Where did the Areena in Areena Riverside Resort Originate?

The name AREENA originates from the Rathbone family itself. Nola Rathbone (Ed Rathbone’s mother) used the front letters of her 6 family members as the farm name of the property that Areena Riverside Resort is now on. A – ALON – SECOND OLDEST SON- (Alon is Nola spelt backwards) R…

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Leave your Areena review on Google, share the love  

During this time of business interruption, we are looking towards what we can achieve, and this is where we need your help. We all know you had a great day, weekend, adventure at Areena, and we encourage you to share your love of Areena Riverside Resort and leave a review…

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Areena Staff on lock down

It is always great to learn new things about your colleagues, and this stressful time in the tourism industry, when we are in such unknown territory, when positivity counts the most, I have found the Areena team has truly shown their Amazingness. We always affectionately call ourselves the A team,…

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An Areena History of the beginning

Ever wonder how Areena came about? Well here is a highlights version of the story. Ed and Karen Rathbone started with a caravan park in 1984, but back then you could hire only one of the 34 sites on offer along the Kwelera River, compared to the 150 sites they…

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Areena Guides visit Forest way

Areena Guides visit Forest way Areena Adventure Guides had a great day of teambuilding, sharing experiences, going beyond strengths and weaknesses. Stan and Helen of Forestway in Stutterheim, were gracious hosts, sharing their many years of experience in school camps, teambuilding and leadership with us. We were treated to a…

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Abby wows Minnesota students

The Abby fan club grows on a daily basis, and this fame is world known, we are surprised daily at just how far his Abby welcomes students from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, Minnesota USA. Abby has worldwide fame, and loves meeting his fans up close,…

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Teambuilding day – AKA Risk Group

AKA Risk Management Specialists had a great team build event with us this month, with every team member going the extra mile to dress the part of the Hippie theme. Areena was their playground for the afternoon, with quad biking safari tours and pellet gun target shooting being their adventures…

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KAALGAT KAREL FILMING

We had first-hand experience of just what goes into making a film. The crew of locally filmed South African film Kaalgat Karel, due to be released in September this year, spent a day at Areena, filming adventures and various other exciting scenes. We don’t want to give away too much,…

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AREENA ADVENTURE Zip line with Abby

A recent zip line at our AmaZing Zing Zip line 10 stage zip line was joined by a rather keen participant, Abby our giraffe. Very keen to keep a close eye on proceedings, he followed the group from zip line to zip line much to the delight of the participants….

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