Arathusa just keeps getting better. They have added a restaurant area for those who do not want to eat dinner outside on the patio overlooking the watering hole (people have complained it's cold and their food is cold. I have never experienced this in the 4 stays there, unless I talk and ignore my dinner). We did not like eating in the restaurant area so they happily let us eat out on the deck by the boma. Other return guests also appreciated this during our stay. Sitting in a circle outside is very social and makes for some good laughs and wildlife sightings!
Arathusa also added a spa since last year. Very, very nice!!! The staff are wonderful and it's a beautiful setting overlooking the watering hole. I had 300-400 Cape Buffalo, Zebra, Waterbuck and Impala roaming around while getting a pedicure last week - AMAZING!!! (so was the pedicure BTW).
The chef (Max) was wonderful and has such a great sense of humor. His food dishes were out of this world. Thanks Max!!!
The new manager, Ashleigh is a pure delight. She fits in perfectly with the rest of the amazing staff at Arathusa. We truly miss the former managers, but Ashleigh has taken over and not missed a beat since they left.
The rangers and trackers are simply the best and most professional you will find. Last year we this was our only concern and Arathusa no longer employs the ranger who did not seem to win many friends during his time at Arathusa with the guests. Ryan and De Beer are AWESOME. Phillipe and Andre are awesome rangers also, but no matter who's truck you are on all of them are equally as warm and interetsed in your enjoyment at Arathusa. Also love that they all wear earphones so you cannot hear the communication between them during the drives - thanks!! (although it was nice to know where we were racing off to if you know a few animal names in Afrikaans).
This was the 3rd straight year staying at Arathusa, 4 time staying at the lodge (2 times the 1st year) and each year they add something new and exciting. I have noticed comments on trip advisor on ways they can imrove and Arathusa listens. They truly care about giving people the best experience they possibly can while at the lodge.
We will be returning next August again. Our most recent stay at Arathusa further solidified our love for Sabi Sand, and South Africa. Leaving Arathusa has always been so hard because I never knew if we'd be back, but this year I got to leave knowing I'd be back soon - back to see a group of people I can call friends, who remember us and who we look forward to seeing each year.
Thanks so much Ashleigh, Ryan, De Beer, Phillipe, Andre, Max, Roy, Helena, and everyone else for the best time yet. This year will be hard to beat, but we know you're up for the challenge!! Love you guys! See you soon!!!
- Also Known As:
- Arathusa Safari Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Hotel Arathusa Safari
- Arathusa Safari Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve