Askari Game Lodge & Spa picked up two gold and one silver award at the eighth annual West Rand Tourism Awards held on 29 June 2015.
West Rand Tourism explains: “This annual award programme is aimed at promoting quality products and facilities that demonstrate high service standards, which will ultimately transform the West Rand into an internationally acclaimed tourist destination”.
“We are so proud of the awards which are a testament to the dedication of our staff and management to be the best Big 5 game lodge in the West Rand and Gauteng area,” says Graham Shipway, general manager at Askari Game Lodge & Spa.
Askari Lodge won awards in the following categories:
• 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
Askari Lodge is hugely popular with local and international guests for its Big 5 weddings and spectacular photo opportunities with the two elephant. Conference facilities cater for up to 150 guests, while exciting teambuilding options such as Bush Survival Skills and “Ready. Steady. Potjie(kos)” take conferencing to the next level.
Tripadvisor reviews regularly reflect the enjoyable guest experience from wide and far, as the recent review by Alma P indicates: “A beautiful place, even in winter. We booked in advance for the Sunday lunch – a buffet fit for a king!! The Restaurant overlooks the waterhole, while animals drink water and the elephants came for their treat- this was special! The staff and management are very friendly and the venue really beautiful.”
Mr Shipway continues: “We are currently expanding our Spa facilities and increasing the focus on romantic getaways for couples. We hope to pick up even more awards at next year’s event when our new Spa are ready”.
Askari Game Lodge and Spa is hosting a Barnyard event on 23 September at the Cresta Barnyard Theatre in aid of their rhino fund. Proceeding will amongst other things be used for the dehorning of rhinos for protection against poachers.