This was my first safari experience and something I was extremely excited about and the game viewing did not disappoint. I would be here all day listing all the animals we saw, but it included the Big 5 and many extras which were unexpected, but made the trip eg. 8 week old Jackal puppies! The big cat sightings were superb and our driver Ryan and tracker De Beers were a pleasure providing information and stories which enhanced the experience. Animals aside it was a joy being in the bush and enjoying the vastness and beauty - the sundowners were a lovely chance to soak up your surroundings.
I enjoyed my stay in the lodge and found it relaxing and enjoyed meeting other guests. However, our room needed a bit of a facelift and there were a number of holes in our mosquito net which did lead to a number of bugs in the bed!! This was rectified once mentioned and all the staff were warm and friendly and had some great stories to share showing great passion for the animals and area. I also thought the food was a bit hit and miss. Breakfast was always great and lunch was not too bad (although a lighter option would have been preferred), but dinner was not great. I think the problem is that the lodge tries to cook gourmet food and falls short...it would have been nice just to enjoy a South African braai!
The one thing that did annoy me was the amount the lodge recommended guests should tip the drivers and trackers. Arathusa is quite good value for money in comparison to some lodges, but is still expensive and the amount they suggested for tips was extortionate. Of course guests can make a judgement call which is what we did, but this is something that should be reviewed as I know a number of guests felt the same way as me.
I would recommend the lodge as the viewing was amazing and as a result I had a magical stay. The other things fade away when you have such treasured memories of all the animal sightings.
- Also Known As:
- Arathusa Safari Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Hotel Arathusa Safari
- Arathusa Safari Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve