Arathusa Safari Lodge is owner-operated and occupies 868 hectares in the northern sector of Sabi Sands Game Reserve. The Manyeleti River runs through the property. There is a great concentration of wildlife and game drives take place across 4,000 hectares of land due to reciprocal agreements with neighbouring landowners. Arathusa offers a traditional safari experience and over 90% of Arathusa's guests see the Big 5.
The lodge has standard and luxury suites, though all accommodation can be termed luxury. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, verandas, air conditioning, minibars and telephones. The 4 luxury suites, with private lounges and plunge pools, are located a little further from the main camp. There are no televisions in the rooms - the emphasis is on the location, the fabulous views and wildlife.
The main camp has a large living area with views of the large waterhole and attendant game. There is an infinity pool, also overlooking the waterhole and a traditional open air boma with a camp fire, often used for al fresco dinners. Food is a highlight at Arathusa, whether it be the plentiful buffet breakfast, delicious lunch or 3-course dinner. Meals are complemented by a fine selection of South African wines.
The landscape is rich and varied and wildlife near the lodge includes hippos, lion, herds of buffalo and elephants. This is also a great place for seeing leopard. It is a very good area for bird watching. The rangers and trackers at Arathusa are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly and ensure that the guests enjoy the best safari experience.
Open: Arathusa Safari Lodge is open all year.
Location: The lodge is in the northern sector of the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve which has an unfenced border with Kruger National Park.
Rooms: There are 9 standard rooms and 4 luxury rooms. All have an en-suite bathroom with bath, indoor and outdoor shower, and a private veranda. They are air conditioned and include a safe, minibar and tea/coffee maker. Luxury rooms are sited further from the main part of camp and have their own lounges and plunge pools.
Activities: There are day and night game drives in the reserve, which is a Big 5 destination. You can explore on foot with a guided walking safari. This is a good area for bird watching.
Facilities: The lodge has a large waterhole which can be seen from the central living area which includes an outdoor deck. There are reference books for guests to read and drinks are served here throughout the day. Breakfast and lunch are served on the deck and dinner is usually eaten in the boma around the fire. There is an infinity swimming pool. The Safari Spa offers a wide range of treatments.
Dining: Meals are taken communally on the deck and in the boma.
Children: Children aged 12 years and older are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is internet access in the central area of the lodge.
"Overlooking a beautiful, large waterhole, we found Arathusa to be a clean and well maintianed camp. If the suites overlooked the waterhole like the standard rooms do, it would be fantastic, but unfortunately they look into the bush. All rooms have both indoor and outdoor shower and the suites are set slightly away from camp so ideal for honeymooners but don't book these if you have mobility issues."