Budget Getaways Logo

Umshanti/Buffeljags Watersport

230km from Cape Town
Small private resort on the Buffeljags Dam, with seven simple cottages for groups, a romantic timber cottage for couples, three camping sites and mini conference venue - 12km from Swellendam
The view

Rate Guide

From R160pp - R300pp nightly

Budget Getaways Review

Man, for a moment forget the fantastic view over the glistening dam and Langeberg peaks, we can't stop staring at that green grass. How do they get it like that? Bert from Admin says he's tried it all - pig manure (supplemented by Canus monstrus), ammonia sulphate, Supergro, you name it - and his little patch in lower Plumstead still looks nothing like Umshanti's.

Anyway, we digress.. What we have here is a mini resort built on a prime piece of real estate that encompasses fabulous green lawns (sorry), awesome views and a beautiful dam that appears to take centre-stage on most weekends - hence the name. 

The long activity menu includes (take a deep breath now)… canoeing, skiing (bring own boat), boat cruises, a 45m high, 200m long foefie slide over the water (at least your landing will be soft if you let go), fishing, swimming, hiking and mountain biking to a uberlekker mountain pool, birdwatching, stargazing, braaing, donning the thong and spreading out on those uhmmm… damn fine green lawns… 

With so much on offer who really cares about where you bed down for the night. But accommodation there is, in the form of five fairly basic chalets  that can pack in nine happy campers, and an altogether more romantic timber cottage for couples appropriately called The Chapel, with awesome views of the dam and mountains, which can be savoured from the deck. 

The chalets are equipped, with linen supplied - but not towels. Each has a braai area outside. Prices range between R160pp - R250pp, depending when you go and how many there are of you.

If you're the hardened canvas and peg type, then recently laid out are three campsites. With plenty of that hallmark Umshati lawn to pitch your tent on, a shade covering for each site, power point and light, as well as picnic bench and braai area, camping at Umshanti looks like an equally appealing option.  

Umshanti is clearly tailored for social animals - but of the right sort, mind you, as this is a chilled family spot with a focus on nature and physical enjoyment. One guest comment in particular sums it up for us... "Happy memories have been made here over the years. We return each year. Our children LOVE the freedom and open field. It becomes home from home. Management doesn't get in your way, yet is there if you need anything. Would I recommend Umshanti? Yes, but dont mess it up." Thank you Pepe Gee.

After a hard day on the dam, slap on the Aftersun and amble along to the 'bar house' (as management calls it), where you'll find DSTV on tap, a pool table, dartboard, inside braai and fireplace, and a dining room.

Heck, you can even get married at Umshanti - as others have done before you.  

Haven't been there, but we reckon this is one place where the grass sure ain't greener on the other side.

Quick Facts

Where
12km from Swellendam
GPS
S 34°01'06''
E 20°32'21''
Sleeps
9,9,9,9,9,2,2
Equipped
Yes
Linen
Yes
Towels
No
Fireplace
No
Braai
Yes
Meals
Yes
Pet-Friendly
No
Activities
birdwatching, boating, canoeing, fishing, golf, hiking, mountain biking, museums & galleries, stargazing, swimming, walking, waterskiing, watersports, wedding venue, wine routes
Guest Reviews
Overall Rating (based on 2 reviews)
Standard of facilities
Appeal of setting
Professionalism
Value for money

"It was a fantastic getaway, lovely atmosphere and facilities. Would definitely go back."

(Rodney Bothwell, visited October 2014)

"We had an amazing time and the people are AMAZING (very friendly and accommodating). Absolutely love the set up, the facilities and the people. Will definitely be returning, sooner than later."

(Natasha Stuart, visited April 2013)

"Happy memories have been made here over the years. We return each year. Our children LOVE the freedom and open field. It becomes home from home. Management doesn't get in your way, yet are there if you need anything. Would I recommend Umshanti? Yes, but don't mess it up."

(Pepe Gee, visited March 2011)

"Amazing! We are going to Umshanti in two weeks for a breakaway from work and all our worries."

(Elanza Van der Merwe, visited February 2011)

Add Your Review
Have you recently stayed at this getaway? If so, we'd love to hear all about it.
Rate It
Standard of facilities
Appeal of setting
Professionalism & hospitality
Value for money

Thanks!

Thanks for submitting your review.

Getaway Map
Umshanti/Buffeljags Watersport, Swellendam, Western Cape
GPS: S -34.0185   E 20.5391
Request A Quote
Umshanti/Buffeljags Watersport, Swellendam
 
 
 
 

This is an obligation-free enquiry forwarded directly to the establishment for reply.

Chapel
  • 2015-09-01
  • 2015-10-01
  • 2015-11-01
  • 2015-12-01
  • 2016-01-01
  • 2016-02-01
  • 2016-03-01
  • 2016-04-01
  • 2016-05-01
  • 2016-06-01
  • 2016-07-01
  • 2016-08-01
Gypsy Cottage (sleeps 2)
  • 2015-09-01
  • 2015-10-01
  • 2015-11-01
  • 2015-12-01
  • 2016-01-01
  • 2016-02-01
  • 2016-03-01
  • 2016-04-01
  • 2016-05-01
  • 2016-06-01
  • 2016-07-01
  • 2016-08-01
Cottage 1
  • 2015-09-01
  • 2015-10-01
  • 2015-11-01
  • 2015-12-01
  • 2016-01-01
  • 2016-02-01
  • 2016-03-01
  • 2016-04-01
  • 2016-05-01
  • 2016-06-01
  • 2016-07-01
  • 2016-08-01
Cottage 2
  • 2015-09-01
  • 2015-10-01
  • 2015-11-01
  • 2015-12-01
  • 2016-01-01
  • 2016-02-01
  • 2016-03-01
  • 2016-04-01
  • 2016-05-01
  • 2016-06-01
  • 2016-07-01
  • 2016-08-01
Cottage 3
  • 2015-09-01
  • 2015-10-01
  • 2015-11-01
  • 2015-12-01
  • 2016-01-01
  • 2016-02-01
  • 2016-03-01
  • 2016-04-01
  • 2016-05-01
  • 2016-06-01
  • 2016-07-01
  • 2016-08-01
Cottage 4
  • 2015-09-01
  • 2015-10-01
  • 2015-11-01
  • 2015-12-01
  • 2016-01-01
  • 2016-02-01
  • 2016-03-01
  • 2016-04-01
  • 2016-05-01
  • 2016-06-01
  • 2016-07-01
  • 2016-08-01
Cottage 5
  • 2015-09-01
  • 2015-10-01
  • 2015-11-01
  • 2015-12-01
  • 2016-01-01
  • 2016-02-01
  • 2016-03-01
  • 2016-04-01
  • 2016-05-01
  • 2016-06-01
  • 2016-07-01
  • 2016-08-01
Camping Site 1
  • 2015-09-01
  • 2015-10-01
  • 2015-11-01
  • 2015-12-01
  • 2016-01-01
  • 2016-02-01
  • 2016-03-01
  • 2016-04-01
  • 2016-05-01
  • 2016-06-01
  • 2016-07-01
  • 2016-08-01
Camping Site 2
  • 2015-09-01
  • 2015-10-01
  • 2015-11-01
  • 2015-12-01
  • 2016-01-01
  • 2016-02-01
  • 2016-03-01
  • 2016-04-01
  • 2016-05-01
  • 2016-06-01
  • 2016-07-01
  • 2016-08-01
Camping Site 3
  • 2015-09-01
  • 2015-10-01
  • 2015-11-01
  • 2015-12-01
  • 2016-01-01
  • 2016-02-01
  • 2016-03-01
  • 2016-04-01
  • 2016-05-01
  • 2016-06-01
  • 2016-07-01
  • 2016-08-01
Booked      Public Holiday

Thanks!

Other Handpicked Getaways in the area

A Log Home at Buffalo Creek

Swellendam, Western Cape

An eight-sleeper log cabin with awesome valley and mountain views - 11km from Swellendam

A rural Overberg setting in the Buffelsjag valley 11 kays from Swellendam, a backdrop of rolling hills giving rise to the Langeberg mountains, A Log Home at Buffalo Creek...

Bibi's Joy

Swellendam, Western Cape

'Rustic-modern' solar powered cottage in a secluded setting outside Suurbraak village - Suurbraak (25km from Swellendam)

Let’s set the tone with a recent guest comment: “If you need peace and tranquility away from the city bustle, this is the place to go. Rustic, comfortable, se...

Die Hoenderhok & Plaashuisie

Swellendam, Western Cape

Small farm below the Langeberg with a pair of restored century-old cottages - 12km from Swellendam

Pastoral bliss and a skyline dominated by the jagged peaks of the Langeberg are surely sufficient reason for a stop-over near (12km) Swellendam? Be it a midway break bet...

Die Stal

Swellendam, Western Cape

Restored milkingshed in the Hermitage Valley outside Swellendam - 4km from Swellendam

The sweeping views from Die Stal towards Eenuurkop, Twaalfuurkop and Tienuurkop in Swellendam’s Hermitage Valley were once only appreciated by a few mooing cattle a...

Frog Mountain Getaway

Swellendam, Western Cape

Family-friendly farm with three thatched rondavels, a larger eight-sleeper cottage, and a ten-sleeper thatched lodge - 18km from Swellendam

Frog Mountain is a popular family getaway, which we first came across in the form of a glowing review in The Big Issue. The farm is ideally appointed in a r...

Hermitage Huisies

Swellendam, Western Cape

Smallholding on the edge of town with two cottages and a house - 2km from Swellendam

A picturesque smallholding just outside Swellendam, Hermitage has a certain quality that many guests find irresistible. There are two cottages, the original Rose Cott...

Lismore Farm

Swellendam, Western Cape

Historic farm near Suurbraak village, with a basic cottage overlooking a river - 25km from Swellendam

Barring the odd bark or human voice floating on the breeze from the tiny mission village of Suurbraak, Lismore is cut off from civilisation as we usually know it, and the...

Rivierplaas Cottages

Swellendam, Western Cape

Fruit farm on the Breede River with a timber cabin and a stone cottage - 16km from Swellendam

River House and Stone Cottage are secluded cottages appointed on a fruit farm along the banks of the Breede River. Both have a relaxed rustic personality suited to Budget...

Somerset Gift Getaway Farm

Swellendam, Western Cape

Beautiful valley farm at the foot of the Langeberg, with a river and dams, and four rustic-luxury cottages - 16km from Swellendam

Somerset Gift Getaway Farm nestles in a beautiful valley bordering the foothills of the majestic Langeberg Mountains, just 16km from Swellendam. Combining an idyllic ...

The Fazenda Log Cabins

Swellendam, Western Cape

Large farm below the Langeberg, with two rustic timber chalets - 4km from Swellendam

Cue the banjo! "I wanna be a lumberjack, I wanna be a lumberjack..." Well, now's your chance! We haven't got out there yet, but judging by the glowin...

Wildebraam Berry Estate

Swellendam, Western Cape

Self-catering cottage and garden suite on a youngberry farm in the Hermitage Valley - 2km from Swellendam

Whether for a comfortable and convenient overnight stay or a full romantic weekend of it, Wildebraam is a failsafe option for either individuals, couples or small familie...