We aim to provide a well-managed facility for the study of the flora and fauna of Buffelskloof Nature Reserve and the surrounding regions, and to stimulate and encourage the study of biological sciences among tertiary students and secondary scholars.
"Your willingness to share your experience and knowledge along with your supportive enthusiasm of our exploratory efforts was encouraging. It is clear to see why Buffelskloof is regarded as one of the country's exemplar herbarium facilities and we had the privilege to see it for ourselves."
Author Botanical Artist Conservationist
"This is the best destination for plant – or any (natural history) people! Thank you Sandie, John & Barbara for your wonderful hosting of this CREW Summer Rainfall Workshop - & to the Rae family who shared the vision for this excellent research facility, and with the Burrows, made it happen."
Naturalis Biodiversity Centre, Leiden, Netherlands Jan 2014
"Five great days in this excellent nature reserve. We enjoyed great hospitality, saw fascinating new plant species in interesting, somewhat unfamiliar (to us) habitats. The advice and assistance of our knowledgeable hosts was much appreciated."
MSc Archaeology student, University of the Witwatersrand June 2014
Amazing archaeological sites and the indigenous forests are beautiful.
MSc student, University of Johannesburg December 2013
I would like to thank the entire BNR staff for the outstanding services that they provided to me. This is really a better learning environment and I think that every person under the natural science field (particularly botany and environmental sciences) would love to work in this area. Hope we will meet again.
Honours student, University of Johannesburg
First time in an Afromontane forest; loved the super fresh water and the exceptional company and the view.
Prof. Alvaro Viljoen
Tshwane University of Technology March 2016
This has to be the ‘type-locality’ for having a great time! Botany 10/10; surroundings 10/10; accommodation 10/10; hospitality 10+/10.
Enviro-Insight, Pretoria July 2016
What an exceptional place! We are very grateful for the wonderful hospitality and excellent discussions. We hope the observations we made and photographs we’ll be donating will be put to good use in raising awareness for this place and helping with the conservation thereof. Looking forward to our return.
LMA Herbarium Maputo, Mozambique
Thank you for your patience with us and for your hospitality and enthusiasm. You got a lovely place that we wish to be again. At the end, we don’t have words to describe what you did for us!
Tania Bird & Gal Kagan
Israel October 2016
What a fabulous experience and the best research facilities I’ve ever been in the world – and that’s even without the view! Amazing diversity of habitats and fauna and really a special conservation model to be treasured. Thanks again for an amazing welcoming visit. We hope to come again.
Profs Amos Bouskila & Merav Bouskila
Ben-Gurion University, Israel October 2016
We are really glad to have had the opportunity to get to know the Reserve, its amazing scenery and rich wildlife. Joining Adriaan Jordaan, (MSc student) basing his studies at Buffelskloof Nature Reserve on the ecology of Berg Adders in his research was inspiring and it’s great that researchers have this wonderful facility as [a] research base. No other research facility that I have visited in the world rivalled this one, and the hospitality of John, Sandie and Barbara. Will have to come again, and then plan to see also the herbarium.
Red Listing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew May 2016
Great to finally visit Buffelskloof! Thanks so much to John, Barbara and Sandie for your warm hospitality. I love the herbarium and enjoyed seeing your Acanth. Collection. The red-listing workshop was great.
Regius Keeper, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scotland
An inspirational, educational and highly enjoyable visit – what a resource for learning, research and conservation! Congratulations to John and Sandie and the team for all that is being achieved; I look forward to returning.
Merle Galbany & Sebastian Arrabal
Institut Botanic de Barcelona, Spain February 2007
Thanks for a lovely time in Buffelskloof! And for sharing your huge knowledge in your loved Helichrysum, and, of course, for your kindness!!! We hope to visit you soon!
Main Botanical garden RAS, Moscow April 2015
Very fantastic place for botanics! Thank you for new knowledge of plants! From Russia with love.
Senior Lecturer, Biodiversity & Conservation Biology, University of Western Cape January 2018
A lovely stay as always. What a fantastic place. The herbarium is such a valuable resource as well! Thank You!
MSc student, University of the Free State July 2016
Such a fantastic place to do research, thank you so much for a fantastic time at BKNR. Can’t wait to come back!!
Monique Botha & Bernard Olivier
Post-Grad Students, Univeristy of Pretoria March 2018
Always such a pleasure to work in such an incredible place with such amazing people. We will never grow tired of this special kloof with all its treasures. See you again soon!
Dr Rose Marks
Michigan State University, USA Nov-Dec 2019
This place is so special. It has truly stolen my heart. Thank you for your vision, commitment and generosity. This isn’t the last you will see of me!
Drs Julieta Rosell Garcia & Mark Olson
National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City. December 2019
Wonderful stay, great plants, lovely landscape, amazing people, incredible facilities – thank you for everything!!
Dr Ian Medeiros
College of the Atlantic Bar Harbour, USA February 2016
What a wonderful place! I look forward to identifying (and hopefully describing) all the lichens I've collected over the past two days. Thank you for your hospitality; I'll be back as soon as I can!
The Buffelskloof Field Station is open only to approved researchers, students and citizen science groups.