Arathusa Safari Lodge

Arathusa Safari Lodge

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Arathusa Waterhole-Facing Standard Room
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Breakfast in the "Boondocks"
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Entertainment staff
Airport transportation
Spa
Gift shop
Secured parking
Internet
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Massage
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Minibar
Extra long beds
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Telephone
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms

Location

Flockfield Road, Kruger National Park 1380 South Africa
Getting there
Arathusa Safari Lodge Airport
Londolozi Aerodrome
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3Shakera wrote a review Oct 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa287 contributions124 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Arathusa safari lodge in the Sabi Sands Reserve is indeed a piece of bush heaven. The lodge is absolutely well maintained and the rooms all face the beautiful water hole so sightings are inevitable.
The rooms are spacious and very well set out, the outside shower is a big plus and gives you the feel of being outdoors.
The rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated.
I was part of a group that catered for us but used the great team of Johnson & Ruth who are simply amazing.
Excellent food and snacks.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: All rooms have a waterhole view
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Stefanie G wrote a review Mar 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The rooms are spacious and comfortable. Air conditioning in each room works great! We were in "Marula", the furthest room out (a quarter mile walk from the dining/bar area but the staff will happily provide a ride if you are not up for the 7 minute walk. A ride is provided for early morning game drive and after dinner for safety. It included a plunge pool, private patio, indoor and outdoor showers as well as a large bath tub. The lodge is surrounded by animals - everyday there were elephants drinking from the lake and many others cruising by and even through the lodge property.

Our game drives were absolutely amazing! Jordan (Ranger) and Norman (Tracker) are the best of the best. Jordan was very knowledgable and always willing to answer any questions we had. Norman even got off and tracked animals on foot for us! Each day was a new adventure and we were NEVER disappointed. Being on a private game reserve the Rangers/Trackers are able to go off the beaten path to really get you close to the animals while always maintaining safety. After our morning game drive or Ranger joined us for lunch and after our evening game drive he joined us for a drink. We felt like family!

The staff at Arathusa was very accommodating and always greeted us all by name and with a smile.

The food was delicious! Three different main dishes to choose from for each meal, portions were the perfect size and the drinks flowed freely.

I highly recommend a massage in the afternoon - Winnie does an amazing job and the price is GREAT!

We will definitely be back to Arathusa!
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Date of stay: February 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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SLAYdesignstudio wrote a review May 2020
Cincinnati, Ohio10 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed at Arathusa for 4 nights in November 2019, it was the last leg of our 3 week vacation in South Africa. Everything about Arathusa was incredible - the lodge, service, food, drives and the people. We had Michael & Nox for our guide & tracker, and they were such an amazing duo, we had an absolute blast with them. We saw everything we wanted to see, the big 5 and so much more. We stayed in one of the 4 remote suites, which do have a bit of a walk to the main lodge, and you will need a driver to drive you to & from in the morning and evening due to safety. Unfortunately, we could not use the private plunge pool at the time, but we did have an amazing viewing of a herd of 6 elephants drinking from our pool! Such a special place, I would 100% recommend Arathusa to anyone!
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Date of stay: November 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Joy W wrote a review Jan 2023
Chicago, Illinois626 contributions126 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This was our second time on safari as we had previously stayed at all luxury safari lodges on a 9 day safari in Tanzania last year. Booking this lodge seemed like a way to save money and have a nice stay after reading the reviews. Cons: our safari guide was difficult to hear, (didn't speak very loud) and his english wasn't very clear. Our room needed updating, especially the bathroom. When we would wake up in the morning there were bugs everywhere. We had to put tissue in the door as it was partially open and things could get into the room. We literally stuffed tissue 1/4 of the way up the door to try and prevent bugs from entering our room. The phones didn't work but 1 day while we were there. When we tried to call the front desk we were unable to get ahold of anyone but were suppose to have escorts at night due to the wild animals. The biggest disappointment was having to be seated with the people you are in a safari vehicle with for every meal. This was exhausting. We didn't look forward to any meals due to this. We were not given the chance to eat 1 meal by ourselves. That means for every meal you must make small talk with others and then be on safari with them all day. We couldn't wait for our time to end here so we could just relax by enjoying meals by ourselves. Pros: The food was good and Winney, the massage therapist was excellent. The staff was kind and Annika was very accommodating.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Annabel206 wrote a review Mar 2020
Altrincham, United Kingdom87 contributions60 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Paid an extortionate transfer fee which we all accepted. However a clapped out vehicle unsuitable for 4 guests and bags was poor for over 10000 rand. On arrival we were taken to the bush suites. Lovely rooms with dirty plunge pools. We accept the pools get visited by elephants but keep on top of it.The lodge did move us the next day which was very good
We enjoyed fantastic game drives. Lovely staff whi couldn't do enough for you. Great surprise with bush dinners and breakfasts. Would highly recommend until I became very ill with a severe food allergy which I notified reception on arrival and double checked with staff at every dinner. I accept that errors can be made and all the staff were very concerned and apologetic. That was fine. But it receive an email from the owner saying I hadn't made the lodge aware I had an allergy is a complete lie and shows total arrogance and contempt to a client.
Dont lie accept your errors
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Nicole R wrote a review Sept 2022
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay at Arathusa exceeded all of our expectations and was truly magical. My partner and I stayed in one of the remote bush suites and his parents stayed in one of the rooms close to the main lodge. Both were beautifully furnished, the beds were very comfortable, and even included outdoor showers and spacious tubs to soak in.

We had the dynamic duo (Norman as our tracker and Jordan as our guide) and had the opportunity to see some of the most amazing sightings on our game drives. The staff was friendly and accommodating to our needs as well. I had the opportunity to book a massage with Winnie which was probably one of the best massages I have had in a while.

The meals were delicious and plentiful (you will not be disappointed here) and they also offered us unlimited wine and drinks from the bar😀

We met some really amazing people while we were there and made some new friends. The customer service and community is the best!

Thank you to everyone at Arathusa for an amazing experience. We will definitely be back ⭐️
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Janet H wrote a review Mar 2023
Fridaythorpe, United Kingdom17 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After the satafi lodge (which we'd been to several times before) we were originally going to go to cancelled our booking one week before we were due to go, I contacted Arathusa.. Now I know that was the best thing that could have happened!! Jenna at Arathus reservations very quickly sorted out an identical booking for our dates. We arrived at their own airstrip and we're picked up by our ranger, Jordan. From then on our 3 night stay was simply perfect. The waterside suites at Arathusa are simply stunning, clean, comfortable with magnificent views of the dam with its resident hippos and many varied visiting wild life. The staff at Arathusa are fabulous, and a special shout out to Angel, Winnie and if course Ronnie for his stories 🤣🤣. And as for the safari drives?!! Jordan was fantastic, finding us incredible sightings of the Big 5, including an amazing viewing if a female leopard and tiny cub. Every drive was magical. Thank you Jordan, for the care you have in making everyone's trip a once in a life time experience. On top of all that, the food was lovely, wine great quality and plentiful, plus Winnie's "heading" hands at the spa. All in all the four of us had the most glorious stay and we will definitely return one day soon! Thank you Arathusa for making what was to be a fabulous holiday even more special.
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Date of stay: March 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Book a waterside suite, a bit more expensive but well worth it. And take a massage with Winnie!!!
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Anita C wrote a review Nov 2020
South Africa108 contributions50 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Arathusa went out of their way to make this surprise trip unforgettable. Special breakfasts in the bush on the banks of a dam with a hippo and a crocodile...wow.
Vernon and Jolene make you feel like family and nothing is too much to ask for.
The chefs serve amazing food and the "game burger" was a hit. Dean and Chris were great entertainment on the game drives and spotted lots of leopard, cheetah, lion etc...never mind Dean's humor that was a treat!
We stayed in a luxury bush unit and the morning we left the leopard was lazing on the deck of the unit next to ours...how special.
We will surely be back and we can recommend Arathusa to anyone that wants to be sure that they will be taken care of and will get the most of a true Sabi Sand safari.
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Date of stay: November 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: The bush units have a private splash pool for hot summer months.Pick a unit with not obstruction...
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jan59Essex wrote a review Nov 2022
essex261 contributions203 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived to a very warm welcome from the lovely Winnie, plus a large bull elephant in must, stomping through the grounds! We had a waterhole facing room & would definitely recommend it. It was large, with a comfortable king bed, double sinks, indoor & outdoor showers, bath and a sofa facing out to the waterhole, small sink, fridge & tea/ coffee making facilities. The decking also faced the waterhole, with 2 chairs & table. My only comment for improvement would be to have loungers instead of chairs. On our 1st stay here the waterhole was dry, so it was wonderful to watch the resident hippos frolicking in the water. A highlight of the entire stay was when a herd of buffalo, at least 200 strong, came to the water. Elephants, deer, hyena also dropped by. We saw the big 5 every day, sometimes on one drive. This is our 3rd trip to Sabi but have never seen so many leopards, and were fortunate to follow a pack of wild dogs down the road & into the bush. De Beer & Eugene were excellent, so informative and interesting. We did the bush walk after breakfast one morning with De Beer & would highly recommend it. My daughter & I both felt our 1 hour relaxing massage with Winnie was the best we’ve had. I cannot fault the food, and we’re all foodies in our family. The wine & spirits were generous & mostly included in the price.
All of the staff were friendly & dedicated to ensure the guests had a wonderful time, so it feels a little unfair to single some out, but Winnie & Ronnie (my surrogate parents!) were very special.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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amandakr wrote a review Jun 2023
Weehawken, New Jersey57 contributions81 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely perfect four night stay at Arathusa. I would say that the value for money is great for those looking for excellent game viewings, beautiful lodgings and who are looking for something slightly less expensive than say Singita or &Beyond. Lodgings were beyond spacious and comfortable, the views of the very active watering hole were fabulous. The outdoor shower was a lovely treat. The food was fresh, healthy and plentiful. Amy one of the amazing camp managers always makes sure you are fed! Ronnie's stories at lunch and dinner were priceless. I definitely think Arathusa needs to put together a book of his 'dad jokes.' I would have bought a copy. Our guide DeBeer and tracker Eugene were both phenomenal. I loved the nature walk I took with DeBeer. His knowledge of the bush is extensive from growing up in the area. The Sabi Sands area itself is very rich in wildlife and every time I have been I have always seen the Big 5. We saw everything except cheetahs during our four day stay. We had a couple of rhino sightings that were amazing and the hippo and her baby at the watering hole interacting with the crocodile was a sight to see. All in all, I can't say anything negative about the stay. The staff is absolutely lovely and I really think they've done an amazing job with an intimate camp. I loved that there were no children and there were maybe a total of max 16 guests when we there. I also enjoyed a lovely massage at the spa with Winnie. They helpfully arranged our Federal Air flights directly to their airstrip, which I recommend so you don't waste time with transfers.
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Date of stay: June 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Fly into the Arathusa airstrip which is 5 minutes from the lodge.
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lissaWanderlust asked a question May 2021
Huntsville, Alabama711 contributions68 helpful votes
How many days should we stay?? 3 or 4 days
amino143 asked a question Dec 2020
Benoni, South Africa32 contributions12 helpful votes
Is the lodge accessible by car or only 4x4?
Answer from 3Shakera
Johannesburg, South Africa287 contributions124 helpful votes
it is accessible by car however the majority of the road from Bushbuckridge is dirt road and it is quite rocky especially with the rains, but still doable. use the Merry Pebbles (MP Stream) Road to Gowrie Gate, it is the least bad road :)
Hannahbethanylouise asked a question Apr 2020
East Morton, United Kingdom37 contributions8 helpful votes
Is 3 nights long enough?
Answer from 3Shakera
Johannesburg, South Africa287 contributions124 helpful votes
for locals, it is although my personal preference would be 5 nights so you fully enjoy the lodge and quiet time by simply relaxing and perhaps some reading too
laurencohen8 asked a question Nov 2019
Chicago, Illinois24 contributions47 helpful votes
Hi! What is the proper clothing to wear on the safari? Thanks!
Answer from julie D
Carnforth, United Kingdom67 contributions43 helpful votes
neutral easy to wear and able to cover arms and legs. Good comfy stuff really. Can get very cold early am and late pm so take a cardigan or jacket. We went September
Hannahbethanylouise asked a question Nov 2019
East Morton, United Kingdom37 contributions8 helpful votes
Can anyone recommend the best room for our honeymoon? We are hoping to see elephants from the room!
Answer from julie D
Carnforth, United Kingdom67 contributions43 helpful votes
can be best answered by asking the reception staff, this gets booked up very quickly our room was lovely, just a standard bush facing king
gbpackfans wrote a tip 07 Jun
De Pere, Wisconsin61 contributions49 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get a room near waterhole and in winter months bring VERY warm clothes"
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Manoj wrote a tip May 2024
London, United Kingdom18 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Opt for the water facing lodges if a walk back in the bush to the bush facing ones is likely to make you nervous or you have kids with you."
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Brookiesontour wrote a tip May 2024
Grimsby, United Kingdom90 contributions44 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Expect nothing and be patient on game drives. Hopefully you won’t be disappointed"
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phes22 wrote a tip Apr 2024
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"A MUST stay!!!!!"
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Heather V wrote a tip Apr 2024
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Watering hole facing rooms have incredible views - the Jackalberry suite also has a plunge pool!"
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LOCATION
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ARATHUSA SAFARI LODGE - Hotel Reviews (Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa)

Frequently Asked Questions about Arathusa Safari Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Arathusa Safari Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Arathusa Safari Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and extra long beds.
What food & drink options are available at Arathusa Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Arathusa Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Arathusa Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Arathusa Safari Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Arathusa Safari Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Arathusa Safari Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Arathusa Safari Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does Arathusa Safari Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.
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