Situated in the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve and bordering the Kruger National Park, the Arathusa Safari Lodge lies below a forest of knobthorn trees and has a traditional bush lodge feel. This classic Big 5 destination is known for its rich diversity of animal and birdlife and boasts exceptional sightings of leopard as well as massive herds of buffalo. Knowledgeable trackers and guides will not only entertain you but deliver an exceptional game viewing experience as you explore the region on morning, afternoon and early evening game drives.

You can also head out with your guide on a bush walk to learn more about the ecology of the area. Relax in the afternoon by the infinity swimming pool or take the opportunity to visit the Safari Spa for a range of relaxing and invigorating treatments.


  • Located on a private concession in the northern section of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve
  • Fantastic Big game sightings
  • Small & intimate safari lodge
  • Perfect for honeymooners - we recommend the spacioius and private luxury suites
  • Privately owned and operated
  • Comprehensive spa & wellness centre

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Cool off from the heat of the day in the lodge's infinity swimming pool or enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Safari Spa. This comprehensive spa offers a variety of professional treatments from rooms that overlook the camp's waterhole.

You can also keep it simple and relax with a good book or cool drink in the lodge's living area or on the wooden deck outside and watch animals as they come down to the waterhole for a drink.

There are no televisions in the rooms at the lodge: this is in keeping with the traditional safari experience that a safari is best experienced "au nauturel”.

However, guests who need to keep in touch with the world can send or receive e-mails and faxes from the reception area.

General Facilities

    Wi-fi available
    Swimming Pool
    Curio or Gift shop
    Computer facilities


Meal times are a sociable affair at Arathusa Safari Lodge: breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style on the wooden deck overlooking the waterhole or, if the weather permits, a 3-course dinner is served in the star-lit boma.

Dishes at the lodge are sumptuous affairs of fresh produce, home-baked confectionaries and first-class venison, beef and poultry dishes. A wide range of excellent South African wines are on hand to complement your meal.

Bush-facing Luxury Room

Arathusa Safari Lodge features nine Standard Rooms and four Luxury Suites, assuring that no more than 26 guests can be accommodated at any one time.

The thatched, air-conditioned Standard Rooms each have an en suite bathroom with a bath plus separate indoor and outdoor showers as well as a veranda. The rooms' fabrics are warm and natural and the design is simple yet classically African. Additional amenities in the room include a mini bar, electronic safe, hair dryer and mosquito net.

Bush-facing Luxury Room AMENITIES

    En-suite bathroom
    Outdoor area
    Outdoor shower
    Private pool

Other Room Types

With spectacular views of the surrounding bush, the four spacious Luxury Suites have a private plunge pools, a large en suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor showers, a comfortable lounge area and private shaded veranda.


  • Game drives
  • Specialist guides
  • Bird watching
  • Guided walks
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017 $420 Fully Inclusive Plus
  • 01 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018 $445 Fully Inclusive Plus

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Water-facing Luxury Room Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Arathusa was the highlight for me, I loved the lodge set up and how they worked the drives and meals. We met some great people there who we will stay in touch with and the way the lodge structures the days works really well. I couldn't fault them at all and will absolutely be going back there one day! I never got sick of the game drives. I could have kept going forever!

    Brie Shepherdson, June 2016
  • We had a life-changing trip! The safari was unbelievable, we are telling everyone we know about it. Arasthusa staff made us feel at home and treated us like royalty. We felt very pampered. Food was incredible! The best was our guide: Shawn. He took the time to educate us and show us many other beautiful things besides the Big 5.

    Eric Garcia, June 2016
  • Arthusa Lodge was incredible. I saw the Big Five on my first game drive. The quality of service and accommodations was fabulous. I fell in love with South Africa and the people and hope to return sometime in the future.

    Amanda Marble, June 2016
  • Aratusha was wonderful, the guides were great, very knowledgeable and interesting (particularly Sean).

    Iris Theys, May 2016
  • Arathusa Lodge was a highlight with amazing game viewing and guide.

    Helen Wesley, March 2016
  • The Arathusa Lodge was beyond our dreams! The lodge itself was magical. The safaris were incredible! We couldn’t believe how close we got to the animals. The highlight was our watching a pride of 8 lions eat a Cape Buffalo within 10 feet of our vehicle. Amazing!

    Tim Scully, August 2015
  • Arathusa was great. The food was delicious. All in all, a great experience.

    Mark and Shanti Inman, June 2015
  • The Arathusa Lodge in Sabi Sands was an excellent introduction to South Africa. Our room was huge and wonderfully located overlooking the waterhole, where we could see at various times hippos, elephants, buffalo and a huge number of birds. The drives were really great - we were there in the season to see mating lions and leopards close up, and our guide Cedric was really enthusiastic and great fun. The meals were communal and very sociable, which was a great way to meet people from across the world and share experiences.

    Lee Bond, June 2015
  • It was a remarkable experience. We didn’t appreciate it until we travelled through the Serangeti and experienced what the difference between a private game reserve and a national park was relative to game viewing. In Sabi we drove through the bush and got within a few feet of every kind of game. Anja --- we had an amazing experience @ Arathusa. Food excellent – (one night we even had outside BBQ under the stars. The tables were set up as a head table @ a wdg. White table cloths, candles etc) The spotters & guides over the top knowledgeable, witty & personable.

    ron lowry, November 2014
  • Arathusa blew us away. Everything from the staff to the accommodations to the food was absolutely perfect. On a scale of 1 to 10, we would all give Arathusa an 11! We didn't arrive until 4 pm and our ranger and tracker were waiting to take us on our first game drive during which we saw the big five (and again and again throughout the trip!). The bush dinner was amazing and a complete surprise. Our ranger, Derrick, told us he was taking us somewhere special and he was not lying. Tables lined with lanterns under a sky full of stars with hyenas paying us a visit during the meal - great food to top it off. The entire time at Arathusa was magical and I would honestly not change a thing except next time I will stay longer.

    Samantha Towery, August 2014

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Lisa Liprini

Lisa Liprini

Africa Safari Expert

"A safari experience with exceptional game viewing and a superb location; combined with that fact that it is excellent value for money, Arathusa is the safari lodge to come back to."



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Arathusa was the highlight for me, I loved the lodge set up and how they worked the drives and meals. We met some great people there who we will stay in touch with and the way the lodge structures the days works really well. I couldn't fault them at all and will absolutely be going back there one day! I never got sick of the game drives. I could have kept going forever!

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