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    Ridge Safari Lodge
  • Buffalo

    Ridge Safari Lodge
  • Buffalo

    Ridge Safari Lodge
  • Buffalo

    Ridge Safari Lodge
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Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge | Madikwe Game Reserve

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Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge lies on the Tweedepoort Ridge in the west of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve providing expansive views of the ravine below and out across Madikwe’s northern plains and inselbergs.

This family-friendly five-star Lodge offers guests a choice of eight luxurious thatch-and-stone chalets positioned for optimal privacy along the rugged slopes of the ridge.

Each beautifully-appointed chalet sleeps two people and features a mini lounge, en-suite bathroom, and double sliding doors that open onto an elevated wooden deck from where you can take in the breathtaking panoramas of this bushveld paradise.

The contemporary Afro-chic décor with its emphasis on earth colours and naturally textured fabrics and furnishings further enhances your experience of the pristine surrounds.

Buffalo Ridge’s main lodge covers two tiers and is accessible via a wooden bridge that traverses the ravine below. Here you can relax on the ample viewing deck in the shade of the towering rock figs, enjoy a sumptuous meal in the welcoming dining area or unwind with a refreshing dip in the plunge pool as you drink in the glorious vistas.

The Lodge boasts a range of outdoor activities to ensure you have ample opportunities to explore Madikwe, including twice-daily game drives in open 4X4 vehicles, bush sundowners, and visits to the reserve’s hides.

Expect to spot a rich diversity of game, from the Big Five to cheetah, wild dog, kudu, springbok, eland, red hartebeest, giraffe, and impala as well as a myriad of bird species under the guidance of the Lodge’s expert rangers.

While Buffalo Ridge is family friendly, children aged six years or younger are not permitted on game drives due to safety concerns. However, mini morning children’s game drives can be pre-arranged. Babysitters are also available on request.

Buffalo Ridge was initially opened to the public in November 2004 and has an exceptionally inspiring founding story regarding local community upliftment. Its inception is the result of a groundbreaking eco-tourism partnership between North-West Park, the Balete Ba Lekgophung community – which has a 45-year lease to run a commercial lodge – and the operator, The Nature Workshop, making it the first fully owned community-based Safari Lodge to be established in South Africa.

Its exclusive location, deluxe accommodations, and impeccable service make Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge a prime wildlife destination for family and couples’ breakaways.

Buffalo Ridge can be reached by private charter or the daily Madikwe Shuttle into Madikwe Western Airstrip which is only a 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

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
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.
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.

Need Assistance ?

South Africa RSA  +27 87 820 0021

Business Hours

Mon – Fri: (09:00 - 17:00)
Sat: (09:00 - 13:00)
Time Zone UTC/GMT +2 hours

E-mail: safaris@madikwe.net


What sets us Apart!

Ideal for family or small groups
Rich biodiversity of game
Large elephant population
Over 350 bird species
Effortless road and air access

Why Book With Us?

Personal inter-action
Lodges with high standards
Stay in control of your booking
Most special deals by far
Secure payment process (SSL)
South African based
Superior knowledge
Expert advice
No booking fees

Best time to visit

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

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