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At Buffalo Thorn our luxury bush lodges make a magnificent centre piece to both the farm and the camp itself. The grand building boasts a large communal living room in which everyone is welcome to relax and escape the hot African sun. Our attentive staff are always at hand in the lodge, where they can cater to all your needs. With satellite television to entertain between activities, and a large fire to warm the whole room on cold, starry nights, the lodge is the place visitors spend much of their time.


If you prefer relaxing outdoors rather than within the lodge, the lodge exhibits a large and welcoming stoep/patio which will extend your comfort zone. This is the place to enjoy our wonderful African cuisine with a perfect view of pristine and untouched African bush. Observe the game from the safety and comfort of a cushioned recliner. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the African heat, why not take a dip in our swimming pool; another great place from which to see the game at the watering hole. Then, at the end of a long day, chill-out in front of the boma fire and enjoy great company over a glass of wine and succulent braai-vleis.

Wheelchair Friendly

Buffalo Thorn Safari Lodge caters for patrons in wheelchairs. Our our luxury bush lodges have been equipped with wheelchair friendly ramps and railings to help those who require the assistance. There are large entrances for all our venues, and all facilities are within easy access. All chalets have been designed with space to accommodate wheelchairs, and we have lowered coffee bars and vanities for every room. Showers and toilets also have the required railings and seating. Communicate with us in advance and we will ensure that all the appropriate requirements are met to accommodate customers in wheelchairs.

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If you’re not completely satisfied with relaxing in the heart of the African bush, or going out on a classic game drive to see the local fauna and flora, then make sure you check out the other attractions in the area.

• Take a hike! Our hiking trails are guided, and the rangers will give you access to a wealth of knowledge and information that can only be learned after years in the African bush.

• Whose game for golf? That’s right! Just because you’re in the bush, doesn’t mean you don’t get to tee off. Leave it with us and we’ll organise you a game at the local Sesambos Golf Course, aptly named the jewel of the bushveld on the banks of the mighty Limpopo.

•Do you want to contribute toward local conservation? We can organize day trips to the Seditse Crocodile Ranch which houses over 6000 African Nile Crocodiles. Our area also sports a number of conservation projects that help rescue and rehabilitate animals in need, including the famous Mama Tau White Lion Breeding Project and renowned Cape Vulture Project at Blouberg Nature Reserve. We have our very own African Cape Buffalo breeding project on the Buffalo Thorn Safari Lodge property. The area is also home to some of South Africa’s largest single-stem Baobab trees.

Call us today, and we’ll organize any day/field trip for you


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The Perfect Weather

Your time at our luxury bush lodges will expose you to some of the most perfect weather in the world. Summer months can get extremely hot, so pack cool clothing and generous amounts of sunblock.

With seasonal highs in excess of 35 C and night temperatures cresting 20 C, it’s no surprise that Limpopo is considered the hottest province in South Africa. Winter temperatures still remain fairly warm in the day (20-25 C high) and cool in the evening (10 C). It is important to pack a warm jersey and other warm clothing in the winter in addition to the cooler clothing you’ll likely be wearing during the day.

Wedding Venues

Buffalo Thorn Safari Lodge is situated close to the idyllic Bordeaux Game Farm wedding venue. The venue provides a perfect bushveld location for both the wedding ceremony as well as reception on your big day.

Buffalo Thorn Safari Lodge is the preferred choice of accommodation for guests attending wedding ceremonies and services at the

Bordeaux Game Farm. Buffalo Thorn Safari Lodge can cater for up to 40 guests in luxury en-suite chalets. For more information on the Bordeaux Game Farm, and quotations regarding their wedding venue services, visit their site by clicking the link.

Hospital Information

Buffalo Thorn Safari Lodge does not lie in the malaria belt which is usually contained far north toward the Limpopo river. There is little reason to take malaria medication unless advised otherwise by a medical health practitioner.

Buffalo Thorn Safari Lodge is located within an hour’s drive to the Lephalale Hospital should an emergency occur. The hospital is fully functioning and caters for the residents/miners of the coal-mining town of Ellisras. However, it is important that you bring any chronic medication with you to Buffalo Thorn Safari Lodge.

Hospital Information

Ellisras Hospital


Number: 014 763 2227

Address: Cnr. Alwyn Street & Chris Hani Avenue, Ellisras