Arathusa Safari Lodge Safari Lodge
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 has a beautiful setting overlooking a large waterhole where a variety of animals come down to drink, especially during the dry season (from June to October).
* Arathusa Safari Lodge Highlights
- ∞ Luxury air-conditioned accommodation
- ∞ Lodge overlooks active waterhole
- ∞ Sabi Sand Game Reserve, part of greater Kruger Park
- ∞ Big 5 game viewing from open safari vehicles
- ∞ Rim-flow swimming pool
- ∞ Affordable rates
More about this accommodation
Recently renovated, Arathusa is a popular safari lodge situated in an excellent area for game viewing. One of its main attractions is that it overlooks an active waterhole, where wildlife often come to drink. This means you can sit on the deck or next to the pool during the day and watch animals come and go, without even going on a game drive.
As from 2017, all rooms will be on par, luxury wise. There are 9 water-facing rooms and 4 remote bush-facing rooms. The nine water-facing rooms all have superb views out over the active water hole, but no plunge pools; whereas the four more remote bush-facing rooms are more private. They have no waterhole view but each has its own private plunge pool. Each room at Arathusa is comfortable with twin or king rooms with en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and mosquito nets.
Excellent Game Area
Game drives are conducted on open safari vehicles in the early morning and in the late afternoon and the Big 5 animals 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 honeybadger. 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 waterhole. There is also a separate thatched deck overlooking the water, where you can enjoy breakfast, or simply a quiet moment of bird-watching or game viewing.
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
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 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, housewine, spirits and soft drinks
- ∞Two game drives per day in open safari vehicles
- ∞Daily guided bush walk
- xTransport to the lodge
- xPremium-brand drinks
- xSpa & curio purchases
- xGratuities and personal expenses
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= Star Rating Explanation
The star rating refers to the official grading given to this lodge or hotel by the Tourism Grading Council. In some cases the star rating is not official, but represents our own estimate of the accommodation.
One star means very basic accommodation
Two stars means comfortable, clean accommodation that is not overly spacious or luxurious. Basic facilities.
Three stars means good quality accommodation with en-suite bathroom and a reasonable level of luxury. Very comfortable and reasonably spacious.
Four stars means luxury accommodation of high quality, with most modern conveniences. High quality service, food and facilities.
Five stars means spacious, ultra luxury accommodation with the highest standards of service, food and facilities. All modern conveniences can be expected, although some facilities like air-conditioning cannot be guaranteed at all 5-star lodges, due to limited availability of electricity.