WHAT OUR GUESTS HAVE TO SAY
Please may I express a very warm word of thanks to everyone at Askari for making our 55th anniversary visit such a memorable occasion. The accommodation with its easy access was great; the food just so yummy; the surroundings, game drives, elephant interaction and spa just wonderful and there are no words to adequately describe the kindness and excellent service from all. Thank you thank you thank you all so much. We look forward to being with you again on 27/28 December when our KZN family join us in the 3 bedroom unit.
Craig and Noreen MacKenzie
5 star – We had our wedding there on 26 September. Could not have chosen a better venue. It was everything we wanted and much more. A big thanks to all the friendly staff who helped make our day perfect and a very special thanks to “ the best wedding coordinator in the world – André ” who will always go the extra mile for the couple. Thank you ever so much Andre, you have walked a mile with us and I know now that no one will be able to fill your shoes what so ever!!!! You really took care of us all the way right to the end on every aspect.. We will definitely come back and refer Askari to anyone and everyone.
From Bianca Odendaal – 26 September 2015 (Bride)
I just wanted to send my sincere gratitude for a lovely and wonderful conference we had at Askari. I have a few people I would like for you to send a special thanks from me and the SABC team. I want to say thank you Caesar who welcomed me on the first night and William in the restaurant for their patience and service they gave without fail and making sure everyone is happy at all times. Juan , Millicent, Joseph and Elias at the reception and conference rooms and Shadrack. Thank you to Juan for being so patience and going out of his way to put together last minute requests. The overall stay was awesome, the rooms were very comfortable and clean. My Boss loved her Room 35 she could not stop raving about it. The dining area dedicated to us , the Lapa for the entertainment night was fantastic. The food was lovely , please thank the staff in the kitchen. We had a fantastic time, we hope to go back again soon.
Gugulethu Xaba – SABC Conference – 11 August 2015
Hi Andre. Thank you so much AGAIN and AGAIN – you did far more than we ever expected and it resulted in our perfect wedding day. From the moment we met you the first time, we were taken by you because you have passion for what you do and it shows. You were always so professional and never stood back for anything, but went out of your way to make sure every thing was spot on. You are so caring and the way you tend to our guests at times was remarkable. We will highly regard you and recommend you and Askari Lodge always. Warm kind regards to you and all at Askari.
Jodi Lovell Smit (Bride)
We were very impressed with the ranger’s knowledge of the animals we saw on our drive. He explained thoroughly and answered our questions with patience and was charming and friendly. The wedding planner Andre was awesome. Every little detail was addressed with professionalism and class. The wedding was wonderful and perfect. We have only good memories of the event… Thank you so much!
From Mitze Lupke – 27 July 2014 (Bride’s parents)
Askari game Lodge’s is a awesome venue and wedding co-ordinator Andre is the best person I have ever met. From the start of my wedding planning I was a Bridezilla. I am a true perfectionist and it’s my way or a bride tantrum. Andre helped (well took over) my wedding planning and took note of every single detail that was important to me. He handled me with such a presence and passion that it immediately calmed me down on all aspects of my life even. He even ended up playing doctor, psychologist, maid of honour, best friend, mother, father, the one who would spill wine on someone if they attempted to ruin my perfect day or feed naughty kids to the lions…(he never did, we just joked about it to make me smile). Andre knew from the start exactly what I wanted, even when I was unsure. I painted a picture in my head and he went above and beyond my wildest expectations with his strong intuition…..and I am sure Askari Lodge has never looked better than that day. I don’t have enough words to explain what Andre meant to me and my husband. There is not one thing I would change about the whole experience or my wedding day. I even have to call him once in a while not to miss him too much and now have found a reliable friend forever. I really get a lot of compliments, none of which are due to me, Andre alone should get all the credit. Silent Video Productions: http://vimeo.com/m/84869964
From Liechen Tonkin (Bride)
We had a wonderful wedding at your establishments. Our guests loved it :). Thank you so much for the wonderful service that we received from all the staff. Anwaar really made our day very special. We will surely tell everyone how great you are. Thank you again.
From Leon & Monique – 26 August 2014
I am writing on behalf of Warren, Pru and myself, to express a BIG thank you to Andre for all that he did to ensure that the day was a success. It isn’t an easy task when the bride and groom live in London. Andre is a true professional and the personal attention he put into everything was very much appreciated, he went out of his way to ensure that everything ran smoothly on the day and that Warren and Pru enjoyed every moment. He is a real asset to Askari. Andre also helped organize a boma braai on the Sunday night for the overseas guests that had stayed. They were overwhelmed with the hospitality, please thank the chef and kitchen staff on our behalf. I just thought I would mention that we used your preferred suppliers for décor, music and the marriage ceremony and would highly recommend each of them to anyone who is getting married at Askari.
Regards Kym Grimsley (Mother of the Bride)
More Andre. Ek hoop dat jy teen die tyd uitgerus is en ek vetrou dit gaan goed met jou. Ek wonder of die gaste besef het wat ‘n groot bydra jy gehad met die hele troue en onthaal. As dit nie vir jou was nie, dan was dit nie Zaan en Gary se grootste en mooiste dag nie – jy was stunning en baie profesioneel en jy is n blessing uit God se hand uit. Jy verdien ‘n masive handeklap en ‘n tap op die skouer, die troue was great – Askari het ‘n gem in jou. Ek wil net baie dankie se vir al jou hulp en raad en idees en bystand en alles wat daarmee saamgaan (en Erica se pyn en leiding toe sy haar voet so erg beseer het – jy was so vining met jou dink en optrede). Baie dankie vir alles, dit word op reg waardeer!! Ons sal jou as persoon altyd hoog aan beveel en natuurlik Askari Lodge ook.
Groetnis Johann en Erica Geldenhuys (Pa en Ma van Bruid)
We had a wonderful wedding at your establishments. Our guests loved it :). Thank you so much for the wonderful service that we received from all the staff. Anwaar Andre your wedding coordinator, really made our day very special. He is a very passionate person and we never met some one like him before – Highly recommended in our books, a great asset to Askari.
We will surely tell everyone how great you are. Thank you so much again for making our wedding day, a day to remember for ever.
Leon Putter & Monique Malan (Bride & Groom) – 16 August 2014
Hi Andre. Hoop als gaan goed daar met jou!? Het skielik gesit en dink dat ek nog nie vir jou ‘n email gestuur het om weer eens dankie te se vir al die beplaning wat jy en Feroze (preferred supplier) gedoen het vir ons troue. Dit was ‘n great dag gewees en ek smile elke keer as ek daar aan dink…so baie dankie vir als!! Ons beveel jou dienste baie hoog aan, aan alle bruide wat by Askari gaan trou. Sonder jou sou dit n nag merrie gewees het omdat ons oor see in London gebly het en jy alles so perfek gereel het. Hier is ‘n link van ons foto’s as jy wou geloer het: http://artisticphotography.zenfolio.com/p121081221
Groete liefde, Diane en Rudo (Bruid & Bruidegom)
As Ma van Hannes, wil ek graag my dank bring aan André vir al sy hulp, insette, vriendelikheid, geduld, van die dag wat ons begin het om die troue met hom te bespreek. Niks wat ons gevra het was vir André te veel nie. Die personeel was ook altyd behulpsaam en vriendelik. Die kos tydens die onthaal was uitstekend, dankie aan die kok en kombuispersoneel. Dit was ‘n wonderlike ervaring om die huwelik te bevestig in die woud, wat ‘n wonderlike ervaring om so naby ons Skepper te wees.Ons sal Askari Lodge, saam met André en sy personeel, ten sterkste aanbeveel vir enige toekomstige bruidspaar. Nogmaals BAIE DANKIE André,WELL DONE!!!
Van Nadia & Hannes (Bruid en Bruidegom)
I want to take this moment to express our appreciation for Andre and his team on our daughter’s wedding day , we really have never experienced so much dedication and effort from Andre as a person and it carried through to his whole team, they did a good job and that never went unnoticed because all the guest afterwards said to us they were so amazed the way Andre handled every thing and the wedding went so smoothly, He really put all effort in from the start of this wedding arrangements. There was also a man called ‘Feroze” FA.Creatif (your preferred supplier) and he also did great stuff and was there through out the wedding assisting Andre. Please keep them inspired because I believe they can and will achieve so much because they have so much passion for their job and I’m sure they are a great asset to your company at Askari Lodge. We will always highly recommend Askari and Andre to any future bride.
Warm Regards Theo & Elvira Visser (Parents of Bride & Groom)
Hiermee wil ons as ouers van Brian Stewart net n geweldige dank uitspreek teenoor Askari en spesifiek vir Andre wat hom baie baie goed van sy taak gekwyt het. Hy het uit sy pad gegaan om die kinders se droom vir hul groot dag te bewaarheid. Wat ‘n vooreg dat julle hom as deel van Askari te kan he. Ons moet ook komplimente vir die kok toedien die kos was uit die boonste rakke. Baie dankie vir n genotvolle ondervinding
Van Mev Christa Stewart (Bridegom se Ma)
To Askari Lodge, Andre(Wedding coordinator) and Feroze(preferred supplier). I just have to congratulate you two fabulous people for the wonderful wedding you arranged on the 7th of March. It was a memorable day that will stay with myself and Theuns(Groom), as well as all of our guests. You truly made it a special day for all of us. We made two new friends that we will definitely keep in contact with for live. You had a limited time available to arrange everything, as we only decided to get married in January 2015!!! But you did a GREAT and PERFECT job regardless.With your help (Andre and Feroze) every small detail was catered for. From the flowers, the pillow for the rings, to the wedding cake for the reception. Your help with “unexpected situation” (wedding dress not staying in its place!!!!) which you handled with such calmness and experience that I didn’t even felt nervous about it anything…The flowers exceeded my expectations…. Definitely much more beautiful than the pictures I send you Feroze!!!! Thanks a lot….The wedding cake and cup-cakes were absolutely delicious!!! Andre I really appreciate your hard work – attention to detail here, (also a picture given to you, but your cup-cakes looked much prettier than the picture). All the guests enjoyed the cake, I couldn’t even take a cup-cake home as nothing was left. N.B. Andre they loved the filling!!!!! Our guests were full of high praises for the delicious food, wedding cake, excellent service and wonderful atmosphere you created in the Chapel as well as in the Reception Area. Everyone told us that they had the most fun and that it was one of “the best arranged wedding receptions” that they have ever been to.We will definitely refer our friends to FA.Creatif and “OUR” wedding planner Andre to Askari Game Lodge to arrange a Wedding function!! We will always appreciate your hard work, late nights and in making our dream wedding come true. Again, thank you so much for all that you’ve done.
Love Theuns and Wilma (Bride & Groom)
“5 star” service from Andre – *My husband and I would just like to thank Askari for the great service on our wedding day. Especially a big thank you to Andre who made our wedding the success that it was. Hope Askari knows what they have in you!! Highly recommended!! The Best!!
From Simone Murray Wallace (Bride)
“Just a quick note to say a BIG thank you to yourself and the rest of the Askari team. You have been amazing helping out with our Special Day & making it wonderful – even with the deluge of rain it all worked out well with the help of everyone. The food was great and the personal attention you put into everything was very much appreciated, as well as the rest of the Askari team. Even getting back to our bridal suite after our celebrations was wonderful – I loved all the rose petals and the flowers :-). Most special was our time with the elephants, can’t wait to see the photos. I can’t thank you enough, Pat and everyone else. Our guests all loved the Askari venue as well and couldn’t believe there were hippos and elephants right outside their rooms!”
Fiona & James – 29 Jan 2011
I write on behalf of Beth and I, to express our most sincere thanks for the help and support given to us by Marleen and her team during our wedding ceremony and reception dinner held at the Lodge recently. During the planning stages, and on the day, Marleen was always most helpful in giving us ideas and offering support. I personally am most grateful for the assistance she gave in ensuring the elephant photo shoot happened, as the weather during the week prior to the wedding was awful with rain on a daily basis. The veld was drenched! But it happened.We would also like to make mention of Sunny, and the rest of the team. Whenever Marleen handed activities over to Sunny he executed them to perfection, and was also a model of discrete professionalism. You have a wonderful team of service staff. Lastly, may we mention chef Henk who helped us arrange our menu? Not only did he promise us a meal to remember, but he delivered on it too. In closing, may I again thank Marleen for helping make Beth and my day very special, just as we had hoped it would be. She took all the pressure and lead a special team. Our guests were most impressed with the venue and function, from tip to toe. May your resort grow from strength under the new Askari branding.
Sincerely Dudley and Beth Willer – 22 January 2010