Askari- Game Lodge & Spa
Situated on the Plumari Africa Game Reserve in the Magaliesburg, just over an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria, Askari Game Lodge and Spa offers guests the opportunity to view the Big 5 within a malaria free environment.
Adventure & Accommodation
Askari Game Lodge & Spa is situated on the Plumari Private Reserve in the Magaliesberg, just over an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria and offers guests the opportunity to view the Big 5 within a malaria free environment. Plumari Private Reserve is set within a pristine wilderness area of over 5000 hectares with natural African bushveld and an abundance of flora, fauna, birdlife and wildlife. Two game drives, each approximately 2 – 2,5 hours in duration, are scheduled daily. Elephant interaction includes an educational talk followed by a ‘touch and feed’ experience. The main lodge, which is in fact the old Bodenstein family farmhouse, overlooks the Elephant Dam and invites guests to take a step back in time while admiring South African décor pieces dating back to the 1800’s. Slipper baths, wash stands, luggage chests, antique Oregon cupboards and tables are subtly placed within the four-star surrounding, to emphasize the captivating history of the Magaliesberg area. Askari Lodge has one of the largest private collections of ox wagons, carts and other animal drawn vehicles from the period 1800 to 1900. A variety of stone and iron-age arte facts, items from the Boer War and San Bushmen rock carvings tell the history of the area, which is also known for the nearby Battle of Nooitgedacht.
Examples are available in the museum and guided bush walks take guests through areas where many stone carvings can be found. In contrast with the rich Boere and Afrikaner history depicted by the main farmhouse decor, the Day Visitors Center is abundant with African symbology, rich earthy colours and unique African décor focal points. The two contrasting décor themes pay homage to the history while highlighting the significant influence of the indigenous African tribes of the area. Askari Game Lodge & Spa caters for romantic getaways, conferences, teambuilding initiatives, training courses and weddings in its 48 rooms, the main lodge and Day Visitors Centre. Nature lovers and birding enthusiasts will find the experience most rewarding, while stressed city dwellers wil leave feeling rejuvenated and well-rested. Askari Lodge & Spa is within easy access (approx. 40km) from Maropeng where Homo Naledi, a new species of human relative, has been discovered in a cave in The Cradle of Humankind, South Africa.
Askari Lodge – the legend lingers.