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The four-star Askari Safari Lodge and Spa can be found in the extensive mountain range known as the Magaliesberg of South Africa. The lodge is in the Plumari Africa Game Reserve, 5010 hectares of pure African. Ideal for weekend retreats and romantic escapes, this malaria-free area will guarantee that bird fanatics and lovers of all things natural will enjoy a rejuvenated and relaxing stay at the lodge.
Overlooking the Elephant Dam the main lodge takes visitors back in time with their 1800’s pieces dotted around the property. Formerly the old family farmhouse, the inn is now home to glamorous slipper baths, unique wash-stands, old Oregon cupboards and tables, a former coal stove as well as traditional luggage chests.
- Garden Suites
- Garden Cottages.
Askari is a 1-hour drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria a fabulous retreat with its daily safari drives (twice a day) and Big 5 thrilling experience notwithstanding the Elephant Experiences that facilitate guests interacting with the elephants including a touch-and-feed activity. For Askari visitors who enjoy a historical perspective on things, the collection of animal-drawn vehicles from 1800 to 1900, including ox waggons and carts, is a definite draw card. Items from the Boer War as well as San Bushmen rock carvings share a story of times gone by, and guides lead visitors through the bushveld to where sculptures can be found.
Meetings at the lodge are sure to be successful as superb facilities, attentive staff and delicious food are the order of the day. The peaceful surroundings of bushveld and wildlife ensure that team building activities (e.g. spa treatments and safari drives) are useful.
Health and Beauty Spa
The Spa treatments are inspired by the ingredients provided by the surrounding areas, steeped in history. African women, for years on end, have used blends of natural herbs to boost health and beauty. The benefits of the Wild Olive Tree, Artemisia Afra (also known as the Wormwood) and especially Aloe Vera are widely known for their healing properties, and the spa uses a combination of ancient as well as modern practices to bring harmony to every individual. The spa offers a variety of treatment rooms including an individual’s suites, a couples room (with double shower and couples-hydrotherapy bath) as well as men’s and ladies changing rooms and a steam room. Also incorporated are a manicure and pedicure lounge, a juice bar and a swimming pool with day beds.
The whole Askari spa complex opens up to an outdoor relaxation area with views of and access to private gardens. Walkways take visitors through the beautiful gardens, and these walks can form part of the treatments as a pre- or post-treatment. While therapists massage tired muscles and dissolve impurities, visitors will find that both their mind and body are rejuvenated.
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- Direct dial telephone
- Free Internet access (via ADSL)
- International electrical adapters
- King size bed
- Plasma TV screen
- Queen size bed
- Selected satellite channels
- Shaver Plug
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Underfloor Heating
Top-notch chefs ensure that guests enjoy world-class cuisine. Complimenting individual’s specific taste-buds, the dining experience is a gastronomical feast of Pan African meets traditional South Africa food.
Delicious Casseroles and beautiful cuts of meat followed by light, fluffy and tasty desserts are enjoyed by all that visit the lodge and sport-car, and biking enthusiasts are regulars on Sundays when diners are able to watch the elephants playing in the dam.
With views of the lush, local bushveld, the lodge’s main restaurant can serve eighty people. It is open from mornings to evenings, Mondays to Saturdays, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. On Sunday, the restaurant serves breakfast and lunch. Guests are invited to enjoy refreshing pre-dinner drinks at the lodge’s main bar.
The Health and Beauty Spa at the Askari Game Lodge offers guests relaxing treatments which are inspired by the beautiful surroundings. Travellers find mind and body rejuvenated while professional therapists massage the tired muscles.
The benefits of the Artemisia Afra, the Wild Olive Tree, as well as the Aloe Vera, are widely known for their healing powers, and the spa uses a great combination of ancient as well as modern spa treatment practices to bring harmony to each guest.
Offering various treatment rooms including an individual’s room, a couple’s room, men’s and ladies changing rooms, the Askari Spa also offers a pedicure and manicure lounge, a swimming pool, a juice bar, daybeds as well as a steam room. The wellness centre opens up to a tranquil outdoor area with views of and access to private gardens.
Two male elephants named Damaa and Nzewe were relocated to the Askari Game Lodge in the Magaliesberg after they were obtained by Elephants for Africa Forever (EFAF) in September 2006.
There are two game drives every day and guests on the later trip enjoying sundowners with a magnificent view as the drive comes to an end. The game drives are extremely popular, so bookings are essential. Complimentary water or cold drink is supplied, in a cooler box, for guests to enjoy on the game drives.
The Magaliesberg is considered one of the oldest mountain ranges on the planet, so a guided nature walk is regarded as a prerequisite for guests staying at the lodge.These trails provide the perfect occasion to discover interesting facts about the flora and fauna of the area including which plants are recommended for medicinal purposes. Abundant with birds and insects of all varieties, the bush walks cater for people of all ages (children over 12 years) and fitness levels
Askari Game Lodge’s museum is open daily and is a rewarding trip back in time. The Acheulian Stone Tools are some of the oldest items on display and are believed to date back to the middle stone-age some 10,000 to 20,000 years ago. Visitors to the museum will witness the evolution process, and a computerized catalogue allows the easy lookup of items on display.
The Askari Spa, with its unique treatments inspired by the local surroundings, has its home in the very soul of the lodge. While therapists massage tired muscles and dissolve impurities, visitors will find that both their mind and body is rejuvenated.
The benefits of the Wild Olive Tree, Artemisia Afra (also known as the Wormwood) and especially Aloe Vera are widely known for their healing properties, and the spa uses a combination of ancient as well as modern practices to bring harmony to each and every individual.
With a variety of treatment rooms (including an individual’s room, a couple’s room, men’s and ladies changing rooms) the spa also incorporates a manicure and pedicure lounge, a juice bar, a swimming pool with day beds and a steam room.
The spa complex opens up to an outdoor relaxation area with views of and access to private gardens. Walkways take visitors through the beautiful gardens and these walks can form part of the treatments as a pre- or post-treatment.
- Van Gaalen Cheese factory 25 km
- Bill Harrop Hot Air ballooning 25km
- Hartebeespoort dam 45km
- Chameleon Village (Traditional arts & crafts) 45km
- Magalies Canopy Tours 35Km
- Prime Sports and traditional climbing with in a 30Km radius
- Horse Riding Excursions
- Cradle of Humankind 45 Km
- Art galleries.
The Day Visitors Center offers visitors a unique Wildlife Conference Experience including spa treatments, game drives and guided nature walks as well as themed events such as a potjiekos competition, dinner in the dark, beer and Britt evening and a bush braai. Team building events can also be coordinated with Elephants on Main.
The centre is suitable for groups of 20 to 150 people. Visitors to the upstairs venue find that it opens up onto the Azima Restaurant with its, viewing deck and Enzi Bar. The ground floor venues offer spectacular views of the Magaliesberg mountain range, and all rooms offer up-to-date technology, WIFI and natural light.
Standard conference equipment:
- data projector (on request)
- flip charts
- lectern (on request)
- pens and folders
Full day packages include:
- morning and afternoon coffee/tea breaks in the Azima Restaurant or the Day Centre Viewing Deck
- buffet lunch in the Azima Restaurant
- stationary, water, sweets
- venue hire and standard equipment.
- Art gallery
- Barbeque & braai area
- Boardroom Facilities
- Business Centre
- Conference venue
- Hotel Bar
- Indoor Heated Pool
- Jogging trail
- Steam room
- Swimming Pool
- Wedding Chapel
Day Itinerary for Game Drives
During the cooler months (May to August, inclusive):
- Meet at Reception - 07h45
- Game drive departs - 8h00
- Meet at Reception - 15h15
- Game drive departs - 15h30
During the warmer months (September to April, inclusive):
- Meet at Reception - 05h45
- Game drive departs - 06h00
- Meet at Reception - 15h45
- Game drive departs - 16h00
Morning game drive checklist:
- cap or hat
- sun lotion
- comfortable and warm jacket (although blankets are supplied).
Afternoon game drive checklist:
- hat or cap
- sun block (essential).
Check in and Check Out Times
- Check in: 14:00
- Check out: 10:00
- Hotel Wi-Fi
- Airport transfers
- Braai & Barbeque
- Concierge services
- Housekeeping service
- Laundry services
- Luggage storage
- Massage treatments
- Safari drives
- Safety deposit box
- Secure parking
- Walking safaris
- Wellness & Beauty treatments
Malaria Status and Animals
- Martial Eagle as well as other birds of prey
- A variety of smaller animals.
Children are welcome at the Askari Game Lodge and Spa in South Africa. While children five years and younger stay free, children from six to 17 years will pay 50% of the adult rate, when the child shares a room with an adult.
Children requiring their room and children over the age of 18 years will be considered an adult.
Pets are not allowed at The Askari Game Lodge in the Magaliesberg.
Children are invited to visit the impressive Askari Game Lodge museum and are sure to find the game drives both riveting and entertaining. Guided walk tours are suitable for children over the age of twelve.
- # Rooms:
The Askari Game Lodge boasts 30 suites with views of the Elephant Dam and the extensive Magaliesberg mountain range. Twelve of the suites offer under floor heating while guests can enjoy the warmth of the fireplace in fifteen of the suites. Queen or king beds are supplied in all the suites. If required, and on request, beds can be split into two three-quarter beds.
- 100 cm flat screen television with twelve DSTV channels
- Bathrobes and slippers
- Direct dial telephone
- Individually controlled heating
- Luxury guest amenities
- Shaving plug points
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- WIFI and high speed broadband.
- # Rooms:
The Garden Cottages feature three bedrooms in addition to the lounge which offers a sleeper couch. This room type at Askari can be reserved for single and double occupancy per room, being able to accommodate a maximum of eight guests. The fully equipped kitchen allows for self-catering meals. Guests choosing to book the Garden Cottage for self-catering enjoy the option for lunch and dinner at the lodge.
- # Rooms:
The six Garden Suites feature one bedroom as well as a comfortable lounge with a sleeper couch. This room type is semi-detached and can be booked as one combined room suitable for families. Furthermore, the Garden Suites also provide fully equipped kitchens for self-catering purposes. Lunch, as well as dinner meals, are served at the lodge.
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Directions from the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to the Askari Game Lodge & Spa:
Travel time is about 1h30 minutes
- Follow signs to Johannesburg.
- Take N1 North/Roodepoort or N1 Pretoria signs.
- Follow this to Roodepoort (pass Sandton on the left).
- Take 14th Avenue off-ramp (see Sandton below).
Directions from Sandton / Fourways to the Askari Game Lodge & Spa:
- Travel north on Rivonia Road or William Nicol Highway, until you reach the N1.
- Turn left towards Roodepoort.
- Take 14th Avenue off-ramp, turn right onto 14th Avenue (underneath the highway).
- Turn right at the next intersection onto Hendrik Potgieter Drive heading towards Krugersdorp.
- Follow road to the T-Junction (Krugersdorp left, and Hekpoort right- a Zenex garage will be across the road and to the right).
- Turn right at this T-Junction onto the R563 towards Hekpoort.
- Continue to T-junction. Turn onto the R560.
- After about eight km turn right onto the Doornhoek road.
- Keep going until you reach the security gates at the entrance to Plumari Game Reserve.
- The Askari Game Lodge and Spa are about six km away from the T-junction.
- SAACI (South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
- SATSA (Southern Africa Tourism Services Association)
- Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
- Tourism Marketing South Africa (TOMSA)