South African Lodges

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

Madikwe Game Reserve
North West Province
South Africa
Lodge Type

The Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is in the wildlife-rich Madikwe Game Reserve, approximately 5 hours drive from Johannesburg and also accessible by air to the reserves private airstrip. The Lodge enjoys a prime location on the Tweedepoort Ridge overlooking the beautiful plains of the western section of malaria-free, Big Five Madikwe Game Reserve.

Commanding breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape the lodge provides guests with all they could hope for in a luxury safari holiday, along with fantastic game viewing and the knowledge that the local community is the direct beneficiaries of your visit.

The Madikwe accommodation is in just eight luxury suites, each beautifully designed and incorporating the use of wood and stone in the structure. Décor is typically warm Africa and blends beautifully with the surrounding scenery.

Lodge Suite features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Safe
  • Tea & coffee facilities
  • Private deck
  • Telephone.


  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Boma
  • Swimming pool
  • Lounge
  • Viewing deck.


  • Game drives
  • Walking safaris
  • Babysitting service
  • Wake up calls
  • Porters
  • Parking.

Activities & Wildlife

Game drives are led by experienced and well-qualified nature guides who will bring the landscape and sighting to life with their vast knowledge of and passion for the environment in which they work. Excursions typically take place in the early morning and late afternoon, when the game is most active. For an, even more, intimate bush experience, the guides also offer walking safaris under their armed supervision.

Wildlife in the Madikwe Game Reserve is both abundant and diverse. The reserve is home to the renowned Big 5 and has a healthy population of Africa’s most endangered carnivores – cheetah and wild dog. A variety of antelope is commonly seen in the various natural habitats, which also support a myriad species of birds.

Game drives in open safari vehicles make for a thrilling experience in the game-rich Madikwe Game Reserve. With Madikwe being home to a great diversity of flora and fauna, game rangers share their valuable knowledge about wildlife with the guests. Amongst many other animals, this game reserve is home to both black and white rhino, buffalo, lion, elephant, leopard, cheetah as well as the wild dog.


  • Game drives
  • Stargazing
  • Bush dining
  • Bird watching
  • Botanic interests.

Madikwe Game Reserve

South Africa's malaria-free, "Big Five" Madikwe Game Reserve lies in the North West Province of South Africa near the border to Botswana. Named after the Madikwe or Marico River, the Madikwe Game Reserve was established in 1991 and covers an area of 750 km² north of the town Groot-Marico. Madikwe is home to Community Lodges, which are operated by local villages. The profits are used to uplift nearby communities.

 At present, Madikwe is the fifth largest game reserve in the country and yet not very well known which contributes to significant wildlife encounters. The terrain of this game reserve is mainly bushveld plains and open grasslands with rocky outcrops and single mountains. The Madikwe Game Reserve is regarded as one of the better conservation areas on the African continent, being home to all main species, including leopard, lion, buffalo, elephant, both white and black rhino, the endangered wild dog along with almost all the plains antelope species. More than 350 species of birds have been recorded here.

 A unique feature of Madikwe is its location in a transition zone, between the edges of the Kalahari, where some rare species occur naturally, and the vast bushveld. The climate in this region of South Africa is mild to hot, but winter nights can be cold.

Below detailed information about the Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is available.
For any queries regarding this hotel, you are welcome to contact us.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ensuite / Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Housekeeping
  • Outside Shower
  • Tea and coffee making facilities


Dining at Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

Guests staying at Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge can enjoy all meals included in the rate. The lodge sits on the slope of a ravine and has expansive views across the plains. It is here where the lodge's private dining area and two spacious decks can be found.

Wildlife activities

The malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa's North West Province is home to both the black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog and a wide variety of fauna and flora.

Thrilling early morning and late afternoon game drives, stargazing, bush dining, birding and tours for those with botany interests are available for guests at the Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge.

  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewing deck

Check in and Check Out Times
  • Check in: 14:00
  • Check out: 10:00
General Services
  • Airport transfers
  • Concierge services
  • Game drive safaris
  • Housekeeping service
  • Tours & Transfers on Request
  • Wake-up call
Malaria Status and Animals
  • The Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is in the Madikwe Game Reserve.  Madikwe is a malaria-free area which is home to Africa's magnificent wildlife. 

    Guests travelling to this area may experience black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah, and the rare wild dog.

Social Responsibility
  • The Buffalo Ridge is unique in the fact that it is the only lodge of its kind wholly-owned by a local rural community. Known as The tribal owners of Buffalo Ridge live in the village of Lekgophung.

    The lease rights to a prime site in the Madikwe Game Reserve and built the lodge here. The lodge brings optimal benefit to the people of the community, and the lodge is staffed by people from the village while a training program ensures that they develop the skills to manage their lodge.

Available Rooms


# Rooms:

Each of the 8 luxurious suites at Buffalo Ridge have their own viewing deck.  Rooms are decorated in natural colours and textures, offering the most luxurious accommodation. 

Suites at the Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa, are thatched with sliding doors leading to the bushveld and to a private outdoor shower.

Single Room R5160
Double Room R7940

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge Specials

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I really enjoyed the magnificent location and lavish accommodation at Buffalo Ridge.

Loved the wildlife & great game drives





I enjoyed such beautiful views over the African bushveld at Buffalo Ridge.

I also enjoyed the Starfazing & had some great dining.



GPS Co-Ordinates

Latitude: -24.767043

Longitude: 26.203350


Directions to Buffalo Ridge from Johannesburg International Airport:

1. Take R21 to Pretoria.
2. Head north on the N1 towards the N4 Toll Road.
3. Take the N4 Toll road north-west towards Rustenburg, Swartruggens, Groot Marico and Zeerust.
4. Once in Zeerust turn right at the fourth 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.
5. Follow the R49 towards the reserve for approximately 97km.
6. The first entrance is Abjaterskop Gate
7. After this gate you will need to enter at the next gate - Wonderboom Gate exactly 8km from the first gate.


On site parking facilities are provided for guests.

Star Rating

5 Star

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