The Lodge is built in a fantastic location by the side of a lake where hippos, impala, water buck and birdlife abound. It consists of around 20 lodges each with a good size bedroom, bathroom with interior and exterior showers and dressing room. Furnishings are tasteful and good quality, the bed sheets are fine linen and the bed really comfortable. There is a very effective mosquito net covering the bed at night. A small kitchen area behind our bedroom with fridge stocked with water, beer, wine and fresh milk came in very handy. Each lodge has its own air con unit and very effective it is too. The lodges are detached and have their own veranda where you can sit and watch the wildlife in the lake or the frequent visitors such as impala who wander around the grounds.
My wife and I stayed for three nights and it was a most idyllic stay. At night we dined in three different areas each evening, once in a candle lit boma with an open fire, then by the lake and in the main restaurant. The menu was enthusiastically announced each evening by the young chef who took great pride in her work. For example, one evening we had broccoli soup, a lamb casserole (very tasty), cream caramel and some lovely South African wines. Breakfasts are cooked to order and there is plenty of choice. Staff at the lodge were friendly, polite and were very helpful throughout our stay. The lounge is open sided with a bar, comfortable chairs and a small infinity pool with loungers set on the decking.
What we had both been waiting for were the game drives and we were not disappointed. An early morning call at 5.00am a cup of tea or coffee and on our way by 5.30am. We had Debeer and Adam as our scouts and they were both excellent. Debeer in particular was like an encyclopaedia when it came to information on the birds and animals, their habits and most importantly of all where to find them. Time and again he outshone the other rangers by finding us leopard, elephant, lion, giraffe, zebra and a very elusive rhinoceros. On one occasion as dusk fell we were trundling along in the land rover and Adam stopped, walked back 20 paces and picked a small chameleon from one of the tree branches which he bought to show us. How he saw that at speed and in the diminishing light we will never know. What stars he and Debeer were.
To summarise, you can be sure of a very comfortable and welcoming stay at Arathusa with good food and outstanding game drives. We would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting to experience the African bush and great lodgings in a most beautiful setting. Well worth a return visit and we will one day.
- Also Known As:
- Arathusa Safari Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Hotel Arathusa Safari
- Arathusa Safari Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve