Arathusa Safari Lodge
Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, Limpopo
Amenities & Facilities
Arathusa Safari Lodge is a luxurious camp in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve flanking the Kruger National Park which offers an affordable African Big Five Safari.
“Arathusa” is derived from the Northern Sotho Word “Reathusa”, which means “to help one another”. Arathusa Safari Lodge is located within the northern sector of the coveted Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park.
This region has gained favour due to its lengthy history within the South African tourism industry, its incredible concentrations of wildlife, and the high quality private safaris on offer. The lodge flanks the bank of a large waterhole (approximately 250m x 150m) allowing for a 180- degree view of the water. Guests are able to view and enjoy a variety of wildlife (including the big five – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant). There are usually between 5 and 20 hippos “right on the doorstep” providing 24 hour entertainment.
The camp is an intimate one, completely open-plan and designed to harmoniously blend with the adjacent waterhole and African bush. Wood and thatch, air and water – an extension of the natural environment. The main living area is intended for comfort. Whether quietly reflecting on the view; reading a good book;enjoying compatible banter with friends or fellow safari go-ers - the warmth and charm of the camp environment is the foundation of the Arathusa safari experience.
An infinity swimming pool overlooks the waterhole and is the perfect spot for wildlife viewing on a smoldering African summer’s afternoon.
A traditional open-air boma (brick & grass enclosed dining area) presents guests with a novel way of appreciating an enjoyable meal under the stars to the sounds of the African wild.
Arathusa Safari Lodge is an intimate and hospitable camp. Thatched luxury suites are within the camp's perimeter. Each have a bathroom en-suite (with bath and separate indoor and outdoor showers), and a verandah for optimum enjoyment of the surrounding wilds. Twin rooms may also be arranged. Arathusa also has 4 ultra-luxurious suites. These remote and exclusive units are further removed from the main camp facilities, and have their own private plunge pools and lounge areas. Please note: Luxury rooms do not have a view of the waterhole. Fabrics are natural, furniture classic and the interior design both simple and elegant.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. There are no televisions in the rooms at Arathusa. In keeping with the traditional safari experience, the bush is best experienced “al dente”. Guests are however able to make calls from the reception area, and to send or receive e-mails and faxes.
Arathusa Safari Lodge now offers a comprehensive spa and wellness experience. This newly built facility has two treatment rooms overlooking the camp's waterhole and the beautiful African bushveld, and offers 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. The Safari Spa uses TheraVine™, an innovative and world-renowned unisex Face and Body Spa product treatment range that was developed in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands.
Facial treatments on offer include theTheraVine™ Appetizer, an express Vinetherapy facial boost that is customised for specific skin types and takes a mere thirty minutes, and the TheraVine™ Balancing, a deep-cleansing facial using carefully selected aromatic botanicals, designed to gently remove surface impurities while restoring balance to the skin.
Mimicking the rhythmical patterns of an African dance, the TheraNaka Signature Massage is performed with the use of specially designed natural wooden implements which, accompanied by light stretching techniques, is effective for reducing aches and pains and releasing tension. The warm Olive and Shea butter ointment will nourish and heal dry skin, while inducing a blissful state of relaxation and rejuvenation. There is also a host of other treatments to choose from, including Bath Ceremonies, Body Wraps, manicures and pedicures. Whatever your pleasure, you're sure to leave The Safari Spa happier and more relaxed.
FROM THE KITCHEN
Meal times at Arathusa are a sociable affair. From the kitchen guests are treated to sumptuous dishes, fresh produce and home baked confectionary. South Africa is renowned for its fresh produce – our fruits and vegetables are a primary export to international regions all over the world. Meat, venison and poultry are also first class.
A continental breakfast is served buffet-style, while a cooked meal is served according to guests' preference from the kitchen. A sumptuous lunch is prepared by the chef, and served plated to guests directly. Dinner is a 3-course affair on the deck overlooking the waterhole around a blazing fire (weather permitting). Arathusa also offers a range of superior South African wines, produced in the Cape by well respective farms and estates.
Arathusa prides itself on its’ leopard viewing. As leopards are territorial, their regular appearances in our area allow us to plot their movements and to observe their behavior. Many of the animals become familiar and are easily recognized – this enables us to name them. There is a female leopard named ‘Safari’ who is often seen around the camp.
Approximately 14 leopards are found in the area in which Arathusa operate, 6 of which are seen on a regular basis. Large herds of buffalo numbering in excess of 300 often find their way to the Arathusa lake. One need not move far to enjoy the safari experience! Elephants are also seen in numbers. There are various lion prides in the area, as well as a few nomadic males. Over 90 percent of guests will experience The Big 5 – very often in one day, sometimes in one drive. General “lowveld” game are abundant in this section of the Sabi Sand Reserve, including giraffe, zebra, warthog, impala and more.
This region is a bird-watcher’s mecca. A few of the rarer birds are seen from the camp itself, such as the Horus Swift.
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.
R 5 600 per person per night sharing
R 8 400 per single guest per night
Valid 01 Feb 2017 to 31 Dec 2017
* Teas and coffees
* Twice-daily game drives in open safari vehicles
* a guided bush walk
* Effective 1 January 2017, rates will also become fully inclusive, and house wines, beers and spirits (as well as soft drinks and waters) will be included in the daily rate for accommodation.
* All extras
* All drinks
* Effective 1 January 2017, not included are premium brand drinks, as well as spa treatments/ products, curio purchases and communication costs (Wi-Fi is included in the daily rate).
Term & Conditions:
* Conservation Contribution - R57.00 per person per night contribution will be added to invoices for accommodation, to be paid prior to arrival, from 1 January 2017.
* No children under the age of 12 allowed at Arathusa Safari Lodge
* Rates are subject to change and availability
* Please note, guests will be required to sign an Indemnity Form on arrival at the lodge.
* All rooms will be on the same rate structure
* 4 Bush-facing Luxury Rooms are remotely located and have no view of the waterhole but do have private plunge pools.
* 9 Water-facing Luxury Rooms have a view of the waterhole, but no private plunge pools.