Perfectly situated on the Tweedepoort Ridge, Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge has spectacular vistas of the western section of the Madikwe Game Reserve. The main lodge is accessed via a wooden bridge and each living area has its own unique character and style, to provide all guests with their ideal luxurious retreat.
Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is a community-based safari lodge, wholly-owned by the Balete Ba Lekgophung Community. In partnership with North-West Parks and The Nature Workshop, the Balete Ba Lekgophung Community has a 45-year lease to operate the lodge, with a number of benefits accruing back to the community.
Accommodation is provided by 8 luxury, thatched chalets. Every suite has sliding doors in each room that open out onto their own private viewing deck. The earthy tones and natural finishes treat guests to bushveld luxury that allows you to feel one with the natural surroundings.
Open vehicle game drives, stargazing, bush dining, birding, botany interests. Madikwe is home to a tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, including both black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. The lodge is a superb 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.
Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge offers a number of activities that allow guests to take advantage of the tremendous diversity of fauna and flora in Madikwe. These activities include open vehicle game drives, stargazing, bush dining, and birding. On game drives, well-trained and informative rangers, who gladly share their extensive knowledge with you whilst on safari, accompany guests.
DIRECTIONS TO BUFFALO RIDGE SAFARI, MADIKWE GAME RESERVE
If you are coming from any of these major cities, here are the estimated driving times when there is no traffic:
Madikwe Game Reserve lies on the South Africa/ Botswana border. It is accessible from a few major South African cities/ towns within a few hour drive and only a 1-2 hour drive from Gaborone airport in Botswana.
These are the main gate entrances into the reserve:
How to get there
Daily scheduled flights are operated from Johannesburg International Airport to the Madikwe Airstrip with Federal Air / Madikwe Air Charters. Private air-charters are organised on request. It is only a 4-hour drive from Johannesburg to Buffalo Ridge (Please request a map on reservation).
GPS Co-ordinates: S24 46m 0.11s | E26 12m 17s
Directions to Buffalo Ridge from Johannesburg International Airport, now O.R. TAMBO AIRPORT
ADDRESS: Madikwe Game Reserve, North West Province, Zeerust, South Africa
GPS CO-ORDINATES: S24 46m 0.11s | E26 12m 17s
Madikwe is a Big Five game reserve covering some 75,000 hectares and is currently the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa. The reserve was opened in 1991 and was part of the biggest game relocation programme ever staged. Operation Phoenix took place over six years and involved moving more than 8 000 animals into the Madikwe Game Reserve.
The reserve contains all the big five species – lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros, but it is the prevalence of cheetah and wild dog that has given the reserve its special reputation for the ‘Super Seven’. There are of course many other species within the reserve, including almost all antelope species as well as some 350 recorded bird species.
Madikwe also features a number of successful community-owned lodges, which are maintained by members of the local community. The lodges create employment and benefit local businesses, and all profits made are fed back into the community.
Madikwe is an area rich in heritage. It was named after the Madikwe or Marico River, and the nearby town, Groot Marico, is named after the river. Groot Marico was formed by the Voortrekkers in the 1850s but only proclaimed in 1948. Legendary South Africa writer Herman Charles Bosman made the area famous, often writing about Marico in his books, saying the area bore “the authentic stamp of South Africa”.
Mafikeng Road, the name of an historical road built in 1899 that runs right through Madikwe, is also the title of one of Bosman’s books, featuring a collection of short stories about a land populated with leopards and bluegum trees.
What to Expect
About 90 kilometres north of the town of Zeerust is Madikwe Game Reserve. It is situated against the Botswana border close to the Kalahari Desert. It is roughly 3.5 hours in a car from Johannesburg/ Pretoria. Safari Lodges are mostly located around the eastern and western gate.
In 1991 the area was declared a reserve and 10 000 mammals were relocated from other National Parks. The park is home to approximately 66 large mammals and roughly 300 bird species. You will find all this flora and fauna in an area comprised of vast open plains of grasslands, woodlands, rocky outcrops and single mountains. The area is bordered in the south by the Dwarsberg Mountains.
Madikwe Game Reserve operators in a three- phase system. The North West Parks and Tourism Board, the local communities and the private sector are all involved: