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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 14% V.A.T. • South African Rand • Subject to availability
Details 1 Jul 2017 to 30 Apr 2018
Single Per Night 5 720.00  
Per Person Per Night Sharing 4 645.00  
Kids 3-12yrs sharing with Adult 2 320.00  
Details 1  May 2018 to 30 Jun 2018
Per Person Per Night Sharing 3 465.00  
Per person per night – 30% Single Supplement 4 505.00  
Kids 3-12yrs sharing with Adult 1 730.00  
Details 1 Jul 2018 to 30 Apr 2019
Per Person Per Night Sharing 4 990.00  
Per person per night – 30% Single Supplement 6 485.00  
Kids 3-12yrs sharing with Adult 2 495.00  

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.

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.

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.

  • Park fees - R210 per adult per STAY | R105 per child per STAY
  • Landing fees - R280 per adult | R140 per child (provisional, subject to change)
  • Guest Conservation Contribution: R210 per adult per DAY | R75 per child per DAY

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

By Car

• Once-off payment
• Paid directly by clients
• Self-drive - R180 Adults
• Self-drive - R 80 Child under 12
• SUBJECT to change without notice

By Air

• Once-off payment
• Paid directly by clients
• Flight landing fee R240 per Adult
• Flight landing fee R150 per Child
• SUBJECT to change without notice