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African Hills Safari Lodge & Spa

4* Luxury Game Lodge in the Plumari Private Game Reserve in the Magaliesberg,

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African Hills Safari Lodge & Spa is situated on the Plumari Private Game Reserve in the Magaliesberg, just over an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria. 


The Reserve is set within a pristine wilderness of 6800 hectares with natural African Bushveld and an abundance of flora, fauna, bird and wildlife.

The Main Lodge overlooks the Elephant Dam and invites guests to take a step back in time while admiring South African décor pieces dating back to the 1800s. Slipper baths, wash stands, luggage chests, antique Oregon cupboards and tables are subtly placed within the 4* surrounding, to emphasize the captivating history of the Magaliesberg area.

African Hills Safari Lodge has one of the largest private collections of ox wagons, carts and other animal drawn vehicles from the period 1800 – 1900. A variety of stone and iron-age artifacts, items from the SA War and San Bushmen rock carvings tell the history of the area, which is also known for the Battle of Nooitgedacht. Examples are available in the Museum and guided Bush Walks take guests through areas where many stone carvings (petroglyphs) can be found.

African Hills Safari Lodge & Spa caters for romantic getaways, conferences, team building initiatives, training courses and weddings in its 48 rooms, the Main Lodge and the 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.

Located in the heart of the Lodge is the Spa which opens up on to an outdoor pool and private garden.

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Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rands • Subject to availability•
Rates valid from 1 Dec 2021 to 31 Oct 2022
Minimum 2 night Stay
All Rates are Dinner. Bed & Brakfast
Room Category Single
Adult Rate
Sharing
Adult Rate
Deluxe Room & Garden Cottage  - (Sleep max 2) - Weekends  R2 995 R1 800
Deluxe Room & Garden Cottage  - (Sleep max 2) - Midweek  R2 900 R1 700
Standard Rooms, Garden Suites, Executive Rooms -  Weekends   R2 800 R1 650
Standard Rooms, Garden Suites, Executive Rooms -  Midweek  R2 695 R1 550
2 Night Weekend Package
These rates are based on our Deluxe Rooms -  should they not be available you will be allocated a Standard Room at a 10% discount. Single rates on RQ
Rates valid from 1 Dec 2021 to 31 Oct 2022
Two Night Packages Per Person sharing
DBB & Game Drive R3 835
DBB & Ellie Experience & Full Body Massage R4 635
DBB & Game Drive & Ellie Experience   R4 435
DBB & Game Drive & Ellie Experience & Full Body Massage R5 035

 Selft Catering Bush Lodge

Rates valid from 1 Jan 2022 to 30 Nov2022
Chalets - Midweek R1 100 pn B&B
Chalets - Weekend R1 300 pn B&B

SPA PACKAGES
1 December 2021 – 31 October 2022
NDLOVU

(1 night Sun – Thu)- R3 860 pp sharing
  • Includes DBB, 60 min rolling sands massage, 60 min classical facial, 60 min spa pedicure and a game drive OR elephant experience + light lunch

UKULALA 

(1 night Sun – Thu) – R2 743 pp sharing

(2 nights Fri – Sun) - R4 510 pp sharing
  • Includes 60 min rolling sands massage, 60 min spa pedicure and a light lunch
    Single rates on RQ

2 NIGHT WEEKEND PACKAGE
Valid 1 December 2021 – 31 October 2022

DBB & Game Drive R3 835 pp sharing
DBB & Ellie Experience & Full Body Massage R4 635 pp sharing
DBB & Game Drive & Ellie Experience R4 435 pp sharing
DBB & Game Drive & Ellie Experience & Full Body Massage R5 035 pp sharing
These rates are based on our Deluxe Rooms – should they not be available you will be allocated a standard room at a 10% discount. Single rates on RQ

The interior of African Hills Safari Lodge & Spa captures the romance and essence of ‘Africa meets Antique Dutch’ with décor pieces dating back to the 1800s. Slipper baths, wash stands, luggage chests, antique oregon cupboards and tables are subtly placed within the luxury four-star surrounding, to emphasise the captivating history of the Magaliesberg area. The dark grey exteriors blend effortlessly with the natural surrounds while spacious patios (stoeps) provide a respite from the warm day after a game drive.

Executive Rooms (Standard) x 7

  • Stand-alone units - closest to restaurant – 35m² rooms (a little bigger than the Standard Room) - closest to restaurant, overlooking the pool and dam.  
  • King size beds (can be split into 2 x ¾) –  stand-alone unit
  • Bathroom – bath tub, shower, basin & toilet – aircon – sleeps 2 people
  • TV, Safes, Hairdryers, WiFi & Mini Bar stocked on request
Deluxe Rooms (Deluxe) x 6

  • Stand-alone units - closest to restaurant – overlooking the pool and dam.  
  • King size beds  (can be split into 2 x ¾) – bath tub, shower, basin & toilet – aircon – sleeps 2 people
  • TV, Safes, Hairdryers, WiFi & Mini Bar stocked on request
Standard Rooms (Standard) x 4

  • Smallest rooms overlooking the dam.
  • King size beds – bath tub, shower, basin & toilet – aircon – sleeps 2 people
  • TV, Safes, Hairdryers, WiFi & Mini Bar stocked on request
Garden Cottages (Deluxe) x 2

  • 3 Bedroom units – great for families
  • Bathroom – each room has a bath tub, shower, basin & toilet
  • King size bed in each room  – aircon – sleeps max 6 people
  • TV, Safes, Hairdryers, WiFi & Mini Bar stocked on request
Garden Suites (Standard) x 12

  • Newest rooms – each unit is split into 2 rooms (A & B)
  • Bathrooms – A - has a shower ONLY and look over the pool. B - has a shower & bath and do not have a view.
  • TV, Safes, Hairdryers, WiFi & Mini Bar stocked on request

African Hills Safari Lodge & Spa is situated within a pristine wilderness area of over 6 800 hectares with natural African bushveld and an abundance of flora, fauna, birdlife and wildlife on the Plumari Private Reserve. Choose from an array of exciting activities including game drives, elephant touch and feed interactions, elephant walks, and hiking trails.

Game drives

R425 pp

African Hills Safari Lodge & Spa is located on the Plumari Private Reserve, one hour from Johannesburg in the shadow of the Magaliesberg mountains.

Our game viewing drives are available for morning and afternoon trips, as this is when the animals are most active.

You will be accompanied by a skilled ranger and guests can expect to encounter a diverse range of animals and bird species.

There are more than 20 species of larger animals, as well as several types of antelope and plains game, not to mention smaller species like antbears, hyena, porcupine and honey badgers.

These drives make for spectacular viewing

Mountain hike

R450 pp

Feel Africa underfoot on a guided bush walk with a trained game ranger over the varying terrains of the reserve. This experience offers an intimate encounter with nature and wildlife identifying medicinal and other plants en route as well as a variety of insects and birds.

Here you can gain a true perspective of the fauna and flora indigenous to the area. Your guide will point out animal tracks, dung, hiding spots, rare birds and educate you on the history of the area. Discover rock carvings along the way in what is said to be the oldest mountain range on earth – the Magaliesberg. Don’t forget your binoculars!

A memorable and authentic encounter.

Petroglyph hike

R350 pp

Our accompanied hikes to see the petroglyphs (rock engravings) offer you the ideal opportunity to learn about the finest art created in pre-historic times.

The artists who created these images lived and worked in the Magaliesberg Valley between the Stone Age and Iron Age (approx.. 2000 – 500 years ago).

A short walk to the top of the hill reveals the skills of these people in their near perfect images of various animals with little more than a piece of metallic rock and at best, a crudely fashioned iron spike.

Elephant experiences

R750 pp

Get close and personal with our resident elephants, Damara and Nzewe.

Our experience is a unique opportunity and starts with an educational talk followed by a “touch and feed” experience. It gives you the chance to learn about African elephants, both wild and habituated as you interact and feed these gentle giants.

Closed shoes are recommended and don’t forget your camera! A truly unforgettable encounter.

Get your team out of the office and into the bush. Situated on the Plumari Private Reserve in the Magaliesberg, African Hills Safari Lodge & Spa is located within easy access of Johannesburg or Pretoria. African Hills caters for meetings, conferences, teambuilding initiatives and training courses at our conference centre. Spa relaxation is available to conference delegates after or during a day of meetings, or as a spa voucher reward for later use.

 

Capacity & Seating Chart

  Seating Capacities Room Dimensions Area
Room Name U-Shaped Scool Room Theatre Banqiet Length (M) Width (M) M2
Akira 80 150 180 0 24.4 12.8 261.1
Akira can be subdivided into three venues depending on requirements
Akra 1 30 40 60 0 6.8 12.8 87
Akra 2 30 40 60 0 6.8 12.8 87
Akra 3 30 40 60 0 6.8 12.8 87
Amin 10 16 20 0 4.8 8.6 41.3
Fikira 20 30 50 0 7 8.6 60.2
Hakima 20 30 50 0 7 8.6 60.,


African Hills Safari Lodge & Spa offers a variety of packages to go with your Wildlife Conference Experience including:

IN-HOUSE :

  • Spa Treatments
  • Teambuilding
  • Game Drives
  • Elephant Experiences
  • Guided Nature Walks
  • Potjiekos competition
  • Bush survival Course
  • Museum

Conference Portfolio

This Game Lodge situated on the Plumari Private Game Reserve in Magaliesburg, just over an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria offers guests a memorable Big 5 wildlife experience within a malaria free environment.
A range of wildlife-based teambuilding experiences makes this venue stand out from the rest, and is within easy reach of both Johannesburg and Pretoria.
African Hills Safari Lodge & Spa caters for meetings, conferences, teambuilding initiatives and training courses in both the main lodge and Day Visitors Centre. Spa relaxation is available to conference delegates after or during a day of meetings, or as a spa voucher reward for later use “While frequenting African Hills Safari Lodge & Spa and hosting a national conference we could not have asked for much more” Michelev892 from Midrand describes her conference experience on Tripadvisor. “From the reception, functions, meals, menus and every staff member encountered, we couldn’t have asked for more. The staff were exemplary.
Can’t wait to come again”.
Plumari Private 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. An elephant ‘touch and feed’ experience will make your conference unforgettable.
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, a coal stove, 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.
African Hills Safari Lodge & Spa 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 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, which is a popular venue for teambuilding or pre-dinner drinks. The Day Visitors Center is abundant with African symbology, rich earthy colours and unique African décor focal points. All conference venues are based at the Day Centre and afford great views of the Magalies mountain  range and reserve.
We look forward to hosting you and your team. 

RATE SHEET (Valid 1 December 2021 – 31 October 2022)

  • 24 Hour Single R2 950 pp
  • 24 Hour Sharing R2 500 pp
  • Includes meals, tea/coffees, accommodation & conference room & GAME DRIVE
  • Day Conference Package R 850 pp
  • Includes lunch, teas/coffees, conference room

Indulge in a range of dishes from traditional fare to international cuisine at our Main Lodge and Azima restaurant. Our first class chefs invite you to experience a culinary world where Pan African meets traditional South African cuisine while watching the elephants play in the dam in front of the main lodge.

Lodge Restaurant & Terrace
Outdoor dining at its finest

Opening hours
Breakfast: 07h00 until 10h00
Lunch: 12h00 until 16h00
Dinner: 19h00 until 21h00

Bar
Mix, mingle & enjoy our extensive wine list & signature cocktails

Opening Hours
Monday through Sunday: 10h00 until late

Dress Code
Smart casual

Situated in the heart of the lodge, the spa complex has four treatment rooms with separate men and ladies’ change rooms. The entire spa opens up on to an outdoor relaxation area, private garden and pool. Soothe away the stress of modern life and dissolve impurities, under the gentle fingers of our therapists. The benefits to body and spirit will be truly rewarding.


FACILITIES
Located in the heart of the lodge, the spa complex boasts 4 treatment rooms with a double outdoor shower and a separate men’s and ladies change rooms. The entire spa opens up on outdoor relaxation areas and private gardens.

PHILOSOPHY
Our core philosophy of natural health is based on nurture, inspiration and the use of mother Earth’s ingredients, to provide you with the most invigorating treatments imaginable. For centuries, African women have utilized natural herbal concoctions, creams and oils to enhance natural beauty and to maintain health. Found on our reserve the Wild Olive Tree, Artemisia Afra (Wormwood) and Aloe Vera have been well known for centuries for its healing properties. We now combine both ancient and contemporary techniques in a natural manner, designed to bring balance and harmony catering to the needs of every Individual.

Soothe away the stress of modern life and dissolve impurities, under the gentle fingers of our therapists. The benefits to body and spirit will be truly rewarding.

Askari Spa is a proud member of the South African Spa Association and strives to align itself with the principles and guidelines set by the association.

SPA CAFE
Nothing beats your own private little picnic after a relaxing Spa treatment. Let us spoil you with a picnic basket of your choice set up on the Spa lawn, complete with your own umbrella and picnic blanket. Click on the links below to view the menus and choose your picnic treat:

MASSAGE
Indian Head & Scalp (30min) R 430
Relaxing pressure point massage
Khoi Khoi Back (30min) R 430
Medium to deep back, neck & shoulder massage
African Touch (60/90min) R 695 / R 860
Signature African calabash massage
Rolling Sands (60/90min) R 695 / R 860
Medium to deep pressure massage
Ancient Scent (60/90min) R 695 / R 860
Pre-blended aroma oils
Kalahari Sun (60min) R 695
Deep therapeutic massage using heated basalt stones
Bellabaci (60min) R 695
Ancient cupping therapy
Pre-natal (60min) R 695
Relaxing pre-natal massage
Reflexology (30min) – subject to availability R 465
Stimulating pressure point treatment on the feet

FACIAL
Tailor made facials to suit your skin type
Classic Facials (60min) R 660
Hydrating, Balancing or Detoxing Skin treatment.
Advanced Facials (90min) R 795
Age defying, uplifting and youth enhancing
Facial Enhancers
Eye Slices Treatment R 165
Firming, Anti-aging mask R 110

BODY
African Cocoon (60min) R620
A healing wrap to soothe, hydrate and nourish the skin
Desert Glow Body Exfoliation (30min) R 375
A gentle exfoliation to soften, remove dead skin cells, hydrate and nourish.

SPA PACKAGES 1 Dec 2021 - 30 Oct 2022
NDLOVU (1 night Sun – Thu)- R3860 pp sharing
Includes DBB, 60 min rolling sands massage, 60 min classical facial, 60 min spa pedicure and a game drive OR elephant experience + light lunch
UKULALA (1 night Sun – Thu) – R2743 pp sharing
(2 nights Fri – Sun) - R4510 pp sharing
Includes 60 min rolling sands massage, 60 min spa pedicure and a light lunch
Single rates on RQ

Includes:

  • Rates are per person per night rate and includes breakfast and / or dinner.
  • All of the above Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
  • All rates include a 15% VAT.

Child Policy:

  • African Hills Safari Lodge welcomes children,
  • subject to availability of suitable accommodation.
  • Maximum 2 children, including babies,
  • sharing a bedroom with one or 2 adults are permitted.

Where bedrooms cannot accommodate children sharing with adults, 2 rooms need to be booked in which case the single rate would apply to children’s room.

Cancellation Policy

  • Prepayment is refundable if we are notified (by email or fax) within the time period of the commencement of the say as follows:
  • One month or more – 100%
  • 14 days – 1 month – 50%
  •   1 week – 14 days – 25%
  • Less than one week – no refund
  • All extras are to be settled prior to departure by cash or credit card

Deposit Policy

  • For all bookings made within 30 days of travel
  • Full payment Is required within 48 hours of your booking. This payment can be made via bank transfer or credit card (Master/Visa).
  • For all bookings made more than 30 days of travel
  • A 50% deposit Is required within 24 hours of your booking and the balance 30 days prior to arrival. This payment can be made via bank transfer or credit card (Master/Visa).

Terms & Conditions

Check in time is from 14h00

Check out time is before 11h00 on day of departure

You will be required to sign an indemnity on arrival

Please inform us timeously of any special dietary requirements

NO alcohol is to be brought on to the premises – we do have a bar

Mini-bars are available on request in your room

Dreaming of the perfect bush wedding? Make your wedding celebration unforgettable at African Hills Safari Lodge & Spa. Just over an hour’s drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria, African Hills offers a unique bush wedding venue where Africa meets antique Dutch, in an area steeped in history. Whether you choose our beautiful historic chapel or the magical forest, we will make your special day one to remember forever.

CHAPEL WEDDING VENUE

The 120-seater chapel with its thatched roof, stained glass windows and bell tower was built with the input from historians. It’s a unique and beautiful space for special weddings, ceremonies of all kinds as well as for quiet reflection.

AKIRA WEDDING VENUE

The Akira wedding venue, situated in the conference centre, can accommodate up to 150 guests. It is abundant with African symbology, rich earthy colours and unique African décor focal points.  This upstairs wedding venue opens up on to the Azima Restaurant and Enzi Bar which has a beautiful wooden deck with views over the Magaliesberg mountain range. It is ideal for pre-wedding drinks or entertainment.

FOREST CHAPEL

The magical Forest Chapel is popular for couples with a yearning to get married in the outdoors. Surrounded by a lush forest and the hippo dam not too far away, this rustic venue has wooden benches and provides a blank canvas for creative bridal touches.

PLUMARI HERITAGE MUSEUM

The extremely elegant and adaptable Plumari Heritage Museum is a cultural and historical hub. Situated within the Gala Hall at Askari Lodge & Spa, the museum boasts one of the largest private collections of ox wagons, carts and other animal drawn vehicles from the period 1800 to 1900. Having transformed itself throughout the years, the Plumari Heritage Museum is the perfect venue for weddings, product launches and corporate events.

 

1 December 2021 – 31 October 2022
Venue hire for the Antique Chapel OR Forest Chapel, Azima Restaurant OR Akira Function Venue
January - April
September - December
January - April
September - December
May - August
Saturdays & Public Holidays Monday - Fridays & Sundays Monday – Sunday
R 35 000 R31 500 Mon - Fri
R28 000 Sun
Charged at Sunday Venue
Hire rate
Antique Chapel Min 40 – Max 120 | Bush Chapel Min 40 – Max 150
Azima Restaurant Min 40 – Max 80 | Akira Function Venue Min 40 – Max 150

Included in the Venue Hire:

Accommodation:

  • Accommodation (dinner, bed & breakfast) for the bride the night before the wedding
  • Accommodation for the groom (Dinner, Bed & Breakfast) the night before the wedding and day use for the day of the wedding.
  • Accommodation (bed & breakfast) for the bridal couple on the night of their wedding including a bottle of Sparkling Wine

Bush Chapel:

  • Wooden benches
  • Wooden table under a gazebo for the minister
  • Wooden table for the signing of the register
  • Wooden table for the DJ

OR

Antique Chapel:

  • Pews
  • Wooden lectern for the minister
  • Wooden table with a table cloth for the signing of the register

 Venue: Akira Function Venue OR Azima Restaurant

  • Tables and chairs for pre-reception drinks (umbrellas are supplied in summer)
  • Welcome drinks:
  •  - Alcoholic & Non-alcoholic fruit punch in summer
  •  - Gluhwein OR Sherry in Winter
  • Round tables (seating max 10 guests) – 1.8m in diameter & 71cm high
  • (In Azima Restaurant, we have long tables seating 12 – 14 guests. Round tables are available depending on number of guests)
  • Main table (rectangular) with table cloth (trestle table 180 cm in length x 79 cm wide)
  • Tablecloths and napkins
  • Wooden or conference chairs
  • Lectern for speeches
  • Standard cutlery and crockery
  • Wine glasses and champagne flutes
  • Ice buckets with ice
  • Back-up generator
  • Full bar service
  • Buffet set up with tablecloths (should you choose our buffet option)
  • Square or oval cake table with a table cloth
  • Gift table with a table cloth
  • DJ table with a table cloth
  • Duty Manager
  • Waiters & barmen for a period of 8 hours, but not beyond 24h00 from the scheduled start time of the ceremony. We provide 1 waiter per table for a plated menu and 1 waiter per two tables for a buffet menu.
  • Ample parking
  • Set up of tables, chairs, cutlery and crockery (no décor)
  • Air-conditioning in Akira Function Venue only
  • Dance floor (5m x 5m)
  • Use of the venue from 08h00 on the day of the wedding
  • The unique opportunity to have your photos taken with the elephants (bridal couple only)
  • A spa experience for the bride & groom, the day before the wedding
  • Welcome/photo shoot canapés

Excluded from the Venue Hire

  • Snack platters whilst getting ready are available at R250  per platter
  • Accommodation for your guests at a special rate. It is advisable to book well in advance. A 50% deposit will be required to confirm bookings
  • Menu selection
  • All beverages, except included welcome drinks. You are welcome to bring your own wines and/or champagnes, should it not be available on the African Hills Safari Lodge’s wine list, however this will be subject to a corkage fee of R95 per bottle. Drinks to be supplied by the wedding party must be agreed upon with the Wedding Co-ordinator in advance. No other beverages may be brought on site
  • PA System – the PA System and microphone for the ceremony and reception venue are to be supplied and set up by the DJ
  • Screen and data projector are available at a rate of R850 for the two. TV, DVD and overhead projector are available at an additional cost
  • Overlays/runners and tiebacks may be hired in on your behalf from independent suppliers at a 25% handling fee.
  • Candles – no candles are allowed to be placed directly on the table linen
  • Printing – menu cards, wine lists, name cards, seating arrangements and table numbers
  • Draping, décor & flowers – draping, décor, fairy lights and flowers for the function are not included in the venue hire. All décor must be supplied by independent décor suppliers. All décor must be discussed with the Wedding Co-ordinator to ensure that no damage is done to the venue
  • Cake stand/s
  • Confetti – only bio-degradable items such as flower petals, oats, bubbles and popcorn may be used as confetti
  • First year anniversary – contact us for a special rate

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