We spent part of our honeymoon at Arathusa (Nov 07) and came to the lodge with very high expectations based on previous reviews on this site. We were not disappointed and had an absolutely amazing time! If you are looking for an excellent lodge with personable, friendly staff in an idyllic location and want to see the Big 5 - this is where you need to come - we cannot recommend this highly enough.
Within 3 hours of being at the lodge we had seen all of the Big 5 and had repeated sightings during our 3 day stay. I expected to see most of them but at a distance through binoculars, so was pleasantly surprised when they were just 10ft away - awesome! The lodges are all positioned around a watering hole and during our stay we also saw both Elephants and Rhino come down to drink. The resident hippo were also fantastic.
The lodges are of an excellent standard, the staff (particularly the rangers & trackers (Jacques and Roy) are exceptionally informative and friendly and the hospitality is great.
The other thing that is not mentioned in their online "sales" pitch is that they have the authority to traverse an enormous amount of bush compared to their competitiors. This obviously gives them the advantage and is one of the main reasons why their sighting success rate is so high.
Arathusa in our eyes is not cheap but it is worth every penny and if you are considering going on safari in the Sabi Sands then you need look no further - book here and you will have one of the best experiences of your life.
- Also Known As:
- Arathusa Safari Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Hotel Arathusa Safari
- Arathusa Safari Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve