Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

on a ridge with expansive views

The lodge
The Lodge
The lodge
The lodge
The lodge
The lodge

Lodge Setting

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is a 16-bed luxury lodge situated 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 suites or chalets. Each of the chalets is positioned on the ridge with expansive views to the north.

  • Rates

    Rates vary depending on your lodge selection, the time of year and specials available.

    Contact us for your very own quote, individually calculated by our experienced travel specialists. Each quote is based on the season, specials available, lodging quality and various other factors.


    A lodge may offer special or discounted rates from time to time. Special rates exclude peak periods, public holidays and long-weekends, and are subject to availability.

    Rates include:
    All meals, teas and coffees with meals and game drives.

    Rates exclude:
    Bar services, a room levy payable per person per night (paid in camp), an entrance fee per person per stay and all other transfers.

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  • Accommodation

    The main lodge is 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 great views or tranquil spaces.

    The lodge has 8 thatched suites or chalets, decorated in natural hews of colour and texture. The suites have sliding doors from each room and shower, and its own viewing deck, offering a private and luxurious experience.

  • About Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

    Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is the first wholly owned Community based Safari Lodge to be developed in South Africa. The lodge is a pure ecotourism partnership between North-West Parks, the Balete Ba Lekgophung Community and the operator, The Nature Workshop.

    The community has a 45-year lease to operate a commercial lodge with traversing rights across the reserve. The concept is unique in South Africa in that the community owns the development, with substantial benefits accruing back to the community itself.

  • Activities

    The lodge is a superb wildlife safari destination where guests are accompanied by well-trained and informative rangers who are able to interpret the many encounters whilst on safari.

  • Directions

    Situated in the Madikwe Game Reserve, access to the lodge is either by road or by air. The reserve is approximately 3,5 hours' drive from Johannesburg, following the route via Zeerust before proceeding north past Nietverdiend. The lodge is accessed via the Wonderboom Gate.

    Air transfers from Grand Central Airport or O.R. Tambo International Airport are available.

    Directions to Buffalo Ridge from O.R. Tambo Airport, Johannesburg:
    Take the R21 to Pretoria.
    Head north on the N1 towards the N4 Toll Road.
    Take the N4 Toll road north west towards Rustenburg, Swartruggens, Groot Marico and Zeerust.
    Once in Zeerust turn right at the fourth stop street into President Street.
    There is a signpost on the left to "Madikwe Game Reserve/Gaborone" and a First National Bank on the corner to the right.
    Follow the R49 towards the reserve for approximately 97 km.
    The first entrance to the reserve is Abjaterskop gate.
    Go past Abjaterskop gate and enter at the next gate – Wonderboom Gate exactly 7km from the Abjaterskop gate.

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