Arathusa Safari Lodge is located within the northern sector of the coveted Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. This region is renowned for its incredible concentrations of wildlife, including the Big 5 - lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant, and guests can enjoy incredible close encounters with the animals during their morning and afternoon guided game drives in open Land Rovers.
The lodge flanks the bank of a large lake, and there are usually between 5 and 20 hippos 'right on the doorstep', providing 24 hour entertainment.
The camp is completely open-plan and designed to harmoniously blend with the adjacent lake and African bush. 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 offers guests a novel way of appreciating an enjoyable meal under the stars accompanied by the sounds of the African wild.
There are 9 water-facing rooms, overlooking the waterhole. Each room is uniquely designed, with fresh interiors and a focus on light and space. Each room has a bathroom en-suite with a shower, as well as a private outdoor shower. Private verandahs overlook the waterhole, for full appreciation of Arathusa’s signature feature.
The 4 bush-facing rooms are remotely located, away from the main lodge area. Each room has its own plunge pool and verandah, and affords guests with the advantage of privacy within the untamed wilderness. Each room also enjoys a lounge area as well as indoor and outdoor showers.
Special offers for longer stays or when booked as part of a longer itinerary may apply - details on request.
In addition to the room rate, guests will also be charged the Sabi Sand Guest Contribution (pppn)
1 January 2019 to 31 December 2022
GBP 7 USD 10 ZAR 138 EUR 9
per person per night
All meals; house wines, local beers and local spirits (excluding premium brands); tea/coffee; Wi-Fi; the Guest Conservation Contribution; twice-daily shared game drives in open safari vehicles; and a daily guided bush walk are included.
IN ADDITION: For self-drive visitors, there is a R120 per person and a R280 per vehicle entrance fee (increasing to R140 per person entry and R310 per vehicle entry from 01 Jan 2020), payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change).
Children aged 12 years and older are welcome. Normal adult rates apply.
Guest Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 based on 16 ratings
The 4 nights on safari were amazing, we had an excellent Ranger and Tracker, every game drive produced spectacular sights resulting in close range photos. The Lodge was luxurious and the food outstanding. A truly amazing time.
The safari at Arathusa was the highlight of the holiday not only meeting but exeeding all our expectations.
The Arathusa Lodge was fabulous! Our ranger Cedrick was extremely knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. The staff were very friendly and food was great. We actually liked our kids' room better than our luxury suite as they had a view of the watering hole from their deck!
We were very lucky with the weather and we saw all of the Big 5 plus loads of other animals.
The food and accommodation were very good.
Overall, we would thoroughly recommend Arathusa as a good destination for a safari.
Arathusa Safari Lodge was just what we wanted for our first safari. Everyone there was really helpful and they catered well for everyone in our party from my 83 year old mother to our young adult sons.
The help and support we got from Travel Butlers made the whole trip so much easier and more enjoyable. Thanks a million for your help in making our trip the holiday of a lifetime!
We had such a wonderful time at Arathusa Safari Lodge and were really impressed with the knowledge and friendliness of the ranger / tracker that we had. We didn't have any real complaints and would happily stay there again.
Arathusa - what a find - the place is perfect, so glad now the other choices were full. The setting is idyllic, as one fellow guest put it it's like having the Garden of Eden in front of you with the wildlife on the bank opposite and in the lake.
Very lucky that each day a mother hippo came out of the water around lunchtime with her new baby for about a half hour chomp on the vegetation - photos galore needless to say. It was also so peaceful, an absolute haven to relax in inbetween game drives, no TV/Radio or anything else to interrupt the peace.
It was just what we needed.
Arathusa Safari Lodge Location
Directions For Drivers
From Hazyview: Take the R40 from Hazyview towards Bushbuckridge. Continue on this road for approximately 68 km from Hazyview (passing Bushbuckridge and Acornhoek), then turn right onto the Orpen Road/R531 then follow the directions as below once on the R531.
From Eastgate Airport/Hoedspruit: Take the R40 towards Bushbuckridge, and continue along this road for 2 km until you get to the Orpen Road/R531 then follow the directions as below once on the R531.
From Johannesburg/Pretoria: Take the N12 or N4 highway to Witbank/eMalahleni (from Johannesburg Airport, follow signs to Boksburg to find the N12). Follow the N4 highway past Middleburg (Toll Plaza), Belfast/eMakhazeni and Machadodorp (Toll Plaza). Follow the Schoemanskloof option on the N4 and then take the R36 to Lydenburg/Mashishing. Follow the R36 to Ohrigstad, go through the Strydom Tunnel and take the R527 to Hoedspruit. Turn right onto the R40 towards Klaserie, and continue along this road until you get to the Orpen Road/R531 on your left, then follow the directions as below once on the R531.
Directions once on the R531: Continue straight for 30 km. Once you have passed the South African Wildlife College (on your left), after 100m turn right onto a gravel road. Follow this road for 3 km, then turn left (the turn is 50m past a soccer field on your right). Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, and continue for another 7.8 km. Continue on this gravel road until you reach a T-junction. At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you. Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg/Manyeleti and follow the tar road for 4.1 km. Turn right onto a dirt road, and follow this for 6.4 km until you see the Uthar Clinic on your left. Turn left onto the gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) – and travel 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate.
From Kruger National Park/Orpen Gate: Exit the Park via the Orpen Gate and travel along the R531 towards the R40. About 10 km on the tar road, before the South African Wildlife College, you will see a gravel road to your left. Turn left (helpful hint – if you pass the South African Wildlife College, you have gone too far). Follow this road for 3 km, then turn left (the turn is 50m past a soccer field on your right). Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, and continue for another 7.8 km. Continue on this gravel road until you reach a T-junction. At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you. Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg/Manyeleti and follow the tar road for 4.1 km. Turn right onto a dirt road, and follow this for 6.4 km until you see the Uthar Clinic on your left. Turn left onto the gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) – and travel 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate.
ONCE AT THE GOWRIE GATE: For self-drive visitors, there is a R120 per person and a R280 per vehicle entrance fee (increasing to R140 per person entry and R310 per vehicle entry from 01 Jan 2020), payable in cash at the entrance gate (subject to change). Please retain your receipt as proof of entrance and have it stamped at your destination when you are leaving, which acts as your Exit Permit.
Once inside the gate, at the signboards continue straight to Arathusa Safari Lodge (do not turn right to Arathusa Private) for approximately 5.9 km. Turn right at the stone wall for Arathusa Safari Lodge and follow the road until the entrance to the lodge on the right.
Do not get out of your car until you reach the lodge. You may see some wildlife on your way - if you do, slow down and maintain a good distance. Do not drive off-road in any circumstances.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: Please DO NOT follow your GPS 'quickest route' co-ordinates for the lodge. This route inevitably leads guests through the incorrect entry gates (Kruger National Park and into the Sabi Sand Reserve) which do not service the lodge. Furthermore, many of the prescribed roads are not navigable in a normal vehicle. Following GPS co-ordinates can result in getting lost in the middle of the bush, or un-necessary delays of up to 3 hours.
General Information For Guests
Each water-facing room has its own en-suite bathroom, which incorporates a bath and shower, as well as an outdoor shower. Additional amenities include a mini bar (stocked with a selection of beverages), an electronic safe, hair dryer, air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, mosquito net and tea/coffee making facilities.
Each of the bush-facing rooms has its own plunge pool and verandah, and offers guests with the advantage of privacy within the untamed wilderness. Each bush-facing room also has a lounge area within the extensive open plan unit, as well as an indoor and outdoor shower. Additional amenities include a mini bar (stocked with a selection of beverages), an electronic safe, hair dryer, air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, mosquito net and tea/coffee making facilities.
Facilities within the main camp include an open plan main living area, an infinity swimming pool, and a traditional open-air dining area.
A spa offers a wide choice of body treatments to soothe the body, relax the mind, and indulge the senses.
MasterCard, American Express and Visa are accepted.
The lodge has mobile phone connectivity.
There is secure parking for self-drive guests.
A Guest Conservation Contribution has been included within your rate. The proceeds go towards the Sabi Sand Wildtuin anti-poaching efforts, the community and ecology.
If you are arriving/departing via FedAir, the lodge is a 5 minute drive away from the airstrip.
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