Arathusa Safari Lodge
Lodge style Classic lakeside safari
Affordable classic top notch safari lodge
Arathusa Safari 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 camp environment is the foundation of the Sabi Sands Arathusa safari experience. The infinity swimming pool overlooks the waterhole, 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. 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.
Arathusa Safari Lodge is an intimate and hospitable camp, with nine thatched-roofed standard rooms within its perimeter. Each room has an en-suite bathroom, with a bath and shower – as well as an outdoor shower. The verandah offers relaxing views of the surrounding veld. Twin rooms may also be arranged. The use of natural fabrics and classic interior design ensures a simple and elegant experience. Additional amenities include a mini bar (stocked with a selection of beverages), an electronic safe, hairdryer, air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, mosquito net and tea/ 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.
Arathusa’s four luxury rooms have all the comfort and amenities of our standard 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 (source).
Activities at Arathusa Safari Lodge
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 (source).
Tripadvisor comments Arathusa Lodge
Stayed for 3 nights and Arathusa met our expectations perfectly. Stayed in Standard Villa and this was large, comfortable and located overlooking the Hippos. Meals were of a very high standard,well presented offering 3 excellent meals per day served in the open sided Dining Building with each menu introduced enthusiastically by the Head Chef. Our Ranger Phil and Tracker Rofis were great and the bush trek with Phil was very enjoyable, informative and not to be missed. As I say this was my first Safari Experience and I consider that anyone booking Arathusa will not be dissapointed.rosebowl89 from Waterlooville, UK
Arathusa was fantastic. We looked into numerous lodges and this one was relatively well-priced and delivered all that we wanted and more. Game drives were terrific (Armand was great and Ryan was excellent), the lodge was charming and the food outstanding. No over the top luxury but low key but high end service in an extremely comfortable and relaxed setting. I would opt for the standard room as opposed to luxury -- better game viewing over the pond and more convenient.rspiller from Baltimore, Cleveland