It is so easy to fall in love with Askari Lodge & Spa where you will find a scenic fusion of bush and wildlife. The venue, situated on the Plumari Private Reserve in the Magaliesberg, offers guests a memorable Big 5 wildlife experience within a malaria free environment.
The 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. In the reserve, Zemvelo Adventures offers you range of exciting activities that is sure to be the highlight of your visit as you discover some of the 10 things to do at Askari Lodge
We stayed-over for in one of their beautifully appointed bedrooms. 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. 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
We discovered the following 10 experience during our visit to Askari Lodge:
1. The elephant interaction offered by Zemvelo Adventures with the two elephants, Damara and Nzewe , was a unique opportunity to get extremely close to the world’s largest land animals. This activity offered us the chance to learn more about the African elephants, both wild and habituated, as we interacted and fed these gentle giants. This up-close interaction with the elephants is a life-changing one & it is a truly unforgettable encounter.
2. We went on an early morning game, as this is when the animals are most active. We were accompanied by a skilled ranger and we saw a diverse range of animal and bird species on the game drive. While on the drive we ‘heard’ and absorbed the sound of the bush around us, from the chattering of the birds, the call of the frogs, to the braying of zebra and rumbling of the elephants. Alternatively the sundowner drive is a great way of experiencing the romance of the African sunset.
3. Africa was felt underfoot as we went on a guided bush walk with a highly trained game ranger. This offered us an opportunity to learn more about the fauna and flora of the region, as well as discover some of the smaller inhabitants of the reserve. The experience brought us to an intimate encounter with nature and wildlife, and medicinal and other plants were identified en route.
4. A truly memorable and authentic encounter was experienced during the petroglyph hike. We found a significant collection of San Bushman carvings which offered us a unique view of the original works of the artistic inhabitants of this area. The Magaliesberg area is known to have one of the highest density populations of petroglyphs (rock carvings) in South Africa.
5. Our skills were tested on the self-drive 4 x 4 route, it was a fun way to explore this breath-taking land while getting the adrenalin flowing. The rocky mountainous route and muddy river crossings, on the Plumari Private Game Reserve’s rugged terrain calls to the adventurous spirit.
6. Clay pigeon shooting, also known as clay target shooting, is the art of shooting at special flying targets. The friendly team from Zemvelo ensured that we had an awesome time at the accredited Clay Pigeon Shooting range at Warthogs Bush Camp
7. Designed for the novice and the more experienced alike, the horseback safari offered us another perspective and a more intimate experience of the resident wildlife and allowed us to blend in with nature for a few hours. Riders of any level are encouraged to try out the activity while visiting Plumari Private Game Reserve. It is the only time you will get up close and personal to a giraffe, zebra, waterbuck or herd of impala, just to mention a few.
8. Askari Lodge boasts one of the largest private collections of ox wagons, carts and other animal drawn vehicles from the period 1800 to 1900. The Plumari Heritage Museum plays host to tools and other collectibles from an era long forgotten. The Main Lodge building, hosting the restaurant, was built in the mid 1800’s. Every effort has been made to restore this wonderful building to the splendour it was some 150 years ago.
9. Each & every meal enjoyed during our visit was a gastronomical delight – this is where Pan African meets traditional South African cuisine. Items which you can expect to taste from the dinner buffet include amongst others, rich casseroles and the finest cuts of meat from the carvery. These dishes were complemented with mouth-watering light and fluffy desserts. Sunday lunches are enjoyed while watching the elephant play in the dam in front of the main lodge
10. The Spa reflects the environment that surrounds it – African veldt and wildlife rise up to meet the African sky and majestic Magaliesberg mountain range. Under the gentle fingers of our spa therapists the stress of modern life and dissolved impurities were soothed away. Their core philosophy of natural health is based on nurture, inspiration and the use of mother Earth’s ingredients. For centuries, African women have utilized natural herbal concoctions, creams and oils to enhance natural beauty and to maintain health.