At Arathusa Lodge, we were greeted with a refreshing welcome drink before being shown to the main lodge area. The staff took our dinner preferences, and we made our way to our cosy Bush Suite. The suites had an open-plan layout, with unique features like a bathtub located next to the beds and a shower with clear glass walls. It provided an immersive experience, connecting us with the surrounding nature.
The game drives at Arathusa Lodge were truly remarkable. Our ranger, Rory, and tracker, Ishmael, were an exceptional team. They went above and beyond to ensure memorable sightings, often fulfilling our wildlife wish list. Rory’s knowledge and storytelling skills added depth to our safari experience, sharing intriguing historical information about the prides of lions in the reserve.
The evenings at Arathusa were filled with great conversations over dinner. We met fantastic guests and shared laughter with an entertaining staff member named Ronny, who delighted us with his funny jokes and distinctive voice. The lodge had its own airstrip, which was quite impressive.
Overall, Arathusa Lodge provided a wonderful experience, though I would consider it more of a 4-star lodge in the Sabi Sands area.
The next day, I embarked on a road transfer, from Arathusa Lodge to Dulini Lodges, with Nick from Seasons in Africa, our preferred supplier for all road transfers in this region. Nick’s expertise and knowledge of the Sabi Sands region added a valuable perspective to our journey. As we travelled through the reserve, we encountered sandy untarred roads, rural villages, and even some potholes. It was an adventure in itself.