Arathusa Safari Lodge, Sabi Sand, Greater Kruger

Arathusa Safari Lodge Sabi Sand Reserve, Greater Kruger

Arathusa Safari Lodge is unique and highly sought-after by visitors because of its prime location within the Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the unfenced Kruger National Park. Together these two areas comprise one of South Africa’s most incredible and pristinely preserved wilderness sanctuaries.

Arathusa offers an exceptional safari experience – expect a high concentration of an assortment of game, including the Big Five, and frequent leopard sightings. The lodge is situated in front of a thriving open plain ensuring interesting game and bird viewing from the comfort of the camp.

Add to this the private luxury accommodations, exceptional service, great value for money and decadent spa treatments, and you have just a few of the things that put Arathusa Safari Lodge in a league of its own.

The main living area is intended for comfort. Whether quietly reflecting on the view, reading a good book, or enjoying conversation with friends or fellow safari goers, the warmth and charm of the lodge environment is the foundation of the Arathusa safari experience. The infinity swimming pool overlooks the waterhole, and is the perfect spot for wildlife viewing while cooling off on a sweltering African summer’s afternoon (mind you, winter’s warmth is not far behind).

Guests can enjoy an alfresco dining experience in the traditional open-air boma, while being serenaded by the sounds of Africa’s nightlife. Sumptuous cuisine is the order of the day – click here for a glimpse of what’s on the menu.

There are thirteen Suites, nine of which face the waterhole in front of the lodge, and four of which are remotely located within the bush a short distance from the lodge. each Suite is uniquely designed, with fresh interiors and a focus on light and space. Each has a bathroom en-suite, with shower, as well as a private outdoor shower and verandah. Amenities include a mini bar (stocked with a selection of beverages on request), an electronic safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, mosquito net and tea/ coffee making facilities. In keeping with the traditional natural safari experience, there are no televisions in the Suites at Arathusa. Guests are, however, able to connect to Wi-Fi in the public areas and in reception with our compliments. Each of the four remote Suites also has its own plunge pool, and affords guests the ultimate privacy (please bear in mind that these Suites are a bit of a walk from the main Lodge area)

Arathusa Safari Lodge offers a comprehensive spa and wellness experience. The treatment room overlooks the beautiful African bushveld, and it is here that you can avail yourself of a wide selection of treatments to soothe the body, relax the mind, and indulge the senses. The spa has two therapists, so couples can enjoy their treatments in tandem.

As part of the Sabi Sand Reserve and greater Kruger National Park, Arathusa is located in one of the world’s most abundant natural wilderness areas where hundreds of animal species roam free Including the much acclaimed Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo – the five most dangerous animal species to be hunted on foot). Leopards, in specific, are abundant in this region with perhaps the globe’s highest population. Arathusa prides itself on its leopard viewing. As these elusive cats are territorial, their regular appearance in the area enables us to plot their movements, and to observe their behaviour. Many of the animals become familiar and are easily recognised. Approximately 14 leopards are seen in the area in which Arathusa operates, six of which are seen on a regular basis. There are also a number of different lion prides in the area, as well as a few nomadic males. Over 90% of guests will experience sightings of The Big Five – very often in one day, and sometimes on one drive! General “lowveld” game species are abundant in this section of the Sabi Sand Reserve, including giraffe, zebra, warthog, impala and more.

Within the lodge itself, guests will often see the resident bushbuck and nyala roaming between the Luxury Suites, or perhaps elephants drinking from the more remote Suites’s private splash pools. Hornbills may tap on their reflections in the windows, while the cry of the fisheagle signals its presence as it searches for prey.

This region is a bird-watcher’s mecca, and a few of the rarer birds are seen from the lodge itself. One such example is the Horus Swift.

One thing is certain … an Arathusa Safari will never disappoint!

Game drives, in an open safari vehicle, are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon every day in search of animals – both large and small. This means that about 8 hours of every day are spent in this natural sanctuary, in search of the creatures who call it home…Experienced, knowledgeable and personable rangers are paired with local trackers, and together they ensure a first class safari experience. Trackers sit up at the front of the vehicle looking for fresh animal tracks, while rangers skilfully navigate into ravines and through thickets in pursuit of fantastic game sightings.

Close encounters are guaranteed, and the animals are not threatened by our presence thanks to our sound conservation management policies. Expect one-of-a-kind photographic opportunities of The Big Five, and much more – including over 300 bird species.

Guided walks with an armed ranger may also be arranged. Walks are usually arranged in the early hours during the summer months, when temperatures are more moderate. Being on foot affords a unique and altogether different view of the bush.

Whether you’re sharing the magic of an African sunset with a drink in-hand, exploring in the bush, or simply enjoying a quiet moment in your private suite, Arathusa Safari Lodge is the perfect place to create special honeymoon memories.

Our exclusive lodge is comprised of just 13 luxurious suites, each with an en-suite bathroom, a shower, as well as a private outdoor shower and veranda. If ultimate privacy is what you’re after, our 4 remote suites are the perfect places for you to while away the time between game drives while surrounded by nature. Each has its own plunge pool, and is located within the bush a short distance from the lodge. Share the thrill of close Big 5 encounters with your loved one as you traverse the Sabi Sand Game Reserve with our experienced guides and trackers. You’ll be treated to one-of-a-kind photographic opportunities – perfect for a honeymoon album.

South Africa Residents Special:
01 October 2020 – 28 February 2021
R4 200.00 per person sharing
No single supplement charge but single rooms only on a fair use basis and on a case-by-case enquiry.
4 Bush-facing suites are remotely located and no view of the waterhole but they do have private plunge pools
8 Waterhole facing suites have a view of the waterhole but no private plunge pools

Children: of 12 and over are welcome at Arathusa and will be charged the full adult rate for accommodation.

Includes: Accommodation; meals; house wines, beers and spirits; teas & coffees; twice-daily game drives in open safari vehicles; a guided bush walk and Wi-Fi.

Excludes: Premium branded beverages; laundry; curio shop purchases; spa treatments and products. These charges are payable on departure as extras; Sabi Sand Wildtuin fees: Light vehicles R310 per vehicle plus a per person fee of R140 per entry; Mandatory Sabi Sand Conservation levy is R69 per guest per day.

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