While the sound of crashing waves are obviously first prize, I could certainly settle for the snorting sound of hippo laughter. The mere thought of the melancholic call of jackal at night brings a sigh to my weary city chest. And all of this was brought on by writing a piece of copy for a conference web page, because all of these spirit-lifting experience are actually in such easy reach.
Enters Askari Game Lodge & Spa. The bullet point info you need to know is that its less than an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria, and yes, aside from Big 5 game drives, it also has 2 very playful elephants (click here to see how much fun can be had in the mud). Naughty boys.
It also ticks several other much needed boxes: Spa treats, a nice little patio in front of your room to sip wine while looking at the game at the watering hole, a very interesting museum with ox-wagon and artefacts from eras gone by. My personal favourite is the piano room. Fancy tinkling a little tune on the baby grand before gin and tonic hour? Or perhaps a pre-dinner quizz in the upstairs library stimulates you inquisitive brain.
Thirty suites overlook either the Magaliesburg mountain range or watering holes and while leisure guests are certainly spoiled with the summer stay promotions on http://www.askarilodge.co.za, I think conference guests have even a better deal: stay for free on Sunday night if you book a 24 hour conference for Monday. Talk about value for money!
So instead of waking up Monday morning with shrill sirens and alarms, rather give Askari Lodge a call on 014 577 2658/9.
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