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Arathusa Safari Lodge

Arathusa Safari Lodge

$430 per person

Arathusa Safari Lodge is a gorgeous 5-star luxury safari lodge located in the northern region of the world-renowned Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

Arathusa Safari Lodge is a gorgeous 5-star luxury safari lodge located in the northern region of the world-renowned Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.
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Arathusa Safari Lodge promises guests outstanding accommodation in a beautiful bushveld setting and an extraordinary safari experience.

Arathusa is one of 18 outstanding private game reserves in Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve which comprises 65 000 hectares of pristine bushveld boasting incredibly diverse fauna and flora.
Sabi Sands forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park which in turn forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. The region is part of the Kruger2Canyons Biosphere which was designated by UNESCO as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve.

Tranquil days at Arathusa Safari Lodge are sandwiched between the daily morning and late afternoon game drive. Sabi Sands is world-renowned for its incredible fauna and flora and a safari experience in Sabi Sands is outstanding, particularly as the wildlife reserve is known for its exceptional leopard sightings.

Arathusa Safari Lodge is a stylish and elegant affair but also retains much of the warmth and heart of a typical safari lodge in Africa. Contemporary décor is offset against natural elements that give the luxury safari lodge its wonderful appeal.

Guests staying at Arathusa Safari Lodge will leave with a piece of Africa in your heart.

Arathusa Safari Lodge

The luxury safari lodge in Sabi Sands offers guests an intimate and exclusive experience with only 13 luxury suites sleeping up to 26 guests; 9 suites overlook a natural water hole and 4 are positioned away from the main lodge overlooking the magical bushveld.

Arathusa Safari Lodge has 9 Luxury Suites which face onto a natural waterhole and 4 Luxury Suites which are positioned a short distance from the main lodge and overlook the beautiful bushveld surrounds.


arathusa safari lodge suite luxury exterior
arathusa safari lodge private pool

Each luxury suite is air-conditioned and has a spacious ensuite bathroom. The décor and design is unique and contemporary with lashings of natural touches to give it a wonderful African safari feel. Good use of vast glass windows and doors lets the outdoors into the luxury suites and floods the interior with natural light.

A cosy open-plan lounge and dining area leads out onto a lovely outdoor deck which has an outdoor shower. The four Luxury Suites at Arathusa which are positioned away from the main lodge have their own plunge pool; offering guests exclusivity and privacy.

Refreshingly cool calming yet invigorating life giving water revives your senses and your soul.

For an authentic African safari experience, there are no televisions in the luxury suites at Arathusa. However, complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the reception area and lounge area in the main lodge.

arathusa safari lodge main lounge and bar area
arathusa safari lodge main deck view

Children 12 years and older are welcome to stay at Arathusa Safari Lodge. Younger children are welcome only if Arathusa Safari Lodge is booked on an exclusive-use basis.


Question: Best Time to Visit Arathusa Safari Lodge

Answer: May-August and December


Question: Where is Arathusa Safari Lodge

Answer: Makanyi Private Game Lodge is an award-winning luxury safari lodge located in the magnificent Timbavati Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park.

More About Arathusa Safari Lodge


Game drives and bush walks are a big part of the safari experience at Arathusa but back at the main lodge, it’s all about fine safari dining, pampering and relaxation on the lodge’s wonderful deck. Dinner is served under the stars on warm evenings or in the elegant dining area on cooler winter evenings. If you have some time to spare, take a day tour to the major attractions in the Limpopo Province or a helicopter trip to get a bird’s eye view of the region.

If you’re an avid wildlife photographer, expect close encounters with Africa’s Big 7 which includes elephant, rhino, buffalo, leopard, lion as well as wild dog and cheetah. Arathusa Safari Lodge is an exceptional safari destination in one of the world’s finest wildlife regions. You’ll leave with a piece of Africa in your heart.

  • Included
    5 Star Accommodation
    Airport Transfers
    Entry Fees
    Personal Safari Guide
    Spa treatments and Laundry
  • Not Included
    Boutique purchases
    Departure Taxes
    Premium Brands and Cellar wines


Arathusa Safari Lodge

Inclusions and exclusions

Rates Include:
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • House wines, beers and spirits, tea and coffee
  • Twice-daily game drives in open safari vehicles
  • Guided bush walks
  • Wi-Fi
  • Tourism levy
  Rates exclude:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Road transfers and air charters to Timbavati
  • Imported alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Laundry service
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Conservation levy

Facilities and Amenities at Arathusa Safari Lodge

Description of Facilities / Amenities Arathusa Safari Lodge
Arathusa Safari Lodge | Number of suites13 Luxury suites
Back up ElectricityYes
Boutique Shop**Yes
Full bar facilitiesYes
Handicapped SuiteNo
Meeting FacilitiesNo
Swimming PoolYes
Telephone/Fax FacilitiesYes
Wine CellarYes
Air ConditioningYes
En-Suite BathroomsYes
Lounge AreaYes
Private Pool/JacuzziYes
Safes in suiteYes
Tea/Coffee Making Facilities (Nespresso machines) Yes
King Size BedsYes
Private PoolYes


arathusa safari lodge suite gamedrive sighting cheetah


When you stay at Makanyi Private Game Lodge, you’re guaranteed two things. Firstly, 5-star luxury accommodation in a spectacular bushveld setting coupled with exemplary service and personalised attention. And secondly, the ultimate safari experience in a private game reserve which is world-renowned for its outstanding fauna and flora and incredible wildlife sightings, as well as a ‘sofa safari’ from the comfort of their Luxury Suite. What makes the Makanyi experience extra special is the warmth and love that’s been poured into every nook in the lodge. The creation of Makanyi Lodge was a dream come true for Jessica Gold who switched the busy, cosmopolitan life of a Londoner for the peace and tranquility of the Timbavati bushveld. The owner’s dedication to delivering the ultimate safari holiday for her guests shines through in every aspect of the Makanyi experience. arathusa safari lodge spa view


Arathusa Game Reserve is located in Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve which is regarded as one of the finest protected wildlife corridors in southern Africa. It’s made up of a group of 18 unfenced independent game reserves and spans some 65 000 hectares of savanna thornveld. Officially named Sabi Sand Wildtuin (meaning ‘wilderness’ in Afrikaans), the premier wildlife sanctuary falls within the Greater Kruger National Park. There are no fences between the privately-owned reserves in Sabi Sands and the Kruger National Park and game moves freely through the wilderness region. Sabi Sands is situated in the southwestern corner of the Greater Kruger National Park and shares a 50-kilometre border with Kruger Park. It has one of the richest game populations in the country and is renowned for its leopard sightings. Sabi Sands, as locals call it, is the oldest private nature reserve in South Africa and dates back to 1934. This premier game reserve is unashamedly marketed to the high-end traveller and offers wildlife enthusiasts the ultimate Big 5 safari experience along with a selection of some of the most luxurious lodges in the region. The unfenced private game reserve is home to the Big 5 which includes elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard and lion as well as an abundance of antelope and predators. Bird life is prolific with some 500 species recorded in the reserve; many endangered and rare bird species can be found in Sabi Sand.  


The tourist footprint of the private game reserves in the Sabi Sands is low; considerably lower than in the Kruger National Park which suffers from a ‘queue to view’ scenario. There is no ‘self-drive’ option for game viewing in Sabi Sands and visitors explore the reserve in an open safari vehicle in the company of a professional game ranger and tracker. Sabi Sands enforces a strict game viewing protocol which limits the number of open safari vehicles around animals. For example, only two game vehicles are allowed at a leopard sighting and three vehicles around a lion kill. In remote corners of Sabi Sands, visitors could be mistaken in thinking they’re the only people in the reserve. It’s the ultimate safari experience with such rare exclusivity.  


Game rangers and trackers working at private game reserves like Arathusa Safari Lodge are some of the best in southern Africa. They all have extensive bushveld experience and a vast knowledge of the fauna and flora of Sabi Sands. The Shangaan trackers are highly skilled at picking up animal spoor and spotting elusive game such as leopard. Game spotting on a night drive is a completely different skill. Sometimes all a tracker relies on is seeing the white glint of an animal’s eye. You also have the option of going on a fascinating guided bush walk after the early morning game drive which you can pre-book with Arathusa  Game Lodge. Itoffers a completely different perspective on the bushveld and it’s a chance to learn more about the lesser-known animals that tend to be ignored on a hunt for the Big 5 as well as learning more about the cultural and medicinal properties of the trees and plants in the bush. The Big 5 was the term given by hunters in the old days for the five safari legends which were feared the most on a hunting expedition. The group includes elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard. Today, the Big 5 are the animals safari tourists are the most keen to see. The Big 5 shouldn’t be your sole focus because it’s just as much fun to sit at a waterhole and watch a pod of hippos wallowing in the water or watching a weaver bird steadfastly building a nest for its fussy partner in an Acacia tree. Ask you safari guide about the Small 5 and the Ugly 5. Two major Lowveld rivers run through Sabi Sands. The Sabie River creates the southerly border of the reserve and the Sand River flows from the north west to the south east for about 50 kilometres. This permanent water source supports an incredible array of animals as well as water birds. In winter, the game tend to congregate close to the rivers which is excellent for game viewing.


The Big 5 is the major draw card to any wildlife destination in Africa but you can have as much fun getting to know and seeing the Little 5, the Shy 5 and the Impossible 5. Big 5 The Big 5 refers to five large mammals found in Africa which are elephant, Cape buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard. It doesn’t include hippo and giraffe. The term was given to the five animals which were the hardest to track and shoot by big-game hunters as they are dangerous as well as ferocious when injured. Many safari travellers are obsessed with seeing the Big 5 and sometimes forget to pay attention to all the other amazing animals in the bushveld. The Little 5 The Little 5 is a list created by safari guides which are the smaller and more elusive species in the bushveld. When you’ve ticked off the Big 5, the challenge turns to ‘hunting’ down the Little 5 and getting to know what role they play in bush ecology. The Little 5 includes the ant lion, leopard tortoise, elephant shrew, rhino beetle and buffalo weaver. The buffalo weaver is a common species found in acacia trees and the rhino beetle is easily spotted with the help of a skilled Shangaan tracker. The Ugly 5 The Ugly 5 is an unfortunate term for the ugliest creatures found in the Greater Kruger National Park. They’re the underdogs of a safari tour but really important in the role they play in bushveld ecology. The members of the Ugly 5 club include hyena, wildebeest, vulture, warthog and the marabou stork. They’re quirky animals and have weird body features such as sloping backs, bald heads and ugly faces with protruding warts. The Shy 5 The Shy 5 is a group of animals which are elusive and inconspicuous in the bushveld. The Shy 5 includes the meerkat, aardvark, porcupine, aardwolf and the bat-eared fox. These animals are nocturnal species except for the meerkat. They’re an interesting attraction on a night game drive but hard to spot without the skilled eye of your tracker. The aardvark has a long snout and lives on a diet of ants, which is why it’s often mistaken for an anteater. The main difference is aardvarks use claws to dig while an anteater uses its long snout; aardvarks have light course hair and large ears while anteaters have more fur and small ears. The Impossible 5 This is a grouping of animals that are very rare and almost impossible to find on a standard safari tour. The Impossible 5 include the aardvark, Cape mountain leopard, pangolin, riverine rabbit and white lion. White lions are only found naturally in the Timbavati Game Reserve, although you will see a few in captivity. The pangolin is one of the most endangered species in the African bush, along with the rhino as it is trafficked by the thousands for its scales. These scales are boiled off their bodies and used in traditional medicine or as a high-end delicacy in Africa and China. Their blood is believed to have healing properties. The Big 7 Game rangers at Sabie Sands now talk about the Big 7. This includes the addition of wild dog and cheetah to the Big 5 in the wildlife reserve. Leopard sightings in Sabi Sands are exceptional but sightings of the endangered wild dog and cheetah get the game rangers very excited. A female cheetah and her two cubs have moved onto Arathusa and the rangers and trackers are holding thumbs they’ll set up permanent home in the area.

Arathusa Safari Lodge Rates 2019


Arathusa Safari LodgeRates and Tariffs
Suite | per night per person sharingZAR6 450
Luxury Suite | single rate per nightZAR9 500
Please note: Only the remote suites have private private plunge pools