ASKARI GAME LODGE IN THE MAGALIESBERG

It’s 6.45am.

One too many ‘snooze’ hits later, I’m late.

In the words of Hugh Grant in Notting Hill – Fuckity Fuck.

I scramble into the shower, grab the warmest padded trench coat I own, slap on some SPF and head to the rendezvous point.

It’s 7.50am.

I made it.

By the skin of my teeth.

My 10 wheeled guzzling chariot awaits.

Togged as though headed to Siberia, I wondered if this Durbanite could be made a mile away in this get-up, but with the temperature at 7°c, I could care less.

I’m still adjusting to the climate here.

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I took a quick mental survey – the rest of the crew had also layered up similarly – winter boots, overcoats, padded jackets, scarves, the works.

We’re ready for the bushy wilderness, in the heart of the Magaliesberg.

Given that we were to spend a good few hours in an open game drive truck, in winter nogal, our outfits were on point.

Sipping on Hunters Gold and taking shameless selfies and group shots en route, the hour long bus ride flew by and we approached the pristine site occupied by Askari Game Lodge by 10.00am.

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Askari Game Lodge occupies 5000 hectres of pristine wilderness and their focus is on wildlife conservation. It is nestled within the Magaliesberg on Plumari Africa Game Reserve, just over an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria and is home to the Big 5.

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Visitors can enjoy a 2.5 hour game drive (R295.00 pp), with peace of mind that it’s a malaria free environment.

In addition to the game drives, guests are spoilt for choice at Askari given the variety of activities on offer including :

Bush survival courses (R425.00 pp)
Bush boma braais (R650.00 pp)
Petroglyph hikes (R125.00 pp)
Mountain hikes (R225.00 pp)
Plumari Heritage Museum
Spa facilities
Elephant Experience (R490.00 pp)

We had the benefit of the knowledgeable and hilarious Sanele, our guide on the drive.

Take a look at what we spotted…

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Giraffe
Zebra
Lion
White rhino
Blesbok
Hartebeesbok
Buffalo
Eland
Ducks

And more!

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I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

It’s totally worth the drive.

There are dining facilities available as well, although I must admit the buffet lunch left me underwhelmed. Mince babotie (I can’t stand raisins and this beef mince dish had plenty); there were chicken drumsticks in a sort of barbecue sauce (I didn’t try this as I’m more of a breast person) ; roasted veggies; plain rice; a pork casserole and (dehydrated) roasted potatoes.

Perhaps go a la carte or stop for lunch elsewhere.

Dessert was much better with a fresh fruit salad, vanilla sponge cake with custard and a range of little tartlets.

Overall a lovely day trip experience.

Until next time, 

Lovanya 

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Disclaimer: This is an unbiased account of my personal experience and is an unpaid review. 

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