Arathusa has a superb location overseeing a lake-sized waterhole in the centre of Sabi Sand's northern sector; it enjoys the area's high concentrations of Big Five. Game congregates at the waterhole all year round, including large herds of buffalo (300+) and which venture out in front of the Lodge. Birding is very good, with Horus Swift having been seen here. Elephants are frequent visitors. The area is justifiably reputed for leopard sightings with fourteen territories known on the traversing area and six individuals frequently seen. There are established lion prides and nomadic individuals.
The Arathusa landscape is rich and varied, consisting of open savannah, riverine thickets, river beds and lush bush vegetation. The perennial Manyeleti River meanders through the property. The standard of Guides and Trackers is high: three drives should ensure you see the Big Five; three days will not exhaust the diversity of the area. Arrange to take a morning walk, before or instead of a drive in the hot Summer, or after drive (Winter).
Arathusa enjoys unusual levels of game activity at the Lodge itself; year round, animals and birds are attracted to the waterhole as it offers them clear approach routes and all-round visibility to watch out for predators.
The main Lodge is thatched, and open-plan with sides open to the view. Brunch is taken here as are dinners which may also be taken on the deck, in the reeded boma area around the fire or out in the bush. A variety of dining spots are used throughout your stay.
The infinity pool overlooks the waterhole and lets you view game whilst cooling off on a sweltering African afternoon. The Spa, offering a range of massage, facial and grooming treatments, is nearby.
There are thirteen thatched-roofed chalets in total. Nine standard rooms are scattered around the main Lodge with verandahs overlooking the waterhole. They are en-suite (bath and shower) and have an outdoor shower. Four luxury rooms are set behind the Lodge for more privacy. These rooms are larger and have lounge areas and each has its own plunge pool. More private and spaced apart, they are a 5 minute walk from the main complex and require an escort at night.
All rooms are air-conditioned and have a stocked mini bar, safe, hairdryer, direct-dial telephone, mosquito net and tea/ coffee making facilities. All can be made up in a twin bed configuration.
Arathusa is an 868 hectare property, but the Lodge has arguably the best traversing area in the northern sector with over 4,000 hectares at the Rangers' disposal. Reciprocal agreements with neighbouring landowners enable access right the way to its illustrious (MalaMala, Singita, Londolozi) neighbours' boundaries and to where Kruger Park fence was so you are sharing all that game (and paying less). There are very few vehicles to impact on the solitude enjoyed during game drives and plenty of space to escape if you do see any.
No children under twelve. Drinks excluding tea and coffee are for your own account at Arathusa and settled on departure.