Situated on the Plumari Africa Game Reserve in the Magaliesberg, just over an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria, Askari Game Lodge offers guests a memorable Big 5 wildlife experience within a malaria free environment.
Plumari Africa Game Reserve is set within a pristine wilderness area of over 4000 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 Experiences include bush walks and interaction with our elephants, which include 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, 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.
Askari Game Lodge caters for romantic getaways, conferences, teambuilding initiatives, 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.
Askari Lodge – the legend lingers.
Bring your group of learners for a fun and educational trip to Askari Game Lodge & Spa, approximately one hour from Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Why not treat your teaching team to a well-deserved spa relaxation while the kids are out on their game drive? Several one hour spa treatments are available. You can pick and choose from our spa menu.
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
EFAF work closely with Nature Conservation, NSPCA and other relevant groups – their training is covered by permits and involves strict protocols covering all areas from safety to the well being of the elephants.
After seeing the relationship of elephant and handler / other guests, you will understand the exceptional bond in place between human and elephant.
We are also very conscious of the dignity of these mighty animals, and accordingly have tried to build “interaction” activities around their normal daily routines of roaming and feeding in wild bushveld, rather than forcing the elephants into routines to fit around humans.
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.
Lodge guests are requested to complete the Game Drive Booking form (available at Reception), and indicate preferred drink for their sundowner. All other guests are requested to book game drives in advance by contacting us or by requesting a quotation online.
Booking is essential – very seldom are we able to accommodate walk-in guests for our game drives. Kindly also note that game drives leave at the scheduled times, indicated below, and late arrivals, as much as we would like to accommodate them, will forfeit monies paid. (See Game Drive Terms and Conditions).
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 splendour it was some 150 years ago. No structural changes are permitted.
Our museum also tells the history of the area, and in particular, the Battle of Nooitgedacht where the British were defeated on 13th December 1900 by the Boers led by Generals de la Rey, Smuts and Beyers.
History talks are available on request.
Going much further back in history, San Bushmen carvings and stone age tools also abound in the area. Examples of these are available in the museum, and our bush walks take you through areas where many stone carvings can be found.
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!
Our bush walks cater for all ages (children over 12 years are welcome), and fitness levels. Guests are required to remain with the guide at all times, who will ensure the pace is kept at a suitable level to accommodate all. We must however stress that the walk is through parts of the reserve, and guests are requested to heed the instructions of the guide.
The African night sky provides a perfect backdrop for star gazing which we offer at Askari Game Lodge upon request. Our astronomer, Tristan Lang, was born in Namibia, where he grew up under the clear, crisp skies of a Khomas farm. From those early days he has been fascinated with the stars that illuminate our nightly heavens – and with all other things that may or may not be ‘out there’.
Let a guided tour of the celestial canopy open up a new perspective on your universe and the special place that humans occupy in it. Or simply sit back, relax and be enchanted and entertained by a show that allows you participate, hands on, while the sounds of the African night transport you through time and bring you closer to what our ancestors experienced once the sun has set…
Since 2004, Tristan (a certified project manager for a leading IT company by day) and his associates have offered this experience to guests from around the world in locations stretching from the Okavango to the Kruger Park.
Please inquire with reservations for further info.
Enjoy a relaxing wellness treatment in the comfort of your own chalet or on the massage deck overlooking the Elephant dam.
Ever been blessed by an elephant? Enjoy wedding celebrations with a difference at Askari Lodge in Magaliesberg. Just over an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria, Askari Lodge offers 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. Accommodation options include 24 rooms (21 chalets) and invite guests to take a step back in time whilst admiring the 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 4-star surrounding, to emphasize the interesting history of the Magaliesberg area.
All reception venues are within a short stroll from the chapel. The Lapa, overlooking the Elephant Dam, accommodates small groups of up to 40. Set on pure river sand under a giant thatch roof structure, the Lapa with its central roaring fireplace, affords astonishing night sky views as well as a view over the Plumari Private Game Reserve.
Akira Wedding venue is situated in the new Day Visitors Centre. Accommodating up to 120 guests, it has a beautiful deck with views over the Magaliesberg mountain range and is abundant with African symbology, rich earthy colours and unique African décor focal points. The upstairs wedding venue opens up onto the Azima Restaurant, viewing deck and Enzi Bar, ideal for pre-wedding drinks or entertainment.
Askari Lodge provides excellent facilities, dedicated staff and superb cuisine set in a tranquil bushveld environment, steeped with history.
The brand new Day Visitors Center, which houses four of the six conference venues, is abundant with African symbology, rich earthy colours and unique African décor focal points. This brand new addition to Askari Lodge is ideal for groups between 20 and 150 delegates. The upstairs conference venue opens up onto the Azima Restaurant, viewing deck and Enzi Bar, while the ground floor venues have a breathtaking view over the Magaliesberg mountain range.
The circular Lapa with roaring fireplace in the middle, is set on pure river sand under a giant thatch roof structure and accommodates up to 40 people . It is ideal for ‘outdoor’ meetings and conferences which call for a ‘bosberaad’ feel. 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.
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 Oregon cupboards and tables are subtly placed within the luxury four-star surrounding, to emphasize the captivating history of the Magaliesburg area.
All chalets have thatch roofs and wooden patios and include king size (or twin) beds, mini-bars, complimentary tea/ coffee, safes, hairdryers, radio alarm clocks, cooling fans, en-suite with Victorian bath and shower.
Please contact Askari Game Lodge for rates.3