For a relatively inexpensive safari in Africa, Arathusu is the perfect choice. The rooms are spacious, nicely decorated and most have a direct view of the large lake/watering hole, depending on the time of year you visit. The water attracted so many animals to the property, you could practically see the Big Five without ever leaving your deck. Of course, if you must leave, make sure you ask for Armand and Chris to be your ranger and tracker. Armand’s general knowledge of the Sabi Sands area is astounding and his sincere love for the animals is quite apparent by the way he sits there, watching, as fascinated by them as we were.
All tastefully prepared meals are served in an open air, covered building and there is enough of a variety to please everyone. If you have any dietary restrictions, make sure to inform the chef and he will go out of his way to accommodate you. On the last day, before our afternoon flight, he prepared us an early lunch of lamb-burgers and fries which was quite a treat for our American palates.
My only complaint of the lodge would be the degree of cleanliness in the rooms. Granted, the rooms appeared clean but if you looked closely, you realized that some things were overlooked. I feel the staff could take a little more time in detailing the rooms, especially after a guest checks out.
Overall, an amazing place and an amazing value for the experience you get.
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