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Johannesburg - Askari Game Lodge & Spa is in the Plumari Africa Game Reserve in the Magaliesberg, just over an hour from Joburg or Pretoria. Askari Game Lodge offers guests a memorable Big Five wildlife experience within a malaria-free environment.
Plumari Africa Game Reserve is set within a pristine wilderness area of over 5 000 hectares, with African bushveld and an abundance of flora, fauna, birdlife and wildlife. Two game drives, each two- to two-and-a-half hours long, are scheduled daily. Elephant Experiences include bush walks and interaction with elephants, including a “touch and feed” experience.
The main lodge, which is 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 1800s.
Slipper baths, a coal stove, wash stands, luggage chests, antique Oregon cupboards and tables are subtly placed within the luxury four-star surroundings, to emphasise the captivating history of the Magaliesberg area.
Askari Game 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 artefacts, 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’ centre 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 & Spa caters for romantic getaways, conferences, teambuilding initiatives, training courses and weddings in the main lodge and day visitors’ centre.
Nature lovers and birding enthusiasts will find the experience rewarding, while stressed city dwellers will leave feeling rejuvenated and well-rested.
Tel: 08611 GUVON (48866) - Saturday Star