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.