Arathusa Safari Lodge is unique and highly sought after by visitors because of its prime location within the Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the unfenced Kruger National Park. Together these two areas comprise one of South Africa’s most incredible and pristine preserved wilderness sanctuaries.Arathusa offers an exceptional safari experience – expect a high concentration of an assortment of game, including the Big Five, and frequent leopard sightings.
The lodge is situated on a large waterhole, ensuring interesting game and bird viewing from the comfort of the camp. Standard and private luxury accommodation options, exceptional service, value for money and luxury spa services from Arathusa’s Safari Spa are just a few of the things that put Arathusa Safari Lodge in a league of its own.
Rates inclusive of 15% VAT • South African Rands • Subject to Availability
|Seasonal Rates||1 Jan 2018
to 31 Dec 2018
|Luxury Room Single||
|Luxury Room Double||
Valid until 31 December 2018
|Route||Pax 1||Pax 2||Pax 3||Pax 4|
|HDS-Arathusa||R2 470||R1 240||R 980||R 720|
|KMIA-Arathusa||R3 050||R1 525||R1 090||R 795|
The rates are per person based on a one way journey and exclude all entrance fees (where applicable). Please note the rates are subject to change without notice due to cost increases beyond our control i.e. VAT, fuel, etc.
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Arathusa Safari Lodge is an intimate and hospitable camp. Thatched luxury suites are within the camp's perimeter. Each have a bathroom en-suite (with bath and separate indoor and outdoor showers), and a verandah for optimum enjoyment of the surrounding wilds. Twin rooms may also be arranged. Arathusa has recently launched 4 ultra-luxurious suites. These remote and exclusive units are further removed, and have their own private plunge pools and lounge areas.
Fabrics are natural, furniture classic and the interior design both simple and elegant. Additional amenities include a mini bar (stocked with a selection of beverages), an electronic safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, mosquito net and tea/ coffee making facilities. There are no televisions in the rooms at Arathusa. In keeping with the traditional safari experience, the bush is best experienced “al dente”. Guests are however able to make calls from the reception area, and to send or receive e-mails and faxes.
NEW LUXURY WATER-FACING ROOMS LAUNCHED
- 5 x Standard Rooms (Water-Facing)
- 4 x Luxury Rooms (Water-Facing)
- 4 x Luxury Rooms (Bush-Facing)
The new Water-Facing Luxury Rooms will not have private plunge pools, but in lieu of their prime location, they will be sold at the same rate as the Bush-Facing Luxury Rooms.
The camp 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 camp environment is the foundation of the Arathusa safari experience.
The infinity swimming pool overlooks the waterhole, 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.
From the Kitchen
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 newly-built 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.
Arathusa Safari Spa
Arathusa Safari Lodge offers a comprehensive spa and wellness experience. The treatment room overlooks the camp’s waterhole and 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. The Safari Spa uses locally sourced spa products, and offers numerous signature, massage, facial and grooming treatments from which to choose – including Bath Ceremonies, Body Wraps, manicures and pedicures. Whatever your pleasure, you’re sure to leave The Safari Spa happier and more relaxed.
Game drives, in an open safari vehicle, are conducted in the early morning and late afternoon every day in search of animals – both large and small. Experienced, knowledgeable and personable rangers are paired with local trackers, and together they ensure a first class safari experience. Trackers sit up at the front of the vehicle looking for fresh animal tracks, while rangers skillfully navigate into ravines and through thickets in pursuit of fantastic game sightings.
Close encounters are guaranteed, and the animals are not threatened by our presence thanks to our sound conservation management policies. Expect one-of-a-kind photographic opportunities of The Big Five, and much more – including over 300 bird species. A treat for keen birders! Guided walks with an armed ranger may also be arranged. Walks are usually arranged in the early hours during the summer months, when temperatures are more moderate. Being on foot affords a unique and altogether different view of the bush.
Please note,bush-facing Luxury Rooms are remotely located and have no view of the waterhole.They do have private plunge pools. Water-facing Luxury Rooms have a view of the waterhole,but no private plunge pools.
- Arathusa Safari Lodge rates are fully inclusive of accommodation; meals; house wines, beers and spirits; teas & coffees; twice-daily game drives in open safari vehicles; a guided bush walk and wi-fi
- Rates exclude all premium brand beverages,and laundry, curio shop purchases; spa treatments and products. These charges are payable on departure as extras.
- Rates are inclusive of 15% VAT.
- The following vehicle entrance fees are charged by the Sabi Sand Wildtuin on entrance into the reserve, and are excluded from the rates for accommodation:
Light vehicles: R280.00 per vehicle PLUS a per person fee of R120.00. Fees are inclusive of VAT and are valid from 01January 2018–31 December 2018.
Heavy vehicles: R495.00 per vehicle, valid from 01January –31 December 2018
- The current voluntary conservation levy of R50.00 per guest per night charged by Arathusa Safari Lodge will, effective from 1 March 2017, become compulsory and VATable (as directed by the Sabi Sand Wildtuin). The charge of R57.00 per person (including VAT) will be added to invoices for accommodation. This contribution goes towards conservation initiatives within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and surrounding areas.
- Guests will be required to sign an Indemnity Form on arrival at the lodge.
- Children of 12 and over are welcome at Arathusa and will be charged the full adult rate for accommodation.
- Suites can accommodate a maximum of two guests.
- All bookings must be confirmed in writing.
- A 50% deposit is required to secure a reservation.
- Full prepayment is required before guests arrive at Arathusa Safari Lodge.
- A Tourism Levy does not apply at Arathusa Safari Lodge
More than 60 days prior to arrival: 10% of the full accommodation charge.
More than 30 days prior to arrival: 25% of the full accommodation charge.
Less than 30 days prior to arrival: 50% of the full accommodation charge.
Less than 7 days prior to arrival: 100% of the full accommodation charge.