Getting to Arathusa

By Scheduled Flight

Experience the heart of the African bush with daily direct flights with Airlink from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Nelspruit KMIA and Skukuza Airport gateway to the Kruger National Park and the private game lodges.  A short, small aircraft transfer connects you onward to Arathusa’s doorstep on Airlink’s Lodge Link service to the Arathusa Airstrip (see further information and schedule below on this page).  On departure, a short air transfer from the lodge airstrip or Skukuza Airport to Nelspruit KMIA connects you conveniently to Livingstone (Zambia) and Vilanculos (Mozambique) gateway to the Bazaruto and Benguerra Islands.

SA Express offers flights to Eastgate Airport in Hoedspruit. We are able to arrange road transfers between the airports and Arathusa Safari Lodge.

The transfer from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport to the lodge is especially scenic, and definitely an option to consider should you want to take in the breathtaking, diverse and unique beauty of Mpumalanga.

Please contact reservations@arathusa.co.za for further information and costs.

By Charter Flight

Exclusive private charter flights may be arranged directly to and from Arathusa Safari Lodge’s own private airstrip. Please contact reservations@arathusa.co.za to obtain a quotation.

Note: Flights may only land and take off outside of game drive times.

Arathusa Airfield, located just to the west of the Kruger National Park, has a  tarred runway which is 1200 metres long. The geographic coordinates of this airport are 24 degrees, 44 minutes, 39 seconds South (S24°44’39”) and 31 degrees, 31 minutes, 21 seconds East (E031°31’21”). Arathusa Airfield is 1200 feet above sea level.

 

FEDERAL AIRLINES SHUTTLE AND CHARTER FLIGHTS – Valid 1 January to 31 December 2019

Federal Airlines offers a premium point to point shuttle service and also highly customizable charter flights. Two flights from Johannesburg to Sabi Sands and two flights from Sabi Sands back to Johannesburg are offered daily – see timetables below:

 

Morning departure from Johannesburg to Lodge:

AIRPORT STANDARD TIMES OTHER INFORMATION
Departure: Johannesburg Departure: 10:30 Day of the week: Mon – Sun
Arrival: All Lodges Arrival: 12:00 Stops: Varies

Check in for this flight will be open from 07:00
• Pax must be checked in at the Federal Airlines kiosk latest 09:30 to connect onto this flight
• Pax must be checked in at the Federal Airlines departure lounge latest by 09:45 to connect onto this flight
• Departure and arrival times may vary up to one hour
• The Arathusa arrival and departure fee applies to the following lodges: JSH, CHP, CHI, NKO, DJM, SLV and SIM and is excluded from the above fare
Please note that a R250 fuel levy has been included in our rates

 

Morning departure from Lodge to Johannesburg:

AIRPORT STANDARD TIMES OTHER INFORMATION
Departure: All lodges Departure: 11:00 Day of the week: Mon – Sun
Arrival: Johannesburg Arrival: 12:30 Stops: Varies

• IMPORTANT – Please note this departure could depart anytime between 11:00 and 11:30, this is done to accommodate guests departing from various lodges, therefore we recommend no Domestic connections for flights departing before 15:00 from Johannesburg
• IMPORTANT – Please note this departure could depart anytime between 11:00 and 11:30, this is done to accommodate guests departing from various lodges, therefore we recommend no International connections permitted for flights departing before 16:30 from Johannesburg
• Departure and arrival times may vary up to one hour
• Connections onto Tswalu and Madikwe can be accommodated
• The Arathusa arrival and departure fee applies to the following lodges: JSH, CHP, CHI, NKO, DJM, SLV and SIM and is excluded from the above fare

 

Afternoon departure from Johannesburg to Lodge:

AIRPORT STANDARD TIMES OTHER INFORMATION
Departure: Johannesburg Departure: 12:30 Day of the week: Mon – Sun
Arrival: All lodges Arrival: 14:00 Stops: Varies

Check in for this flight will be open from 07:00
• Pax must be checked in at the Federal Airlines kiosk latest 11:30 to connect onto this flight
• Pax must be checked in at the Federal Airlines departure lounge latest by 11:45 to connect onto this flight
• Departure and arrival times may vary up to one hour. Passengers booked on the Air France, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Swiss Air and Lufthansa will be accommodated on this departure providing the aircraft arrives as per its regular schedule time
• The ARATHUSA arrival and departure fee applies to the following lodges: JSH, CHP, CHI, NKO, DJM, SLV and SIM and is excluded from the above fare
Please note that a R250 fuel levy has been included in our rates

 

Afternoon departure from Lodge to Johannesburg:

AIRPORT STANDARD TIMES OTHER INFORMATION
Departure: All lodges Departure: 12:30 Day of the week: Mon – Sun
Arrival: Johannesburg Arrival: 15:00 Stops: Varies

• IMPORTANT – Please note this departure could depart anytime between 12:30 and 13:00, this is done to accommodate guests departing from various lodges, therefore we recommend no Domestic connections for flights departing before 17:00 from Johannesburg
• IMPORTANT – Please note this departure could depart anytime between 12:30 and 13:00, this is done to accommodate guests departing from various lodges, therefore we recommend no International connections permitted for flights departing before 17:50 from Johannesburg
• Departure and arrival times may vary up to one hour
• The ARATHUSA arrival and departure fee applies to the following lodges: JSH, CHP, CHI, NKO, DJM, SLV and SIM and is excluded from the above fare

Contact Federal Airlines for more information or reservations@arathusa.co.za to obtain a quotation

By Road

GATE FEES

Valid from 01 April 2018 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
    Heavy vehicles: R490.00 per vehicle
    Fees remain the same, but are now inclusive of 15% VAT
  • The conservation levy of R115.00 per guest per night, charged by Arathusa Safari Lodge is compulsory and VATable (as directed by the Sabi Sand Wildtuin). The charge of R115 (inclusive of 15% VAT) per guest per night will be added to invoices for accommodation. This contribution goes towards conservation initiatives within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and surrounding areas.

 

View Map to Arathusa Safari Lodge

 

DISTANCES

  • Johannesburg is approximately 550 km / 7 hours by road from Arathusa Safari Lodge
  • Nelspruit is approximately 170 km / 3 hours by road from Arathusa Safari Lodge
  • Hoedspruit is approximately 2 hours by road from Arathusa Safari Lodge
  • Orpen Gate is approximately 46 km / 1.5 hours by road from Arathusa Safari Lodge.

 

DIRECTIONS

From Johannesburg

• From Johannesburg, take the N12 to Emalahleni (Witbank). At Emalahleni (Witbank), take the N4 to Nelspruit.
• You will go through 2 national toll gates on this road – Please insure to carry enough money for all toll gates
• Take the R40 from Nelspruit to White River and proceed to Hazyview
• Remain on the R40 towards Bushbuckridge (from Hazyview it is approximately 68 km/ 1 hour until Orpen Road, R531)
• Turn right onto Orpen Road, R531
• Continue straight for 30km, once you pass the South African Wildlife College (on your left), after 100m turn right onto a Gravel Road. Follow this road for 3km, turn left (turn is 50m passed a soccer field on your right)
• Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, continue for another 7.8km
• At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you.
• Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg / Manyeleti
• Follow the tar road for 6.1 km. Turn right onto dirt road.
• Follow dirt road for 6.4 km until the Uthar Clinic is on your left
• Turn left on gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) – 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate
• Entrance fee to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is payable in cash
• Travel straight through the Gowrie Gate. At signboards continue straight to Arathusa Safari (do not turn right to Arathusa Private) – 5.9 km
• Turn right at the stone wall for Arathusa Safari Lodge & follow the road until the entrance to the lodge on the right

From Hoedspruit

• From Hoedspruit take the R40 towards Klaserie
• Follow the R40 until you get to a T-junction
• At the T-junction, turn left
• Travel on this road for 2km to the Orpen Road, R531, turn left
• Continue straight for 30km, once you pass the South African Wildlife College (on your left), after 100m turn right onto a Gravel Road
• Follow this road for 3km, turn left (turn is 50m passed a soccer field on your right)
• Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, continue for another 7.8km
• At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you
• Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg / Manyeleti
• Follow the tar road for 6.1 km. Turn right onto dirt road
• Follow dirt road for 6.4 km until the Uthar Clinic is on your left
• Turn left on gravel road (Utha Store will be on the right) – 7.3 km to the Gowrie Gate
• Entrance fee to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is payable in cash
• Travel straight through the Gowrie Gate. At signboards continue straight to Arathusa Safari (do not turn right to Arathusa Private) – 5.9 km
• Turn right at the stone wall for Arathusa Safari Lodge; follow the road until the entrance to the lodge on the right

From Orpen Gate

• Travel from Orpen Gate on the R531 towards the R40
• About 10 km on the tar road, before the South African Wildlife College, you will see a gravel road to your left
• Turn left (helpful hint – if you pass the South African Wildlife College, you have gone too far)
• Follow this road for 3km, turn left (turn is 50m passed a soccer field on your right)
• Drive down a narrow road for 400m, turn right on to a wide sand road, continue for another 7.8km
• Continue on this gravel road until you reach a T-junction
• At the T-junction you will see the Hluvukani Viva petrol station in front of you
• Turn left onto the tar road to Gottenberg / Manyeleti
• Follow the tar road for 6.1 km. Turn right onto dirt road
• Follow 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
• Entrance fee to the Sabi Sands Game Reserve is payable in cash 
• Travel straight through the Gowrie Gate. At signboards continue straight to Arathusa Safari (do not turn right to Arathusa Private) – 5.9 km
• Turn right at the stone wall for Arathusa Safari Lodge & follow the road until the entrance to the lodge on the right

 

PLEASE NOTE

  • Entrance fee to the Sabi Sand Reserve, at the Gowrie Gate entrance: See above for details.
  • While Arathusa Safari Lodge is accessible with 2-wheel drive vehicles, it is a dirt road and access is more comfortable in a 4-wheel drive vehicle
  • Use Gowrie Gate ONLY. Due to river crossing you will not be permitted to use any of the other gates in Sabi Sand Reserve
  • It is best to arrive before 15h30 for the afternoon game drive, although check in time is from 12h00. It takes approximately 7 hours to drive from Johannesburg to the lodge
  • Please DO NOT follow your GPS ‘quickest route’ co-ordinates to Arathusa Safari Lodge. This route inevitably leads guests through the incorrect entry gates (Kruger National Park and into the Sabi Sand Reserve) which do not service Arathusa. Furthermore, many of the prescribed roads are not navigable in a normal vehicle. Following GPS co-ordinates can result in getting lost in the middle of the bush, or unnecessary delays of up to 3 hours. 

 

ROAD TRANSFERS

We will gladly arrange for road transfers on your behalf from Hoedspruit (Eastgate Airport) and Nelspruit (Kruger Mpumalanga Airport).
For more information on costs, please contact our Reservations office at reservations@arathusa.co.za.

 

View Arathusa’s Transfer Rates – 2020