overview

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.

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

  •  Condé Nast Traveler - #5 in Top 20 Safari Lodges & Camps in Africa: Readers' Choice Awards 2014

highlights

  • 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
  • Superior dining & service
  • Sublime spa treatments & relaxed atmosphere

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Facilities

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 the swimming pool, 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

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    Spa
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    Swimming Pool
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    Bar
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    Gym

Dining

Enjoy uniquely African dishes with a gourmand twist from the lodge’s celebrated kitchen. 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.

Room Description

Twenty suites make up the accommodation at River Lodge. All offer fantastic views over the Sabie River from private wooden decks. The air-conditioned suites also feature king-sized beds draped with white mosquito netting and full en suite bathrooms with stand-alone bathtubs and showers.

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.

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Bush dining
  • Game drives
  • Golf
  • Guided walks
  • Local village visits
  • Picnics
  • Private game-drives
  • Specialist guides
  • Star gazing
 

Traveller Reviews

  • Lions Sands River Lodge - that was fantastic!! The staff, rangers and trackers all are very professional and friendly.

    Julia Mitina, January 2016
  • Lion Sands was amazing - loved the lodge, the people and the game drives.

    Jette Blankholm, January 2016
  • We were mostly fascinated with the Sabi Sands and all the amazing wildlife that we found there! We saw the big five two times in four days, besides other incredibly interesting animals, and our ranger and tracker were fantastic. Besides, the Lion Sands River Lodge was everything we hoped for and more and the staff great!

    Tomas Lucena, December 2015
  • We had an unforgettable experience at Lion Sands River Lodge and were blessed to see the Big 5.

    Amy Booth, May 2015
  • Incredible! Our tracker, ranger and butler made our stay amazing.

    Ketan Bhindi, May 2015
  • 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

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Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

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"The staff here are very professional and welcoming from the GM & ranger to the butler. I recommend leaving your door open at night with the screen closed, so you can hear the hippos and the nightjars, from the comfort & safety of your beautiful suite."

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

Julie Gatrell, March 2014 >View more reviews