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Arathusa Safari Lodge and Lion Sands River Lodge

Arathusa Safari Lodge and Lion Sands River Lodge

Arathusa Safari Lodge is situated in the Northern section of the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. The lodge is situated around a large waterhole to which game periodically come down to drink. Whether you are sitting on your stoep outside your room, lounging around the rim flow pool, or ving a meal at the Boma you can watch the comings and goings of the animals all day. There is a choice of accommodation - the standard rooms situated around the waterhole or for those wanting absolute privacy, the spacious luxury suites which are situated away from the main lodge.

The food at Arathusa was great and being vegetarian, I was pleasantly surprised to be given two choices at mealtimes which doesn't always happen! Spring was definitely in the air and we saw baby elephants, the cutest, chubbiest baby rhino and hyena cubs. We were lucky enough to watch a hyena family play outside their den, not something I've seen before!

That is the beauty of the bush, every time you go on a game drive you see something different, the element of surprise is always there! Arathusa is a very well-priced safari option and I can definitely recommend it!

Lion Sands River Lodge
After a long day we finally arrived at Lion Sands River Lodge! I stayed in a gorgeous superior luxury room and was torn between running a long hot bath and soaking for hours or going for a bush dinner ... Of course the bush dinner won hands down and what a beautiful evening it was! Having dinner under the stars in the middle of the bush with only lanterns lighting up the area is truly an amazing experience! What struck me about this lodge was the many communal areas where you can relax - whether it is around the pool, in the privacy of your deck, or one of the many lounges at the main lodge - I could quite easily have curled up on a couch and watch the "bush world" go by! There are also newly refurbished standard rooms at River Lodge which are quite comfortable.

Although we didn't stay there, we did a tour of Lion Sands Ivory Lodge - the villas are very luxurious and private. The suites consist of a spacious open plan bedroom with a courtyard and separate lounge area which is perfect to come home to after a tasty dinner at the lodge and relax.

If you are planning a family reunion or a get together with good friends, 1933 at Lion Sands is a wonderful option! It's a private home situated on the reserve which has four beautiful suites overlooking the Sabi River and a cute dormitory which can sleep up to 8 children! There is even a room for the au pair! 1933 comes with your own private chef and ranger and exclusive use of a 4x4 Landrover. The lodge has a large deck with a swimming pool and views of the river - I could not think of a better place to catch up with family and friends whilst enjoying the wonders of the bush!

Another option exclusive to Lion Sands Game Reserve guests is a sleep out in a Tree house! This is not for the faint-hearted but what an experience! Guests are taken to the tree house at sunset and enjoy a picnic dinner and spend the night under the African stars. The Treehouse is built around a high Leadwood Tree and the access is completely secure. Once you get to the top of the Treehouse a wonderful surprise awaits - there is a beautiful bush "bedroom" with mosquito net and a toilet and bush vanity table and the views are spectacular. I would highly recommend this.

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