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.
- Check Rates
|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|
- All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honoured
- Accommodation, All Meals, Early Morning Teas and Coffees, Game Drives drives and Safari Activities
- 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
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)
ClimateSummer - 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
• 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
|Separate WC||Yes||Meeting Room
|Maximum Guests||16||Lodge Pool||In Room Safe
|Due to terrain
|Room service||Yes||Power||220v AC|
|Air-Conditioning||Yes||Indoor Shower||Telephone||Yes||Private 4x4
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.