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Lion Sands River Lodge is located in the renowned Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. Sabi Sand borders the world-famous Kruger National Park; together, they form 2.7-million hectares of protected wilderness. Game roams freely between the reserves, creating one of Africa’s most bio-diverse wildlife populations.

The Lion Sands area is the legacy of three generations of More family custodians, who welcome you to the untamed wilderness they call home. Explore the area on morning and late afternoon game drives in the care of experienced rangers and trackers. Encounter the Big 5 as well as wild dog and cheetah. Leopards are the main attraction in the Sabi area, which boasts an unrivalled record for the regularity and quality of sightings.

Departing at sunrise for your first game drive makes the bountiful breakfast on return to the Lodge very welcome. The best digestive is a guided nature walk, which provides a refreshingly intimate perspective on the bush. African afternoons are designed for utter relaxation: lounge at the pool, soak up the views of the Sabie River from your suite, or indulge your senses at the Spa.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Conde' Nast Traveler Gold List 2012 - South Africa Hotels & Resorts - Readers Choice Rating
  •  Condé Nast Traveler - #5 in Top 20 Safari Lodges & Camps in Africa: Readers' Choice Awards 2014


  • In game-rich Sabi Sand Private Reserve
  • Expert rangers & experienced trackers
  • See the famous Sabi Sand leopards
  • Encounter the Big 5 & African raptors
  • Spacious suites & private viewing decks
  • Fine dining & excellent service
  • Sublime spa treatments & elegant decor

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The communal areas at this Lodge are exceptional, offering guests a comfortable lounge and bar with a charming fireplace. Relax in the open-air safari lounge, take a dip in either of two heated swimming pools, or enjoy excellent birding from a secluded hide.

The magnificent River Deck is built out on the Sabie River and offers the perfect spot to sip a tall drink and unwind over pleasant conversation. For the ultimate in relaxation, select a wellness treatment from a range of spa therapies, to enjoy either in the privacy of your suite or at the Lalamuka Spa.

General Facilities

    Swimming Pool


Enjoy uniquely African dishes with a gourmand twist from the Lodge’s celebrated chef. Delicious delicacies include zebra and black cherry potjie and crocodile kebabs with a lemon-butter and apricot sauce.

Dine in the intimate River Lounge and the authentic open-air Boma, or allow the staff to prepare a secluded haven for you in wilderness to feast beneath the stars.

Luxury Room

Twelve Luxury Suites and eight Superior Luxury Suites make up the accommodations at River Lodge. All Suites offer fantastic views over the Sabie River from private wooden decks. The air-conditioned Luxury Suites feature king-sized beds draped with white mosquito netting and full en suite bathrooms with stand-alone baths and showers.


    Ceiling fan
    En-suite bath and shower
    Mini Bar
    Mosquito net
    Outside area
    Twin bed available
    Outdoor shower
    Wi-fi available in room

Other Room Types

The Superior Luxury Suites are particularly spacious and offer all of the facilities of the Luxury Suites with the added advantage of an outdoor shower for star-lit ablutions with a view. Four of these suites are inter-leading and perfect for families with children older than 10 years. Like the Luxury Suites, the bedrooms feature king-sized beds with draped mosquito nets, which may be made up as twin beds, and full en suite bathrooms with separate toilets.


  • Birding
  • Bush dining
  • Game drives
  • Golf
  • Guided walks
  • Local village visits
  • Picnics
  • Private game-drive vehicles on offer
  • Specialist guides
  • Star-gazing
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 12 Jan 2015 - 17 Dec 2015 $570 Fully Inclusive
  • 18 Dec 2015 - 03 Jan 2016 $655 Fully Inclusive
  • 04 Jan 2016 - 10 Jan 2016 $570 Fully Inclusive

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Superior Luxury Room,Luxury 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

  • All was perfect from the service to the room to the food. The "maxi-bar" was included and I loved the French Press. I had wondered if we would have decent coffee and we did. Our guide, Ale, She knew everything and was willing to share and in fact ended up being the best guide we had! Plus, important to us that they had the fitness center. I quickly found out that safari-ing is a lot of time sitting in a vehicle and then eating great meals and drinking great wines...ome day we hope to return.

    Phyllis Ohlemacher, September 2014
  • We had a wonderful trip. Everything about it was great. This was my sixth African safari and the best of all overall. That says a lot because each has been a fantastic experience. Both lodges were quite nice. Lion Sands Lodge was quite luxurious and we felt pampered the entire time. The staff at both lodges were friendly and very accommodating to the girls food preferences. The rangers and trackers at both lodges were excellent and resulted in our viewing some less seen animals.

    Ann Musser, August 2014
  • Lion Sands - This was hands down the best service I have ever had on vacation. The entire staff was warm, welcoming and always extremely helpful. Our butler Jabulani was absolutely amazing. The resort was also amazing and totally over-delivered on our expectations. The room was beautiful and each night they left us a very nice note on the bed for our honeymoon. The food was top notch, always served promptly and this goes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The grounds were another treat, so calm and relaxing I wanted to freeze time and drink iced tea on the couch all day. Our guide, Mike, was also fantastic. He came recommended and I’m glad we rode in his vehicle. He knew EVERYTHING there was to know about nature, the animals and the area that I must have asked 1,000 questions over 3 days. This was a trip I’ll never forget and if I were to ever return to Kruger I would make sure I book well in advance to stay at the River Lodge again. We stayed in the Chalkey Tree house one night and that was a night to remember. The accommodations at the tree house were fantastic, comfortable.

    Dan Walsh, August 2014
  • Lion Sands was perfect. Our rangers were exceptional and we got a lovely welcome basket from Rob More whom we actually saw on the plane.

    Clive Lubner, August 2014
  • Lion Sands was out of this world.

    James Cumming, June 2014
  • Lion Sands River Lodge was wonderful - the service fantastic, our ranger and tracker brilliant and we were lucky enough to see the big five and more, including wild dogs (which apparently is rare).

    Melanie Maxwell, May 2014
  • The hotels were all top notch. No issues whatsoever on that front. The service and quality at each location was great. No qualms with referring any of these places moving forward. Lion sands was incredible and the game drives were awesome. I think the 3 days was the perfect time to spend there

    Sara Zabihi, March 2014
  • Lion Sands is such a beautiful accommodation, so relaxing and the safaris was amazing, saw so much.

    Julie Gatrell, March 2014
  • The Lions Sand Lodge and safari was the highlight of our trip. The lodge was beautiful and they made our safari experience unforgettable. We did see the big five, had amazing an room and great food. The staff was excellent.

    Pamela Mehra, January 2014
  • We had a wonderful time & would highly recommend!

    Ashley Ganz, January 2014

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Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

Product Manager

"One of the finest Kruger lodges - I love the open, airy and contemporary yet distinctive safari feel River Lodge has."



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Lion Sands is such a beautiful accommodation, so relaxing and the safaris was amazing, saw so much.

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