From the large variety of animal species available, to the owners and the complete staff, this was the most exceptional hunt I have ever been on. I will most definitely attend ARU again. Gysbert & Danene are amazing people that care, and provide an experience of a lifetime for anyone. I feel that I have made friends for life with them. 5 star all the way, in every way.
This was a first-time hunting experience for our two sons, 18 and 6 year old. The week fulfilled all their expectations, not only that, but my wife who did not want to Hunt on this occasion also got caught up in the thrill and joined in. Your Ph’s showed a great patience with our sons and were marvellous.
I have been hunting in Africa for quite some years, being this my tenth time, but have never come across such a balanced property, with such a nice equilibrium of hills and flat lands, which gives you a wide variety of walk-up opportunities to the different species.
From the accommodation side, things could have not been better. The new lodge really looks nice, and the menu and its quality really goes beyond the expectations you create on your various advertisements. But I cannot forget to mention the 3 o’clock cake before leaving for hunting, what a temptation.
All together a really unique opportunity to have been with you for a week with such a magnificent team, on the field and at the lodge.
This was my second chance to hunt with my good friend John Miller (pior comment) since a disabled hunt in New Mexico,and it far exceded my expectations. What Gysbert and Gert did to get me on animals was never ending. They made the camps and trucks as accessible as possible. Danene and Sandri made me feel like family. Thank you for the time of my life,I will be back…Randy Reynolds
I have hunted Tanzania for dangerous game and Zimbabwe for plains game. This time I was able to observe and have my 19 year old son hunt with Aru Game Lodges in Namibia. All of the hunts were fantastic but with Aru, the quality of game and the hospitality and quality of the lodges was far superior to any hunt I have been on. I recommend without reservation!
Thayne and Ian Alred
We had such a wonderfull stay;beautiful landscapes and accommodation,good food,very friendly people and some great and exciting hunts. With fantastic memories and trophies we returned to Belgium. Thanks to Gert,Sandri,Gysbert,Danene and the entire staff. Niki and Veerle
Niki De Vliegher
Thank you for making our first trip to Africa one we will never forget! The accommodations, food, and staff were outstanding. The hunting was a wonderful experience and I feel blessed to have been so successful. After a grueling last day, the last minute zebra was the perfect ending to a fulfilling hunt! Thanks also to Stefans and Benjamin, who along with Gert and Gysbert were great to hunt with. A special thanks to Gysbert, Danene, Gert, and Sandri for their hospitality and friendship – we really had a great time and think of our evenings in the boma often! We hope to see you again! -Bill, Pat, Angie, & Kelly
Jeff, Nic & GG Glenn
Isabella and Hans Weinold
Klaus und Doris Kloiber
Duane and Barbara Lundemo
Daniel & Adele Le Brun
Geoff Abrahall, Australia
ARU truly is a mood. It is the complete fulfillment to a longing for magnificent animals and campfires, sunsets, and family. ARU is a constantly refreshing memory that urges one to return to re-live the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and laughter. Well done, Danene! ARU’s “why” is clearly showing through….
David Alexander – USA
Thanks for a wonderful time with good food and especially really good hunting. Would like to thank all the staff at Veronica and Kalakwa for their contribution to this successful trip.
I hunted with Jon,Robin,Larry,and Randy who was the second wheel chair hunter at the lodge. What Gysbert, Danene, Gert, Sandri, Martin, and staff did to accommodate these 2 guys was beyond saint hood. You built ramps, Modified the Land Cruisers, got the guys on trophies of a life time, and Wheeled inebriated Randy back to his room. Smiling the entire time Your operation is 1st class, 5 star, over the top, how every you want to say it is the best I have every seen or heard of. I could not of ask for anything more in professional Hunters. All Larry, Randy and I have talked about in the last two weeks was how Great a time we had with Aru Game Lodge. Benjamin and I clicked the first time we met. I was right on his heels every stalk we made and I learned a lot from him. The 5 of us friends collected 26 trophies with Aru and had the time of our lives. Everyone I talk too I tell them the only good place to hunt Namibia is with Aru Game Lodge. It is so true that we 5 came to Aru as guests and left as friends. You will never forget the HOT DOG CREW and you folks will always be on our minds. Hunt to live
Dan Millard, Pennsylvania
Look no further than ARU. Simply put, everyone and everything is of the highest standard, and it is all done right from start to finish. Thank you Danene, Gysbert, Gert, Sandri, Amon and Ben for sharing your time and blessings. I cherish the trophies and memories.
Vor langer Zeit hatten wir einen Traum: Jagen in Afrika! Und der Traum wurde wahr, hier auf ARU Game Lodges. Die Realität hat den Traum sogar noch übertroffen. Unendliche Weiten! Unglaublicher Wildbestand! Fünf unvergessliche Jagdtage bei Freunden auf Veronica und Kalakwa. Perfekte Organisation, luxuriöse Unterkünfte und beste Verpflegung lassen den Alltag schnell vergessen. Eintauchen in die unendlichen Weiten Namibias, fokussiert auf eine Sache: Die Jagd. Unbeschreiblich, atemberaubend, unvergesslich. Noch lange werden wir an diese wunderschönen Tage zurück denken. Unser Dank gilt dem gesamten Team auf Veronica und Kalkwa, Gerd, Sandri, Gysbert und besonders Danene. Danke! Andreas und Klaus Österreich
Susan, Jim & Colby Newman
Thank you ARU team! Miki and I just experienced the best hunting trip we have ever had, and you were responsible. The team has wonderful, kind, helpful, happy people and you, Danene, Gysbert, Zana and Amon are right at the top of that list. Thank you again. Your Lodge is outstanding and filled with local charm and hospitality and your entire operation is so obviously first class that I simply cannot express how delighted we both were with everything. Gysbert you are a great organiser and Danene your food presentation is so lovely. The hunting is beyond anything that I expected. The number, the variety and the quality of the animals is exceptional. The professionalism of the PH is outstanding. Good job Zana, Amon and Stompie. Thank you for everything that you did to make our trip so memorable.
Miki & Liviu
Robbie & Lesley de Villiers
With so many choices out there it can be a little overwhelming when choosing the right destination for a family Safari. For multiple reasons, choosing Namibia as our family’s destination country was a no-brainer, but what about an outfitter? After doing our research and meeting with the folks from ARU at a sporting show we put the plans in motion for our first family trip across the pond. Aru just felt like the proper fit. The accommodations, food, scenery, wildlife and attention to detail at Aru are all first rate, but what really put our experience over the top was the people. Everyone at Aru goes over the top to make you feel welcome and make sure your every need or want is catered to. The PH’s were great with our boys, always patient and teaching, as well as having a lot of fun with them; cherished memories our boys will keep their whole lives. There are many choices out there, but choosing Aru is one we’re glad we made. We all can’t wait to come back! Thanks for everything.
Dave, Priscilla, Hunter & Walker Unger
Said M Baarma
Family Lindström, Sweden
Danny Galea, Australia
Jean Meuwese – BRUSSELS
Roy and Diana Haile
Thomas Hall, Australia
Wow. This was without doubt the greatest experience of my life time and I know my son Craig feels the same, we hunted continually for three days at Kalakwa and three days at Veronica lodges, what an exhilarating experience. The accommodation was second to none, the hunting was exceptional, the food was extraordinary, we did not eat the same meal twice in all the time that we were there, we were treated as though we were royalty. From the time we arrived to the time that we regrettably had to leave to come home to Australia we were made to feel that we were part of the Aru family. The good byes were emotional, we hugged and said our good byes even to the point where we just hugged and trembled with emotion, yes Pedri, we will be back, we are planning our next trip next year where hopefully you will be able to turn the tables on Craig and drink him under the table on the last night. I will be 78 by then and I plan on sitting up late to see that. The last days hunt was the most memorable of all where I managed to bag the most magnifinicant Sable, I could not have done it without your guiding and of course the incredible tracking of Johannas, I only wounded the animal with a not so good shot at first and could not believe how he tracked the Blood trail, it was all I could do to keep up with him as he followed the trail till I could get the final shot on a hunt that I will never forget. Yes Pedri, Johannas and all the staff at both lodges THANK YOU for a job well done and most appreciated. Greg and Craig Meuleman, Australia. Be warned we will be back.
Craig & Greg Meuleman
In May 2015 I had the possibility to join a group of hunters on both Lodges, Kalakwa and Veronica. Both camps are world class and the chefs are dishing up some of the best food you can think of. The slogan “eat what you hunt” is a perfect match, because you will always find the meat of the hunted animals on the plates the other day. Luckily, the hunts can be very long and challenging, so you will definitely burn the calories! The highly professional and also ethical attitude of the PH’s make the hunts very enjoyable and exciting. Furthermore, even in the most exciting or situations they keep calm and make the right decisions. However, the best thing for me was, that already after 1 day around these people, you know you found new friends. THANKS!
Julian Wengenmayr, Germany
Jon Peterson and Julie Peterson
Dr. Erwin Kampf
Jorg & Julia Wiese, Germany
David and Kim Alexander
M & J
MEUWESE Jacques and family
Jose Maria Aranda
Trine, Nanna & Mathias
Paul & Sharon Lavender
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