Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is a 16-bed luxury 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 inception of this exclusive lodge has an exceptionally inspiring story to it in terms of local community upliftment, breathtaking location and lavish accommodation.
Offering a very private experience, Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge has eight uniquely decorated suites, each with their own deck which provides guests with expansive views to the north.
This luxury facility was skillfully designed to blend with the beauty of the natural surrounds. Decorated in natural hews of colour and texture, the thatched suites have sliding doors from each room and shower which allow the guest to fully experience the concept of complete integration with the bushveld.
Main Lodge 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 and is separated from the chalets.
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.
Accommodation The lodge has 8 suites, each with their own viewing deck, decorated in natural hues 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.
Activities Open vehicle game drives, stargazing, bush dining, birding, botanical interests. Madikwe is home to a tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, including both black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. The lodge is a superb 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.
Guests can go on a community visit to Lekgopang while staying at Buffalo Ridge. The community visits do need to be pre-booked when booking accommodation and is at an extra charge which will be advised when booking.
Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge has been given Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) accreditation for its increased awareness of social and environmental
Rates exclude: - Bar services - Room levy of R 10.00 per per son per night paid in camp - Park Ent rance Fee of R 160.00 per per son per stay (rates are subject to change anytime)
Facilities: 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.
What to take Comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, sunglasses, sun block, cameras, binoculars, light neutral-coloured clothing and bathing suit in summer; and warm clothing and jackets are essential in winter (May to October).
Clothing and Accessories:
Walking shoes, sun hat, sunglasses, sun block, cameras, binoculars, light clothing and bathing suit in summer and warm clothing and jackets in winter.
Health and Climate:
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.
Rooms and Units Available:
Luxury Thatched Chalets
The lodge has eight chalets, each with its own viewing deck, decorated in natural hues of colour and texture, offering a very private and luxurious experience. The thatched suites, with sliding doors from each room and shower.
Amount of similar units: 8
Sleeps 2 Adults
Facilities & Services available:
Laundry Service Bar on the Premises
Dining room Swimming Pool
No Pets Allowed
Between six and four weeks of arrival - 25% of the total amount will be forfeited Within four and two weeks of arrival - 50% of the total amount will be forfeited Less than two weeks of arrival - 100% of the total amount will be forfeited
By air: Daily scheduled flights are operated from Or Tambo (Johannesburg) Intertnational Airport to the Madikwe Airstrip with Federal Air/ Madikwe Air Charters.
Road directions from Johannesburg: Drive from Johannesburg to Magaliesburg along the N14 and the R 24. From Magaliesburg, take the R509 through Derby to Koster (69km). Turn right in Koster to Swartruggens (34km). Continue straight through Swartruggens towards Groot Marico and Zeerust. You do not actually pass through the town of Groot Marico. After entering Zeerust, keep straight on until you see a sign for Gaberone / Madikwe Game Reserve. Turn right there. Continue on this road through 2 rural villages and past Madikwe Road. Past Takeaways (a store and filling station) and past Nietverdiend (a store, filling station and police station). Continue on this road past the Abjagterskop Gate for Madikwe Game Reserve on your right. (Thatched entrance with flags etc.) for 7km. 7 km past the Abjagterskop Gate, you will find Wonderboom gate on the right, into the park. Once inside the park, please follow signs to Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge.