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2019 Rates

On Wednesday 21st February, South Africa’s Finance Minister announced an increase in the South African Value Added Tax (VAT) from 14% to 15%, effective 1 April 2018.


01 January – 31 December 2019

Booking Terms and Conditions

  • Arathusa Safari Lodge rates are fully inclusive of accommodation; meals; house wines, beers and spirits; teas & coffees; twice-daily game drives in open safari vehicles; a guided bush walk and wi-fi.

  • Rates exclude premium branded beverages; laundry; curio shop purchases; spa treatments and products. These charges are payable on departure as extras.
  • Rates are inclusive of 15% VAT.

  • The following vehicle entrance fees are charged by the Sabi Sand Wildtuin on entrance into the reserve, and are excluded from the rates for accommodation:

    Light vehicles: (under 3500kg GVM) R280.00 per vehicle
    PLUS a per person fee of R120.00 per entry 
    Heavy vehicles: (over 3500kg GVM) R490.00 per vehicle 

  • Effective 01 January 2019 the mandatory Sabi Sand Wildtuin Conservation Levy is R138.00 (inclusive of 15% VAT) per guest per day. This contribution goes towards conservation initiatives within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, with a particular focus on the prevention of rhino poaching.

    These costs are added to invoices for accommodation, although arrangements may be made to add the charges to extras payable by guests on departure from the reserve. 

Please Note

  • Guests will be required to sign an Indemnity Form on arrival at the lodge.

  • Children of 12 and over are welcome at Arathusa and will be charged the full adult rate for accommodation.

  • Suites can accommodate a maximum of two guests.

  • All bookings must be confirmed in writing.

  • A 50% deposit is required to secure a reservation.

  • Full prepayment is required before guests arrive at Arathusa Safari Lodge.

  • A Tourism Levy does not apply at Arathusa Safari Lodge.

Cancellation Policy

  • More than 90 days prior to arrival: no cancellation fee.
  • More than 60 days prior to arrival: 10% of the full accommodation charge.
  • More than 30 days prior to arrival: 25% of the full accommodation charge.
  • Less than 30 days prior to arrival: 50% of the full accommodation charge.
  • Less than 7 days prior to arrival: 100% of the full accommodation charge.

Group Terms and Conditions

  • Any reservation of 8 or more people is considered a group.
  • 10% deposit is payable on confirmation of the reservation.
  • Two further deposits of 25% each are payable 150 days and 90 days respectively prior to arrival, and the full balance is required no less than 30 days before arrival.

Group Cancellation Policy

  • 10% if cancelled more than 150 days prior to arrival.
  • 25% if cancelled less than 150 days before arrival.
  • 50 if cancelled 90 days before arrival.
  • 100% if cancelled less than 45 days before arrival.

 Banking details

 Account name: Arathusa Safari Lodge
 Bank: Nedbank
 Branch Code: 166234
 Account number: 1662063512

 Proof of payment to be sent to

Email: reservations@arathusa.co.za or
 Fax: 086 206 1670