Bucklands was launched in 2007 by Terry and Michele Stewart and their family with the Luxury Tented Camp opening in 2009 and the Boutique Guest House in 2010. The reserve consists of 5500 hectares and includes the properties known as Bucklands, Lower Bucklands and Schrikwaters Poort. It was decided not to introduce lion and elephants at this stage, but the reserve does have white rhino and buffalo along with giraffe, zebra and a wide variety of antelope and smaller animals. On our evening game drive we even saw Aardwolf which I have only seen once before, but more on that in a later post.
The lodge itself is stylishly furnished and decorated using very dark wood and leather. The one thing that really impressed me was that it wasn't over done as you often find at lodges, so it didn't look "plastic" Africa. It had a colonial, yet modern kinda simplistic feel. Homely in many ways. You weren't afraid to sit down and get comfortable without somebody looking at you with a raised eyebrow.