• Arathusa Safari Lodge

Arathusa Safari Lodge

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 2019
to 31 Dec 2019
Luxury Room Single
R8 550
Luxury Room Double
R11 610
Seasonal Rates 1 Jan 2020
to 31 Dec 2020
Suites -  Per Person per night Single
R9 550
Suites -  Per Person per night sharing
R6 670

 

  • icon Gallery
  • icon A Day at Arathusa
  • icon A Place for Living
  • icon Getting to Arathusa
  • icon Terms
  • icon Transfer
  • icon What you need to know
  • icon Wildlife Experience

To give you an indication of what to expect while on safari at Arathusa, we have provided an outline of what a typical day entails at Arathusa.

Summer (October to April – times adapted due to seasonal change, determined by light) Winter (May to September)
4h30 / 5h00 - Wake up call 5h30 - Wake up call
5h00 / 5h30 to 8h00 / 8h30 - Morning safari (3 hours) 6h00 to 9h00 - Morning safari (3 hours)
*Breakfast is served directly after safari *Breakfast is served directly after safari
9h15 / 9h45 – Optional guided walk (approx. 1 hour) 10h15 – Optional guided walk (approx. 1 hour)
During this time, you have the option of visiting the spa, lying by the pool, browsing in
the curio shop or resting in the quiet of your Luxury Suite

During this time, you have the option of visiting the spa, lying by the pool,
browsing in the curio shop or resting in the quiet of your Luxury Suite.
 
*Morning spent at leisure *Morning spent at leisure
14h00 - Lunch 14h00 - Lunch
15h30 / 16h00 - High-Tea 15h30 - High-Tea
16h00 / 16h30 to 19h00 / 19h30 – Afternoon/Evening safari 15h30 – Afternoon/Evening safari
19h45 / 20h00 - Dinner 19h15 - Dinner

 

Accommodation

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

Facilities

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.
 

 

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 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.

By Scheduled Flight


Experience the heart of the African bush with daily direct flights with Airlink from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Nelspruit KMIA and Skukuza Airport gateway to the Kruger National Park and the private game lodges. A short, small aircraft transfer connects you onward to Arathusa’s doorstep on Airlink’s Lodge Link service to the Arathusa Airstrip (see further information and schedule below on this page). On departure, a short air transfer from the lodge airstrip or Skukuza Airport to Nelspruit KMIA connects you conveniently to Livingstone (Zambia) and Vilanculos (Mozambique) gateway to the Bazaruto and Benguerra Islands.

SA Express offers flights to Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit. We are able to arrange road transfers between the airports and Arathusa Safari Lodge.

The transfer from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to the lodge is especially scenic, and definitely an option to consider should you want to take in the breathtaking, diverse and unique beauty of Mpumalanga.

Directions to Arathusa for self drive clients

 

As a result of the Acornhoek Road having fallen into a state of disrepair, the only recommended road to the lodge is via the Orpen Gate Road.

DISTANCES

  •  Johannesburg is approximately 550 km / 7 hours by road from Arathusa Safari Lodge
  •  Nelspruit is approximately 170 km / 3 hours by road from Arathusa Safari Lodge
  •  Hoedspruit is approximately 2 hours by road from Arathusa Safari Lodge

DIRECTIONS FROM JOHANNESBURG

  •  From Johannesburg, take the N12 to Emalahleni (Witbank). At Emalahleni (Witbank),  take the N4 to Nelspruit.
  •  You will go through 2 national toll gates on this road – Please insure to carry enough  money for all toll gates.
  •  Take the R40 from Nelspruit to White River and proceed to Hazyview.
  •  Remain on the R40 towards Bushbuckridge (from Hazyview it is approximately 68 km/ 1  hour until Orpen Road, R531)
  •  Turn right onto Orpen Road, R531

DIRECTIONS FROM HOEDSPRUIT

  •  From Hoedspruit take the R40 towards Klaserie
  •  Follow the R40 until you get to a T-junction
  •  At the T-junction, turn left
  •  Travel on this road for 2km to the Orpen Road, R531, turn left

* FROM HERE THE DIRECTIONS ARE THE SAME

  •  Continue straight for 30km, once you pass the South African Wildlife College (on your  left), after 100m turn right onto a Gravel Road. Follow this road for 3km, turn left (turn is  50m passed a soccer field on your right)
  •  Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, continue for  another 7.8km
  •  At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you.
  •  Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg / Manyeleti
  •  Follow the tar road for 4.1 km. Turn right onto dirt road.
  •  Follow dirt road for 6.4 km until the Uthar Clinic is on your left
  •  Turn left on gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) – 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate.
  •  Entrance fee to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is payable in cash   
  •  Travel straight through the Gowrie Gate. At signboards continue straight to Arathusa Safari (do not turn right to Arathusa Private) – 5.9 km 
  •  Turn right at the stone wall for Arathusa Safari Lodge & follow the road until the entrance to the lodge on the right

DIRECTIONS FROM ORPEN GATE

DISTANCES

  •  Orpen Gate is approximately 46 km / 1.5 hours by road from Arathusa Safari Lodge

DIRECTIONS

  •  Travel from Orpen Gate on the R531 towards the R40
  •  About 10 km on the tar road, before the South African Wildlife College, you will see a  gravel road to your left
  •  Turn left (helpful hint – if you pass the South African Wildlife College, you have gone too  far)
  •  Follow this road for 3km, turn left (turn is 50m passed a soccer field on your right)
  •  Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, continue for  another 7.8km
  •  Continue on this gravel road until you reach a T-junction
  •  At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you
  •  Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg / Manyeleti
  •  Follow the tar road for 4.1 km. Turn right onto dirt road
  •  Follow dirt road for 6.4 km until Uthar Clinic is on left
  •  Turn left on gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) – 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate.
  •  Entrance fee to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is payable in cash
  •  Travel straight through the Gowrie Gate. At signboards continue straight to Arathusa  Safari (do not turn right to Arathusa Private) – 5.9 km
  •  Turn right at the stone wall for Arathusa Safari Lodge & follow the road until the  entrance to the lodge on the right
BY CHARTER FLIGHT

Exclusive private charter flights may be arranged

Note: Flights may only land and take off outside of game drive times.

Arathusa Airfield, located just to the west of the Kruger National Park, has 1 gravel runway which is 1200 metres long. The geographic coordinates of this airport are 24 degrees, 44 minutes, 39 seconds South (S24°44’39”) and 31 degrees, 31 minutes, 21 seconds East (E031°31’21”). Arathusa Airfield is 1200 feet above sea level.

Federal Airlines shuttle and charter flights
Valid 1 January to 31 December 2019
Federal Airlines offers a premium point to point shuttle service and also highly customizable charter flights. Two flights from Johannesburg to Sabi Sands and two flights from Sabi Sands back to Johannesburg are offered daily – see timetables below:

Morning departure from Johannesburg to Lodge:

AIRPORT STANDARD TIMES OTHER INFORMATION
Departure: Johannesburg Departure: 10:30 Day of the week: Mon – Sun
Arrival: All lodges Arrival: 12:00 Stops: Varies


Check in for this flight will be open from 07:00
• Pax must be checked in at the Federal Airlines kiosk latest 09:30 to connect onto this flight
• Pax must be checked in at the Federal Airlines departure lounge latest by 09:45 to connect onto this flight
• Departure and arrival times may vary up to one hour
• The ARATHUSA arrival and departure fee applies to the following lodges: JSH, CHP, CHI, NKO, DJM, SLV and SIM and is excluded from the above fare
Please note that a R250 fuel levy has been included in our rates

Morning departure from Lodge to Johannesburg:

AIRPORT STANDARD TIMES OTHER INFORMATION
Departure:All lodges Departure: 11.00 Day of the week: Mon – Sun
Arrival: Johannesburg Arrival: 12:30 Stops: Varies


• IMPORTANT – Please note this departure could depart anytime between 11:00 and 11:30, this is done to accommodate guests departing from various lodges, therefore we recommend no Domestic connections for flights departing before 15:00 from Johannesburg
• IMPORTANT – Please note this departure could depart anytime between 11:00 and 11:30, this is done to accommodate guests departing from various lodges, therefore we recommend no International connections permitted for flights departing before 16:30 from Johannesburg
• Departure and arrival times may vary up to one hour
• Connections onto Tswalu and Madikwe can be accommodated
• The ARATHUSA arrival and departure fee applies to the following lodges: JSH, CHP, CHI, NKO, DJM, SLV and SIM and is excluded from the above fare

Afternoon departure from Johannesburg to Lodge:

AIRPORT STANDARD TIMES OTHER INFORMATION
Departure: Johannesburg Departure: 12:30 Day of the week: Mon – Sun
Arrival: All lodges Arrival: 14:00 Stops: Varies


Check in for this flight will be open from 07:00
• Pax must be checked in at the Federal Airlines kiosk latest 11:30 to connect onto this flight
• Pax must be checked in at the Federal Airlines departure lounge latest by 11:45 to connect onto this flight
• Departure and arrival times may vary up to one hour. Passengers booked on the Air France, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Swiss Air and Lufthansa will be accommodated on this departure providing the aircraft arrives as per its regular schedule time
• The ARATHUSA arrival and departure fee applies to the following lodges: JSH, CHP, CHI, NKO, DJM, SLV and SIM and is excluded from the above fare
Please note that a R250 fuel levy has been included in our rates

Afternoon departure from Lodge to Johannesburg:

AIRPORT STANDARD TIMES OTHER INFORMATION
Departure:All lodges Departure: 12.30 Day of the week: Mon – Sun
Arrival: Johannesburg Arrival: 15:00 Stops: Varies


• IMPORTANT – Please note this departure could depart anytime between 12:30 and 13:00, this is done to accommodate guests departing from various lodges, therefore we recommend no Domestic connections for flights departing before 17:00 from Johannesburg
• IMPORTANT – Please note this departure could depart anytime between 12:30 and 13:00, this is done to accommodate guests departing from various lodges, therefore we recommend no International connections permitted for flights departing before 17:50 from Johannesburg
• Departure and arrival times may vary up to one hour
• The ARATHUSA arrival and departure fee applies to the following lodges: JSH, CHP, CHI, NKO, DJM, SLV and SIM and is excluded from the above fare

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.

RATES

  • 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 premium branded beverages; laundry; curio shop purchases; spa treatments and products. These charges are payable on departure as extras.
  • 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: (under 3500kg GVM) (2019) R280.00 (2020) R 310.00 per vehicle
  • - PLUS a per person fee of (2019) R120.00  (2020) R 140.00  per entry
  • - Heavy vehicles: (over 3500kg GVM) (2019) R490.00 (2020) R 540.00 per vehicle
  • Fees are inclusive of 15% VAT
  • Effective 01 January 2019 the mandatory Sabi Sand Wildtuin Conservation Levy is R138.00 & 01 January 2020  R69.00 (inclusive of 15% VAT) per guest per day. This contribution goes towards conservation initiatives within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, with a particular focus on the prevention of rhino poaching.
  • These costs are added to invoices for accommodation, although arrangements may be made to add the charges to extras payable by guests on departure from the reserve.

PLEASE NOTE

  • 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.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • More than 90 days prior to arrival: no cancellation fee.
  • 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.

GROUP TERMS & CONDITIONS:

  • Any reservation of 8 or more people is considered a group.
  • A 10% deposit is payable on confirmation of the reservation.
  • Two further deposits of 25% each are payable 150 days and 90 days respectively prior to arrival, and the full balance is required no less than 30 days before arrival.

GROUP CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • 10% if cancelled more than150 days prior to arrival.
  • 25% if cancelled less than150 days before arrival.
  • 50% if cancelled 90 days before arrival.
  • 100% if cancelled less than45 days before arrival.

Arrival & Departure Times
• Check in : 12h00pm
• Check out : 10h30am
• Deviation to these times is by special arrangement only

Transfer Rates
VALID UNTIL 31 DECEMBER 2019

ROUTE Pax 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 Pax 4
HDS - Arathusa R2 820 R1 555 R1 080 R 890
KMIA - Arathusa R3 840 R1 980 R1 450 R1 165

The rates are per person based on a one way journey and include entrance fees into the Sabi Sand (where applicable). Please note the rates are subject to change without notice due to cost increases beyond our control i.e. VAT, fuel, etc.

Arrival and departure Times

Check-in time is 12h00, and check-out time is 11h00.

Air conditioning

  • Each of the suites at Arathusa is air conditioned (necessary during the summer months). Similarly, they are heated on winter evenings.

Cheque payments

  • Regrettably cheques are not accepted at the camp.

Children

  • Arathusa Safari Lodge is strictly for visitors over the age of 12, unless the entire camp is booked exclusively.

Credit cards

  • Master Card, American Express, and Visa are accepted as a means of payment at Arathusa.

Inclusions / Exclusions

  • Payment for all additional extras is to be settled on departure. This include: curio shop purchases, spa treatments & products and laundry.

Malaria

  • Many local people and some travellers do not take malaria prophylaxis, but most health professionals recommend you do. Consult your doctor or a specialist travel clinic for the latest advice concerning malaria prophylaxis, as it changes regularly.
  • Whether you take oral prophylaxis or not, always use mosquito repellent (available in each of the suites at Arathusa, as well as on game drives) and wear long pants, closed shoes and light long-sleeved shirts at night. Be sure to sleep under a mosquito net in endemic areas (the anopheles mosquito, which carries malaria, operates almost exclusively after dark). It is advisable to avoid malarial areas if you are pregnant.

On the road

  • It is advised that you do not follow the GPS, as not all roads are mapped and traversable.

Power supply

  • 220v A.C. current.

Swimming pool

  • Arathusa has an infinity swimming pool that overlooks the natural lake.

VAT

  • VAT (Value Added Tax) is calculated at 15% and included in the price of most goods, services and hotel accommodation. Foreign tourists qualify for a VAT refund on items purchased and taken out of the country upon departure. No VAT refund may be claimed on goods consumed or services rendered.

What to pack

  • Comfortable light clothing for summer months, including a swimming costume.
  • A very warm jacket for game drives during winter – conditions can be chilly!
  • Walking shoes and socks.
  • Sunhat, sunglasses and sunscreen (the African sun is harsh for the unprotected body).
  • Camera and plenty of film/ memory space.
  • A good book.

In the Bush


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.

The Wildlife


As part of the Sabi Sand Reserve and greater Kruger National Park, Arathusa is located in one of the world’s most abundant natural wilderness areas where hundreds of animal species roam free – including the much acclaimed Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo – the five most dangerous animal species to be hunted on foot). Leopards, in specific, are abundant in this region with perhaps the globe’s highest population.

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 behaviour. Many of the animals become familiar and are easily recognised. Approximately 14 leopards are seen in the area in which Arathusa operates, six of which are seen on a regular basis.

The Rangers


The most notable trait of the staff at Arathusa Safari lodge is that they love what they do. The rangers and trackers proudly transport visitors into another world, where the language is in the sound and rhythm of the bush. They are full of entertaining anecdotes, interesting bits of information and an infectious passion and enthusiasm. They are experts out in the field, and are the finishing touch to the fine quality of the Arathusa safari experience.

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