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About Buffalo Thorn Safari Lodge

This 4 star luxury lodge is part of a private game reserve and offer luxury accommodation for an overnight stay or a family break away. Our new colonial styled accommodation embraces nature at every turn and offers al the privacy and superior comfort you would need for uninterrupted relaxation.Four luxury air-conditioned chalets have en-suite bathrooms, outside rock showers, bar fridges and coffee bars. The main building has its fireplace, satellite TV lounge, Wi-Fi and dining room leads on to the big hearty stoep, overlooking the waterhole and makes for great entertainment. The stoep also leads to the swimming pool and the boma, forming the perfect place to bring family and friends together around a crackling fire. The big well equipped kitchen leads onto the stoep.Also four luxury self-catering family chalets offer fully equipped kitchens, spacious bedrooms with sleeper couch and patio with build in braai overlooking the waterhole. These units also have access to a second entertainment area and boma. This entertainment room is well equipped with a Jacuzzi, bar, satellite TV, Wi-Fi and leads into a boma where communal dinners can be served. The well designed lay out of the chalets make the lodge ideal for either an overnight luxury stay or an exclusive break away for up to 20 people.Our new Retreat offers luxury family accommodation upholding our tradition of elegance and comfort in a setting close to nature. This sire offers accommodation to an additional 24 people and are ideal for family gatherings with its large bomas and swimming pool area.Buffalo Thorn’s philosophy of simplistic luxury and getting back to nature is not only enhanced by the accommodation but also mark the professionalism and service of our well trained staff. Apart from the daily service, our lodge manager will attend to all your needs at night fall- from lighting the fire and setting the table to assisting you in the kitchen. Here in the heart of the African Bushveld you will be refreshed and uplifted by an inspiring sense of open and unspoilt space, big skies, compelling views and an unmistakable closeness to nature. The in- house buffalo breeding program can be viewed from the viewing deck opposite the lodge whiles enjoying a sundowner or your early morning coffee.Game drives and guided bushwalks are some of the activities you can enjoy during your stay. Our tracker and ranger is a real delight with an unparalleled knowledge of animal behavior and a passion for sharing that with people. Other activities in our surrounding area are a 9-hole golf course, a crocodile farm, teagarden and a predator park, all within 60km traveling distance. Limited trophy rifle hunting and especially bow hunting safaris can be arranged during the hunting season.The essence of a visit to Buffalo Thorn Safari Lodge is the chance to slow down and absorb the natural beauty of a landscape uncluttered by noise and pollution.

Safari: The lodge invites nature into all living spaces making it feel as if you are living among the wild without denying yourself any modern luxuries. Chalets are overlooking the water hole where you can view animals at leisure.

Family friendly: The arrangements of the chalets, large boma, swimming pools and well equipped kitchen makes for the ideal venue for a special family occasion. Our Baobab tree is the perfect setting for a special sundowner toast.

Romantic: The pure setting and luxury of the overnight chalets makes for the ideal romantic break away or for your first night stay when traveling to Botswana, Zimbabwe or Maphungubwe on honeymoon.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 2 hours
  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 53
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 29 Reviews


  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Satellite TV*
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Jacuzzi/Hot-tub
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises
  • Hiking
  • Romantic
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Northern Sotho (Sesotho sa Leboa)
  • Sotho (Sesotho)
  • Shona


  • 4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
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Important Information

An inventory is taken the day prior to arrival and again on the following working day.
If any items in the room, be it crockery, linen or towels are damaged either by sunscreen, peroxide or by any other means which permanently stains such item or if any item is missing, you will be held responsible and be billed for the replacement of such...
An inventory is taken the day prior to arrival and again on the following working day.
If any items in the room, be it crockery, linen or towels are damaged either by sunscreen, peroxide or by any other means which permanently stains such item or if any item is missing, you will be held responsible and be billed for the replacement of such items.
We will notify you within three working days after check-out of such damages (if any) and the cost of replacement thereof.Each room sleeps two guests only (unless prior permission has been received in writing). Should we find that more than two people occupied a room, a R 400.00 penalty per person will be charged.
This does not include Chalet 2 where 4 guests are allowed.
Children need to be accompanied by an adult at all times for their own safety.
Buffalo Thorn Safari Lodge will not be held responsible for any injuries.
Guests may not invite family or friends not staying at Buffalo Thorn Safari Lodge to use their rooms and bathrooms in order to bath/shower before a function.
Buffalo Thorn Safari Lodge is also not responsible for supplying crockery and cutlery for such guests not staying at Buffalo Thorn Safari Lodge.
You are recommended to bring along your own food and snacks.
We do serve a set menu for breakfast and dinner on prior arrangement and sell a few refreshments like wine, soft drinks, beer & ciders.
Breakfast will be served between 7H00 & 8H30 (if applicable) unless alternative arrangements have been made. Dinner will be served between 19h00 & 21h00 (if applicable) unless alternative arrangements have been made.
We do not have credit card facilities.
Outstanding balances must be settled PRIOR to arrival or in cash on arrival.
We sell wood at R 20 / bag and firelighters at R 10 / lighter.
All accounts must be settled the evening PRIOR to departure.
Strictly take note: The main gate must be closed at all times. It closes with a latch and is not locked, It is however locked at 12H00 pm and unlocked at 06H00 am again by our security.
Upon arrival, guests are to come to the Main Lodge Boma to sign in and pick up their keys if your lodge manager is not on site.
You are responsible for picking up your own room’s keys. NO Keys will be given to a guest for another friend’s / family’s room.
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Reviews for Buffalo Thorn Safari Lodge

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Sipho Solfafa
18 August 2018

Particularly modern and clean. Patrons were also friendly.

Angela McClarty
23 July 2018

We loved the view of the bushveldt and the buck that came to be fed within a short distance of our stoep. The cottage was very comfortable as well as being beautifully furnished and the kitchen well equipped. We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely return if we come on that route again.

Wilhelm Odendaal
05 July 2018

Absolutely a must !Everything neat,clean,friendly staff and priceless view of wild animals.

Carol-Lynne van der Westhuizen
13 June 2018

Buffalo thorn safari lodge is a real gem.It is clean, affordable and has everything you could possibly need for a few nights stay. Watching the sunset over the waterhole was sheer bliss. I would highly recommend a stay with Buffalo thorn anytime!

Alma Muller
20 December 2017

An absolute magical surprize! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Retreat. We went for a wedding at Bordeaux Game Frarm and knew nothing about the surroundings. We were truly pleasantly surprized. Thank you so much.

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Buffalo Thorn Safari Lodge is 33.6km from the centre of Tom Burke , the nearest airport 178.4km (Polokwane Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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