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Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
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Buffalo Ridge Lodge
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Not a luxury lodge but everything you need - very friendly staff, knowledgeable rangers, good food and a schedule that lets you both relax and experience the Madikwe game reserve. Went there with a large group but the accommodation and facilities would suit couples and families.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love Madikwe Game Reserve, so under-rated and in the shadow of the Kruger Park but it's a beautiful reserve on the border of Botswana. From our chalet we could look out and into Botswana, at night we could clearly make out the lights of Gaborone. What a beautiful place, what extraordinary staff, they sang a traditional African happy birthday... More 

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Malmo, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Buffalo Ridge Lodge was everything me and my friend hoped for. Beautiful and very private lodge that was clean and fresh. Both fan and AC but no fridge. Fantastic gamedrives with professional ranger. We saw lion, cheetah, elephant, rhino, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, kudu, wildebeest and much, much more. The staff was very helpful and kind. Breakfast was great. 3-course... More 

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Seaham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing experience at Buffalo Ridge lodge in Madikwe game reserve. Everything about the place was first class. The stay was made even better because of the staff. I have to start with Lazarus, our ranger who ensured we caught the big 5 Cheetah, Black Rhino and much more. He picked us up at the airstrip after landing in... More 

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Gaborone, Botswana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We had three nights at Buffalo Ridge in the run up to christmas, and were very happy with the experience. The rooms are tastefully decorated, and the views over the escarpment were stunning. The staff were all extremely friendly, helpful and obliging, and the chalets were kept very clean. It is unusual that you have a "land line" telephone connection... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My experience at the lodge was wonderful. The staff was welcoming, the outdoor bar b que wonderful and the bungalow was not only comfortable, but beautifully decorated. This was one of four stops on an eight day safari though the Serengeti with a party of seven. We were all satisfied with the experience. I only wish we had more time... More 

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Stockholm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The bungalows were so beautiful! Nice and clean. Staff was very service minded and kind. Game drives was fun and we saw a lot of animals, big five except for leopard that we were unable to find these days. We took a massage in the bungalow and at the same time heard the elephants eating outside. I can definitely recommend... More 

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Gaborone, Botswana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

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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Address: Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa
Location: South Africa > North-West Province > Madikwe Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 8
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