- Larger 13 room lodge
- Watering hole
- Infinity Pool
- Prime Sabi Sands Location
Arathusa Safari Lodge is a good value option in a prime Sabi Sands location with superb wildlife viewing. Although not as intimate or chic as some options in Sabi Sands, the infinity pool, on site watering hole, prime location and good value make this a superb choice.
Arathusa Safari Lodge is situated within the northern sector of the renowned Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to Kruger National Park. The lodge has the benefit of a large waterhole with a resident hippo pod providing a significant benefit of interesting game and bird viewing between game drives.
There are 9 water-facing luxury rooms and 4 bush-facing luxury rooms. Each room has an en-suite bathroom, with a bath and shower – as well as an outdoor shower and a verandah offering relaxing views of the surrounding veld. The bush-facing luxury rooms are a bit further from the main area but have the additional benefit of their own plunge pools and lounge areas. All rooms can be arranged in double or twin configurations.
The main lodge area includes a comfortable living area, infinity pool, dining boma and safari spa. Breakfast is a fresh continental affair or a hot breakfast to order and lunch is kept light and healthy. Freshly baked cakes, tarts and fruit are served at High Tea prior to your afternoon game drive
Sundowners are served during your afternoon drive (the drinks are extra). Evening meals are served in a different location each evening with meals varying from traditional South African potjie to sumptuous 4 course affairs.
Early morning and late afternoon game drives are in open safari vehicles with experienced rangers and local trackers. Sabi Sands is renowned for its wildlife viewing with a significant big five presence. Guided walks with an armed ranger can also be arranged. Large herds of buffalo are often seen at the waterhole in front of the lodge. Arathusa has a reputation for leopard sightings with approximately 14 leopards seen in the area in which Arathusa operate, six of which are seen on a regular basis. There are various lion prides in the area and General “lowveld” game species are abundant in this section of the Sabi Sand Reserve, including giraffe, zebra, warthog, impala and more.
Unfortunately, no children under the age of 12 are permitted at Arathusa Safari Lodge and children over 12 are charged at the full adult rate.
Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.
Three nights safari in Sabi Sabi reserve in the Greater Kruger, followed by four nights in Cape Town.
Tailor-made 8 days
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019
Hi, just back home now as stayed in London last night. It was fab! We loved it! Amazing all round- Thankyou. Best holiday ever!!!
Accommodation great at both places, guides lovely, staff great. We saw more animals than ever expected: giraffes, lion, elephants, water hog, wilder beast, impala, white rhino, crocodiles, hippos in lake Sybia, monkeys in trees at Tonga.
Beach beautiful, but a bit windy, waves v rough but didn’t deter my boys. We snorkeled which was fab but too rough on day we booked to do ocean experience.
My boys swam in all pools!!!
Weather better than we expected!
Must go and do some laundry, but hope that helps?
Nicola B reviewing South Africa Luxury Safari & Beach Holiday on 24 July 2019