Arathusa Safari Lodge is a reasonably affordable game lodge situated in the northern Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the greater Kruger National Park. The lodge looks out over a waterhole and the African bush.

  • Luxury air-conditioned accommodation
  • Lodge overlooks a waterhole and the African bush
  • Sabi Sand Game Reserve, part of greater Kruger Park
  • Big 5 game viewing from open safari vehicles
  • Rim-flow swimming pool
  • Affordable rates

Arathusa is a popular safari lodge overlooking a waterhole situated in an excellent area for game viewing.

Comfort deluxe

There are 8 centrally located waterhole-facing suites and 4 remote bush-facing suites. Each suite has an en-suite bathroom, verandah and outdoor private shower. They are all air-conditioned, and the comfortable twin or king-size beds are protected by mosquito nets. No two suites are alike with regard to interior decor, but they are all spacious and designed to let in light. The 4 bush-facing suites each have their own private plunge pool.

Excellent game viewing

Game drives are conducted on open safari vehicles in the early morning and in the late afternoon and the Big 5 are regularly seen. Their traversing area is in the northern Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which is known for providing superb game sightings. The afternoon game drive continues after sunset as a night drive, using spotlights to find those elusive nocturnal animals like leopard and honey badger. A guided bush walk with an armed ranger is also conducted each day after breakfast.

Luxurious main area

The central lounge and dining areas are open-sided under thatch, bringing the outside in. The furniture and decor help create an ambience of plush African luxury. The lounge area flows to the outside deck and rim-flow swimming pool overlooking the open plains.

Getting there

By air - Airlink operates three flights in and out of Arathusa daily. A number of flights from OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg), Cape Town International and King Shaka International (Durban) connect to Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA near Nelspruit) and Eastgate Airport (Hoedspruit). Arathusa will arrange your transfers to and from the lodge.

By road - It's about a 6-hour drive from Johannesburg and road transfers are available.

Our take on Arathusa Safari Lodge

Arathusa is popular for very good reason. As a 4-star lodge, it's well-priced and offers a fantastic overall safari experience for those on a mid-range budget. The lodge has a stunning location and the view over the waterhole where wildlife often congregates is one of its main selling points. The food is good and we have found that the owners and managers are very responsive to guest feedback. We have no hesitation in recommending this lodge.

  • Luxury air-conditioned accommodation
  • Three delicious meals per day
  • Tea and coffee, local beer, house wines, spirits and soft drinks
  • Two game drives per day in open safari vehicles
  • Daily guided bush walk
  • WiFi
  • VAT
  • Transport to the lodge
  • Premium-brand drinks
  • Laundry
  • Spa and curio purchases
  • Gratuities and personal expenses
  • Sabi Sand Wildtuin Conservation Levy and entrance fee
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