The name ‘Arathusa’ is derived from the North Sotho word ‘reathusa’, which means, “we are helping”.
The farm ‘Arathusa’ was bought by Anina Dannhauser’s grandfather, Dries Steyn, in 1960, after his farm ‘ Seville’ was expropriated by the then-apartheid government, and incorporated into the black homeland of Gazankulu. Seville is now part of a village going by the same name, approximately 20 kilometres from the Sabi Sand Reserve. Arathusa was a family holiday retreat until 1998, when the land was leased to Chitwa Chitwa. They operated the lodge as Chitwa Chitwa Safari Lodge until 30th April 2006, when the lease expired.
Arathusa Safari Lodge has been owner-operated since then. Hannes and Anina are based at the lodge more often than not, and take a personal interest in each and every one of their guests.
This is after all their family retreat, and guests are treated to a traditional safari experience at the hands of seasoned professionals.
Arathusa Safari Lodge is an 868-hectare property. Traversing during game drives, however, takes place over an area of approximately 4000 hectares – due to reciprocal agreements with neighbouring landowners. This does not affect the quality of the exclusive safari experience however, as there are very few vehicles to impact on the solitude enjoyed during game drives.
Arathusa’s shared traversing area includes land owned by Elephant Plains, Simbambili, Chitwa Chitwa, part of Djuma, as well as private land.
The landscape is rich and varied, comprising of open savannahs, riverine thickets, river beds and lush bush vegetation ensure interesting sights around each corner. The perennial Manyeleti River meanders its way through the property.