Arathusa Safari Lodge

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Arathusa Safari Lodge

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Arathusa Safari Lodge is one of the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve's most enriching and romantic bush getaways. Located within close proximity of the impressive and unfenced Kruger National Park, Arathusa provides the ideal setting in which to engage with the untamed African bush and spend some time appreciating the regions incredible wildlife, including the famous 'Big 5'.


  • Arathusa Safari Lodge is ideal for solo explorers, couples and families looking for a luxurious big 5 safari experience
  • Family-run lodge, ensuring warm and personalised service
  • Overlooks a large waterhole attracting game throughout the day
  • Safari spa available for an invigorating treatments

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Child Policy

Unless the camp is entirely and exclusively linked, Arathusa does not accommodate guests under the age of twelve years old.

Children of 12 years and over are welcome at the lodge and will be charged the full adult rates for the accommodation.

The Detail

The Sabi Sands is renowned for Big Cat sightings and leopard are frequently seen on the reserve.

Arathusa Safari Lodge offers accommodation in thatch-roofed suites, all completed with en-suite bathrooms, verandahs, mini-bars, air conditioning, mosquito nets, electronic safes, hairdryers and coffee making stations.

There are nine Water-Facing Suites that overlook a waterhole that teems with resident hippo and other animals that come down to drink. Each suite is spacious and fresh in design. They each feature an en-suite bathroom with private indoor and outdoor showers, as well as a private verandah that overlooks the waterhole.

Arathusa has four Bush-Facing Suites that are remotely located away from the lodge, offering complete privacy. Each of the spacious open-plan suites feature a lounge area, en-suite bathroom with both indoor and outdoor showers, as well as a private verandah and plunge pool.  

The lodge facilities include a bar area, dining room and outdoor deck, a safety deposit box, reading lounge, infinity swimming pool, curio shop, internet connectivity in the main areas of the lodge, a traditional open-air boma, and a spa and wellness center with a treatment room that overlooks the lodge’s waterhole and the beautiful African bushveld.

Arathusa offers entertainment in the way of guided safari drives - open vehicle excursions into the park, one conducted in the morning, the other at dusk. These outings are coordinated, and the guests kept up to date by highly trained teams of experienced game rangers and local Shangaan trackers. Guided bush walks are also conducted during the moderate hours of the day, during which guests have the opportunity to get within arm's reach of the animals they spot, as well as engaging with theiShangaanrs on the topics of local bush types, bird habitats, and the area's history.

Arathusa is particularly well known for its leopard population, with regular sightings and a familiarity with the animals making for easy viewing. Additionally, the area plays host to large buffalo herds, elephant groups, and numerous lion prides, as well as the rest of the big five (in abundance), and lowveld game, including zebra, impala, giraffe, and warthog. The area is also home to an impressive array of birdlife.

Price Includes

Accommodation, meals, local brand beverages, teas & coffees, twice-daily game drives in an open safari vehicle, a guided bush walk and Wi-Fi.

Rate Excludes

Premium branded beverages, laundry, curio shop purchases, gratuities, items of a personal nature, Sabi Sand vehicle entrance fee and conservation levy.

A mandatory Sabi Sand Wildtuin Conservation Levy will be charged per guest per night. This contribution goes towards conservation initiatives within the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, with a particular focus on the prevention of rhino poaching.

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Rates & Pricing

$ 500 USD
$ 500 USD
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It's a wonderful place to stay and an amazing safari experience. But the lodge should definitely try and negotiate with the Mala Mala people for guests to be able to cross their land to get there. The outside route was 3 more hours, when it could've been 30 minutes or less.
Christiaan H B
Fantastic! We had a wonderful stay and loved every second!! Thank you for unforgettable time.
Malcolm Reed
An amazing experience all round. The game drives were exceptional, with very knowledgeable ranger (Sedeick) and tracker (Derek). The Ranger was humorous and entertaining and together with the Tracker they were always on the mark in finding animals and wildlife. The food was outstanding, although a few more South African dishes would have better. The food was always of a very high standard and most delicious each time. The accommodation was fantastic and the common areas were also very pleasant indeed.We have been recommending Arathusa to many and hope they visit you soon. We would also certainly consider going again in the future.
Malcolm Reed
The camp is up-market, accommodation excellent, the staff very attentive. The game drives were top class, ranger Cedric and tracker Derek were exceptional, we saw the Big 5 within a day of arriving and much more. Leopard sightings, lion kills, and brilliant insights into local names, animal folklore were given. The food was brilliant and varied, Well Done to the team at Arathusa, a much enjoyed trip back to Africa for our family!
We had a very pleasant, charming and lovely stay at Arathusa Lodge. It was our first safari and we have really enjoyed it. the staff is great and food is delicious. the game drive are great even though we only have seen 2 of the 5 big five
Rachel Jesson
We had the most amazing time at Arathusa. The luxury suites we tastefully decorated, spacious, romantic and superbly private. The plunge pool was a huge highlight during a hot day. Each time we returned from a game drive our unit was cleaned and well looked after. I read on Tripadvisor that the lodge was run down, it was immaculate! It must have been an old write up because it appeared new and refurbished. The game rangers, especially Ryan, we amazing. Such a knowledgeable young man, always smiling, packed with fabulous humour and yet still respectful! The staff accommodated our gluten intolerance and even shared their recipes with us! We saw so much game while we were there, such a glorious treat. The birds were amazing and we all learnt so much while we were out on the drive. The food was outstanding! The Warthog stir fry was by far my favourite! Delicious, filling breakfasts - really healthy. Light, wholesome lunches and the dinners we exceptional. Such delicious variety. We miss the lodge already and so look forward to returning! A huge thank you to all the fabulous staff at Arathusa for making our vacation a little piece of heaven!
Daniel Burns
The Arathusa Lodge is a fantastic place to stay, with exceptional game viewing and beautiful accommodation and excellent cuisine. The rangers have a great deal of knowledge and have a high level of customer service. The only fault I found in the place was that the staff rushed us out of dinner every night (noisily).I will be back!
Joachim Becker
The nature experience has been outstanding and driven by an excellent guide. Food was very good, housing average.
Olivia Robert
We really enjoyed our stay at Arathusa! Staff were very friendly and professional. The accommodation was clean, spacious and in lovely surroundings. We enjoyed the company of all the other guests and the we would most certainly come back. From a general point of view, it would have also been interesting to have the trackers eating with us at the table but this is a comment which is applicable to most game drive reserves I imagine and not just Arathusa.
Hugh and Anne
If one wants a splurge of affordable luxury in the middle of a budget holiday in South Africa, Arathusa is the place, in our humble opinion.The meals were 5 stars perfect. The staff was super friendly and helpful. The Trackers and Rangers were exceptionally knowledgeable and had eyes like eagles. Nothing escaped their attention, not even a Chameleon!Most important for a private pilot on a self fly holiday in a rented aircraft, the reservations staff were able to be flexible in rescheduling our booking Without Penalty when we were weather delayed some 1,000km to the south in Port Alfred by low cloud on short notice.That wonderful luxury suite cabin, sigh, total privacy deep in the African bush... it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.It had enough floor space to lay out ALL the Visual Navigation Charts for southern Africa, so I could work on the flight paths available to us for the rest of our African holiday, including up to Botswana and our options for getting back to Cape Town via Namibia.We also wanted to do just "one more" morning game drive, but on flying days, being well rested and ready to go is more important when your a pilot.In closing we wish to express special thanks to ........the chap on staff whose name I can not recall, who loaned us his lap top so we could check with the SA Aviation Weather website when my laptop's WiFi failed. It was a great help that was much appreciated........ to Ranger Jason, (a fellow private pilot) who not once, but twice, dragged one of the old farm tractor tires from their airfield "lawn mower" up and down the runway behind his safari Land Cruiser, to smooth out the hoof prints and dung piles, so that a retractable undercarriage aircraft with its small wheels could land and take off from Arathusa safely..... and finally to Roy and his fellow Trackers, who helped us secure the aircraft and pack Cape Thorn bushes around the under carriage, to stop hyenas from chewing on our tires and hydraulic lines.Arathusa went the extra mile to ensure that we not only had a great visit, but could safely get a C-172RG into and back out of that amazing airstrip of theirs.We had a most wonderful stay in Arathusa and will telling everyone we meet that it is the best resort in the Sabi Sands Reserve.We will be back, best wishes and our thanks again for a most memorable Safari experience.Warmest regards! Hugh and AnneThe Canadian Flight Crew of the C-172RG ZS-KSS from the Cape Town Flying Club
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Jan 27, 2023
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Jan 11, 2023
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Nov 26, 2022
We had an amazing first safari…
We had an amazing first safari experience with! 💯Thanks to Dolan for the well planning and ensure our itinerary goes smoothly and safely!
Oct 21, 2022
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These guys get 10/10. I have booked with them a few times. To Kruger National Park, including both public and private(concession) camps, flights and car hire. Their senior agent, Dolan is exceptional. Nothing is too much trouble. Attention to detail, transparency, and 'can-do' attitude are out of the ordinary. I recently came into contact with Tanya at as well. It looks like all their agents are similarly well trained. Thank you. I cannot recommend Dolan and his team highly enough.
Nov 18, 2022
Cape Town miracle
I was in Cape Town, South Africa recently for an athletic competition and had allowed myself a week of personal time to relax and properly conclude the trip, but had not bothered to plan a safari to occupy the time. I was skeptical of the cost and whether I would enjoy the experience, however a couple days into that final week it occurred to me, in a bit of a panic attack, what a waste it would be not to take advantage of this opportunity. I hopped online and started looking at flights to Johannesburg (almost all the safaris in SA start there with an early morning pick up), but it was basically impossible to get a flight early enough and/or to coordinate with the multiple safaris operating in or just outside of Kruger. With no apparent options available to turn my remaining 4 1/2 days into even a 3 day safari I stumbled on the most obvious website one could imagine, I'd completely given up negotiating all the variables on my own but here was a safari travel agent that might be able to help me .. and they were based right out of Cape Town, literally a stones throw from my lodgings. Serendipity, or so i hoped. I immediately sent out an email and crossed my fingers .. for roughly an hour and a half, at which point Dolan from responded to me requesting I give him a call so that we could expedite potential arrangements. My in country phone plan wasn't able to make calls, but we arranged for him to call me and not 3 hours after being in the grip of despair Dolan got through to me and far from notifying me of how absurd it was to hold out hope for a literally, last minute safari adventure with barely 4 days available to me, he had already worked out all the details I'd sent and created a preliminary safari trip that would bypass Johannesburg airport for a flight the next morning to a closer, much, much smaller airport where I would be picked up taken, not to a 3 day safari, but a full 4 day safari, then back to the tiny, tiny airport for a return flight to Cape Town with 2 hours to spare for my return leg all the way home. It almost feels like an afterthought, after the minor miracle Dolan was able to conjure up, but the safari itself at Simbavati Lodge was just an absolutely stunning experience. The single "tent" he booked me was as luxurious as any 4 star hotel I've stayed in, the game drives, one every morning, one every evening were more amazing than I could have ever imagined, and the food, 3 meals a day with snacks and an open bar was sublime. I could go on about the wonderful staff, or the wonderful other safari goers you can meet and grab a drink with, or the different animals walking through the open lodge facilities daily .. but I've gone on long enough. I'll simply conclude by saying .. safari, absolutely, yes, do it, it is amazing. And when you do decide, will do you right and if you have the pleasure of working with Dolan, do give him my thanks .. the entire experience was the best part of my trip :)
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Nov 12, 2022
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Sep 5, 2022
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Sep 5, 2022
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Aug 31, 2022
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