Experience a memorable safari at Arathusa Safari Lodge in South Africa. Arathusa Safari Lodge is a unique and highly sought after by visitors because of its prime location within the Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the unfenced Kruger National Park. These two areas comprise one of South Africa’s most incredible and pristine preserved wilderness sanctuaries that will make your safari a lifetime experience.
You will be accommodated at Arathusa Safari Lodge. You can choose to stay in Bush-Facing Luxury Rooms or Water-Facing Luxury Rooms. The lodge is an intimate lodge with its open-plan design and natural building materials, allow it to blend harmoniously with the African bush surrounds.
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 overlooking the waterhole is the perfect spot for wildlife viewing while cooling off on a sweltering African summer’s afternoon. You can enjoy an alfresco dining experience in the traditional open-air boma (a brick and grass enclosed dining area), while being serenaded by the sounds of Africa’s creatures.
In keeping with the traditional and natural safari experience, there are no televisions in the rooms at Arathusa Safari Lodge. Additional amenities in the rooms include a mini bar (stocked with a selection of beverages), an electronic safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, mosquito net, and tea / coffee making facilities.
Arathusa has 4 Bush-Facing Luxury Rooms which are remotely located, away from the lodge. Each of the Bush-Facing Luxury Rooms has its own plunge pool and veranda, and affords you with the advantage of privacy within the untamed wilderness. Each unit also features a lounge area within the extensive open plan unit, as well as indoor and outdoor shower.
There are 9 Water-Facing Luxury Rooms within Arathusa’s main lodge perimeter, overlooking the waterhole. Each room is uniquely designed with fresh interiors and a focus on light and space. Each room has an en-suite bathroom with shower, a private outdoor shower, and private verandas overlook the waterhole, for full appreciation of Arathusa’s signature feature.
The game drives in open safari vehicles will be conducted in the early morning and late afternoon every day in search of animals, both large and small. Experienced, knowledgeable, and personable rangers and local trackers will ensure that you have a first class safari experience. Trackers will sit up at the front of the vehicle to find fresh animal tracks, while rangers skillfully navigate into ravines and through thickets in pursuit of fantastic game sightings.
The guided walks with an armed ranger are usually arranged in the early hours during the summer months, when the temperatures are more moderate. Being on foot will afford a unique and different view of the bush.
Roy Mkansi and Chris Khoza
Roy displayed a keen interest in his surroundings. Through reading books and being closely guided by his older brother, his knowledge steadily grew. Roy has a special gift for imitating bird calls. Following in his brother’s footsteps, Roy began working in the bush to gain experience. Meanwhile, Chris also has an interest in animals, and wanted to move away from the town he was living in into the bush. He took an opportunity to work in a lodge as a waiter and used the opportunity of being in the bush around other trackers and rangers, to gain knowledge of the bush, animals, and spoor.
Sean Gilbert and Rifos Mnisi
Sean grew up in the hustle and bustle that is Johannesburg City, and was very lucky at a young age to be exposed to the outdoors. He was always encouraged to be outside and considers himself as very lucky to have had the opportunity of visiting game reserves with his family. On the contrary, Rifos was born in the southern Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Starting with the smallest and simplest of animals, Rifos worked hard to learn everything his stepfather had to teach him. Today, he is one of the most experienced and fervent trackers.
Rein Kock and DeBeer
Rein was very fortunate to have been exposed to the bush from a very young age through visiting nature reserves and his uncle’s farm just outside of Hoedspruit, not far from the Sabi Sands nature reserve. He has been a guide in different parts of the country, doing many different types of guiding including being a trails guide in the greater Kruger for the three years. Similar to Rein, since 1996, DeBeer has worked in game ranging and tracking, and he still has a passion for the bush and for sharing his ‘art’ of scouting for tracks and learning spoor with all those who cross his path.
Jamie and Norman
Jamie has several years of “bush experience” on a private concession in Kruger and later making it across to the Sabi Sands. Jamie’s main interests are carnivores, birds, animal behavior, and evolutionary ecology but he is interested in everything. Same as Jamie, Norman loves the variety of the bush and see new things. He enjoys spotting animals, especially cats that nobody else can see. Together, they love to share anything interesting with the guests.
As part of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and greater Kruger National Park, Arathusa Safari Lodge 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), especially leopards, with perhaps the globe’s highest population.
The lodge at Arathusa overlooks a large waterhole, with an 180-degree view of the water. There, you will be treated to 24-hour entertainment from the resident hippos and myriad sightings or other animals that come to drink.
Arathusa Safari Lodge prides itself on its leopard viewing. As these elusive cats are territorial, their regular appearance in the area enables you to plot their movements and to observe their behavior. Many of the animals become familiar and are easily recognized.
You will be provided with meals, as well as house wines, beers, spirits, teas, and coffees during your stay. You will be treated with sumptuous dishes, fresh produce, and daily baked confectionery from the kitchen.
Before departing on your morning safari, you will be offered coffee, tea, and biscotti and rusks. While out in the bush, you will stop for a refreshment break of coffee or tea, with freshly baked baby muffins, rusks, and oatmeal crunches, to tide you over till breakfast.
There are daily direct flights with Airlink from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (MQP) and Skukuza Airport (SZK) gateway to the Kruger National Park and the private game lodges.
A short, small aircraft transfer connects you onward to Arathusa Safari Lodge’s doorstep on Airlink’s Lodge Link service to the Arathusa Airstrip. Exclusive private charter flights may be arranged directly to and from Arathusa Safari Lodge’s own private airstrip. Arathusa Safari Lodge is also able to arrange road transfers between the airports and Arathusa Safari Lodge. Please send Arathusa Safari Lodge an inquiry for more information.
"Aruthusa was the First of two safaris we booked while in SA; fabulous accomodations overlooking a large water hole where a variety of animals gathered. The game driver Sean and his tracker Rifis were very knowledgeable making for great and exciting game viewing. Although a smaller area animals were abundant with a lot less driving required than the second camp we visited. Food was excellent with wonderful presentations. Nice to have a coffee/ wine stop on each drive which our other safari also did not do. We stayed three nights and were travelling with another couple also from Canada. We both picked this one to return to and give it an A+ to versus the following reserve we were at in Kruger. Couple hiccups were one morning a call was missed making for a quick get up along with a power surge resulting in an a/c problem for a couple of hours. Only room for improvement would be to correct the drainage in the showers as it is a bit on the slow side but all in all a magnificent place to go on Safari, can't wait to return."
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"My wife and i recently went to Arathusa Safari lodge on our honeymoon in March 2017. I'll keep this short - it's incredible. And easily the highlight of our honeymoon. We saw everything - rhinos, buffalo, leopard, lions, cheetah, hippo, elephants and everything in between. Food was excellent, staff helpful and smiling, and the setting over the watering hole is stunning.Have to single out Sean our game ranger. He was brilliant. Knowledgable, funny, accommodating, and most of all you felt in such safe hands with him. Thanks Sean.We'd love to come back again"
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"Arathusa is a beautiful game park and the rooms overlook a small dam which sometimes has a resident Hippo! The twice daily game trips were excellent and the guide was very knowledgeable. On our second day we saw 2 Cheetahs and a Leopard drag its kill up a tree - amazing"
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"We were traveling with our two sons in their twenties and we all had a fantastic time at Arathusa Safari Lodge. The best part was the very friendly staff which made us very comfortable and relaxed. Our guide, Jaime and tracker Norman, were not only excellent at getting us to many animals (the big five and some other incredible sightings), but also very fun to be on a drive with. The food was excellent, some of the best meals we had in South Africa. We really enjoyed having dinner in different locations, all with a great atmosphere. The common areas were very comfortable and the rooms were very nice. Highly recommended!"
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"I couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. My friend and I went to South Africa as our life's trip as we are both into animals. We saw everything in the first day. Our tracker, Norman, and driver, Jaimie, were just wonderful. The South African people are the nicest, happiest people we have ever met. The watering hole was dry due to the drought, but there were still antelope grazing there. We had air conditioning and a very nice room. I can't say enough about what a wonderful experience it was."
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"Wow! I can't say enough about this place. The people, the place, the food (the chef greeted me at every dinner), and the guides are amazing. Roy and Chris are the best! They are funny, prompt, and go above and beyond to make your safari the best. We saw everything we wanted and more. The rooms are amazing. We were on our honeymoon, they decorated the room and gave us champagne. The customer service is perfectly friendly, warm, and inviting. I can not wait to return."
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