• Nearest Airport

    OR Tambo International Airport, South Africa

  • Location

    Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa

  • Property Access

    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 – Road transfers can be arranged and Self-drive is possible in 2×4 vehicles.

  • Best time to travel

    The best time to visit Madikwe Game Reserve is between March and November, when temperatures are lower, the summers are very hot. Rainy Season: It rains from October to April with the highest rainfall expected between November and February. Daytime temperatures are hot and humid with an average of 31°C. Dry Season: The winter months of May to September are dry and cold with evening temperatures as low as 2°C and 22°C in the daytime.

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is situated in the Madikwe Game Reserve, one of the few malaria-free reserves in southern Africa. The Reserve is located in South Africa along the Botswana border, twenty kilometres from Gaberone and lies within a transition region between lowveld bushveld and the Kalahari thornveld. Consequently, the region hosts an incredible diversity of species from both eco-systems. Geographically, the region has enormous volcanic intrusions known as Inselbergs, which are prominent throughout and create a spectacular backdrop to the reserve. Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is the first wholly-owned, Community-based Safari Lodge to be developed in South Africa. The lodge is an eco-tourism partnership between North-West Parks and the Balete Ba Lekgophung Community. 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 as the community owns the lodge, with substantial benefits accruing back to the community itself.


The lodge has eight suites, each with its own viewing deck, decorated in natural hues 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 a oneness with the beauty of the bushveld. ach of the chalets is positioned on the ridge with expansive views to the north.


There is an abundance of fresh and deliciously prepared meals throughout the day, often reflecting the local culture. The chefs of Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge are eager to respond to dietary needs and special requests. Meals are served on a veranda overlooking the valley, with outdoor heaters when necessary. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served every day, and coffee and tea are available in the morning before the first game drive.


Madikwe Game Reserve 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 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.

What we think of it

Spectacular sightings with lots of fun and luxury.