The Arathusa made our first safari a memorable experience. It was faultless and really added to the holiday of a lifetime.
Getting to the Arathusa is an experience in itself; a three hour drive with half of it over unmade roads. You see the transition between relatively affluent to simple, rural South Africa unfold as you journey. But my goodness it was worth it. The lodge itself is beautifully appointed, overlooking a waterhole alive with hippo, terrapins and catfish. This is the setting for meals and the sense that you have entered another world is overpowering.
The food is fabulous. The chef blends African flavours to produce exceptional meals. Perhaps the highlight was returning from a night drive to find a surprise dinner, served under the stars in a clearing in the bush. Magical.
There has been some discussion amongst reviewers about whether it's better to have a standard or luxury lodge and the pros and cons have been well rehearsed. We had the latter and are clear that it was the best for us. They are huge and very well furnished. It's true that you do have to be accompanied after dark (we saw a hyena once!) but the compensation is that you have utter privacy in the heart of the bush. Look out of the window and in "the garden" is a waterbuck....or nyalla...or impala. This was an incomparable experience.
In the end the quality of your experience rests on the safari - even if you were not sure at the start how keen you were on animals, or how brave you were. Seeing a lioness calmly strolling by, or an elephant pulling down a tree as if it were a twig will live in the memory for ever. So the ranger and the tracker are the most important people in your holiday. Their skill in tracking, understanding animal behaviour and driving where you would not believe a vehicle could go is truly amazing. All reviewers say that their team was the best but they are wrong. Ours was. These people are true stars; their knowledge of, and love for their environment is awe inspiring.
Arathusa was a highlight of a fantastic holiday. We recommend it without reservation.
- Also Known As:
- Arathusa Safari Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Hotel Arathusa Safari
- Arathusa Safari Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve