The lodge has eight luxurious suites which are stylish and individually decorated to the very highest standard. The game viewing here is truly second to none.
Arathusa Safari Lodge
Arathusa Safari Lodge is owner-operated and delivers a friendly, personalized service to its guests. The small infinity swimming pool is perfect for cooling off in the heat of the day after a dusty game drive, while the comfortable lounge is the perfect place to while away some time with a book or chat with fellow guests over a pre- or post-dinner drink. The lodge has an open-plan design and was built using natural materials that blend into its surroundings, while its comfortable rooms offer a touch of luxury in the African bush.
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The spacious, thatched chalets all feature large en suite bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, air conditioning, mini bars, safes, tea/coffee making facilities and mosquito nets. Rooms have comfy chairs, a high thatched roof and a bath in the corner of the room. Bush-facing rooms also have their own private plunge pool.
Arathusa is located in the northern part of Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park, and is therefore surrounded by some of the most varied and concentrated numbers of wildlife in South Africa.
Food and drink
Fresh local produce is the basis for meals at Arathusa. Continental breakfast is served after the morning game drive, consisting of a continental breakfast, with hot breakfast requests made to order. Lunch is a light table d’hôte option served prior to your afternoon game drive, while a high tea of cake and fruits is also served. Sundowner drinks are an integral part of any afternoon safari and while you’re out in the bush you can be served your favorite tipple with a series of snacks in a scenic spot. Dinner is a four course creative affair. Generally a social event, it may be held in a variety of places around the lodge, perhaps on the deck over the waterhole or in the boma.
Families are welcome at the lodge, but children under 12 are not permitted.
Facilities and activities
Game drives depart in the early evening and late afternoon in open vehicles with experienced and knowledgeable rangers. Photo opportunities and some close encounters are to be expected! The lodge also has a spa, which offers a wide range of treatments using locally sourced products.
This small lodge offers a very comfortable, personal experience with exceptional game viewing possibilities.
Sabi Sands Game Reserve tour ideas
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Dulini Leadwood Lodge offers the perfect package for guests wanting to relax in privacy and luxury with a very exclusive safari experience.
Overlooking the Sand River, Dulini River Lodge offers a luxury stay in the Sabi Sands region of the Greater Kruger.
Set on the banks of the Mabrak River, under ebony and leadwood trees, Dulini Safari Lodge offers a sophisticated stay in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve. Guests travel to the lodge for the opportunity to see the Big Five, and treated to a luxurious, discerning stay.
This owner-run lodge offers excellent Big Five game viewing, luxe accommodation and sumptuous international fusion cuisine with a proudly South African feel. The lodge is an excellent option for those looking for an authentic safari experience.
Kirkman's Camp, with its spectacular views of the unspoilt wilderness and the Sand River, is regarded as one of the best loved lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve.
An intimate destination (perched on a small kopje in the western sector of Sabi Sands), Leopard Hills will cater for an exquisite stay in the African bush.
Ivory Lodge offers an extremely luxurious and very private safari experience and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a very exclusive safari experience.
Little Bush Camp is a warm and cozy, contemporary African retreat in the heart of the bush. With just six suites, the lodge is very exclusive and private, boasting all the features of an exceptional bush lodge.
Set within Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Notten’s Bush Camp is a characterful base from which to explore the reserve’s wildlife. Owned and managed by the same family for four generations, the friendly, personal service makes you feel as though you’re staying at a friend’s home.
Bush Lodge enjoys a stunning location and the discreet placing of the suites gives an intimacy and exclusivity that belies the relatively large number of suites.
Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge is built in complete harmony with its surroundings, each enormous suite is sculpted into the earth, with rough mud walls reminding you that you are in wild Africa.
Selati Lodge has all the atmosphere and trimmings of 'Yesterday'. The lodge's name commemorates the Selati railway line that used to run from the Transvaal to Mozambique, close to the site of the lodge.
This characterful lodge is situated within the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and provides comfortable accommodation to return to after game drives out in the bush, where the Big Five can often be spotted. Staff here are very friendly and help to create a relaxed atmosphere.
Simbambili Game Lodge is renowned for copious leopard sightings as well as an abundance of other animals and scenic views. It isn’t unusual to spot the Big Five during a stay here.