Our experience mirrors others.
The game viewing was just amazing - and that was in the poring rain with the rain hitting your face relentlessly. Jason and Roy are fantastic - we were often the first to spot animals with other vehicles then joining us. Jason answers questions like he has never been asked them before and he was genuinely pleased that we were showing so much interest in birds too. The whizzing round the park in pursuit is part of the fun especially when Jason goes off road.
The thrill of seeing elephants and lions soooo close up makes you forget the things about the lodge which aren't up to the same standard. At the end of our holiday, we were talking to a South African guide and he said that Arathusa is mid priced but has the huge advantage of on your doorstep game viewing (it is on your doorstep too - one day we couldn't do the walking tour because of the kudu outside) Which reminds me, do the after breakfast walking tour if you get the chance, once again with the great Jason.
We went as part of a package our travel agent put together so we don't know the cost. The room is good - spacious - we didn't have one which had a close watering hole view which I was disappointed about. Saying that the weather was never good enough to sit outside and wait for the animals to arrive.
It is the food which lets the place down - average to good and I have to admit we were expecting very good. I agree with a previous reviewer who says they pitch the standard as 5 star and it is only 3 sometimes 4. Service can be slow too which doesn't often matter but if you want to get away after breakfast or go for the walk, it does.
- Also Known As:
- Arathusa Safari Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Hotel Arathusa Safari
- Arathusa Safari Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve