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Arathusa vs. Simbambili

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Arathusa vs. Simbambili

Does anybody have anything to say about these two lodges? We are considering going on a safari in July this year and have narrowed our choices down to Arathusa or Simbambili. Any opinions would very much help our decision. We are a mid 20s couple going on our first visit to the Kruger area. We are looking for a balance of luxury and economy and also as much privacy as possible within our budget.

Thanks a lot!

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1. Re: Arathusa vs. Simbambili

Both are excellent lodges, situated in the northern region of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve which is a great wildlife area. Personally I wouldn't compare Arathusa to Simbambili. It's a little "unfair" to do this, as Arathusa is much cheaper than Simbambili. I always prefer to compare similar priced lodges with each other, as it is then easy to make comparisons in luxury in accommodation, etc. Simbambili is ofcourse a much more luxurious lodge, and this is justified by their higher rates, so I would not really want to make a comparison in terms of luxury in accommodation.

Both lodges will offer a great safari experience - just depends on your budget and how much luxury you are looking for!

Tanya * owner * Africa Direct

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2. Re: Arathusa vs. Simbambili

Hi Tanya, thank you for your response. As it turns out, Simbambili has a special offer for staying multiple nights for the dates we are visiting. This makes Simbambili only a little bit more expensive than Arathusa's standard accommodation (~600 R pp per night extra) and about the same price as Arathusa's luxury suites.

The question now becomes whether paying that much extra is worth the luxury/ experience/ privacy that we would get at Simbambili?

From the pictures we like Arathusa's classic look, but Simbambili definitely looks a bit more luxurious. Also, we would like to be in a place that feels more private/ lonely.

Lastly, would you say that their safari experiences are comparable?

Any further opinions and suggestions would be very appreciated!


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3. Re: Arathusa vs. Simbambili

You are right about the Simbambili special.. Just came out last week. I would choose it over Arathusa, considering the (now) similar rates. They are really quite near each other and the wildlife is going to be very much the same.

Dave Patterson - Owner - The Africa Safari

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4. Re: Arathusa vs. Simbambili

Thank you.

We are going to make the final call and book tomorrow.

Final questions:

1. Does Simbambili afford more privacy than Arathusa?

2. Can we book a private vehicle for one of the rides at either lodge?

3. Is one better than the other service wise?

4. Drinks are not included in either lodge rate. Are drinks much more expensive at Simbambili as compared to Arathusa.

Thanks a lot for all your help. This will truly help finalize the deal.

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