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Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
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Buffalo Ridge Lodge
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Gaborone, Botswana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

That's the question we kept asking ourselves! If this was semi-luxury, what could "luxury" possibly be like? Surely it can't be enough to make the extra cost worth it. We were originally booked to stay in Madikwe the weekend before, but one of the luxury lodges cancelled our booking last minute (which certainly screwed up our whole plan which was... More 

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Gaborone, Botswana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Living close to Madikwe we frequent the park quite often and have never disappointed. The rooms at Buffalo Ridge are spacious, private and have stunning views. We traveled as a group of 9 with some friends who had an 18 month old. The staff were exceptionally good with her, entertaining her whilst we ate and were on the drives. She... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Great stay excellent view, great food and great staff. The rooms are first class and luxurous but what im there for is the game drive experience and the great pictures to sell in galleries. Franko my ranger and driver is a great person but lacks a bit of radio confidence and cant quite get my tongue around what else...thus could... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We were very impressed with Buffalo Ridge- the welcome was very friendly and the setting was incredible. We stayed in lodge 1 and it was much larger than we had expected, bedroom turned down in the evening and made up while we were out on our morning drives. Food was abundant and delicious, the service was warm and the staff... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

South Africa's indigenous flora and fauna up-close-and-personal. Peace-and-quiet. No risk of malaria. Facilities are good; mobile phone reception, airconditioning; all the mod-cons without detracting from an authentic 'bush experience'. Design and decor true to the bush-lodge theme. Interesting design details without being kitsch. Each bungalow is private and separate, with uninterrupted panoramic views. No fences. Abundant bird life and small... More 

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Paris, France
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

From the delicious home cooked meals (gastro pub style) to the electric hot blankets at bedtime turndown and the hot water bottles for our morning game drive the attention to detail was great. We even found our car had been washed and polished while we were out on a drive. All of the staff were keen to make us comfortable.... More 

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Johannesburg, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

One can never go wrong with Madikwe in general! Buffalo Ridge is owned and run by one of the local communities and a shinning example of empowerment and doing it for themselves. We loved it as they allowed our 4 year old to accompany us on our game drives (after assessment - our kids have grown up in the bush,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

To be fair, the lodge is fine and the staff are very friendly but it lacks the professionalism and edge which we experienced at other lodges in the Madikwe Our shower drained very slowly and as such our room was partially flooded. No harm done but I did not want to pretend to be a plumber on a weekend away.... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The routine: Up at 6h00 for game drive at 6h30, Breakfast at 10h00, Lunch at 14h00, Tea at 15h45, Game drive at 16h00, Dinner at 19h00. The lodge has 8 chalets, but not suitable for people with physical disabilities. Route taken: Swartruggens, Groot Marico, Zeerust, Madikwe Game Reserve, Wonderboom Gate, takes 4 hours from Pretoria, slow progress through built up... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My husband and I recently spent 5 days at Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge, and it was the most phenomenal experience. The lodge staff is friendly and helpful, and work as a team rather seamlessly. Every meal was generous and delicious, and I loved that the it was evident that 'minimal waste' is top of mind for the lodge. Franco, our... More 

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Address: Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
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Number of rooms: 8
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