Arathusa Safari Lodge, Greater Kruger

Introduction

Arathusa Safari Lodge is located in the northern part of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The reserve shares unfenced borders with Kruger National Park making it a prime wildlife area. It is also a haven for bird watchers with over 300 bird species.

The camp is unfenced so there is the chance to see animals in and around camp. There is a large waterhole in front of camp, where you may see hippos, buffalos and elephants, but don’t be surprised to also see elephants drinking from the swimming pool! Guides will escort guests to and from their rooms at night.

The lodge has nine water facing rooms and four bush facing rooms. Rooms are double or twin, with a bath, separate indoor and outdoor shower and a veranda. The bush facing rooms also boast a private plunge pool and are slightly further removed from the main camp for more privacy. All of the rooms at Arathusa are air conditioned for the summer and heated in the winter. Additional amenities include a mini-bar, an electronic safe, hairdryer, direct-dial telephone, mosquito net and tea and coffee making facilities.

The main camp is a warm, open-plan setting constructed with wood and thatch. There is a comfortable living area, a traditional open-air boma and an infinity pool overlooking the waterhole. Dinner is never served in the same place twice during a guests stay.

Arathusa Safari Lodge believes in supporting the local community and they aim to employ local people and then train them up. They also source their food locally and donate money to the Buffelshoek Trust, which supports local communities and aims to provide upliftment through education.

Please note: No children under 12 are allowed at Arathusa.

Facilities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Infinity pool overlooking the waterhole
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in lounge area
  • Credit card facilities
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Activities

Game drives
You will set out on two game drives a day with an experienced ranger and tracker in open safari vehicles, which are perfect for wildlife viewing and great photographic opportunities. Trackers sit up at the front of the vehicle looking for fresh animal tracks. The afternoon game drive includes a sundowner stop before the game drive continues into the night searching for nocturnal animals and predators coming out to hunt.

Bush walks
If you want a different experience, guided walks may also be arranged. Bush walks are led by an armed ranger with specialised training in approaching dangerous game and you will be given full guidance on how to behave when encountering animals. Bush walks allow you to track animals on foot, view wildlife from a different perspective and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Africa.

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