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.
- Also Known As:
- Arathusa Safari Hotel Sabi Sand Game Reserve
- Hotel Arathusa Safari
- Arathusa Safari Lodge South Africa/Sabi Sand Game Reserve