Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is a small luxury lodge on the western side of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, home to the Big-Five. Its location, in the transition zone between the separate eco-systems of the lowveld bushveld and the Kalahari thornveld, means that visitors have the opportunity to encounter an unusually diverse variety of wildlife.
The lodge is set on the slopes of a hill, and each of the eight chalets has uninterrupted views across the northern plains and the distinctive volcanic intrusions, known as the Inselbergs. The main lodge occupies a spectacular location on two tiers of the Tweedepoort Ridge, which is reached via a wooden bridge that stretches dramatically over the ravine.
The eight thatched suites are positioned on the ridge and designed around the breathtaking views. The chalets are decorated in traditional muted African tones and each has a viewing deck, with long views across Madikwe’s stunning landscape. The suites have sliding patio doors and an outdoor shower on the deck, linking the lodge with the bushveld.
The lodge has an exclusive but friendly atmosphere. There are two decks on which to drink a sundowner and survey the wildlife on the plains below, a tranquil lounge area, the dining area and a swimming pool.
Buffalo Ridge was the first 100% community-owned safari camp in South Africa. The lodge is an ecotourism partnership and the Balete Ba Lekgophung community owns a 45-year lease to operate the lodge with traversing rights across the reserve. This benefits the community and also contributes to the unique atmosphere at Buffalo Ridge.
Buffalo Ridge is on the western side of Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province of South Africa, close to the Botswana border and Gaborone. There is a 45 minute daily air transfer which departs OR Tambo Johannesburg airport and costs approx £475 per person return. A one-way road transfer (3½ to 4-hour) costs £395 for up to 3 passengers.