Arathusa Safari LodgeSabi Sands, Kruger / 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.
What to love
- This area of Sabi Sands is renowned for its huge density of wildlife. On safari visitors can expect to see the big five in addition to a number of rare species.
- The rooms boast resplendent views as well premium interiors that take inspiration from the natural 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 ensuiring Arathusa’s spa and wellness area is one-of-a-kind. .
- 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.
What to know
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Kruger Mpumalanga Airport is approximately 165km from Arathusa Safari Lodge. The journey takes approx. 21/2 to 3 hours, however is 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.
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.