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Arathusa Safari Lodge

Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • The lodge at Arathusa overlooks a large indigenous waterhole, giving a number of its guest suites 180-degree views of the water below – along with the resident hippopotamus family and other wildlife that visit the water to drink. With such a prime location within the northern sector of the Sabi Sand Reserve, and adjacent to the world-famous Kruger National Park, it’s sights such as this that become part of the rich and vibrant tapestry that is a visit to this incredibly charming and hospitable resort.

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      Game watch from the pool
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      Your home for the while
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      Relax after your game drive
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      A Bush facing luxury room with plunge pool
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      The easy pace of Africa
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      Evening at the Lodge
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      A Standard room
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      Rooms facing the waterhole
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      A Standard room bathroom
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      Those little luxuries
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      A Standard room exterior
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    What to love

    What to know

    • Located in the northern sector of the Sabi Sand Reserve, and with the Kruger National Park nearby – this area is renowned for a huge density of wildlife. When out on safari visitors can expect to see the big five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant) in addition to a number of rare species.
    • In addition to offering resplendent views outside the large windows, each of the resort’s rooms has a premium décor inside. With a gentle nod to the reserve surroundings, each room features an outdoor veranda, an en-suite luxury bathroom and an outdoor shower.
    • There are few spa resorts in the world that overlook a natural waterhole and African bushveld – which makes Arathusa’s spa and wellness area one-of-a-kind. Head down to the resort to sample a range of signature massages, facials and grooming treatments.
    • The resort’s specially designed ‘camp’ area is an intimate outdoor area for guests to relax and enjoy the adjacent surroundings – whether that be cooling off in the large infinity pool or relaxing on a lounger for some light afternoon reading in the sunshine.
    • Arathusa’s kitchen takes full advantage of South Africa’s reputation for supplying the rest of the world with fresh produce. All fruit and vegetables are locally sourced, while dinnertime offers an exceptional choice of authentic African cooking, game meats and freshly caught fish.
    • The journey to Arathusa Safari Lodge from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport is approximately 165 kilometres, and will take between two and three hours.
    • Four luxury suites are available while staying at the Arathusa Safari Lodge. These include the comforts of standard rooms, with the addition of their own private plunge pool and lounge area. They are also located at a further distance from the main guest camp.

    About this property

    • Making up a part of one of the most populace areas of indigenous wildlife in South Africa, the Sabi Sand Reserve sits in the northwestern region of the country, adjacent to the unfenced Kruger National Park. With visitors arriving from all sides of the globe for its safari links, these preserved wilderness sanctuaries are home not only to the highly-sought after big five game (that’s lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant) but a number of rare species found in this area only.

      Basing the hub of its resort in plain view of a natural waterhole, the Arathusa resort feels completely emerged in the game reserve way of life. Not only does a 20-strong family of hippopotamus regularly visit the water to drink, but many other wild animals come to visit –all in view of the resort’s communal ‘camp’ area and from some of Arathusa’s rooms and suites.

      The resort’s accommodation is made up of nine thatched-roof standard rooms and four luxury rooms. Each room is designed with a lavish en-suite bathroom, with a deep bathtub, shower and outdoor shower, as well as an outdoor veranda offering spectacular views across the resort, and perfect for enjoying an early bird’s breakfast. Each suite has a classic design, with polished stone floors, an elegant four-poster double bed and mini bar. The four luxury rooms are located slightly further away from the main resort, and feature the addition of a lounge area and private plunge pool.

      When you’re not off exploring the vast wildlife reserves, guests are invited to make full use of the resort’s communal ‘camp’ area, which overlooks the calm waters of the waterhole, and features an infinity pool. The resort is also home to a spa and wellness centre, where guests can unwind with their choice of bath ceremonies, signature massages or grooming treatments – all composed by the resort’s beauty therapists.

      Once the day is through, the resort’s kitchen still has one trick up its sleeve. Serving a mix of creative international classics and authentic African cookery, diners can rest assured that almost all of the produce on offer has been locally sourced. The restaurant also serves a scrumptious breakfast and delicious sundowners should the mood take you.

    • Arathusa Safari Lodge is an intimate and hospitable camp, offering an exceptional safari experience and luxury accommodation.

      The resort has 13 stylish and elegant thatched-roofed rooms featuring natural furnishings and a classic interior design. Amenities include a mini bar (stocked with a selection of beverages), an electronic safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, mosquito net and tea and coffee making facilities. In keeping with the traditional and natural safari experience, there are no televisions in the rooms at Arathusa. Guests are, however, able to send or receive e-mails and faxes from the reception area.

      Water facing luxury rooms: Each Water facing luxury room has a king-size bed and an en-suite bathroom, with a bath and shower – as well as an outdoor shower. The large verandah offers relaxing views of the surrounding veld and waterhole. Twin rooms may also be arranged.

      Bush facing luxury rooms: Arathusa’s Bush facing luxury rooms have all the comfort and amenities of the Water facing luxury rooms, with the addition of their own plunge pools and lounge areas. These exclusive rooms are located further from the main camp to afford guests privacy. Please note: These rooms do not have a view of the waterhole.

    • Arathusa Safari Lodge does not accept children under 12 years of age. Children aged over 12 years are permitted but will be charged the full adult rate.

    • Arathusa is an intimate camp with an open-plan design and natural building materials which 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.

      Dining: Meal times at Arathusa are a sociable affair, and guests are treated to sumptuous dishes, fresh regional produce and daily baked good from the kitchen. When it comes to dinner, Arathusa prides itself on ensuring that their guests never dine at the same place twice during their stay. Guests can enjoy traditional South African potjie dishes (a traditional South African meal cooked in a round, cast iron, three-legged pot) in the open-air boma (traditionally an enclosure for livestock), while being serenaded by the sounds of the African bush, whilst a fine dining experience is offered at the lodge, where the chefs employ their creative flair.

      Swimming Pool: The infinity swimming pool overlooks the waterhole, and is the perfect spot for wildlife viewing while cooling off on a hot African summer’s afternoon.

      Safari Spa: Arathusa’s spa offers a comprehensive spa and wellness experience. The treatment room overlooks the camp’s waterhole and the beautiful African bushveld, and a wide selection of treatments is available 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.

    • Sudwala Caves: The Sudwala Caves are the oldest known caves in the world. Tours are available and take approximately 30 minutes – where you’ll be shown a number of different rock formations including stalagmites, fossils and flow stones.

      Dullstroom Bird Of Prey And Rehabilitation Centre: This centre specialises in rehabilitating injured birds of prey and allows for public visitations that include flying demonstrations, handling and photograph opportunities.

      Golf: The Mpumalanga region is home to a number of exceptional golf courses – including the Skukuza Golf Course, Kambaku Komatipoort Golf Club and Hans Merensky Golf Estate – that benefit from being surrounded by the beautiful bush plains.

      Elephant Sanctuary: This elephant sanctuary, located in Hazyview, is run by a group of knowledgeable trainers and keepers who host a number of tours and information guides for those who visit.

      Lowveld National Botanical Garden: Not just famous for its game wildlife, South Africa has a huge collection of indigenous flora that you won’t find in any other part of the world. This botanical garden serves as a brilliant collection of flowers and vegetation located around an enchanting waterfall.

    • When to Travel

      Visitors can enjoy wildlife viewing year round, however the experience does change depending on the season. In the summer months (October to March), it gets very hot. The rains mean that the scenery is quite spectacular but the foliage is more dense, water is more abundant and wildlife can be tricker to see. However there are lots of beautiful migratory birds during the summer months. The daytime temperature in the winter months (May to September) are ideal, however it does get a little chilly at night and in the early morning.

      Location and Directions

      Arathusa Safari Lodge is located in Mpumalanga, South Africa,within the northern sector of the Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. The lodge overlooks a large waterhole, with a 180-degree view of the water and the landscape is rich and varied, comprising of open savannas, riverine thickets, river beds and lush bush vegetation. The perennial Manyeleti River meanders its way through the property.

      How to get there:

      There are daily direct flights from Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town to Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, approx. 165km from Arathusa Safari Lodge. The transfer time from the airport is approx. 21/2 to 3 hours, however the journey is especially scenic through the breathtakingly diverse and unique beauty of Mpumalanga. Johannesburg is approx. 550km from the resort and the drive takes about 7 hours.

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