Simply amazing! The location - a watering hole that cannot be beaten. 11 Hippo and 38 Elephants one afternoon!!
A pretty simple drive from Hoedspruit or from Orpen Gate in Kruger too.
The standard rooms are amazing and anything but standard. Slate bathrooms, outdoor showers if you like (indoor showers for those less adventerous), huge comfortable beds and fabulous patios to take in the gorgeous view. We have also stayed in the luxury rooms and they are luxurious! A bit of a walk, but it gives you a chance to work of some of the incredible food the chefs cook!! The rooms also DO NOT overlook the watering hole. Showered with Nyala and a Pearl Spotted Owlet nearby one afternoon.
Now for the food. It truly deserves this remark: OMG heaven on a plate!! Malcolm and Devlin are spectacular. I love Warthog burgers and they accommodated my request and now I have to wait 11 months for another one!!! Love that lunch is a buffet with fresh and light dishes. Great timing too. Blessing, Elvis, Nelson and Vusi are wonderfully friendly bar staff and servers. We really enjoyed our private dinner on the boma deck! A must do!!! I do wish they would set up the tables in a horseshoe in the dining room as the socialness is lacking when everyone sits at separate tables. We used to eat dinner on the boma deck every night and it was amazing, but too many people complained about it being cold - too bad, you are missing a lovely bush experience not eating out there at night!!
Now for what's most important to everyone - the game drives. Out of this world as usual. No matter who you have for a ranger and tracker you'll be thrilled! Phil, Ryan, Armand, Roy, and Brett are terrific. We had people trying to lean out of the truck to take a photo of a lion 4 ft from the truck, a guest who made our ranger stop the truck so they could pee for 15 minutes while rushing to a Leopard sighting (yes, that ticked us off severely, still fuming actually as we missed seeing the Leopard) and both "situations" were handled quickly by the rangers. Safety is a top priority as many guests can't seem to grasp that the animals are wild and not tame zoo critters. We saw the Big 5 almost every day and even managed a rare Cheetah and Serval sighting!! Special thanks to Roy and Patrick for one of the best stays we've had. Phil you were equally incredible, thanks!!
Ashleigh and Marilize are fabulous and out of this world (love you guys!), and the spa staff are wonderful. Highly recommend a pedicure and hydrating facial!!
Our bush home away from home. Visit Arathusa and you'll see why we can't wait to return each year! We started with a 4 day booking this year and ended up
staying 6!! Can't wait until next July!!!!
Thanks everyone!! See you next year!!!
- Also Known As:
- Arathusa Safari Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Hotel Arathusa Safari
- Arathusa Safari Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve