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“Arathusa Safari Lodge, 9 yrs. of travel to southern Africa, I found the best!”

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Arathusa Safari Lodge
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Reviewed July 10, 2006

After 9 years of traveling to southern Africa (S.A., Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia), my sister and I have found our home — ARATHUSA SAFARI LODGE. A little gem (only 10 max.) in the Sabi Sand, which has the best game viewing overall in southern Africa.

Opened in May 06 and owned by the original family, it is run by our friends Jaco and Laurika Buys. Jaco is famous as a ranger for his many years of experience in Kruger and Sabi Sand and has hired the very best Shangaan tracker in the area, Rufus. Together with a brand new LandCruiser, they give you the best gameviewing possible. Many of the Shangaan trackers in the area refer to Rufus for his knowledge.

Laurika is in charge of the kitchen and we had some of the best food we have ever had in Africa! I now have several of her recipes.

The bungelows are newly appointed with wonderful linens, the most comfortable beds since home, indoor and outdoor showers and killer views of their lake and the resident crocs, hippos, elephants, baboons, and Fish Eagles.

As an added bonus, Arathusa has its own airstrip and observation tower. Jaco, a Level 3 in Astronomy, will take you there for sundowners (cocktails) and guide you thru the beautiful southern night skies.

Jaco is planning a website that will post his daily sightings and his knowledge gleaned from years of experience in the bushveld.

Less expensive than many of the lodges in Sabi Sand, ARATHUSA SAFARI LODGE offers the most bang for you money. My sister and I are counting the days until we return next year.

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Reviewed July 9, 2006

After 9 years of traveling to southern Africa, my sister and I have finally found the perfect game lodge. Arathusa Safari Lodge is small (10 guests max.), but loaded with everything the most expensive lodges have.

Owned by the original family and run by Jaco and Laurika Buys, Arathusa is a dream come true. Jaco has years of experience as one of the best rangers in Sabi Sand and Rufus, his Shangaan tracker, is known for his abilty to find anything you can imagine. Add a brand new LandCruiser (not Land Rover) and they are the best team in the Sabi Sand. How about leopards up close and personal every day? Jaco will soon have a website you can follow his sightings and learn from his years of experience.

Laurika runs the kitchen and we had the best food we have had in Africa! The bungelows are charming and newly appointed with wonderful linens, indoor and outdoor showers and incredible views of the lake with its resident animals and birds.

An added bonus, Arathusa has its own airstrip and watchtower - from which sundowners, while star gazing, is a real treat. Jaco has a Level 3 in Astronomy and will guide you thru the southern night skies.

We will be back next year and are counting the days.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 27, 2017
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Stayed: July 2017
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Reviewed June 2, 2017
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Room Tip: Kann andere Zimmer nicht bewerten, unser Bungalow war Luxusausstattung
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Stayed: April 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: Kruger National Park, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Sabi Sand Game Reserve
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Hotel Class:4 star — Arathusa Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 13
Also Known As:
Arathusa Safari Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Hotel Arathusa Safari
Arathusa Safari Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve

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