Askari Game Lodge & Spa is situated on the Plumari Private Reserve in the Magaliesberg, just over an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria and offers guests the opportunity to view the Big 5 within a malaria free environment.

Plumari Private 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 interaction includes an educational talk followed by 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, wash stands, luggage chests, antique Oregon cupboards and tables are subtly placed within the 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 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 its 48 rooms, the main lodge and Day Visitors Centre. Nature lovers and birding enthusiasts will find the experience most rewarding, while stressed city dwellers wil leave feeling rejuvenated and well-rested.

Askari Lodge & Spa is within easy access (approx. 40km) from Maropeng  where Homo Naledi, a new species of human relative, has been discovered in a cave in The Cradle of Humankind, South Africa.

Askari Lodge – the legend lingers.



Entrance             Dog             Chalet

Alternative accommodation for large group spill-overs is available at our sister property Warthogs Bush Camp, just 2km down the road from Askari Lodge & Spa, on the R560.  Warthogs Bush Camp is ideal for groups, offering ten chalets accommodating 20 people sharing. The ambiance of the dining area, outside lapa and rock pool allows you to escape the buzz of city life and enter the tranquil African bushveld.

A conference room facilitates between 24 and 40 delegates, theatre style. A large multi-purpose hall is available for weddings, birthdays, exhibitions, festivals and team-building. This area can accommodate a maximum of 120 people seated, or theatre style maximum 180 people. This rustic thatch structure with drop-down canvas sides is ideal for exclusive family getaways and smaller weddings.

Enquiries:  Central Reservations on  08611 48866 for availability and rates.


2015 Business of the Year Gold award –  ROCCI
2015 West Rand Tourism Awards:
Gold Award in the category Conference & wedding venues (less than 150 guests)
Gold Award in the category Wildlife experience
Silver Award in the category four star Lodge/Hotel


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