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 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 décor, 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.
2015 Business of the Year
Gold award - ROCCI
2015 West Rand Tourism
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
The pet-friendly Warthogs Bush Camp just outside of Magaliesburg lends itself to family gatherings, small conferences and weddings, and action-packed weekends filled with nature themed activities such as trail runs or mountain biking. Tucked away in the Magalies meander, an hours drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, Warthogs Bush Camp has 10 chalets accommodating 20 people sharing. The ambience of the dining area, outside lapa and rock pool allows you to escape the buzz of city life and enter the tranquil African bushveld.
Warthogs Bush Camp just outside of Magaliesburg lends itself to action-packed weekends filled with nature themed activities such as trail runs or mountain biking. We recommend that camp exclusivity is taken by guests which open up a world of possibilities for your weekend, as the dog breeders clubs and dog trainers can vouch for.
The lodge is pet-friendly for individual guests as well, by prior arrangement. Please note that there are poisonous snakes at the lodge and both owners and their dogs enjoy the lodge at their own risk.
Big 5 game drives, elephant touch and feed experiences and Spa treatments are available from our sister property, Askari Game Lodge & Spa just 2km down the road. Warthogs itself has a selection of Kudu, Blesbok, Rooihartebees and off course warthogs. Bird clubs love this venue with its dedicated walking routes and often book the entire lodge for birding weekends.
If you can't bear the thought of walking down the aisle without both your best friend and fiancée, you should stop by Warthogs Bush Camp in Magaliesburg. The pet-friendly Warthogs Bush Camp is now open for weddings with your furry friends as ring bearers, confetti carriers and givers of wet sloppy kisses to anyone within arms reach. Wedding guests stay over in ten individual chalets which all have small wooden decks and are decorated in earthy tones, all set within a tree canopy. The bathroom with its outside shower is a real treat and brings guests just a touch closer to nature. If bush hospitality and simplicity is your thing, you would love the unpretentious but hearty brunch on offer which includes pap, wors and eggs, to dinner themes around braai menus, spit braais and potjiekos recipes.
Warthogs is a wonderful venue for bush-weddings, large company family fun days, bachelor and bachelorette parties, art weekends, photographic and bird-watching clubs, birthday parties and 21st celebrations. Warthogs is prepared to tailor make any events to suit your requirements.
Brides have a number of options available to them for the wedding ceremony, depending on the size of the wedding. The unique beehive thatched dome is perfect for smaller weddings, while a gazebo is erected in the centre of the bush camp for garden-style weddings. Should the bride prefer a chapel wedding or bush wedding, this can be arranged at Askari game Lodge 2km down the road.
Warthogs Bush Camp and Askari Game Lodge are in the fortunate position to not only share ownership and management expertise, but also the know-how of the Askari Lodge wedding, conference and banqueting co-ordinators. You may therefore find that your phone calls or correspondence are answered by Askari Game Lodge's capable team.