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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  May 2018 to 30 Jun 2018
Per Person Per Night Sharing R3 495 
Per person per night – 30% Single Supplement R4 545 
Kids 3-12yrs sharing with Adult R1 745
Details 1 Jul 2018 to 30 Apr 2019
Per Person Per Night Sharing R5 035 
Per person per night – 30% Single Supplement R6 540
Kids 3-12yrs sharing with Adult R2 515

Tariff Charges

  • All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honoured

Tariffs Include

  • Accommodation, All Meals, Early Morning Teas and Coffees, Game Drives 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

Gates open @ 06h00 & closes @ 21h00.


  •  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


  • Deposit of 50% of the total accommodation charge is required on confirmation. Balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. For bookings made within 40 days of travel, full payment is required on confirmation.

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) 


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.


Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is situated on the Tweedepoort Ridge overlooking the plains and inselbergs of the western section of Madikwe Game Reserve.

The lodge has 8 suites; each with their own viewing deck, decorated in natural hews 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 bushveld.

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 Indoor Shower Hairdryers Yes Babysitting Yes

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is situated at a prime site in the west of the Madikwe Game Reserve, straddling the Tweedepoort Ridge with expansive views across the northern plains and Inselbergs. The central lodge sits on the slopes of a hill across a ravine, separating it from the chalets. Each of the chalets is positioned on the ridge with expansive views to the North. Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge opened in November 2004.

Buffalo Ridge is easily accessible by private charter or the daily Madikwe Shuttle into Madikwe Western Airstrip just 30 minutes from Buffalo Ridge through the reserve. Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is a 3 and a half hour’s drive from Johannesburg on the N4.

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.

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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
  - R180 per Adults per STAY
  - R105 Child per  STAY
Guest Conservation Contribution
  - R150 per Adults per DAY
  - R75 per Child (under 12 years) per DAY
SUBJECT to change without notice
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Once-off payment
Paid directly by clients
Flight landing fee
  - R240 per Adult
  - R140 per Child
SUBJECT to change without notice