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
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
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.
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.