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Askari Game Lodge & Spa
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Town, South Africa
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Should have stayed home, cost less”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

Did not enjoy the time, if it didn’t cost a fortune I would have just gone home.

The service is definitely not up standard for a place that has a 4 star grading.

In the restaurant you have to find a waiter if you would like something different, drinks etc. As it is set up as a buffet for dinner & breakfast the waiters keep themselves scarce.
Asked for an espresso got a filter coffee in a normal cup as an espresso shot – this after I expressly asked if they served espresso – then rather say you don’t , would be less disappointing.
Had a mojito, not what you would expect to get, tasted like soda water & mint.

If by any small chance you do decide to leave a tip, the waiter will ask you to pay the ‘tip’ in cash to them, management apparently won’t pay ‘their’ tips if it has gone through the system.

Booked an evening game drive as a romantic activity to do (first to put our names down btw) the vehicle is kitted for 9 people, being 3 couples & 3 singles max, as splitting couples up defeats the whole romantic thing in my opinion.

The game drive is also the ONLY way to view the Big 5 they claim to having.

I would definitely never go back and will dissuade anybody that asks.

Not recommended.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Randburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Less than an hour from Johannesburg you can find Askari gamelodge in the centre of the Cradle.
From the moment you walk in at reception the staff greed's you with excellent personalities and great service. The service and food in the restaurant is excellent.
There is a museum at the lodge that takes you back far into history and where it all began.
The game drive was excellent and we spot 3 out of the big 5.
The elephant experience is expensive but worth every sent, it is an eye opener

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Ballito, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is a nice weekend breakaway place. 45 minutes outside of JHB. Rooms are comfortable, not luxurious, but have all the amenities required. Restaurant and Pub area is very cosy and have very attentive staff. Food is good, rustic and buffet style but well prepared and well presented. Game drive was very good and our guide was very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about animals and conservation. Spa is also very professional and well priced.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

I have been at many game lodges in Cape Town and this one Askari 1 Doornspruit | Magaliesberg, Hekpoort is one of the best. The staff very friendly and try to assist you. Samual is excellent at the desk know his lodge and explains things to you clearly. Game drive with Sibo the best i have ever done. Dinner was ok but breakfast service was excellent and top class. The rooms was spotless and great decor. The Spa gives excellent service and lovely staff and grounds is well kept. The staff greet you first and ask are you ok or need anything.The service at this lodge is really out of this world. I saw the Managers walking the grounds and at breakfast working with the the staff , good leadership!!
Well done guys

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Granville2014
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Askari has a Beautiful Event Venue. The view takes a person to "the doorstep of eternity", so to speak. We had a welcoming reception, a little gift and welcoming drink. The staff is very accommodating and friendly, the food however disappointing. Huge, huge variety and so, the lack of excellence. It is amazing that places can go to so much effort to present a spread of choice and then it stops there. Mediocre wine list and on the pricy side. The fact that that it was a beautiful sunny day, the Elephants was in sight and a Kudu family frolicked by, almost made up for it. They had quite a large amount of guests for this Lunch seating and service was good. Did not stay over so cannot comment on the SPA or accommodation. Have seen beautiful photographs of Wedding Ceremonies, but the food presentation does not complement the Venue.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Elshita
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Cullinan, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 May 2014 via mobile

The reception was excellent, the grounds kept well and the friendly porter on his post. The room was beautifully decorated and welcoming. The restaurant however was a big disappointment in service as well as food standard. On the other hand the spa experience was out of this world Judy and her team are brilliant. The same can be said of Jolandi and the elephants. This is a must when you visit Askari. All and all there were more positives than negatives.

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Karen J
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Oslo, Norway
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2014

This game lodge was one of the most amazing places we have been to. The service is out of this world. The chalets are immaculate and the food absolutely to die for. The game viewing was incredible and the whole experience can only be highly recommended to all who wish to experience true bush hospitality! The elephant experience is an incredible adventure that will make you love these gentle giants even more!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Thank 681cindy77
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Property: Askari Game Lodge & Spa
Address: 1 Doornspruit Road | Magaliesberg, Hekpoort 1791, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Gauteng > Hekpoort
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Hekpoort
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Askari Game Lodge & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Askari Game Lodge & Spa is situated on the Plumari Africa Game Reserve in the Magaliesberg, just over an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria and offers guests a memorable Big 5 wildlife experience within a malaria free environment. Plumari Africa Game 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 Experiences entails interaction with our elephants, which include 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 decor pieces dating back to the 1800's. Slipper baths, a coal stove, 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 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 decor focal points. The two contrasting decor themes pay homage to the history while highlighting the significant influence of the indigenous African tribes of the area. Askari Game Lodge caters for romantic getaways, conferences, teambuilding initiatives, training courses and weddings in both the main lodge and Day Visitors Centre. Nature lovers and birding enthusiasts will find the experience most rewarding, while stressed city dwellers will leave feeling rejuvenated and well-rested. Askari Lodge - the legend lingers. ... more   less 
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