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Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge | Madikwe Game Reserve

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Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is located on the rugged slopes of the Tweedepoort Ridge in the west of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve.

This family-friendly Safari Lodge has eight lavishly-appointed thatch-and- stone chalets positioned to offer maximum solitude and afford visitors breathtaking panoramas of the kloof below and out across Madikwe’s northern plains and inselbergs.

Each luxurious chalet sleeps two persons and features a small lounge area, en-suite bathroom, and double sliding doors that open onto a raised wooden deck from where you can fully appreciate the sheer tranquility of your pristine surroundings.

The Lodge’s contemporary Afro-chic décor with its accent on natural colours and textures further serves to enhance your experience of this slice of bushveld paradise.

Buffalo Ridge’s main lodge spans double tiers and is reachable via a wooden bridge that traverses the kloof below. Here you can unwind on the expansive viewing deck in the cool of the impressive rock figs, enjoy delectable cuisine in the welcoming dining area or relax poolside as you immerse yourself in the magnificent bushveld vistas.

Ensuring you have every opportunity to explore all that makes Madikwe a prime safari destination is a priority for Buffalo Ridge. To this end, the Lodge boasts a range of visitor activities, including twice-daily game drives in open 4X4 vehicles, visits the reserve’s hides, and bush sundowners and drink stops.

Expect to encounter a diversity of bird- and wildlife species, from the Big Five to cheetah, wild dog, kudu, springbok, eland, red hartebeest, giraffe, and impala, under the expert guidance of the Lodge’s accomplished rangers.

Regrettably, due to safety concerns, children aged six years or younger are not permitted to participate in game drives. However, being a committed family-friendly Lodge, Buffalo Ride does offer mini morning game drives for children on request. Babysitters are also available by pre-arrangement.

Since Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge initially opened its doors to the public in November 2004, it has proven a local community upliftment success story. This exclusive Lodge is the outcome of an eco-tourism partnership between North-West Park, the Balete Ba Lekgophung community – which has a 45-year lease to operate a commercial lodge – and the operator, The Nature Workshop making it the first wholly owned community- based safari lodge to be developed in South Africa.

Its remote setting, stylish accommodations, and five-star service make Buffalo Ridge a sought-after safari getaway for families and couples alike.

Buffalo Ridge is easily accessible by private charter or the daily Madikwe Shuttle into Madikwe Western Airstrip which is just 30 minutes’ drive from the Safari Lodge.

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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rand • Subject to availability
Details 1 Jul 2018 to
30 Apr 2019
1 May 2019 to
30 Jun 2019
1 Jul 2019 to
30 Apr 2020
Per Person Per Night Sharing R5 040 R3 745 R5 350
Per person per night – 30% Single Supplement R6 550 R4 865 R6 955
Kids 3-12yrs sharing with Adult R2 520 R1870 R2 675

Tariff Charges
  • All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honoured
Tariffs Include
  • All meals, teas and coffees. Game drives and Safari Activities
Tariffs Exclude
  • Phone Calls, Bar Account, Bed Levy @ R 10.00 per Person per Night 
  • Park fees, Landing fees, Guest Conservation Contribution
  • Bar Services
Gates open @ 06h00 & closes @ 21h00. Children
  •  Children of all ages are welcome at most of our lodges (please enquire)
  •  Babysitters available
  •  Children under 6 years old are not permitted on game drives
  • In order to confirm your booking, a 50% deposit is required. Please note that your booking will only be confirmed on receipt of your deposit. Balance is due 30 days prior to arrival.  
Should the reservation be cancelled
If a booking is cancelled after confirmation, the deposit will be forfeited. In addition, the following fees will be levied and the scale of charges expressed as a percentage of the total price is as follows:
  •  Four weeks before arrival - 75% of the total amount
  •  Two weeks before arrival - 100% of the total amount
Arrival | Departure

Guests may arrive any time from 2pm, and rooms are to be vacated by 11:00am.

What to Take

Comfortable walking shoes • Sun hat • Sunglasses • Sun block • Cameras and binoculars • Light, neutral coloured clothing • Swimming costume • Warm jackets are essential in winter (May -October) 

Climate Summer - October to March
Rainy season with hot days and warm nights. Temperatures 25°C - 40°C.
Winter - April to September
Dry season with generally warm days and cold nights. Temperatures 0°C - 25°C. Flight | Air Transfers | Private Charters

• Daily scheduled MADIKWE AIR flights from O.R.Tambo Airport (JIA).
• Private charters are available on request
• Road transfers available on request
• Entrance Fee into the Madikwe Reserve by Air, please settle in camp.

Morning and afternoon/evening game-drives in open game-viewing vehicles, bush sundowners and drink stops on the Reserve, visits to hides.

Regrettably, due to safety concerns, children under 6 years of age are unable to participate in game-drives (shorter kiddies game drives can be arrange after breakfast).

Game-rich country with Big Five (black & white rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard) cheetah, wild dog, kudu, springbok, eland, red hartebeest, giraffe and impala, A paradise for bird watchers.

Number of Suites 8 Community visits
By arrangement
Separate WC Yes Meeting Room
Yes, on
Maximum Guests 16 Lodge Pool In Room Safe
Lodge Safe
Suitability for
Disabled Guests
Due to terrain
Children Yes Childrens
Room service Yes Power 220v AC
Air-Conditioning Yes Indoor Shower Telephone Yes Private 4x4
Safari Vehicle
Available, at
an extra cost
Room Fans Yes Private deck Hairdryers Yes Babysitting Yes

How to get there

Daily scheduled flights are operated from Johannesburg International Airport to the Madikwe Airstrip with Federal Air / Madikwe Air Charters. Private air -charters are organised on request. It is only a 4-hour drive from Johannesburg to Buffalo Ridge – Road transfers can be arranged and Self-drive is possible in 2x4 vehicles.

GPS Co-ordinates: S24 46m 0.11s | E26 12m 17s

Directions to Buffalo Ridge from Johannesburg International Airport, now O.R. TAMBO AIRPORT

  • Take R21 to Pretoria.
  • Head north on the N1 towards the N4 Toll Road.
  • Take the N4 Toll road north west towards Rustenburg, Swartruggens, Groot Marico and Zeerust.
  • Once in Zeerust turn right at the fourth stop street into President Street. There is a signpost on the left that says “ Madikwe Game Reserve/Gaborone” and a First National Bank on the corner to the right.
  • Follow the R49 towards the reserve for approximately 97km.
  • The first entrance to the reserve is Abjaterskop gate.
  • Pass that gate and enter at the next gate – Wonderboom Gate exactly 7km from the first gate.

The Main Lodge

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is situated on the Tweedepoort Ridge overlooking the plains and inselbergs of the western section of Madikwe Game Reserve. The main lodge is spectacularly located on two tiers of the ridge and is accessed via a wooden bridge that crosses a ravine surrounded by rock figs. Each of the living areas has its own character, mood and style providing guests with a choice of breathtaking views and tranquil spaces.
Whether you are relaxing in the lounge, on the lower or upper deck areas or at the pool, you will find a space that suits your mood.

Luxury Thatched Chalets

The lodge has eight suites, each with its own viewing deck, decorated in natural hues of colour and texture, offering a very private and luxurious experience.
The thatched suites, with sliding doors from each room and shower, allow the guest to experience a oneness with the beauty of the bushveld.

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Best time to visit

The best time to visit malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve is during March and November, when temperatures are lower.

Madikwe Entry Fees

Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Park Fees
  - R210
per Adults per STAY
  - R105 per Child (2 - 11 years)  per  STAY
Guest Conservation Contribution  (GCC)
  - R150 per Adults per DAY
  - R75 per Child (2 - 11 years) per DAY
SUBJECT to change without notice,
Guests GCC are payable at the lodges and
will be added to guests' bills
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Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Landing fees
  - R280 per Adult
  - R140 per Child (2 - 11 years) 
SUBJECT to change without notice