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pack of african wild dog

African Wild Dog (Lycaon Pictus)

African wild dogs are also known as Cape hunting dogs or painted wolves. Lycaon pictus means ‘painted wolf’, which refers to the dogs’ irregular mottled coat with red, black, brown, white and yellow fur. Each dog has its own unique signature pattern. The African wild dog is the largest canid in Africa, and is a …
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ARATHUSA’S MAY SIGHTINGS AT A GLANCE

We bring you a quick overview of sightings enjoyed by our guests (as well as our rangers and trackers) over the month of May. Heading in to winter, the bush clears and animals are (clearly) easier to spot. It’s a great time to head out on safari, with a more moderate climate. Day time temperatures …
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ARATHUSA’S APRIL SIGHTINGS AT A GLANCE

We bring you an overview of sightings enjoyed by our guests at Arathusa over the month of April. Once again, we were not disappointed! LEOPARDS There were 80 separate sightings of leopards in April! We’ve broken them down for you below. Xidulu – 18 sightings Xidulu paid us a special visit at the lodge for …
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ARATHUSA’S MARCH SIGHTINGS AT A GLANCE

We bring you an overview of sightings enjoyed by our guests at Arathusa over the month of March. The change of season is upon us, and as we move from summer to autumn, the bush begins to thin out (making finding animals that much easier). The temperatures are also starting to drop – early mornings …
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xidulu leopardess

A leopard called Xidulu

Xidulu was born on a property to the south and west of Arathusa. The name Xidulu means ‘termite mound’, which is fitting as leopards often use termite mounds as den sites as well as resting spots – they also provide the ideal vantage points from which to spot prey.  Xidulu’s mother was a leopardess named …
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waterhole at sunset

Arathusa’s Waterhole: A safari of its own

Visitors to Arathusa Safari Lodge will no doubt agree that our signature feature is the vast waterhole that lies directly in front of the lodge, flanked by an open plain. This massive body of water attracts numerous animal species, and it’s for this reason that guests are treated to rich animal sightings directly from the …
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Tortoise at Arathusa Safari Lodge

‘The Little Five’ – Leopard Tortoise

Visitors to South Africa are always keen to see the country’s celebrated Big Five – neglecting a wealth of smaller wildlife. To remedy this, some clever people came up with another must-see list, the Little Five: elephant shrew, ant lion, rhinoceros beetle, buffalo weaver and leopard tortoise! Today, Ranger Sabastion shares some fascinating background on …
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Avoca Madota back in town for a brief spell – by Ranger Sabastion

Before I tell you about my best sighting last week, I would like to share a bit about all the new faces around… I of course am talking about this little one, brand new to Sabi Sands… A newborn baby impala. One of the impalas most successful tactics in remaining numerous, is their breeding strategy. At …
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An update on Sibuyi & her cub and other highlights – by Sabastion Wayne

Ranger Sabastion gave us a quick rundown of the interesting sightings at Arathusa Safari Lodge last week – enjoy! On the picture above is Sibuyi and her female cub (just under a year old), resting in a bit of shade not far from a kill mom made – the cub being the one facing us. …
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“Misi kaya” (The Hyena Den) by Jamie Sangster

“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.” – David Attenborough The spotted hyena is arguably the most successful large carnivore in Africa because it is both a proficient hunter and scavenger, displaying resourcefulness and stamina in its foraging pursuits. It …
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