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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

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
  • Fine dining & excellent service
  • Sublime spa treatments & elegant decor

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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 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

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    Spa
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    Swimming Pool
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    Bar
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    Gym
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    Wi-fi available

Dining

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.

Luxury Room AMENITIES

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    Air-conditioning
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    Ceiling fan
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    En-suite bath and shower
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    Hairdryer
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    Mini Bar
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    Mosquito net
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    Outside area
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    Safe
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    Telephone
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    Twin bed available
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    Outdoor shower

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

  • Birding
  • Bush dining
  • Cultural tour
  • Game drives
  • Golf
  • Guided walks
  • Helicopter flights
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Local village visits
  • Picnics
  • Private game-drive vehicles on offer
  • Specialist guides
  • Star-gazing
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 11 Jan 2014 - 18 Dec 2014 $575 Fully Inclusive
  • 19 Dec 2014 - 04 Jan 2015 $665 Fully Inclusive
  • 05 Jan 2015 - 11 Jan 2015 $575 Fully Inclusive
  • 12 Jan 2015 - 17 Dec 2015 $695 Fully Inclusive
  • 18 Dec 2015 - 03 Jan 2016 $800 Fully Inclusive
  • 04 Jan 2016 - 10 Jan 2016 $695 Fully Inclusive

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. 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

  • 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
  • Lion Sands is great. The rooms are lovely, and very comfortable. The staff were great. Our ranger and tracker were very knowledgeable and very friendly, and obliging. Our drives were fabulous. The food is very good and we had a lovely butler who remembered our likes and allergies. We saw a lot of game (the big five), but not an abundance. There had been a lot of rain, the bush was very thick and we couldn't go off-road until our last day.

    Laurence Levy, January 2014
  • We LOVED Lion Sands, and thought they did a great job with every detail of the experience. The accommodations, the food, the atmosphere and the staff were all top notch. The game viewing was amazing, and we really couldn't have asked for anything more out of the safari experience. We loved the little breaks on the game drives with snacks and drinks. We also had a breakfast out in the bush with elephants walking around -- was really beautiful! There were animals walking around right outside of our room, so even during the down time of the day, we could see more wildlife! I was so sad when our stay at Lion Sands was over because I thought it was one of the most special experiences of our life.

    Meredith Sharoky, December 2013

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Carlien Parsons

Carlien Parsons

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"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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