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As with any animal type experience, it is difficult to separate the experience of viewing the amazing creatures and the accommodation or tour itself. Of course, our guides Sean and Rifos are employed by Arathusa and their expertise and personalities certainly were a huge part...More
The resort is fantastic. The rooms are wonderful- a highlight for us being the outdoor shower! However, what really makes Arathusa is the staff! From we were greeted at the door we were looked after right until we left. There is too many wonderful staff...More
We travelled to SA in June (13-27.6.15) as couple and stayed in Arathusa Lodge for 3 nights. It is located in the Sabie Sands Reserve, next to Kruger Park. Beware though of the road wich is pretty bad if you have a standard car. It...More
First let's get the negative aspects out of the way:
-We stayed in room 2 and it was ALWAYS too dark. Even in the middle of the day with all the lights on. The thatched roof hung down over the windows and the curtains and...More
My Wife had wanted to go to Africa for years. So I took her to Arathusa in Sabi Sands, for her 40th Birthday, and stayed for 2 nights. We both had a wonderful time here. The Staff were Friendly, attentive, and eager to please. The...More
Hi Claire, we will be there also in April from 15th till 20th but to answer your question there is not a gym at this lodge. To get some exercise you can swim in small pool or you can go hiking with a ranger every morning... More
Hi Claire, we will be there also in April from 15th till 20th but to answer your question there is not a gym at this lodge. To get some exercise you can swim in small pool or you can go hiking with a ranger every morning after breakfast (game walk).
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We saw one very small snake on the deck where breakfast was set up one morning. Three birds (hornbills) had spotted it and were hoping for a snack, but one of the rangers encouraged the snake to leave the deck. All the... More
We saw one very small snake on the deck where breakfast was set up one morning. Three birds (hornbills) had spotted it and were hoping for a snack, but one of the rangers encouraged the snake to leave the deck. All the guests stayed about 20 feet away from the snake or more. The wonderful thing about Arathusa is that the staff and guides there know the wildlife and they make sure their guests are safe. The rooms are very well-built and everything is well-maintained, and housekeeping is very thorough, so you don't have to worry about surprises in your room. When elephants visited the camp one night, the staff immediately let us know and asked us not to walk anywhere without a ranger accompanying us. You could request a room that was closer to the bar/pool area if you wanted - that's where the most people activity is so there would be lots of eyes to spot an animal if it was nearby. When you're out in the vehicles, the rangers watch the animals' behavior, and they know if an animal is uncomfortable with our presence and then move away if needed. But, the animals are really used to seeing people on vehicles and they don't see us as a threat or as prey, so they just ignore us. It's awesome, because you get to observe the animals without disturbing them, and a ranger is always there to make sure you're safe.