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Arathusa Safari Lodge
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Kruger National Park, South Africa   |  
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Hattingen
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We have spent three days at Arathusa and enjoyed every minute of it.
To start off with - we had the very best food offer ever at Arathusa - unbelievable what great ideas come to the plate!!! Very light lunch with creative salad variations even men loved. Dinner always knocked us off our feet - great job!!!
We did not mind getting up at 4:30am to be ready for game drive at 5am. Games drives were always an experience of its own - Brandon was very keen on showing us the "Magnificient Seven". What a team - we really loved our safari experinces and took about 1.000 pictures!
The chalets were very nice, spacious bathroom and nicely decorated lodge. The mosquito net was certainly needed. I would have wished for a bit more emphasis on cleanliness in the bathroom - but that did not spoil our great stay at Arathusa.
The Spa staff was really great and apparently enjoyed working there and gave great service. They were very alet to our needs. Price range for spa was rater high end - but the services very enjoyable.
We would definitely recommend Arathusa to everybody - great place for safari experience!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Our group of four recently spent three nights at Arathusa. It was an excellent experience from the airport pick up in Hoedspruit through our final breakfast.The staff is gracious and attentive, the food is delicious and beautifully presented, and our ranger, Brandon, and tracker, Roy, were outstanding. We were all taken aback by how close we were able to get to the animals and how clever Brandon and Roy were at locating them. The three-hour drives flew by. It was a great privilege to see the lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, buffalo, cheetahs, giraffes and more in their natural habitat. A bonus was getting to know the other visitors at meals and on the drives.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore
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166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

My first safari experience and it was awesome! Nice lodge set in a private reserve. We went for 4 game rides and managed to see just about every animal except the cheetah. Our ranger Brendan and tracker Roy, were excellent! Food was also great. Overall a very nice experience! It was however a rather long car ride of 3 hours from the airport though.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Staunton, Virginia
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Luxury suite, went to sleep by the sounds of the Hyenas and other nocturnal wildlife. Wake to a variety of antelope in the back of the suite. Facilities are impeccable, staff very friendly and fun loving people. The chef tantalized your taste buds at meal times with creative and delicious feasts. The two a day game drives in open air vehicles were always unique never being able to anticipate what was around the next curve in the bush. The ranger and tracker would not rest until you saw and experienced in the wild what you came to see.
The foot bush walk is not to be missed as a wild adrenaline rush in this environment is one of a kind. We have been back in the USA for 3 weeks and cannot stop talking about the trip of a lifetime.

Room Tip: Luxury suites are up to a kilometer from the main facilities, easy strait walk and usually accompani...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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England, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

This is the best holiday I have ever had. The lodge was fantastc. Food amazing and we saw the big 5 during our 5 days there. The ranger and tracker who looked after us on each game drive were truely passionate about the animals and had the greatest respect for them.Ryan and his tracker were determined that we saw the lions before our departure and they succeeded. A big thank you to them and all the staff at Arathusa Lodge for making this a very memorable experience.

Room Tip: Choose the standard chalets instead of the delux ones, as the standard were right by the big water h...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bicester, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

We arrived and building work was going on building a new reception we were,nt aware of this and actually drove away as it didn't look like a game reserve . We were then chased and told we were at the right place ! so that was a bit disappointing not the reception we were expecting . However once inside we were very happy with what we saw nice bar over looking the water hole where hippos were happy wallowing. We were then taken to our luxury rooms which were at least 400 meteres away from the main buildings and were told we would have to be escorted after dark by a ranger because of the wild life !!!! . I wasn't aware we would be so far out on our own and in hindsight would have preferred to stay in a normal room on the main complex, I was,nt brave enough. And whilst unpacking saw a zebra outside our window whilst amazing didn't make me want to go and sit outside on the deck and use the plunge pool.The 4.30 am safari and 5 pm safari were amazing and we saw The BIg Five . Trackers and rangers excellent . The food was very good and the chefs presentations were brilliant . All in all was an amazing experiance and would definantly return , how ever in a room nearer the main complex

Room Tip: Luxury rooms are quite a walk from the main camp quite isolated
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

We had the most amazing vacation at Arathusa Safari Lodge.

ACCOMMODATIONS:
We stayed in one of the luxury suites. The suite was beautiful and had its own outdoor shower and plunge pool. The suite was a 5-10 minute walk from the main lodge and it did not have a view of the watering hole (that the other non-suite rooms enjoyed) but the many pros of the beautiful suites far outweighed these two small cons.

FOOD:
My mouth still waters just thinking about the food at Arathusa. The breakfast was made to order (eggs/sausages/bacon/mushrooms/tomatoes/etc) and paired with delicious muffins/breads, cereals, and fresh fruits. Lunch was very light, refreshing, and filling all at the same time; we had selections of light salads, pasta salads, sandwiches, and vegetables. Dinner was AMAZING. Each night, the dinner menu was introduced personally by the enthusiastic chef. The night always started with a fantastic appetizer and followed by two different entrees. One entree was usually a "normal" meat such as chicken/beef/fish and the other entree was usually a more "adventurous" meat such as kudu/impala/springbok. Dinner concluded with a tasty dessert. Did I mention that dinners were amazing? =)

GAME DRIVES:
We saw all big 5 during our stay at Arathusa. Our ranger Brett and tracker Rifus were top notch. They worked really well together and they were able to find us so many amazing animals. Brett and Rifus really made the game drives fun and exciting. We were so thankful that we were paired with such a wonderful ranger and tracker.

STAFF:
The staff are very friendly and helpful. After our game drives, they would greet us with warm/cold towels and a tasty complimentary alcoholic beverage; this was a very nice touch after getting back from the game drives.

SPA:
I had the most relaxing and amazing massage from Theodora.

OTHER:
Drinks are NOT included in the price, however, their drink prices were very reasonable.

For our whole vacation, we stayed at a total of 3 different lodges in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. Arathusa definitely wins hands down for the best lodge ever!!!!!!!!!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in the luxury suites which had two cons: 1) These suites required a 5-10 minute walk fro...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Arathusa Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 13
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