Sabi Sands

Arathusa Safari Lodge


Leopard country

Inside the Sabi Sand Reserve and sharing an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, Arathusa is set in one of the world’s most abundant natural wilderness areas where hundreds of animal species roam free.

There are twelve cottage suites, eight of which face the waterhole in front of the lodge where elephant herds gather to drink. The other four suites are tucked away in the surrounding bush, a little more private and each with their own plunge pools.

A refreshing infinity pool, safari spa, open dining areas, a welcoming bar and fire-warmed lounge can be found in the heart of the lodge looking over the water hole.


At a glance

  • 12 suites including four bush suites with plunge pools

  • Infinity pool

  • Three

  • Spa

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    Game drives

    Join experienced and personable rangers paired with local trackers on early morning and late afternoon game drives. Lions, rhinos, elephants and buffalos are often spotted on a single drive while leopards are a particular highlight of the area. Other predators include cheetahs and African wild dog. Giraffe, zebra, warthog, impala and more ‘lowveld’ species are here in abundance too.

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    Bush walks

    Guided walks are usually arranged in the early hours during the summer months, when temperatures are more moderate. Being on foot affords a unique and altogether different view of the bush.

Community & Culture

The name ‘Arathusa‘ is derived from the North Sotho word ‘reathusa’, which means, ‘we are helping’.

Arathusa Safari Lodge has been dedicated to the upliftment of local people. Through direct employment and skill development, forty staff members are from the local community and when positions become available, Arathusa has committed to approaching the local villages for suitably skilled personnel first. Where possible, Arathusa has provided training for unskilled people and subsequently provided employment opportunities. Supplies too are locally sourced where possible.

Funds are donated to the Buffelshoek Trust, which is allocated to schools, soccer teams, school holiday initiatives, and general upliftment programmes for the local communities.

Arathusa Safari Lodge also supports Hananani Primary School in the local community of Dixie and clients can directly help through Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travellers to make a lasting impact in the community at their travel destinations.


Arathusa subscribes to sound conservation management of its land and natural inhabitants. This includes a strict vehicle per hectare and vehicle per sighting ratio control.

As a lodge within the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, it also invests resources of both money and time towards rhino poaching awareness and prevention.

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