Having family and friends visit from The Netherlands is always a good excuse to travel around new areas in South Africa. Madikwe Game Reserve, close to Gabarone (Botswana) had been on my mind for a very long time and finally, 2 weeks agao, I was able to visit, together with my parents and aunt & uncle. The park is 75.000 hectares and is a joint venture between the government, local communities and the private sector. The approach towards conservation that has been adopted at Madikwe puts the needs of people before that of wildlife and conservation. It is believed that local communities should benefit hugely from wildlife conservation through creation of jobs and business opportunities. So to say, a project, right up my sleeve, and wonderful to support!
We stayed in the beautiful Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge, which can accommodate 16 guests in 8 separate suites. The lodge is beautifully situated, the staff is the friendliest I’ve ever met and the food is absolutely delicious. The suites are very spacious with an outside shower that overlooks the bush field. During night time you will be accompanied to your room as wild animals roam the area freely. A better bush experience is almost impossible to imagine.
We enjoyed the jeep safari with Pule very much and were fortunate to see many elephants, zebra, rhino, lions, wildebeest and an incredible amount of birds. Also my favourite one, the lilac breasted roller, a colourful one!
The morning game drives started at 5h30 so we were woken up at 5h00. In the lounge we could enjoy some biscuits and coffee or tea before getting onto the vehicles. In the afternoon the drives started at 16h00, after a high tea/lunch. It was fantastic to spend some time in the bush again and to share this special experience with my family. Hopefully they’re also addicted now so I can take them many more times in the future.
A night stay in Buffalo Ridge Safari lodge is around € 250 per night per person sharing in high season including all your meals, 2 game drives a day, lovely people, lots of relaxation AND a car wash! Thanks to all the staff of Buffalo Ridge!