Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa

At a Glance

  • Great guiding and game viewing with top rangers and trackers, the best way to catch the famous leopards of the Sabi Sand

  • Relax with views of the river from your private plunge pool

  • A state-of-the-art spa and gym, beautiful interiors and acres of space

  • Unforgettable and unique tree-house experience - sleep on a raised platform with incredible views of the bush.

  • Take a hot air balloon trip over the Sabie River Valley at dawn

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There is no bad time to go on safari in the Kruger National Park. The experience does, however, change from month to month. In the summer months (October to March), it gets very hot. The verdant vistas are all the more spectacular because of the rains, but this means that the foliage is denser, water is more abundant and game is therefore trickier to see. There are lots of beautiful migratory birds during the summer months. While the daytime temperature in the winter months (May to September) is ideal, it does get a little chilly at night and in the early morning.

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Insider's View

When you're not out on activities, lose yourself on your private deck while watching wildlife drinking from the river below.

Wake-up to fresh coffee delivered to your door before heading out on your morning game drive.

Spend a night under the stars in one of Lion Sands exclusive treehouses!

Call us on 65 3165 4050 to start planning your holiday to Lion Sands Ivory Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to South Africa


Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is a luxurious and highly exclusive lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The enormous suites at Ivory Lodge have true wow factor, a safari here is an unforgettable experience.

Lion Sands is an award winning lodge situated in the wildlife rich Sabi Sands. There are eight beautifully appointed villas and one double villa, each with a separate living room, swimming pool and an open plan en-suite bathroom with an outdoor shower. Spacious glass-fronted bedrooms afford fabulous views onto the river bed below. Guests can sit by their private plunge pools and watch wildlife from their decks.

Guests staying at Ivory Lodge have full flexibility to choose how their day plays out, some decide not to leave their suites and have meals on the private deck, others prefer to relax in the comfortable and relaxing communal areas: the beautiful bar and open sitting room with its big fireplace, or on any of the wooden platform viewing decks. If you are fortunate enough to find availability, you will quickly see why Lion Sands Ivory Lodge sits right at the top of the list of luxurious and exclusive accommodation in this area of South Africa.

The two bedroom villa, Fish Eagle Villa, allows for a truly exclusive family experience. Two large en-suite bedrooms can welcome four adults and another two children or it can be booked in conjunction with some additonal rooms from the nearby lodge. Social areas include a private open plan living room, dining area and kitchen, along with a private lap pool and fire pit. The perfect family safari retreat.

For those after a truly unforgettable experience, guests can choose to spend a night in one of the Lion Sands tree houses. A beautiful bedroom, set high on stilts in the middle of the bush, it's the ultimate in privacy and romance.

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Ivory Lodge offers eight vast villas and one double villa featuring enormous beds, luxurious bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers and free standing baths. Each suite enjoys an expansive private viewing deck, complete with plunge pool. In the sitting rooms are comfortable sofas and contemporary fireplaces for those cooler winter nights.

The suites at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge are among the most spectacular in the Sabi Sands, space and absolute privacy are the most notable features. each suite enjoys the services of a private butler, but with a discreet service hatch, you need not even be disturbed to open the door.


There are 8 spacious villas each one has en-suite bathroom, large lounge as well as deck with private plunge pool.

Two bedroom Fish Eagle Villa

The double villa comprises two single suites joined by a glass fronted private lounge, dinning room leading out onto a large deck with private pool. There is a private spa with double treatment room and well equipped gym. Children 10 years and older and welcome.


Children ten years old and older are welcome to come and stay at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, however, there are no specific facilities available for them.


Facilities at Ivory Lodge include a private bar with large fireplace. There's a library, lounge and a television room tucked away for any sport fanatics. The wine cellar is extremely well stocked. Guests can choose from any of a number of wooden viewing decks, or the magnificent River Island Deck built on the river. For those in need of pampering or a bit of exercise, there's the Lalamuka Health Spa and gym.


Astronomy, game drives, guided walks, viewing from the hide, hippo tours and wildlife lectures are all included. Spa treatments, ballooning safaris over the Sabie River Valley, clay pigeon shooting, private game drives, golf, helicopter rides, cultural village experiences and nights in a tree house are all available and charged additionally.



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Lion Sands Ivory lodge is just about the closest you can come to heaven in the bush. The newly renovated camp successfully maintains an elegant balance between intelligent design and expression of its natural surroundings. Their focus on conservation is evident in daily practices, water conservation and green roofs all in order to have a low impact on surrounding wildlife. The large beautiful suites will instantly make you feel at home with your private plunge pool, enormous en-suite bathroom and own kitchenette (stocked with all of your beverage needs). Ivory Lodge is perfect for couples looking for a romantic escape or families looking for an elegant option in the heart of one of South Africas best game reserves.



On the banks of the Sabie River, the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve - in which you have a good chance of spotting the Big Five - is home to Ivory Lodge, which boasts one of the world's most extraordinary and romantic hotel rooms.

Set high in a century-old tree overlooking the Msutu dried-up river bed, the Jackalberry Tree House is more a fenced platform than an actual house, but is furnished with a bed, draped in mosquito netting that hangs from the branches, and made up with fine linens, so there's no sense of roughing it, especially when you're in radio contact with a ranger at the main hotel who will bring you a picnic dinner.

If you'd rather sleep on terra firma, there are six detached villas, with verandas from which to watch the hippo wallow, telescopes and infinity-edge plunge pools.


Lion Sands Ivory, South Africa - Complimentary Nights

Book three nights at the exclusive use Fish Eagle Villa at Lion Sands Ivory, and receive two free nights at the exclusive use Redcliffe House in Cape Town.

Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Please speak to one of our specialists for more information.

Book from 25 November 2020 to 19 December 2021
Travel from 04 January 2021 to 19 December 2021
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  • 4WD Game Drives

    Go on private or shared game drives in the world famous Greater Kruger Area, South Africa to see the Big 5 - lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhino - and a host of other animals. The Kruger is also a brilliant spot for birders so pack some binoculars.

  • Activities at Lion Sands

    Activities at Lion Sands are a fantastic way to take full advantage of the African bush. From game drives to adventurous sleep outs, you will go home feeling like you have fully experienced what the famous Sabi Sands region has on offer.

  • Search for leopard in the Sabi Sands

    The Sabi Sands is widely regarded as one of the most rewarding regions for spotting leopard in Africa. With good populations and the ability to go on night game-drives which coincides when these big cats are most active, all you need is good timing!

  • Spend a night in a Treehouse - Lion Sands

    Lion Sands offers an experience in the heart of the Sabi Sands that is like no other: the opportunity to spend a night high above the ground in one of their magical treehouse platforms in the bush.

Location & directions

Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is located in the finest territory of the world famous Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Forming part of the greater Kruger National Park, the reserve has no fences and the wildlife is able to traverse freely between Lion Sands and the Kruger National Park.

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