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I cant say enough wonderful things about this lodge! we visited Arathusa just one week ago and every detail of our experience has been exceptional. Once we first stepped foot into the lodge we met the wonderful staff, they greeted us with a yummy juice...More
We had an outstanding experience from the initial friendly greeting with a warm washcloth and refreshing drink to the final lovely smiles and goodbyes. We were very impressed by the service provided by the entire Arathusa team. Our “room” in the luxury cottages was spacious,...More
We had a very pleasant 2 night stay at Arathusa and in comparison to the other lodges we stayed in, we liked Arathusa the most. Arathusa is located in the Sabi Sands reserve which is a private game reserve close to Krüger. This there are...More
Please see all of our previous reviews of Arathusa for more details. We have visited this lodge 8 times since 2009 and it's our bush home away from home.
Updates to past reviews....
New chef - David. Truly amazing food and such a nice gentleman....More
Went here for our honeymoon and loved it. Our game ranger, Sean was fantastic - very enthusiastic, knowledgable and professional.
We had booked the luxury rooms, but asked to be moved to standard, as the luxury rooms don't have a view of the watering hole....More
Response from Beebles54 | Reviewed this property |
We saw one very small snake on the deck where breakfast was set up one morning. Three birds (hornbills) had spotted it and were hoping for a snack, but one of the rangers encouraged the snake to leave the deck. All the... More
We saw one very small snake on the deck where breakfast was set up one morning. Three birds (hornbills) had spotted it and were hoping for a snack, but one of the rangers encouraged the snake to leave the deck. All the guests stayed about 20 feet away from the snake or more. The wonderful thing about Arathusa is that the staff and guides there know the wildlife and they make sure their guests are safe. The rooms are very well-built and everything is well-maintained, and housekeeping is very thorough, so you don't have to worry about surprises in your room. When elephants visited the camp one night, the staff immediately let us know and asked us not to walk anywhere without a ranger accompanying us. You could request a room that was closer to the bar/pool area if you wanted - that's where the most people activity is so there would be lots of eyes to spot an animal if it was nearby. When you're out in the vehicles, the rangers watch the animals' behavior, and they know if an animal is uncomfortable with our presence and then move away if needed. But, the animals are really used to seeing people on vehicles and they don't see us as a threat or as prey, so they just ignore us. It's awesome, because you get to observe the animals without disturbing them, and a ranger is always there to make sure you're safe.
Response from Peter1Northampton | Reviewed this property |
We’ve just come back from Arathusa, take a look at my review, the animal safaris are amazing as well as the rangers and trackers. 3 nights is perfect in our view. The lodges and food are okay but not the... More
We’ve just come back from Arathusa, take a look at my review, the animal safaris are amazing as well as the rangers and trackers. 3 nights is perfect in our view. The lodges and food are okay but not the ultimate in luxury, it’s a question of price your prepared to pay, don’t get me wrong it’s no slum, you’ll get loads to eat and drink. We also did the panorama tour of blyde river canyon it’s a 2 hours drive away from Arathusa but it was amazing. Also if your looking for any souvenirs like African crafts this place (the Canyon tour) had the cheapest and best we saw on our whole trip the stalls were at every stop on the Canyon. We went to Vic Falls as well, its a question of taste, it’s a very big waterfall stretching across the border, the mist can make it hard to see and the weather can affect viewing clarity, clear sky’s okay rain less so. It’s also more expensive up there. Hope this helps, the safaris are great, safe trip. Peter
The lodge does a great job in helping people have as smooth as a ride as possible. We had some people sit in the front seat next to the driver, which is probably a little less bumpy than the last row in the vehicle. We had... More
The lodge does a great job in helping people have as smooth as a ride as possible. We had some people sit in the front seat next to the driver, which is probably a little less bumpy than the last row in the vehicle. We had one person in our group with a cane and another with MS and they bent over backwards to help these people have a wonderful experience throughout their stay. To be honest, I felt that part of the drive to Arathusa was very bumpy. Part of the roads even though paved had a lot of potholes and were dirt.