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1933 at Lion Sands

Adjoining the famous Kruger National Park, the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve is a fitting home for 1933 at Lion Sands.

Resting on the banks of the Sabie River, this exclusive-use retreat is ideal for families and groups of friends looking for a personalised and private safari in one of Africa's best game-viewing destinations.

Four beautifully appointed en suite bedrooms with private verandahs offer incredible views over the river and its wildlife. A comfortable lounge with cosy fireplace makes an ideal place to gather at the end of a day while a modern kitchen plays host to your personal chef who will spoil you with superb cuisine. Families will love 1933 at Lion Sands: children have their own 8-sleeper bedroom/playroom, and the villa offers separate quarters for an au pair.

Game viewing is the order of the day in this rich and diverse landscape. A dedicated guide and tracker team will take you in search of the Big 5 on private game drives and walks during the day and spot-lit drives at night. And after all the big game drama, what better way to end a day at 1933 than to sip on a vintage from the private wine cellar and watch the sunset, Lion Sands-style.

Fact File

Beds 5
Showers 5
People 16
Location Sabi Sands Game Reserve
Pool Yes
  • Bush Views
Service Fully Serviced by a team of staff
Property Type Villa
Ideal For
  • Family
  • Families with toddlers
  • Families with young children
  • Families with teens
  • Extended Families


  • Set on the Sabie River banks
  • Private safari guide & tracker
  • Personal chef & personalised dining
  • Superb Big 5 game viewing
  • Children's dormitory/playroom & au pair quarters
  • Access to wonderful spa, gym & sauna
  • Condé Nast Traveller Gold List winner
“Words cannot describe this property: it is on a whole other level of luxury! The butler service and gourmet meals prepared by the chef are the cherry on top!”
Ashley Groenevelt, Africa Safari Expert


Style & Décor

‘Out of Africa’ meets contemporary-chic in this luxurious, sole-use villa. Suites are decorated in creamy, natural tones to create an elegant ambience while floor-to-ceiling glass windows and sliding doors embrace the surrounding views. Communal living areas are spacious and warm with deep sofas and a crackling fire adding a welcome, home-away-from-home appeal.


Home to one of the highest densities of wild animals in Africa, Lion Sands lies within the exclusive Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, which adjoins the world-famous Kruger National Park. Home to the Big 5, Lion Sands is recognised as one of the best destinations on the continent to find the ever-elusive leopard. Experienced and passionate guides accompanied by local trackers will take you through the beautiful landscape on day and night drives in search of drama and beauty.


Family-owned and managed since the 1930s, this villa is perfect for groups of friends or families with children who want a luxurious, private retreat with a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of personalised service.

Best time to visit

Head to 1933 Lion Sands in the December to April summer season to see the landscape at its greenest. Seasonal rains, usually in the form of flamboyant thunderstorms, literally bring the African plains to life as animals give birth and migrant birds arrive to breed. Be prepared for temperatures in the high 30s during the day and warm nights.

The best - and most comfortable - time to see wildlife is during the dry season between May and September. Increasing aridity drives animals to their perennial watering holes and the thinned-out vegetation makes spotting game easy. While daily temperatures can be pleasant, nights are very cold, so be sure to pack warm clothes for those night drives. As the dry season draws to a close, the temperatures rise sharply. October and November experience very hot and dry weather but also offer sublime waterhole game viewing.

Special Notes

Although children of all ages are welcome at 1933 at Lion Sands, those aged three years and younger are unable to participate on game drives due to safety considerations.

Note that the Sabi Sands Game Reserve falls within the malaria belt. Visitors are advised to consult their physician prior to travel for the most appropriate medication.


The modern and fully-equipped kitchen caters for every culinary need and comes complete with a personal chef who will conjure up your favourite dishes, serving them wherever and whenever you please.

  • Fully equipped & serviced kitchen

Master Bedroom

Chic, contemporary décor and exquisite views make the master bedroom an elegant and intimate sanctuary. A king-sized bed with billowing muslin mosquito nets faces a spectacular panorama of water and wilderness, while floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors open onto a private viewing deck that seems to float out over the Sabie River. The suite's oversized chairs are perfect for relaxing with a book as you soak up the view.

  • En suite bathroom
  • King-sized bed
  • Twin beds
  • Private patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Overhead fan
  • Cupboard space
  • Safe
  • Dressing or work table

Guest Bedrooms

The three remaining bedrooms are decorated in natural tones with spacious en suite bathrooms and incredible riverine views. Each suite has a private verandah with comfortable sun loungers and shady umbrellas.


Light, airy en suite bathrooms are open-plan and spacious enough for a luxurious floating bath, shower, double vanity and dressing table. Glass sliding doors open onto floating timber decks with an outdoor shower overlooking the river.

Living & Dining Area     

Decorated in a contemporary African style, the luxurious central lounge area is spacious and warmly welcoming. Dark, colonial furniture, plush Persian carpets and raw animal hide finishes enhance the ‘Out of Africa’ feel, inviting you to sink into large sofas and deep-set leather chairs in front of the fireplace. Sumptuous dinners are served at the elegant 10-seater dining table or held riverside by lantern light on floating timber decks.

  • Dining table & chairs
  • Fireplace
  • Satellite television

Outside Area

Both the central lounge area and the suites flow effortlessly out onto timber viewing decks that overlook the meandering Sabie River and rolling hills beyond. Comfortable loungers coax you to relax with a cool drink as you watch animals gather at the river’s edge.

General Facilities

  • Wi-Fi
  • Wine cellar


Our team of experienced Villa Experts are here to tailor-make your dream vacation.

Mary Keet
Go2Africa Expert

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