There are thirteen Suites, nine of which face the (now-dry) waterhole* in front of the lodge, and four of which are remotely located within the bush a short distance from the lodge.
*Despite the devastating drought in the region over the last two years having affected the amount of water in Arathusa’s signature waterhole, vast amounts of game still gather on the open plains. We are eagerly anticipating the rains which will hopefully restore the waterhole to its former aquatic glory enjoyed since 1983.
Each Suite is uniquely designed, with fresh interiors and a focus on light and space. Each has a bathroom en-suite, with shower, as well as a private outdoor shower and verandah. Amenities include a mini bar (stocked with a selection of beverages on request), an electronic safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, mosquito net and tea/ coffee making facilities.
Each of the four remote Suites also has its own plunge pool, and affords guests the ultimate privacy.
In keeping with the traditional and natural safari experience, there are no televisions in the Suites at Arathusa. Guests are, however, able to connect to wi-fi in the public areas and in reception.
The lodge is an intimate one; its open-plan design and natural building materials allow it to blend harmoniously with the African bush surrounds.
The main living area is intended for comfort. Whether quietly reflecting on the view, reading a good book, or enjoying conversation with friends or fellow safari goers, the warmth and charm of the lodge environment is the foundation of the Arathusa safari experience.
The infinity swimming pool overlooks the open plains, and is the perfect spot for wildlife viewing while cooling off on a sweltering African summer’s afternoon.
Guests can enjoy an alfresco dining experience in the traditional open-air boma (a brick & grass enclosed dining area), while being serenaded by the sounds of Africa’s creatures. Sumptuous cuisine is the order of the day – click here to view what’s on the menu.
Arathusa’s Safari Spa offers guests a comprehensive spa and wellness experience – indulge in luxurious pampering and relaxation, while answering to the call of the wild.
Meal times at Arathusa are a sociable affair, and guests are treated to sumptuous dishes, fresh produce and daily baked confectionery from our kitchen.
South Africa is renowned for its fresh produce – our fruits and vegetables are a primary export to international regions all over the world, and our meat, venison and poultry are first class.
Before departing on your morning safari, you will be offered coffee, tea and biscotti and rusks. While out in the bush, you will stop for a refreshment break of coffee or tea, with freshly baked baby muffins, rusks and oatmeal crunchies, to tide you over till breakfast!
Breakfast is a choice of a continental breakfast – with fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurts, cheese & cold meats selection, or a hot breakfast to order.
Lunch is kept light and healthy, and guests have a choice of three dishes: a healthy fresh salad, a fish course or a red meat dish.
Freshly baked cakes, tarts and fruit is served at High Tea prior to your afternoon game drive.
For sundowners during your afternoon drive, orders for your drink* of choice are taken at lunchtime, and snacks – including biltong (dried, cured meat, similiar to beef jerky), pastries, dried fruit, nuts and mini pies – are on offer.
When it comes to dinner, we pride ourselves on never dining at the same place twice during our guest’s stay. We have an outdoor boma (traditionally an enclosure for livestock – Swahili or Afrikaans), where we serve traditional South African potjie dishes (a traditional South African meal cooked in a round, cast iron, three-legged pot). We also do fine dining at the lodge, where the chefs employ their creative flair with local fresh produce, and serve guests a stunning four-course meal.
The kitchen prides itself on being able to cater to any and all dietary requirements of our guests. We have reputable suppliers that can get us any special ingredients that we may need to create the perfect dish for anyone.
The Safari Spa
Arathusa Safari Lodge offers a comprehensive spa and wellness experience. The treatment room overlooks the beautiful African bushveld, and it is here that you can avail yourself of a wide selection of treatments to soothe the body, relax the mind, and indulge the senses. The spa has two therapists, so couples can enjoy their treatments in tandem.