging owners were very helpful – we did not have a single issue. However you should be prepared for the following:
- you will have to drive for about 3 km on a dirt road. I was driving Yaris and it was ok, but needed to drive slow and watch stones on the road;

- while breakfast is no problem (you can have it at the lodging), you should mind lunch and dinner as it is not offered at the lodging (although self-catering option is possible). On one evening we had dinner in a lodging called Ngwenya 3 km away from Buckler’s – again on the dirt road. On another evening the hosts prepared braai for us and it was just fantastic to seat in the backgarden eating delicious braai, drinking good wine and just enjoying the sounds of the fauna that completely absorbs you. That is something what I would love to experience again.

We really enjoyed the stay, however one day and a half that we spent there were too short and were spending it almost all the time in Kruger. We craved for additional one day just to spend it in the lodging: recline in the couch, face the Kruger park, sip the wine and just sit like that for hours watching and listening to the live theatre in front of you. That is really something!
Date: 12 October 2010
Name: Serhiy and Oksana
Kiev, Ukraine
We stayed 2 nights. The accomodation was perfect, the cooked breakfast (served outside with a view of the Kruger National Park) was immense and the location is amazing. The view from the lawn of knp and Crocodile River is sensational. One morning we were lucky enough to see lions, elephants, hippos and rhino whilst we having having breakfast. In addition, the new owner, Cheryl, and her staff, were brilliant - Cheryl was very helpful as I had made an error in the booking, sorted out a Microlite flight for us as well as assisting with entry into the Park on a public holiday that required a pre-booking. I could not have asked for better service or a better place to stay.
Date: 05 October 2010
Name: James

I would like to thank Robert for an exelent holiday, at summer 2009.
It was our second visit at Bucklers and we have booked again febuary 2011.

You cant find a better place to visit. The view an location is perfect. Beautiful houses, great service. you have the animals in your back garden, and only 10 minuts drive to crocodile bridge gates. We are looking foreward to come back.
Date: 23 July 2010
Name: Elsig
Lemvig, Denmark
My brother and I stayed at Buckler's for 4 nights on a side trip during the FIFA World Cup. We drove up from Johannesburg on the excellent and scenic toll road (about R150, $20) in about 5 hours, including a stop for lunch at Milly's Trout Farm.

Since we had arranged self catering accommodation, we shopped in Komatipoort at the full service Spar for our grocery needs. Our self catering facilities were fully inclusive, down to the tea pot and cafetiere - just bring your food and drinks and restock the braai materials (charcoal and firelighters) and you will be fully self sufficient. If you choose not to cook each night, you can eat in Komatipoort or at the nearby Ngwenya Lodge (time share) where we had a pleasant late lunch.

The accommodation was comfortable and clean with the added attraction of an outdoor shower - very invigorating at 5:00 am on an African winter's morning. (There were also indoor showers of course).
The owner Robert was very helpful throughout and arranged our Kruger Park day tour and a day trip to Maputo in Mozambique. Both tours were excellent, well organized and good value for money and are to be recommended.

In summary, the location is excellent, the facilities are first class and the owner is personable and helpful.
Date: 07 July 2010
Name: Frank
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The kruger park truly in the the back garden of the lodge. Elephants nearly every day, lions, rhino and buffalo all from the garden! Great accomodation and pool. We were well looked after throughout and a great guided drive into the Kruger was arranged for us. All amenities available in nearby koomatipoort, only a short drive to the crocodile bridge gate - who could wish for more?
Date: 09 June 2010
Name: Travel Addict
Northampton, United Kingdom

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