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Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

Buffalo Ridge is unique for many reasons, none more so than the fact it is the only lodge of its kind wholly owned by a local rural community. Known as a Balete, the owners of Buffalo Ridge live in the village of Lekgophung just west of Madikwe. 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.

Total number of rooms: 8 suites
Type of accommodation: en-suite chalets
Child Policy: No children under 12 years
Prices from: R 4 250.00 per person sharing
Main features: Eco tourism partnership
  malaria-free
  overlooking plains and inselbergs

  • Description
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  • Facilities
  • Getting there
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About the Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the few malaria-free reserves in southern Africa. Situated in South Africa, along the Botswana border 20 kilometers from Gaberone, the Reserve lies within a transition region of lowveld bushveld and the Kalahari thornveld. The result is that the region hosts an unbelievable diversity of species from both ecosystems. Geographically the region has gigantic volcanic intrusions known as Inselbergs, which are prominent throughout the reserve and create a magnificent backdrop.

The Lodge

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge was the first wholly-owned, Community-based Safari Lodge to be developed in South Africa. The lodge is an eco tourism 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 as the community owns the development, with substantial benefits accruing back to the community itself.

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is situated on the Tweedepoort Ridge overlooking the plains and inselbergs of the western section of Madikwe Game Reserve.

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.

Whether you are relaxing in the lounge, the lower or upper deck areas or at the pool, you will find a space that suits you best.

Chalets

The lodge has 8 suites, each with its own breathtaking viewing deck, decorated in natural hues of colour and texture, offering a very private and luxurious experience. The thatched suites have sliding doors from each room and an outdoor shower which allows the guests to feel totally connected with their surroundings.

The Reserve

Open vehicle game drives, walks, tracking, stargazing, bush dining, birding, botany interests are just a few of the activities one can enjoy at the Lodge.

Madikwe Game Reserve is home to a tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, including 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.

What to take

Walking shoes, sun hat, sunglasses, sun block, cameras, binoculars, light clothing and bathing suit in summer and warm clothing and jackets in winter.

Climate

Summer - September to March
Rainy season with hot days and warm nights. Temperatures 25°C - 40°C.
Winter - April to August
Dry season with generally warm days and cold nights. Temperatures 0°C - 25°C.

Children

Regret no children under 12 years of age. Children aged between 12 and 15 years, sharing the accommodation with their parents, will be charged 50% of the tariff with a maximum of one child per suite.

 


Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge Rates

1 Aug 2015-30 Apr 2016 1 May 2016-31 Jul 2016 1 Aug 2016-30 Apr 2017
Per person sharing R 4 250.00 R 3 185.00 R 4 550.00
Per person single R 5 525.00 R 4 140.00 R 5 915.00
Children 3 – 12yrs sharing R 2 125.00 R 1 592.50 R 2 275.00
Rates quoted per night

Rates Include: Luxury accommodation * Two game drives per day * All meals daily * Welcome drinks and teas & coffees at meals and Road transfer from the Madikwe Airstrip to the Lodge
Rates Excludes:
Curio shop purchases * Drinks * Telephone calls * Lodge transfers * Airport Tax * Tourism Levy – R10 per person per night * Fly in fee – R150 per person Specialised coffees * Gate entry fees – R150.00 per adult * Babysitting * Laundry services unless otherwise indicated

Open vehicle game drives, walks, tracking, stargazing, bush dining, birding, botany interests are just a few of the activities one can enjoy at the Lodge.

Madikwe Game Reserve is home to a tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, including 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.

 


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Vehicle Transfers

Transfers can be arranged from within South Africa and from Botswana.
These can be booked through us.

Flights

There is a scheduled Federal Air flight that flies in and out of the Reserve daily. Should you wish to charter a plane to suit your own time frame this can be arranged through Madikwe Charters.

Self Drive

  • It is only a 4-hour drive from Johannesburg to Buffalo Ridge
  • From Johannesburg 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 second stop street into President Street. There is a signpost on the left that says “ Madikwe Game Reserve/Gaborone” and a First National Bank on the corner to the right
  • Follow the R49 towards the reserve for approximately 97km
  • The first entrance to the reserve is Abjaterskop gate
  • Pass that gate and enter at the next gate - Wonderboom Gate exactly 7km from the first gate

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

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