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Situated in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and bordering the Kruger National Park, the Arathusa Safari Lodge lies below a forest of knobthorn trees and has a traditional bush lodge feel. This classic Big 5 destination is known for its rich diversity of animal and birdlife and boasts exceptional sightings of leopard as well as massive herds of buffalo. Knowledgeable trackers and guides will not only entertain you but deliver an exceptional game viewing experience as you explore the region on morning, afternoon and early evening game drives.

You can also head out with your guide on a bush walk to learn more about the ecology of the area. Relax in the afternoon by the infinity swimming pool or take the opportunity to visit the Safari Spa for a range of relaxing and invigorating treatments.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor in 2011

highlights

  • Located on a private concession in the northern section of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve
  • Fantastic Big game sightings
  • Small & intimate safari lodge
  • Perfect for honeymooners - we recommend the spacioius and private luxury suites
  • Privately owned and operated
  • Comprehensive spa & wellness centre

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Facilities

Cool off from the heat of the day in the lodge's infinity swimming pool or enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Safari Spa. This comprehensive spa offers a variety of professional treatments from rooms that overlook the camp's waterhole.

You can also keep it simple and relax with a good book or cool drink in the lodge's living area or on the wooden deck outside and watch animals as they come down to the waterhole for a drink.

There are no televisions in the rooms at the lodge: this is in keeping with the traditional safari experience that a safari is best experienced "au nauturel”.

However, guests who need to keep in touch with the world can send or receive e-mails and faxes from the reception area.

General Facilities

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    Spa
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    Swimming Pool

Dining

Meal times are a sociable affair at Arathusa Safari Lodge: breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style on the wooden deck overlooking the waterhole or, if the weather permits, a 3-course dinner is served in the star-lit boma.

Dishes at the lodge are sumptuous affairs of fresh produce, home-baked confectionaries and first-class venison, beef and poultry dishes. A wide range of excellent South African wines are on hand to complement your meal.

Standard Room

Arathusa Safari Lodge features nine Standard Rooms and four Luxury Suites, assuring that no more than 26 guests can be accommodated at any one time.

The thatched, air-conditioned Standard Rooms each have an en suite bathroom with a bath plus separate indoor and outdoor showers as well as a veranda. The rooms' fabrics are warm and natural and the design is simple yet classically African. Additional amenities in the room include a mini bar, electronic safe, hair dryer and mosquito net.

Standard Room AMENITIES

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    En-suite bath and shower
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    Hairdryer
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    Mini Bar
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    Outside area
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    Safe
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    Tea & coffee-making facilities
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    Telephone
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    Air-conditioning
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    Mosquito net
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    Outdoor shower
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    Twin bed available

Other Room Types

With spectacular views of the surrounding bush, the four spacious Luxury Suites have a private plunge pools, a large en suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, a comfortable lounge area and private shaded veranda.

Activities

  • Game drives
  • Specialist guides
  • Birding
  • Guided walks
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 May 2014 - 30 Aug 2014 $300 Full Board
  • 01 Sep 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $325 Full Board

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Luxury Room Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most curent rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Arathusa Safari Lodge. Once again great. A feeling of more luxury. We loved the lake in back with the hippos and elephants. Food was excellent. Rooms comfortable. We did the guided walks everyday and enjoyed them. Safari drives at both were excellent and Rangers and Tracker great. Would definitely recommend and return again.

    Larry Moffitt, July 2014
  • Among all the lodges we stayed during the trip, we really like Arathusa (thanks for recommending it to us). The setting, the service and the food were impeccable, we were served 7 meals/snacks every day and we were totally spoiled by this place.

    Lifan Song, June 2014
  • Arathusa – Wow! This place was what I call luxury in the bush. Our standard room was definitely a high standard to set. We were fortunate to have a room that looked directly out at the water hole. It appeared not all of the rooms had such good views, so I am thankful for that. I was very pleased that they provided bug repellent. It is very nice of them to think about those kind of things that you don’t always need at other destinations. The rangers and trackers were superb and we had so much fun as a result. You get the sense that they love what they do, and that in turn makes you love your experience. It seemed that the place invited everyone to share their experiences together kind of like a family. Even though we were remote, which I tend to get anxious about, I felt like we always had plenty to do and plenty of good conversation if nothing else. Plus, you needed the relaxation after the early mornings and late nights. The meals were fantastic! We were so sad to go, which I think means we fell in love with the place.

    Carrie Gosnell, March 2014
  • Arathusa was definitely the highlight of the trip – the staff there were just fantastic and we loved seeing so many animals in their natural habitat.

    Tanya Martin, March 2014
  • Arathusa. Arrived at 3pm- pretty tired from early start at PE- with first Drive at 4.30. Tempted to have drink in well stocked bar and have swim in pool ( it was hot!) or collapse on comfy bed in our waterside bungalow ( thanks again ) but we didn't and saw all of the Bjg 5 that evening - absolutely astonishing. It got even better over the next 5 Drives, despite the weather changing to cold and wet, with further Big 5 sightings, including a pride of lions that had wandered into another territory and got rather beaten up, and Cheetah as well. Ranger and tracker worked tirelessly to find the big game - particularly chasing Rhino. The food was much better than expected, and the staff were friendly and efficient. Excellent. 10/10

    Brian Waltmaier, December 2013
  • Our stay at Arathusa was a great experience with warm and friendly staff. The view to the water hole was spectacular and the room was very clean and nicely organized. The highlight of our stay was the game drives with Ryan and Debeer. Just one recommendation would be if they can accommodate better vegetarian options it would be good. We were really happy with the service we received at Kruger and Walden house as it exceeded our expectations. We would recommend everybody to stay at these places. It's getting difficult for me to express in words about our experience. Our entire trip was a very overwhelming experience for me. If I get an opportunity I would like to settle down in SA.

    Nitesh Poladia, December 2013
  • Arathusa was simply amazing

    Josh Stein, September 2013
  • Our favorite, if we have to choose one would be Arathusa. Partly because of the safaris. Arathusa and Sindabezi were luxurious We loved listening to the sounds of nature at night, and we are not the camping type

    Maryann Walaski, August 2013
  • Arathusa - also a great facility. Beautiful views from the rooms/bar/pool over the pond of elephants, zebra, baboons, hippo, etc grazing on the other side. Rooms very nice. The Chef and his staff go over the top to plan awesome meal experiences. Several meals in the bush were a special treat. Food was outstanding. Ranger was Royroy and tracker was Derrek - a great combo and both very skilled trackers. Drives were very exciting and productive with recurring sightings of the Big 5 as well as many others. Royroy took us on a couple of 60-minute bush walks where he explained many things about the animals, tracks, dung, and fauna. Very educational and enjoyable.

    Philip Mongan, July 2013
  • Needless to say that the Ilala Lodge and Arathusa Lodge were amazing and there was not a concern to be had after we arrived!! All the staff and the conditions at the Lodges were top notch!! Everything else was beautiful and he animals were amazing!!! No cages, no tricks, completely natural!! The panamoric drive was also very cool and who knew that pancakes could be such a versatile food in Graskop!!

    Annie Clouse, July 2013

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Lisa Liprini

Lisa Liprini

Africa Safari Expert

"A safari experience with exceptional game viewing and a superb location; combined with that fact that it is excellent value for money, Arathusa is the safari lodge to come back to."

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Arathusa was definitely the highlight of the trip – the staff there were just fantastic and we loved seeing so many animals in their natural habitat.

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