Arathusa Safari Lodge (Sabi Sand
Game Reserve) South Africa
Arathusa Safari Lodge is located within the northern
sector of the coveted Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the
Kruger National Park. This region has gained favor due to
its lengthy history within the South African Tourism
industry, its incredible concentrations of wildlife, and the
high quality private safaris on offer.
The lodge flanks the bank of a large waterhole
(approximately 250m x 150m) allowing for a 180- degree view
of the water. Guests are able to view and enjoy a variety of
wildlife (including the big five – lion, leopard, rhino,
buffalo, elephant). There are usually between 5 and 20
hippos “right on the doorstep” providing 24 hour
Arathusa Safari Lodge is an intimate and hospitable camp.
Thatched luxury suites are within the camp's perimeter. Each
have a bathroom en-suite (with bath and separate indoor and
outdoor showers), and a verandah for optimum enjoyment of
the surrounding wilds. Twin rooms may also be arranged.
Arathusa has recently launched 4 ultra-luxurious suites.
These remote and exclusive units are further removed, and
have their own private plunge pools and lounge areas.
Fabrics are natural, furniture classic and the interior
design both simple and elegant.
Additional amenities 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. There are no televisions in the
rooms at Arathusa. In keeping with the traditional safari
experience, the bush is best experienced “al dente”. Guests
are however able to make calls from the reception area, and
to send or receive e-mails and faxes.
The camp is an intimate one, completely open-plan and
designed to harmoniously blend with the adjacent waterhole
and African bush. Wood and thatch, air and water – an
extension of the natural environment.
The main living area is intended for comfort. Whether
quietly reflecting on the view; reading a good book;
enjoying compatible banter with friends or fellow safari
go-ers - the warmth and charm of the camp environment is the
foundation of the Arathusa safari experience.
An infinity swimming pool overlooks the waterhole and is
the perfect spot for wildlife viewing on a smoldering
African summer’s afternoon. A traditional open-air boma
(brick & grass enclosed dining area) presents guests with a
novel way of appreciating an enjoyable meal under the stars
to the sounds of the African wild.
Arathusa Safari Lodge now offers a comprehensive spa and
wellness experience. This newly-built facility has two
treatment rooms overlooking the camp's waterhole, and offers
a wide choice of treatments to soothe the body, relax the
mind, and indulge the senses. Two therapists are on duty at
all times so that couples can enjoy their treatments in
tandem. The Safari Spa uses Theravine , an innovative and
world-renowned unisex Face and Body Spa product treatment
range developed in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands.
Facial treatments include the TheraVine Appetizer which is
an express Vinetherapy facial boost that is customized to
specific skin types and takes a quick thirty minutes, and
the TheraVine Balancing which is deep-cleansing facial
customized to gently remove surface impurities utilizing
specially selected aromatic botanicals for restoring balance
to the skin. Mimicking the rhythmical patterns of an African
dance, the TheraNaka signature massage blends light
stretching techniques and specially designed body and facial
wooden implements to relax and restore a weary body. Being
drizzled with a warm Olive and Shea butter ointment will
nourish and heal dry skin, while inducing blissful
relaxation and rejuvenation.
Meal times at Arathusa are a sociable affair. From the
kitchen guests are treated to sumptuous dishes, fresh
produce and home baked confectionary.
South Africa is renowned for its fresh produce – our
fruits and vegetables are a primary export to international
regions all over the world. Meat, venison and poultry are
also first class.
A continental breakfast is served buffet-style, while a
cooked meal is served according to guests' preference from
the kitchen. A sumptuous lunch is prepared by the chef, and
served plated to guests directly. Dinner is a 3-course
affair on the deck overlooking the waterhole around a
blazing fire (weather permitting).
Arathusa also offers a range of superior South African
wines, produced in the Cape by well respective farms and
Arathusa prides itself on its’ leopard viewing. As
leopards are territorial, their regular appearances in our
area allow us to plot their movements and to observe their
behavior. Many of the animals become familiar and are easily
recognized – this enables us to name them. There is a female
leopard named ‘Safari’ who is often seen around the camp.
Approximately 14 leopards are found in the area in which
Arathusa operate, 6 of which are seen on a regular basis.
Large herds of buffalo numbering in excess of 300 often find
their way to the Arathusa lake. One need not move far to
enjoy the safari experience! Elephants are also seen in
numbers. There are various lion prides in the area, as well
as a few nomadic males. Over 90% of guests will experience
The Big 5 – very often in one day, sometimes in one drive.
General “lowveld” game are abundant in this section of the
Sabi Sand Reserve, including giraffe, zebra, warthog, impala
and more. This region is a bird-watcher’s mecca. A few of
the rarer birds are seen from the camp itself, such as the
Game drives in an open safari vehicle meander their way
into the bush each morning and late afternoon in search of
animals both large and small. Close contact encounters are
guaranteed (the animals are not threatened by our presence
in lieu of sound conservation management policies) affording
unparalleled photographic opportunities of The Big Five and
much more (including over 300 bird species - a treat for
Experienced and personable rangers are coupled with local
trackers. Together they ensure a first class safari
Guided walks with an armed ranger may also be arranged.
Helpful Hint – do not head into the bush in the middle of
the day during summer months! Walks are usually arranged in
the more moderate hours of the early morning. Being on foot
brings an altogether different view of the bush
Accommodation Rates:- From $325 per
person per night sharing. Please contact us for a quote and