Sabi Sands Safari Lodges Reviews & Information
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The luxurious lodge is within the northern sector of the game-rich Sabi Sands Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, in South Africa's magnificent Mpumalanga Province. The Sabi Sands Reserve in South Africa became a popular safari destination due to its lengthy history, its high concentration of wildlife including lions and leopards, and the high-quality private safaris, which are available to guests.
The Sabi Sands Reserve includes; Elephant Plains, Simbambili, Chitwa Chitwa, which is part of Djuma and some private land. For a complete list of lodges in the Sabi Sands:
Each of the luxury chalets at this Lodge provides a beautiful 180- degree view of the water. Guests can see and enjoy a variety of wildlife including hippos and the big five - lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, elephant - from the comfort of their private verandas.
The central living area at this exclusive safari destination is intended for support. Whether quietly reflecting on the view, reading a book, enjoying time with friends, the warmth and charm of the camp environment are the foundations of the Safari experience.
The swimming pool at the lodge overlooks the waterhole and is the perfect spot for wildlife viewing on a hot African summer's afternoon. The traditional open-air boma, which is the Lodge's brick and grass enclosed outdoor dining area, presents guests with a novel way of appreciating an enjoyable meal under the stars to the sounds of the African wild
There are no telephones or televisions in the rooms, keeping with the traditional safari experience. Guests are, however, able to make phone calls from the reception area of the Lodge and send or receive emails and faxes.
Four new water-facing Luxury Rooms have been added to the central lodge area, replacing four of the Standard Rooms. Together with the current five Standard Rooms, there are nine rooms available within the main lodge perimeter. The four remote bush-facing Luxury Rooms are ideal for guests who prefer a more exclusive and private experience. The only difference between the two Luxury Room types is that water-facing rooms do not have private plunge pools, whereas bush-facing Luxury Rooms do. Both are charged at the same rate.
Meal times are a close affair with all guests being treated to beautiful dishes, fresh produce, and home-baked confectionery. 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 to the guests directly. Dinner is a 3-course affair in the traditional African boma around a blazing fire, which is weather permitting. The Lodge also offers a range of excellent excellent South African wines, which have been produced in the Cape by well several farms and wine estates.
The landscape of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, South Africa, is wealthy and varied. Open savannahs, riverine thickets, river beds and lush bush vegetation ensure exciting sights, flora, and fauna. The perennial Manyeleti River meanders its way through the property of the Safari Lodge.
The African Safari is most often measured by "The Big Five" barometer. The Big Five is a group of animals including the lion, the leopard, the rhino, the elephant and the buffalo who earned their reputations as the most dangerous animals to be hunted on foot. The phrase "Big Five" was coined by hunters of the past - before the advent of the photographic safari.
Travellers who seek the Big Five safari experience will undoubtedly find it during their stay here. They will encounter rare sightings of a leopard which is usually the most elusive of cats, lions and rhino - a camera's viewfinder is continuously filled with close contact wildlife interactions. One need not leave the comfort of the camp to see the vast herds of buffalo, and elephant families, which gather at the water's edge.
The Lodge prides itself on its' leopard viewing. As these cats are territorial, their regular appearances in this particular region of the Kruger National Park allows the rangers to track their movements and to observe their behaviour. Approximately 14 leopards are found in the area in which operates, 6 of which are seen on a regular basis.
Large herds of buffalo numbering more than 301 often find their way to the lake. Elephants are also seen in numbers. There is various lion pride in the area, as well as a few nomadic males. General "Lowveld" game are abundant in this section of the Sabi Sand Reserve, including giraffe, zebra, warthog, impala and more. This region is a birdwatcher's mecca. A few of the rarer birds are seen from the camp itself, such as the Horus Swift.
Below detailed information about the Sabi Sands Safari Lodges is available.
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- Air Conditioning
- Bar Fridges in Room
- Ensuite / Private bathroom
- Indoor Outdoor Showers
- Internet Access
- Mosquito net
- Tea and coffee making facilities
Dining at the Arathusa Safari Lodge
Dining at the magnificent Arathusa Safari Lodge is a wonderful social experience. The chef focuses on only the freshest and finest local ingredients that the Cape has to offer. Simple yet sumptuous meals are put together to tantalize the diners taste buds.
Breakfast is a buffet style continental breakfast, although cooked meals are available upon request. Lunch is a plated meal served to the guests according to the produce available to the chef on that day. Dinner at the Arathusa Safari Lodge is a 3-course affair on the deck overlooking the waterhole around a blazing fire (weather permitting).
Arathusa Safari Lodge offers a comprehensive spa and wellness experience. The spa has two treatment rooms which overlook the waterhole. This Safari Spa uses TheraVine, a treatment range that was developed in the Stellenbosch Winelands.
- Bath ceremonies
- Body wraps
- Waxing and tinting.
Game Drives and Walking Safaris
The Arathusa Safari Lodge prides itself on leopard viewing. The regular appearances of leopard in this area of South Africa allow the rangers to track their movements and the same leopards are often seen around the camp.
Buffalo, elephants, lions, giraffe, zebra, warthog and impalas can also be seen in their numbers. Game drives are conducted in open safari vehicles while guided walks with an armed ranger may also be arranged.
The exclusive Arathusa Safari Lodge in Sabi Sands features two spa treatment rooms which overlook the waterhole. This Safari Spa makes use of TheraVine products, a treatment range developed in the Stellenbosch Winelands.
Spa treatments on offer include:
- Bath ceremonies
- Body wraps
- Waxing and tinting.
- Open Air Boma
- Swimming Pool
- Viewing deck
- Wellness centre
Check in and Check Out Times
- Check in: 14:00
- Check out: 10:00
- 24 - hour reception service
- Concierge services
- Game drive safaris
- Housekeeping service
- Internet connection
- Massage treatments
- Wake-up call
- Walking safaris
- Wellness & Beauty treatments
Malaria Status and Animals
The Arathusa Safari Lodge prides itself on leopard viewing. The Arathusa Safari Lodge prides itself on Leopard viewing. It is one of the few Safari Lodges in South Africa that has regular sittings of Leopard. Apart from the Leopard population, guests can see the rest of the Big 5 as well as over 400 different species of bird and wildlife.
Some guests do not take malaria medication when visiting the area, but for safety reasons, it is recommended. There are few cases of malaria, however just to be safe consult your doctor before travelling to the area.
- # Rooms:
Four new water-facing Luxury Rooms have been added to the main lodge area, replacing four of the Standard Rooms. Together with the existing five Standard Rooms, there are nine rooms available within the main lodge perimeter.
The four remote bush-facing Luxury Rooms are ideal for guests who prefer a more exclusive and private experience. The only difference between the two Luxury Room types is that water-facing rooms do not have private plunge pools, whereas bush-facing Luxury Rooms do. Both are charged at the same rate.
The rooms are decorated in natural, earthy colours with only natural fabrics and textiles. The luxury rooms are more private than the standard rooms and have their private plunge pool and a lounge area.
Room amenities include:
- En suite bathroom
- Indoor and outdoor shower
- Separate bath and shower
- Private balcony
- Private plunge pool
- Separate sitting area
- Direct dial telephone
- Mini bar
- Electronic safe
- Hair dryer
- Air conditioning
- Mosquito net
- Tea/coffee making facilities.
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From Johannesburg, follow the N12 to Emalahleni (Witbank) then take the N4 to Nelspruit.
-You will go through 2 national toll gates on this road - The cost of these are roughly R40 and R60 respectively.
-Take the R40 from Nelspruit to White River and proceed to Hazyview.
-Remain on the R40 towards Bushbuckridge (from Hazyview it is approximately 63 km / 1 hour until Acornhoek turn)
- Make a right at the traffic lights (Acornhoek) - to Manyeleti / Hulamahashe / Hluvukani
- Continue the tar road for approximately 34.1 km. Turn right onto dirt road.
-Follow the dirt road for 6.4 km until Uthar Clinic is on left.
-Turn left on gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) - 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate.
-Travel straight through the Gowrie Gate. At signboards continue straight to Arathusa Safari
-Turn right at the sign for Arathusa Safari Lodge
- Follow the road and the entrance to the lodge is on the right.
On site parking facilities are provided for guests.