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Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is the first wholly owned Community-based safari lodge to be developed in South Africa.

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About Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge


The Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is situated in the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve.

The Lodge is the first wholly owned Community based Safari Lodge to be developed in South Africa. It 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.

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. Decorated by Lucy Corder, who interpreted the brief with a fresh and innovative vision, 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 your mood.

The lodge has 8 suites, each with their own viewing deck, decorated in natural hews 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 an oneness with the bushveld.

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

Activities include open vehicle game drives, walks, tracking, stargazing, bush dining, birding, botany interests. Madikwe is home to a tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, including both the 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.

Directions
It is possible to self-drive to Madikwe Game Reserve. It is approximately 4 hours from Johannesburg. Take care not to mistake the turn-off for Madikwe Town for the Game Reserve! The sign just says ?Madikwe? and has been the cause of more than one lost guest. Keep on going straight at the sign towards the Wonderboom Gate on the western border of Madikwe.

There are also scheduled charter flights into the Reserve. The airstrip is close to the lodge.