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About Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is a 16-bed luxury facility designed by Nick Plewman, an acclaimed small lodge designer. The 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 Safari Lodge is situated on the Tweedepoort Ridge overlooking the plains and inselbergs of the western section of Madikwe Game Reserve.

The lodge has eight 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. The main lodge is spectacularly located on two tiers of the ridge, 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.

The lodge has reception, dining, lounge, upper and lower deck and swimming pool areas. Open vehicle game drives, walks, tracking, stargazing, bush dining, birding, botany interests. Madikwe is home to a tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, including both the black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. The lodge is a superb walking and open vehicle safari destination where guests are accompanied by well-trained and informative rangers who are able to interpret the many encounters whilst on safari.

Children of all ages are now welcome and babysitting services are available at an extra charge (children under 6yrs are not allowed on game drives but a kiddies drive game be arranged at the lodge on request. The kiddies drive is usually done in the mornings after breakfast). Children at Buffalo Ridge (2-12yrs) pay 50% of the adult sharing rate when sharing with 2 adults (max 1 child per suite sharing with 2 adults) There is no Hiking or backpacking available.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 16
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 10 Reviews


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hiking
  • Vitality Collection
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

From 01 May 2011 Madikwe’s entrance fees will become a daily rate, not the once-off rate it currently is. The rate, however, remains R50.00.

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  • Luxury Thatched Chalets Luxury Thatched Chalets Sleeps 2 Includes: All Meals Rooms / Units: 8 The lodge has eight chalets, each with its own viewing deck, decorated in natural hues of colour and texture, offering... see more
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      Reviews for Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

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      John McPartland
      19 September 2019

      We loved everything about our stay, the staff were great and very friendly, the food was top class, and our game driver Franco was the tops!

      Marcus Cornaro
      25 August 2019

      Good address for Madikwe. Good value for money (at slightly lower prices than other lodges). Credible engagement with and by local communities . Great game viewing and well designed lodge.

      Natefo Daughter Keakantse
      30 July 2018

      Staff warm welcoming. It's not about the place but the staff that made my stay wonderful. Great wildlife, food perfect,amazing environment to relax and sooths the soul and mind

      Wolfgang Brunnhölzl, Germany
      15 February 2017

      Placed on ridge like pearsl, each house has a beautiful view down to the plain. Very experienced and caring tour guide, twice a day game drive with sundowner, a place to stay longer. One of the few community owned lodges - support the locals !

      Anonymous, South Africa
      09 March 2013

      Good place. Staff very nice and the rangers are really good. May be a bit too nice for us (not used to so much attention which suggests need for tips).

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      Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is 28.8km from the centre of Madikwe Game Reserve , the nearest airport 45.4km (Sir Seretse Khama International Airport).
      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling