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R49, Madikwe Game Reserve, Northern Cape, 2874, South Africa

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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 – A unique Community-based Development

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, 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 as the community owns the lodge, with substantial benefits accruing back to the community itself.

The Main Lodge

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is situated on the Tweedepoort Ridge overlooking the plains and inselbergs of the western section of Madikwe Game Reserve. The main lodge is spectacularly located on two tiers of the ridge and is accessed via a wooden bridge that crosses a ravine surrounded by rock figs. 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, on the lower or upper deck areas or at the pool, you will find a space that suits your mood.

 

Policies

Payment

Deposit of 50% of the total accommodation charge is required on confirmation. Balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. For bookings made within 40 days of travel, full payment is required on confirmation.

Cancellation

All patrons make use of Buffalo Thorn Lodge; do so at their own risk. Buffalo Thorn Lodge nor the company, Black Rhino Properties (Pty) Ltd, that owns Buffalo Thorn Lodge, or the owners of Black Rhino Properties are liable for injury, death, damage or theft to you or your belongings.

Please make sure you are aware of the cancellation policy.

 Cancellation of booking than 90 days or more prior to arrival - 20% of total booking amount retained

 Cancellation of booking between 60 to 89 days prior to arrival - 30% of total booking amount retained

 Cancellation of booking between 41 to 59 days prior to arrival - 50% of total booking amount retained

 Cancellation of booking less than 40 days prior to arrival - 100% of total booking amount retained.

All reservations, amendments or cancellations are valid only if advised and accepted in writing.

What to Take

Comfortable walking shoes • Sun hat • Sunglasses • Sun block • Cameras and binoculars • Light, neutralcoloured clothing • Swimming costume • Warm jackets are essential in winter (May -October)

Gate Entrance Fee

Gates open @ 06h00 & closes @ 21h00.Entrance fee into the Madikwe Reserve by Road, please settle in camp.

Flight | Air Transfers | Private Charters

• Daily scheduled MADIKWE AIR flights from O.R.Tambo Airport (JIA).• Private charters are available on request• Road transfers available on request• Entrance Fee into the Madikwe Reserve by Air, please settle in camp.

Information

Tariff Charges

All tariffs quoted are subject to change, without prior notice, however rates quoted for confirmed bookings will be honoured

Tariffs Include

Accommodation, All Meals, Early Morning Teas and Coffees, Game Drives drives and Safari Activities

Tariffs Exclude

Phone Calls, Bar Account, Bed Levy @ R 10.00 per Person per Night 

Park fees, Landing fees, Guest Conservation Contribution

Gates open @ 06h00 & closes @ 21h00.

Children  

Children of all ages are welcome at most of our lodges (please enquire)  

Babysitters available  

Children under 6 years old are not permitted on game drives

Payment

Deposit of 50% of the total accommodation charge is required on confirmation. Balance is due 30 days prior to arrival. For bookings made within 40 days of travel, full payment is required on confirmation.

Should the reservation be cancelled

If a booking is cancelled after confirmation, the deposit will be forfeited. In addition, the following fees will be levied and the scale of charges expressed as a percentage of the total price is as follows:

Four weeks before arrival - 75% of the total amount  Two weeks before arrival - 100% of the total amount

Two weeks before arrival - 100% of the total amount

Arrival | Departure

Guests may arrive any time from 2pm, and rooms are to be vacated by 11:00am.

Hotel Facilities

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. Each of the living areas has its own character, mood and style providing guests with a choice of breath-taking views and tranquil spaces. The lodge has reception, dining, lounge, upper and lower deck and swimming pool areas.

Morning and afternoon/evening game-drives in open game-viewing vehicles, bush sundowners and drink stops on the Reserve, visits to hides.Regrettably, due to safety concerns, children under 6 years of age are unable to participate in game-drives (shorter kiddies game drives can be arrange after breakfast).

Game-rich country with Big Five (black & white rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard) cheetah, wild dog, kudu, springbok, eland, red hartebeest, giraffe and impala, A paradise for bird watchers.

On Safari

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.

 

Airports

Location

Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is located in the 75 000-hectare malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve which is located in the North West Province of South Africa.Access

Buffalo Ridge is easily accessible by private charter or the daily Madikwe Shuttle into Madikwe Western Airstrip just 30 minutes from Buffalo Ridge through the reserve. Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge is a 3 and a half hour’s drive from Johannesburg on the N4.

The Balete Community of Lekgophung

Buffalo Ridge is unique for many reasons, none more so than the fact that it is the only lodge of its kind wholly-owned by a local rural community. Known as Balete, the owners of Buffalo Ridge live in the village of Lekgophung, just west of Madikwe. Their story is one of endurance and hardship, but also of joy and triumph. Like many such places, Lekgophung has been shaped by the history of our country. Its people have deep roots in the North West. They are members of the Batswana, the great tribe that has lived in and around the fringes of the Kalahari for many centuries. Their graves are scattered across the landscape, including Madikwe itself. They speak Setswana, the common tongue of the Batswana but the people of Lekgophung belong to a clan with its own traditions and way of life.

Climate

Summer - October to March

Rainy season with hot days and warm nights. Temperatures 25°C - 40°C.

Winter - April to September

Dry season with generally warm days and cold nights. Temperatures 0°C - 25°C.

Activities

Open vehicle game drives, stargazing, bush dining, birding, botanical 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.

Other transport

PARK & CONSERVATION FEES 2018​

Park fees - R180 per adult per STAY | R75 per child per STAY

Landing fees - R280 per adult | R140 per child (provisional, subject to change)

Guest Conservation Contribution: R150 per adult per DAY | R75 per child per DAY

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Chalet Single - 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.
Max people: 10
Floor:
Chalet PPPN Sharing - 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.
Max people: 10
Floor:
Tariff name Resource/property type Min people Max people Valid from Valid til   Minimum days Maximum days
2 Pax Chalet PPPN Sharing 1 100 Sunday, 01 July 2018 Tuesday, 30 April 2019 R10 070.00  Per night 1 100
2 pax Chalet PPPN Sharing 1 100 Wednesday, 01 May 2019 Sunday, 30 June 2019 R7 490.00  Per night 1 100
2 pax Chalet PPPN Sharing 1 100 Monday, 01 July 2019 Thursday, 30 April 2020 R10 700.00  Per night 1 100

Here's a list of some of the great things you can purchase while making a booking at this property.

Children 3-12 yrs sharing with Adult

R2 520.00 ( Per day )

Children 3-12 yrs sharing with Adult

R1 870.00 ( Per day )

Children 3-12 yrs sharing with Adult

R2 340.00 ( Per day )

Children 3-12 yrs sharing with Adult

R2 675.00 ( Per day )

Children 3-12 yrs sharing with Adult

R1 745.00 ( Per day )

Children 3-12 yrs sharing with Adult

R1 745.00 ( Per day )

Children 3-12 yrs sharing with Adult

R2 515.00 ( Per day )

Children 3-12 yrs sharing with Adult

R2 515.00 ( Per day )

Per person per night – 30% Single Supplement

R6 040.00 ( Per day )

Per person per night – 30% Single Supplement

R4 505.00 ( Per day )

Per person per night – 30% Single Supplement

R6 485.00 ( Per day )

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