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VISIT THE BIG 5 JUST AN HOUR FROM GAUTENG

March 03, 2017
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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. 

SELF-CATERING FAMILY UNITS
The eight new units consist of two Garden Cottages and six Garden Suites. All units overlook a sparkling pool and the Magalies mountain range in the distant. This brings the total of conference or leisure guests which Askari Lodge can accommodate at any given time to 48 singles or 96 guests, sharing. The tin-roofed, rough plaster units have a distinct farmhouse look. The dark grey exteriors blend effortlessly with the natural surrounds while spacious patios (stoeps) provide a respite from the warm day after a game drive. Braai facilities are included at each unit. 

GARDEN SUITES
Six Garden Suites each have one bedroom and a lounge with a sleeper couch. These units are semi-detached and can be sold as one joint unit which are ideal for families and wedding guests. Garden Suites also have equipped kitchens for self-catering. Lunch and dinner are available at the lodge, at a 10% discount.

Of the 48 suites, some have thatch roofs and wooden patios, while the newly added self-catering family units are tin-roofed with rough plaster and a distinct farmhouse look. The Chalets and Suites all have unique configurations and cater for individuals, groups and families. Mini-bars are filled on request  and complimentary tea/ coffee, safes, hairdryers and cooling fans are available for your comfort and enjoyment.

EVER BEEN BLESSED BY AN ELEPHANT? 
Enjoy wedding celebrations with a difference at Askari Lodge & Spa 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 48 suites 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, 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. With its central roaring fireplace it is ideal for intimate Boma-type weddings.

Akira Wedding venue is situated in the new Day Visitors Centre. Accommodating up to 150 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.

The magical Forest Venue is popular for brides with a yearning to get married in the outdoors. Surrounded by a lush forest and the hippo dam not too far away, this rustic venue has wooden benches and provides a blank canvas for creative bridal touches. Being outdoors, the use of this venue is subject to weather conditions.

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Askari Game Lodge & Spa

The Big Five have their own unique magic. To think that all you need to do is to drive out 45 minutes towards the Magaliesberg to see these incredible animals, makes it even more attractive for a weekend break or even a naughty mid-week visit! Askari Lodge offers game drives as well as the opportunity to observe the two giant elehants up close. Feeding and photo sessions can be arranged in advance and are popular with couples especially those celebrating an engagement. Askari Spa can be described as ‘dynamite in a small package’ and the two therapy rooms provide many treatments that are perfect for a couple’s retreat. Askari Lodge is located between Magalies and Hartbeespoort and offers lovely day walks that include the Van Gaalen cheese farm, the Hartbeespoort Dam cable car and many intimate restaurants and thrift shops. Make sure you book at least two nights stay to enable you to explore the surroundings and do the place justice.

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