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Sandton, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sat watching the elephants at the watering hole while we had lunch, Great variety of buffet. You have to book for a Sunday lunch and you have to arrive on time, as the food goes quickly and the place is rather booked. Loved the game drive and saw a lot of animals but no lions, for that you pay extra...

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for 4 days, during which the daughter of a friend got married. The staff could not be more welcoming and helpful. We stayed in one of the older lodges with a thatched roof. It was great, but did leak a bit during heavy rainfall. The food, both at the wedding and in general, was first class. We...

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South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to a wedding this weekend at Askari Game Lodge & Spa. What a magnificent place. Unfortunately we stayed over at the Warthog Bush Lodge. We we were not informed at Askari Main Reception that we must "collect" the keys 2.5km's up the road before 6p.m. Got to the lodge after the wedding reception approximately 12:15p.m. Very dark and we...

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Thank Marisha2015
ShipwayG, General Manager at Askari Game Lodge & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Marisha thank you for your wonderful review on Askari Lodge. I do apologize for the indifferent way you were treated at Warthogs, this is not the way we treat guests. You highlighted a weakness in our system which we have now rectified. I do hope that you will come back and experience Askari Lodge. Kind regards Graham Shipway

Magaliesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

I had guests arriving from overseas . I had to phone Askari to fit us in for a last minute game drive . The service in the phone was fantastic ! Game drives are in the morning and at three in the afternoon , I asked them if they could squeeze me in for a one o clock one and...

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ShipwayG, General Manager at Askari Game Lodge & Spa, responded to this review

Hi Hekpoortheksie the Team and I are very excited with your feedback and so glad that we could make it a most memorable day for you and your visitors. I have passed your comments on to Ian and he is thrilled that you enjoyed it so much. looking forward to welcoming you back very shortly. Kind regards Graham Shipway

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Reviewed 17 February 2017

I was fortunate enough to spend 3 days and 2 nights at Askari Lodge. The place is amazing and the service is excellent. We had great meals and the views are spectacular. I cannot think of a better venue for a work conference. The only downside was that we worked from 8 till late and never had the opportunity to...

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ShipwayG, General Manager at Askari Game Lodge & Spa, responded to this review

Hi Lance! The Team and I are overjoyed with your great feedback. We hope that it was a successful conference. We look forward to seeing you back shortly with your family. Kind regards Graham Shipway

Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Beyond the fact that on our arrival...no one knew of us....we were patient to wait while the problem is sorted. They showed us away with an apology of...sorry we dont know what happened. We the decided to give them a second chance by bookibg a game drive for the next morning. I paid cash in full. We then had to...

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ShipwayG, General Manager at Askari Game Lodge & Spa, responded to this review

Dear Chantal Hartman Thank for your feedback and while we do welcome all forms of criticism be it positive or negative I do however feel that yours is unfairly warranted and miss directed. You were not staying at Askari Lodge and you, yourself made a booking with Usiba lodge where you were staying. Usiba lodge failed to even make the...

Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed a mid week break with a friend . It might not have enough entertainment for some but we needed a peaceful retreat and the quiet was bliss. Lovely peaceful setting with our rooms overlooking the dams so we could sit on the stoep and watch the animals come down to drink while enjoying the bird life. More comfy...

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ShipwayG, General Manager at Askari Game Lodge & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review! We are really happy that you enjoyed your conference. We do appreciate the pointers you gave us as it gives us something to work on .Look forward to welcoming you back shortly. Kind regards Graham Shipway

Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

I chose this lodge because of the game drives and the Historical ox wagons and other memorabilia. The game viewing was very disappointing. The only elephants were the tame ones that visited the camp and could be fed. I complained about the poor maintenance of rooms and bad room service. It was noisy at night as there was a wedding...

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ShipwayG, General Manager at Askari Game Lodge & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. I am very sorry that you did not enjoy your stay with us. We have taken note of the points you raised . kind regards Gr4aham Shipway

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 19 January 2017

It was such a nice n clean place , great deco n the garden is beautiful. I enjoyed the privacy along with the extra care taken into ensuring our stay is satisfactory. I loved the food n restaurant stuff. The elephant experience was the best of all .

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ShipwayG, General Manager at Askari Game Lodge & Spa, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful feedback. The Team and I are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope that we will be able to welcome you back to Askari Lodge in the very near future . kind regards Graham Shipway

Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 9 January 2017

We stayed at Askari for three nights and had a game drive experience. The food was really divine, the rooms neat and serviced daily. The staff was friendly and I loved the spa experience as well. Even the picnic was worth it, although it rained, they laid this out in our room so we would eat and leisure and loved...

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ShipwayG, General Manager at Askari Game Lodge & Spa, responded to this review

The Team and I would like to thank you for your excellent feedback. We are so glad that we could make your stay so memorable ! It is feedback like this that makes the staff go the extra mile. Look forward to seeing you back in the near future. kind regards Graham Shipway

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  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
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  • Wheelchair Access
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Askari Game Lodge & Spa is situated on the Plumari Africa Game Reserve in the Magaliesberg, just over an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria and 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 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 Experiences entails 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 decor 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 decor focal points. The two contrasting decor themes pay homage to the 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. ... more   less 

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Address: 1 Doornspruit Road | Magaliesberg, Hekpoort 1791, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Hekpoort
Price Range: $283 - $309 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Askari Game Lodge & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 48
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