Lion Sands - South Africa

Four lodges and three treehouses in both the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve
The only private reserve to feature lodges both in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve and Kruger National Park, Lion Sands offers its guests a superb range of accommodation. With a choice of four peaceful lodges, as well as three stunning treehouses, it is easy to find an option that will suit your needs.
There is also plenty to keep you entertained, with morning and evening game drives in open safari vehicles, bush walks, bird watching, river walks, hippo tours and local village tours just a few of the experiences available.
 
River Lodge ­– 5 Star
A spacious family-friendly lodge complete with two pools, a gym and an indulgent spa for the ultimate in luxury.
Although home to only 20 rooms and suites, the River Lodge is the largest at Lion Sands. Here, the staff very much appreciate their spectacular surrounds, with every aspect of the lodge designed to capture the spirit of the Sabie River, and the focus on ensuring that each guest gets to experience as much of the wildlife as they like.
 
With a host of amenities, you can relax on the river deck, take a dip in one of the lodge’s two pools, take a stroll on the private walkway or head to the gym and spa. Dining is an affair to remember, with the passionate culinary team creating superb dishes that feature a fusion of flavours made from only the finest local produce.
There is a range of accommodation options on offer here. Each of the 12 thatched Luxury Rooms features an en suite, mini bar and outdoor wooden deck. Larger in size, the six Superior Luxury Suites offer additional space, open-plan bathrooms and outdoor showers. Four of the six suites interconnect, making them perfect for families.
 
For the ultimate luxury, the lodge’s two River Suites offer the same features as the Superior Luxury Suites but are set away from the public areas, making them much more private. They also have expansive river decks to take advantage of their breathtaking river views.
 
Ivory Lodge – 5 Star
Considered the finest accommodation in Lion Sands, Ivory Lodge is secluded, private and intimate, offering a truly personal experience..
Featuring just six suites, the emphasis of this tranquil lodge is on personalised service and immersing you in its breathtaking surrounds. Although labelled as suites, the accommodation at Ivory Lodge is more akin to private villas. Each one features a rim flow plunge pool, open plan lounge and dining area, large bathroom with a bathtub and outdoor shower, wooden viewing deck, maxi bar and fireplace.
 
Located just upstream from the main River Lodge on the banks of the Sabie River, Ivory Lodge offers a sophisticated and exclusive ambience with a stunning river frontage, lounge, bar and wine cellar. Guests can also enjoy access to the facilities at River Lodge, whilst being able to retreat to their secluded suite for privacy.
Meal times here are fine yet unpretentious affairs, with breakfast served on the deck as the bush comes to life, and dinner enjoyed by candlelight beneath a canopy of stars and accompanied by the whoop of the hyena and bark of the baboon.
 
With a maximum of just 12 guests, this is Lion Sands’ smallest lodge, with each beautiful suite assigned a butler, offering an intimate, personalised and truly indulgent experience.
 
Tinga Lodge ­– 5 Star
A bold yet luxurious lodge found on the banks of the Sabie River in the iconic Kruger National Park. 
 
Featuring nine spacious suites, Tinga Lodge presents an intimate and friendly safari home. Located on a private concession within Kruger National Park, this superb lodge offers the perfect opportunity to spot the region’s most breathtaking wildlife, with access to both this world-renowned national park as well as the quieter grounds of Lions Sand’s Sabi Sands Game Reserve. 
 
Surrounded by the wild African bush, you’ll be transported back to a time when decadent safaris were the height of indulgence. Far away from the everyday, you’re assured of a stay that is simultaneously thrilling and immersively relaxing.
 
Overlooking the Sabie River, each of the vast, expansive suites features a lounge, mini bar, bath tub, outdoor shower and covered wooden viewing decks from which to spot the wildlife while enjoying some down time. You’ll even enjoy the luxury of your own private plunge pool.
 
Remote, beautiful and capturing the essence of the African bush, this idyllic lodge offers a range of facilities, including a central swimming pool and fire-side lounge. Housing a maximum of 18 guests, you couldn’t ask for a more intimate safari setting.

Narina Lodge ­– 5 Star
Indulgent luxury in a tree-top setting promises an indulgent and peaceful stay to complement the excitement of game drives.
Settled beneath a 100-year-old canopy of trees overlooking the beautiful Sabie River, the style of Narina Lodge echoes that of a luxurious treehouse, with the nine private suites that it houses accessible by raised wooden walkways. Wandering from your suite to the main building is a wildlife-spotting adventure in itself, with the height offering a superb opportunity to spot the abundant bird life of the area.
 
Affording privacy and luxury, each of these luxurious suites offers a spectacular view that can be enjoyed from your outdoor deck. Complete with their own private plunge pool, you’ll feel truly indulged from the moment you arrive, with sweeping views of the river stretching out before you from every angle. You can even take in the stunning sight from the comfort of your bathtub.
 
The evenings are lit by the warm glow of candlelight emanating from the comfortable wooden deck where you can relax as you enjoy a glass of Champagne and appreciate the wonder of your wild surrounds, listening to the sounds of the bush.
 
In this peaceful part of the world, there’s no light pollution to ruin the spectacular view of the starry night’s sky above you, with the Milky Way dancing across the blackened canopy. 
 
Key information
Dispersed throughout the Kruger National Park and the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, overlooking the Sabie River. Tinga and Narina Lodges are located on a private concession within the Kruger National Park while River and Ivory Lodges are located within the private Sabi Sands Game Reserve
 
Airport transfer time:
Daily flights are available from Cape Town and Johannesburg to Skukuza airport, which offer the quickest options. There are also flights to Kruger Mpumalanga airport from Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Livingstone. For those on a self-drive adventure, Lion Sands is approx. 5 hours from Johannesburg
 
Rooms: 44
 
Good to know
Minimum stays apply, please enquire for details. Children over 10 years are welcome at at all lodges, with children’s activities and babysitting available at some. Private vehicle compulsory for parties travelling with children under the age of 12 at Ivory Lodge (extra cost).
 
Accommodation information
River Lodge – 20 rooms & suites
Ivory Lodge – 6 suites
Tinga Lodge – 9 suites
Narina Lodge – 9 suites
Chalkley's Treehouse
Kingston Treehouse
Tinyeleti Treehouse
 
Activities
• Enjoy a game drive in an open 4x4 vehicle with a maximum of just six people per vehicle • Spend a night in one of Lion Sands’ Treehouses – the ultimate bush bedrooms • Head out on a thrilling walking safari
 
Dining
No matter which lodge you choose, the dining here is superb, with fresh produce and local flavours used in every dish. The bush dinners, set up in the wild, are a particular favourite. Private dining experiences are also available
Holiday Name : Lion Sands 
Reference : KTM
  • Enjoy a game drive in an open 4x4 vehicle with a maximum of just six people per vehicle
  • Spend a night in one of Lion Sands’ Treehouses – the ultimate bush bedrooms
  • Head out on a thrilling walking safari
What's included
  • Lodge package
  • Three meals a day
  • Tea and coffee, soft drinks, local beers, wines and house spirits
  • Twice-daily game drives
  • Minibar
  • Game drive refreshments and snacks
Guide price per person,
All holidays are tailor made and prices quoted are per accommodation or trip per person - see details. Supplements may apply. All holidays are subject to availability.
Prices start from £345
 
Please call us for a detailed quote. All prices and details are subject to change and availability.  Terms and conditions apply.

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