Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

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Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is an award-winning luxury hideaway set on the banks of the Sabie River in the exclusive Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The iconic lodge offers exceptional views extending onto the open sand banks of the Kruger National Park.

Expect exciting game viewing, including Big 5 sightings, in the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve, or opt for a fascinating bush walk. Game vehicles are equipped with bird books and binoculars, while blankets and hot-water bottles provide extra comfort during early morning game drives.


  • In the private Sabi Sand Game Reserve
  • Exquisite luxury lodge with contemporary feel
  • Private & tailored service - perfect for honeymooners
  • Spacious villas, each with its own rim-flow pool & butler service
  • Fantastic spa treatments in the privacy of your suite
  • Safari fine dining at its best


  • Bush dining
  • Game drives
  • Golf
  • Guided walks
  • Helicopter flights
  • Local village visits
  • Picnics
  • Private game-drives
  • Specialist guides
  • Star gazing
  • Night drives
The contemporary rooms are amazing and amongst the largest in the Sabi Sands. The lodge has thought of everything including a flap to deliver fresh coffee in the morning!
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Luxury Villa

Ivory Lodge comprises single-suite villas and one double-suite villa (Fish Eagle Villa). All the villas occupy an elevated position overlooking the beautiful Sabie River.

The luxurious villas have been designed for privacy and optimum appreciation of the surrounding wilderness. Each single unit has a master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a double-volume wardrobe area with outdoor shower.  Guests also have their own private lounge area with fireplace. Each villa also has an expansive viewing deck with covered patio and private pool.

The exclusive Fish Eagle Villa comprises two private, single suites connected by an entrance hall, lounge and study. Spend evenings on the expansive deck and covered patio with private pool and fire pit. There is also a private spa with double treatment room and thoughtfully equipped gym facility. The Fish Eagle Villa also comes with its own private chef, safari vehicle and guide, as well as separate access for game drives.


Pamper yourself with a range of luxurious spa treatments at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, either in the health spa or in the privacy of your suite.

Enjoy a drink in the cosy bar area or relax in your suite and make use of the 24-hour room service.


Enjoy delicious meals at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge with a unique African twist. The 3-course dinner is an à la carte affair, with a menu that changes daily and includes unique specialities such as zebra and black cherry potjie, or crocodile kebabs with a lemon butter and apricot sauce.

Meals can be served out on the large wooden decks under the shade of the mahogany trees, in the intimate dining room, or under the stars in the boma area. For something more intimate, choose to dine in the privacy of your suite.

For a real culinary experience, request a bush dinner or bush breakfast - sample delicious food at a table for two, surrounded by the African bush.

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge features a separate, fully Kosher kitchen.

General facilities

  • Plunge Pool
  • Gym
  • Laundry service
  • Spa
  • Computer facilities
  • Bar
  • Library


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Dates Board Price
2022-12-01 — 2022-12-19 Fully Inclusive Plus (All Meals, Selected Beverages, Selected Extras) $1,950
2022-12-20 — 2023-01-03 Fully Inclusive Plus (All Meals, Selected Beverages, Selected Extras) $2,435
2023-01-04 — 2023-12-19 Fully Inclusive Plus (All Meals, Selected Beverages, Selected Extras) $2,145
2023-12-20 — 2024-01-03 Fully Inclusive Plus (All Meals, Selected Beverages, Selected Extras) $2,680

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.
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Traveller Reviews

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Jenny Goldstock

There are almost no words to describe the experience. The villas are extraordinary, the staff is so kind and professional and helpful, the rangers and trackers were wonderful, the food was absolutely incredible. They have thought of everything ther e. I assumed that with my Gluten intolerance they would simply tell me what I could not eat on the menu each day. Instead, they took the menu and made sure each dish could be made with gluten free ingredients. Very special service. It was a magical few days.
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Kyle Stergas

"Lion Sands was also amazing - our guide, Jack, was enthusiastic and made every effort to help us find the animals we were interested in."

Judi Krumwiede

"Lion Sands Ivory Lodge was over the top and so much more than we could have ever imagined!!! From the moment we got there, we felt at home and the private villas were spectacular!"

Dave Zimmerman

Lion Sands was spectacular! I can't say enough about the staff. Ivory Lodge was beautiful BUT we found ourselves wanting to visit and talk with many people and River Lodge had more of that (for privacy and seclusion - Ivory could not be beat and we d id meet some great folks there)
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Robert Briganti

Lion Sands was both luxurious and yet primative all at the same time. They took such excellent care of us - treating us like royalty (as they should for that price) the whole time. Again, would highly recommend it. We saw so many animals close up, in cluding the big 5. Our room, which included it's own plunge pool, fire place, and fully stocked bar (all inclusive) was right on the Sabi river with an amazing view!
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Justine Ashton

Lion Sands was brilliant. We loved the staff and we saw the big five in 24 hours. The food was outstanding and the night in Ivory Lodge was something else. Really special - we had the best view and were welcomed by 16 or so elephants drinking in the river in front of us. We loved it.
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Bobo Theletsane

"It was wonderful."

Jason Wilson

"It was def a highlight and flawless in every way!"

Carrie Gray

The safari was amazing. We saw the big 5 in the 1st 2 hours of our game drive. The Lion Sands was wonderful and the people catered to our every need. Our Ranger, Gwave, was excellent. The animals were amazing and the food was wonderful... a real trea t to start off the vacation and not have to think or plan anything - it was all cared for at the Lion Sands.
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Barbara Griggs

"It was extraordinary."

Katrina Stagner

We lucked out with a fantastic ranger and a great small group of people to go on game drives with. Three nights was great but we were sad to go. We didn't expect to see that many animals and by the end of our first full day at Lion Sands, we had see n the Big Five! On our first game drive, we even saw a leopard with its kill (an impala) up in a tree - physically crunching the poor impala, lifeless legs dangling, and at the base of the tree was a hyena waiting for its seconds! It was amazing. Keith and I didn't expect to see anything like that.
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Arieta Gavriniotis

I had a fantastic time in the Sabi Reserve. Everything from the lodge, room, staff and the food were exceptional. The game drives were the highlight of the days and our Ranger and tracker were very knowledgeable and exceptional guides. Traveling alon e can get a lonely but with the many activities and friendly staff the days were filled with heaps to do. Definitely an experience I will always treasure.
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Elizabeth Watkins

"We cannot recommend the Lion Sands Ivory Lodge highly enough - I don't think we have stayed anywhere in the world more comfortable and with more attentive staff."

Yvonne Yee

It is amazing and you are right about the room being more beautiful than what the photos show. I guess it's because the villas have such an understated, clean and modern elegance, such a nice change to the usual dark African theme that most other lod ges have.
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Mary McCabe

"It was superb with great accommodation and very good game viewing."

Glenn Martin

The people at the Ivory Lodge were outstanding - couldn't do enough for us and they all were so pleasant and personable. Our guide, Yolinda, was excellent and I couldn't imagine one better then her. The food was five star as were the accomodations. Game viewing was excellent and not a mosquito in sight. I really think July/August would be the best time of the year for game viewing. We saw everything except the elusive cheata.
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Neda Daneshzadeh

"It was wonderous."

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