Meaning the “land of the rising sun” in the local SiSwati language, Mpumalanga offers its visitors a wonderful assortment of exhilarating adventures and scenic wonderlands. It is home to sprawling mountain ranges, panoramic passes, rivers, valleys and flourishing wildlife reserves. The region gained international recognition during its gold rush in 1870, when deposits were found on a farm near Polokwane and then later in the charming towns of Graskop, Sabie, Pilgrim’s Rest and Barberton. It now boasts the largest manmade forest in southern Africa as well as the world-renowned Kruger National Park, which promises exceptional Big Five encounters. A not-to-be-missed attraction is the spectacular Blyde River Canyon Reserve — the only true canyon in South Africa, which boasts exceptional landmarks such as the Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window as well as incredible adventures such as white water rafting, abseiling, hiking and fishing.
Perched on the bank of a waterhole in the magnificent Sabi Sand Game Reserve, is the luxurious Arathusa Safari Lodge. Dotted amongst the pristine wilderness of the reserve, beautifully-decorated chalets include lovely ensuite bathrooms (with baths, indoor and al fresco showers), personal bars, air-conditioning, mosquito netting, private verandas and sweeping views of the glassy waterhole. Only Water facing have a view of the waterhole. Bush Facing suites are remote and have their own pools, but no views. There are nine Water Facing suites and 4 Bush Facing suites.
Guests can tuck into hearty breakfasts and mouthwatering buffet lunches on the spacious timber deck overlooking the waterhole and savour superb three-course dinners in the outdoor boma around a blazing fire. After an exhilarating day of game viewing, guests can plunge into the cool depths of the sparkling infinity pool, which overlooks a nearby waterhole. Adventures include fantastic game drives in open 4×4 safari vehicles and guided nature walks with an armed ranger.
What we love about Arathusa Safari Lodge
- Be sure to keep your camera on hand to capture shots of the magnificent female leopard named Safari, who is often seen roaming near the camp.
- Toast the sunset with a refreshing drink, whilst listening to the sounds of the resident pod of hippo break the stillness of dusk.