• 8 Luxury Thatched Suites
  • Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Exceptional Big Five viewing
  • Excellent rated by guests

A wooden bridge extends across a ravine shrouded by rock figs and leads guests into Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge.

With its foundations firmly planted in the inclining slopes of Madikwe Game Reserve’s Tweedepoort Ridge, the lodge offers magnificent views of the surrounding grassland and the ancient volcanic intrusions that dot the horizon.

Straddling the transition zone of Kalahari thornveld and lowveld bushveld, the reserve encompasses a region of great biodiversity. Madikwe boasts the Big 5 along with an array of bird species and mammals including cheetah, spotted hyena, and endangered wild dog.

Guests can immerse themselves in their safari by enjoying star-gazing, birding safaris, and morning and evening game-drives.

The lodge’s 8 suites have sliding doors from their bedroom and en-suite bathroom that lead on to a private viewing deck. The main lodge’s living areas include a dining room, lounge, upper and lower deck, and a swimming pool.

Buffalo Ridge is owned by the local Balete people and all staff are from the nearby Lekgophung village. Expect to enjoy engaging stories of local lore and sumptuous, locally-inspired (and locally-made) dinners around a crackling bonfire.


  • Big 5;
  • Malaria-free safari experience;
  • Owned and staffed by the knowledgeable local community;
  • Located on a ridge and offering resplendent views of the savannah;
  • Area of exceptional bio-diversity;
  • Great value for money.



  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Dining Area
  • Lounge
  • Boma
  • Swimming Pool
  • Viewdeck
  • Meeting Room
  • Curio Shop
  • Babysitting
  • Laundry Facilities


Room typeFeaturesRates
Thatched Suite
Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge

Available: 8 suites

Unit Sleeps: 2 adults

Check-in: From 2:00 PM

Check-out: To 11:00 AM

Show Room Info
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fan
  • Private deck
  • Pool
  • Bar
  • Tea and Coffee
  • En-suite
  • Shower
  • Pure cotton linen
  • Heater
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • Fridge
  • Safe
  • Fireplace
  • More

    FROM R3900

    TO R7247

    Per person per night sharing

    Enquire Now What's Included Seasonal Rates


    Buffalo Ridge is a superb walking and open vehicle safari destination and gives you the opportunity to encounter with wild animals and other fauna and flora you will enjoy.

    Guests on their malaria-free safari in South Africa can look forward to exciting game drives and experiencing nature up close on interesting bushwalks. Spot the Big Five and other species such as Wild Dog.

    The Madikwe Game Reserve boasts a diverse range of fauna and flora, ensuring there’s something for everyone to see.

    Enjoy sundowners in the African bush while watching the sunset. Guests enjoying their malaria-free safari in South Africa can also visit the hides and observe animals undisturbed. Experienced rangers will accompany guests on the game drives and bush walks. Visits to the local community can be arranged with prior notice.

    Look forward to delicious meals served at Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge. After enjoying an exciting morning game drive, cool off in the sparkling swimming pool and soak up the sun. Relax in the comfortable lounge or enjoy birdwatching from the comfort of your own deck.

    • Big 5
    • Bird Watching
    • Game Drives
    • Community visit
    • Game Viewing
    • Walks
    • Walking Safari
    • Tracking
    • Stargazing
    • Bush Dining


    Low Season

    DatesRoom TypeBoard BasisRate
    01 May 2019- 30 Jun 2019Thatched SuitePer person per night sharing From R3900
    Per person per night single From R5070

    High Season

    DatesRoom TypeBoard BasisRate
    01 July 2018- 30 Apr 2019Thatched SuitePer person per night sharing From R5250
    Per person per night single From R6825
    01 July 2019- 30 Apr 2020Thatched SuitePer person per night sharing From R5575
    Per person per night single From R7247


    The all­-inclusive rate per person per night includes:

    • All meals
    • Luxury accommodation
    • Game drives
    • Coffee and tea
    • Swimming pool
    • Airport shuttle
    • 15% VAT
    • Safari Activities


    Based on 156 Reviews

    Madikwe Game Reserve

    “Amazing bush break”

    We have stayed at Buffalo Ridge five times over the past three years. It is our favourite holiday destination in South Africa. The staff are friendly, the accommodation is spacious and comfortable, the food is good, and being in the bush, in a community-run lodge, is such a wonderfully authentic experience. Both Elliot and Franco are superb game rangers with extensive experience and knowledge.
    Buffalo Ridge is excellent value for money and well worth a visit!

    ~ JaxRose ~ Johannesburg
    Madikwe Game Reserve

    “Great attention to detail!”

    This was our second visit to Buffalo Ridge and we were even more impressed than the first time around! The staff’s commitment to the project is impressive with great attention to detail in both the housekeeping and presentation of the delicious food! Our ranger Franco went out of his way to ensure that we experienced as many rare sightings as possible, over and above the Big Five. We also enjoyed a wonderful massage from Dorah – the resident therapist. The staff at meal times are observant but not intrusive and were very easy to communicate with. The wine list is more than adequate – covering all varietals at a reasonable price. All in all a really pleasant few days!

    ~ ValWhitley ~ Johannesburg, South Africa
    Madikwe Game Reserve

    “The Big 5 on the first drive”

    We were greeted with a warm welcome and some cold drinks as we arrived. The rooms were great, we spotted some Buffalo from our room as we walked through the door. Our guide, Godfrey, was great, he found the big 5 on our first drive. After that we gave him a list of other animals we wanted to see, including cheetah and wild dogs, which he found the next day. Overall it was a great experience! This was my second time at Buffalo Ridge and I will certainly keep on going back.

    ~ RH123RH ~ Somerset West, South Africa
    Madikwe Game Reserve

    “Perfection in Madikwe”

    Buffalo Ridge is owned and run by the local community. The staff obviously take a great pride in their work and it shows. Everything was so well done, the meals were excellent, the rooms beautiful, everyone was so friendly. Best of all was our fabulous guide Elliott who couldn’t do enough to help us find the animals. We were thrilled to have an excellent siting of a Brown Hyena, and so much more besides. It wasn’t just the big cats (of which there were many) but wonderful views of a dancing baby giraffe which made this trip so special. I really hope to go back again to Buffalo Ridge and Madikwe.

    ~ dustyfootprints ~ United Kingdom

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