Get an overview of this hotelAskari Lodge – the legend lingers
Situated on the Plumari Game Reserve in the Magaliesberg, just over an hour from Johannesburg / Pretoria, Askari Game Lodge offers guests a memorable Big 5 wildlife experience within a malaria free environment.
a unique African safari
Big 5 game drives in Malaria free area, superb sunday lunches, Elephant Experiences include bush walks and interaction with elephants, private museum and ox wagon collection and relaxation therapy at our spa.
Africa & Antique Dutch
The Askari Lodge interior manages to capture the romance and essence of Africa meets Antique Dutch with décor pieces dating back to the 1800’s. Slipper baths, wash stands, luggage chests & antique cupboardsInformation missing or incorrect? Tell us!Opens in a new window
Askari Game Lodge & Spa
Plumari Africa Game Reserve is set within a wilderness area of over 4000 hectares with natural African bushveld and an abundance of flora, fauna, birdlife and wildlife. Two game drives are scheduled daily. Elephant Experiences include bush walks and interaction with our elephants, which include a 'touch and feed' experience.
The main lodge 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, a coal stove, wash stands, luggage chests, antique Oregon cupboards, and tables are subtly placed within the luxury 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 Afrikaner history while highlighting the significant influence of the indigenous African tribes of the area.
We cater for romantic getaways, conferences, teambuildings, training courses, and weddings in both the main lodge and Day Visitors Centre. Nature lovers and birding enthusiasts will find the experience most rewarding, while stressed city dwellers will leave feeling rejuvenated and well-rested.
Ever been blessed by an elephant? We offer wedding parties a memorable Big 5 wildlife experience where Africa meets Antique Dutch, in an area steeped with history. The 120-seater chapel with its thatch roof and bell tower was built with the input from historians. All reception venues are within a short stroll from the chapel. Akira Wedding venue is situated in the new Day Visitors Center. Accommodating up to 120 guests, it has a beautiful deck with views over the Magaliesberg mountain range. The upstairs wedding venue opens up onto the Azima Restaurant, viewing deck and Enzi Bar, ideal for pre-wedding drinks or entertainment.
The Day Visitors Center, which houses four of the six conference venues, is abundant with African symbology, rich earthy colors and unique African décor focal points. This is ideal for groups between 20 and 150 delegates. The Circular Lapa with roaring fireplace in the middle, is ideal for 'outdoor' meetings and conferences. Overlooking the elephant dam, this venue is open-sided with drop down canvas, ensuring your privacy, while affording an expansive view over the Game Reserve.
- Total number of rooms - 30
- Babysitting or childcare
- Number of bars/lounges - 2
- Breakfast available (surcharge)
- Business center
- Concierge services
- Conference space
- Dry cleaning/laundry service
- Express check-in
- Express check-out
- Fireplace in lobby
- Designated smoking areas
- Designated smoking areas (fines apply)
- Laundry facilities
- Spa treatment room(s)
- Meeting rooms
- Luggage storage
- Safe-deposit box at front desk
- Conference center
- Number of restaurants - 2
- Spa services on site
- Spa tub
- Steam room
- Outdoor pool
- Television in common areas
- Wedding services
Family Friendly Amenities
- Outdoor pool
- Free Wi-Fi
- Laundry facilities
- In-room childcare (surcharge)
- Babysitting or childcare
Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
- Separate sitting area
- Access via exterior corridors
- Daily housekeeping
- Turndown service
- Designer toiletries
- Free toiletries
- Hair dryer
- Separate bathtub and shower
- In-room childcare (surcharge)
- Cribs/infant beds available
- Private bathroom (not in room)
- Blackout drapes/curtains
- Satellite TV service
- Free WiFi
- Individually furnished
- Individually decorated
Where to Eat
Our first class chefs invite you to experience a gastronomical world where Pan African meets traditional South African cuisine. Dishes are designed to complement each individuals specific palate. Items which can be expected from the dinner buffet include amongst others, rich casseroles and the finest cuts of meat from our carvery. They are in return complemented with mouth-watering light and fluffy desserts. Sunday lunches are enjoyed while watching the elephant play in the dam in front of the main lodge. Breakfasts are served up to 10:00 AM on Sundays and are very popular with sport car and biking clubs - a special rate is available for group bookings.
Nearby Things to Do
Our two elephants, Damara and Nzewe are both sub-adult males aged around 12 and 14 years respectively as at Sept 2008. They arrived at Plumari in Sept 2006.
They were born and living as wild elephant on a private game reserve in Limpopo Province which at the time was about 50% overpopulated with elephants. Threatened with being culled, Damara and Nzewe were acquired by Elephants for Africa Forever ("EFAF") and put into their licensed training programme. Upon satisfactory completion, they were relocated to Askari Lodge.
The Plumari Africa Game Reserve, in which Askari Lodge is situated, comprises a pristine malaria free wilderness area of over 3000 hectares. The Reserve boasts an amazing natural African bushveld with an abundance of flora, fauna, birdlife, and wildlife.
Two game drives, each approximately 3 hours in duration, are scheduled daily. Late afternoon drives will involve a sundowner, with a fantastic view towards the end of the drive.
Our accompanied bush walks offer guests an ideal opportunity to learn more about the fauna and flora of the region, as well as discover some of the smaller inhabitants of our reserve.
Allow our guides to point out the finer details of the reserve. Which plants may be used for medicinal purposes and which are preferred by the animals in the reserve. Discover rock carvings along the way, in an area alongside what is said to be the oldest mountain range on earth, the Magaliesberg. The variety of insects and birds is astounding - don't forget your camera!
Situated within the Gala Hall is our museum. Askari Lodge boasts one of the largest private collections of ox wagons, carts, and other animal drawn vehicles from the period 1800 to 1900. Tools and other collectibles from that era are also on view in our museum.
The Main Lodge building was built in the mid 1800's. Every effort has been made to restore this wonderful building to the splendor it was some 150 years ago. No structural changes are permitted.
- Ecotours on site
- Hiking/biking trails on site
Askari Spa at Askari Game Lodge reflects the environment that surrounds it – African veldt and wildlife rise up to meet the African sky and majestic Magaliesberg mountain range. Our core philosophy of natural health is based on nurture, inspiration, and the use of mother Earth's ingredients, to provide you with the most invigorating treatments imaginable. For centuries, African women have utilized natural herbal concoctions, creams, and oils to enhance natural beauty and to maintain health.
- Manicures and pedicures
- Body wraps
- Body scrubs
- Aromatherapy treatments
- Spa tub in spa
- Body treatments
- Facial treatments
If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.
- Accessible bathroom
- In-room accessibility
Children and extra beds
- Children are welcome.
- Cribs (infant beds) are available.
You need to know
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
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We should mention
Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the lodge prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
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