Arathusa Safari Lodge

Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Arathusa Safari Lodge is an enchanting lodge located in the northern sector of the world renowned Sabi Sand Private Reserve, next to the unfenced Kruger National Park. You will be treated to an exceptional wildlife experience, including the prized "Big Five." Arathusa's waterhole is its signature feature. There is never a lack of activity at the water's edge and one need not leave the comfort of the camp to see large herds of buffalo, antelope and elephant families. Arathusa has nine luxury water-facing suites and four luxury bush-facing suites. Each water-facing suite has its own en-suite bathroom which incorporates a bath and shower, as well as an outdoor shower. The bush-facing suites each have its own plunge pool and verandah, and affords you with the advantage of privacy within the untamed wilderness. Each unit also enjoys a lounge area within the extensive open plan unit, as well as an indoor and outdoor shower. Facilities within the camp include an open plan main living area, an infinity swimming pool, and a traditional open-air dining area. A luxury spa offers a wide choice of body treatments to soothe the body, relax the mind,…
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and indulge the senses.
Arathusa is a 2,145 acre property that traverses an area of approximately 9,900 acres during game drives. The landscape is rich and varied, comprising of open savannahs, riverine thickets, river beds and lush bush vegetation ensure interesting sights around each corner. The perennial Manyeleti River meanders its way through the property.
 
Arathusa prides itself on its leopard viewing. As these elusive cats are territorial, their regular appearance in the area enables us to plot their movements, and to observe their behavior. Many of the animals become familiar and are easily recognized. Approximately fourteen leopards are seen in the area in which Arathusa operates, six of which are seen on a regular basis. There are also a number of different lion prides in the area, as well as a few nomadic males. Large herds of buffalo, numbering in excess of three hundred, often find their way to the signature waterhole in front of the lodge. One need not move far to enjoy the safari experience! Elephants are also seen in numbers.
 
Game drives, in open safari vehicles, 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. 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 can 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.
 
AT A GLANCE
  • 4 air-conditioned luxury bush-facing suites each with private plunge pool and deck, lounge area, as well as indoor and outdoor showers
  • 9 air-conditioned luxury water-facing suites each featuring private decks overlooking the waterhole, en-suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers
  • Boma
  • Infinity swimming pool
  • Wildlife viewing directly from your room
  • Big Five game reserve shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park
  • Famed for leopard sightings
  • Located in the north eastern Sand Game Reserve
  • Early morning and late afternoon into evening game drives in open 4x4 safari vehicles
  • Interpretive bush walks
  • Birdwatching
  • Curio shop
  • Health Spa
  • All Inclusive: 3 meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local brand spirits and beer, safari activities
  • Wi-Fi internet access in guest areas
  • 220v AC power
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