Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge
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Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

Madikwe, South Africa

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.

Accommodation Reviews

We had a wonderful time on honeymoon thank you. L, and I both agreed that the Safari at Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge was the highlight of the trip. We had a lovely time there and did not want to come away. It was an amazing experience, and one that we will not forget.

The people at Buffalo Ridge were really warm and friendly and it was really interesting to chat to them about the game reserve, lodge, life and of course the animals. The lodge itself was lovely and they made really nice effort to make things special for us on our honeymoon by decorating our lodge with candles and petals and providing us with a bottle of wine on our last night.

And of course being on safari and being so close to the animals was a fantastic thing, especially on our last drive when we were tracking a female lioness hunting warthogs, then catching a glimpse ... of a leopard in the bush.

So thank you once again for all your help. Hopefully we will get opportunity to do another safari at some point and when we do I will let you know. :-)

P Norrey
July 12, 2009

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On Safari

Buffalo Ridge is an excellent walking and open vehicle safari destination. Game drives, bush walks, birding, tracking, stargazing and bush dining are among the activities on offer.

Madikwe Game Reserve has over 13,000 animals in its 76,000 hectares and is home to an incredible variety of flora and fauna. Black and white rhino roam the reserve, along with buffalo, lion, leopard, elephant, wild dog and cheetah. The only animal you won't find is the mosquito - Madikwe is 100% malaria-free. The reserve is ideal for both walking and vehicle safaris and, because Buffalo Lodge is run by the community, their rangers’ knowledge of the local wildlife is exceptional.

Responsible Travel

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. A road transfer from Johannesburg would take approxiamately 3.5 - 4 hours.

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