Lion Sands River Lodge
Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
At a Glance
Game viewing with River Lodge’s excellent rangers and trackers
Seamless mix of ethnic African and colonial design
Incredible food and service
Picnic lunches can be arranged at the water hole
Gym and a massage in Lalamuka, the adjacent health spa
Hot air balloon trip at dawn over the Sabie River Valley
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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.
To start planning your holiday to Lion Sands River Lodge
Lion Sands River Lodge is a beautifully designed safari lodge in the heart of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. On the bank of the Sabi River, the location offers unparalleled game viewing, and the lodge a luxurious experience with fantastic service.
Set on the banks of the Sabi River, surrounded by 800 year-old trees, Lion Sands River Lodge catches the morning sun as it rises over Kruger, giving guests a warm and gentle start to the day. The vibe at the lodge is exclusive yet relaxed, with a variety of seating areas on viewing decks and around the pool so that guests can be as sociable as they wish.
Following an extensive refurbishment and rebuild in early 2010, the lodge now offers 18 thatched bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, outdoor and indoor shower and wooden viewing deck. Bedrooms feature king size beds and air conditioning with an overhead fan for complete comfort during your stay. The style is a mixture of contemporary South African design, with the small touches and attention to detail that bring an authentic safari lodge atmosphere to the property.
Game drives take place first thing in the morning and late afternoon, with mealtimes arranged around game viewing activities. In the middle of the day, guests can relax by the pool, take a siesta, contemplate the beautiful scenery from one of the viewing decks or make use of the various games on offer. There is also a spa offering spa body, facial and hydrotherapy treatments. Dinner is served in a variety of locations, usually changing daily, from dining platform to riverbed to boma, making each evening a slightly different experience.
With the intelligent positioning of the rooms, the two pools, excellent staff and beautifully designed interiors, we recommend Lion Sands River Lodge for couples and families alike, across all seasons.
Lion Sands River Lodge a mix of Luxury Rooms and River Suites. All feature a king size bed with mosquito netting (can be made up as twin bed), en-suite bathrooms, inside and outside showers, baths and double basins. All rooms have both air conditioning and overhead fans, minibars, safe, telephone and a private viewing deck.
Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities. The minimum recommended age for children on safari is 6 years. There are inter-connecting rooms at Lion Sands River Lodge.
Facilities at Lion Sands River Lodge include a private lounge and bar with fireplace, an outdoor safari lounge, 2 swimming pools (heated in winter), wooden viewing decks, a secluded bird hide, a magnificent River Island Deck built on the river, a conference room, Lalamuka Health Spa and gymnasium, curio shop and both an indoor and open-air dining area (boma).
Astronomy, game drives, guided walks, viewing from the hide, hippo tours and wildlife lectures are all included in room rates. Spa treatments, ballooning over the Sabie River Valley, clay pigeon shooting, private game drives, golf, helicopter rides, cultural village experiences and nights in Chalkey Tree House are charged additionally.
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.
Epic South Africa
Cape Town, Victoria Falls & Greater Kruger
from £4000 pp inc flights & transfers for 9 nights
- We’ve put you in the heart of the action, from Cape Town’s vibrant streets to the Kruger’s iconic private reserves, you’ll never miss a photographic moment.
- Immerse yourself in Cape Town’s energetic foodie scene on a walking tour of the trendiest and tastiest haunts in the Mother City.
- Witness the majesty of the Victoria Falls from a different angle as you circle above in a helicopter, the sun casting thousands of rainbows through the spray.
Location & directions
Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Greater Kruger, South Africa
On the banks of the Sabie river, the Lion Sands Private Game Reserve lies at the southern end of the vast Sabi Sands Reserve. It's 520km (5 hours) northeast of Johannesburg, and very near the Mozambique border.
How to get there
Skukuza airfield (10km) is the closest airport to River Lodge. There are thrice daily flights (1 hour) from Johannesburg to this small landing strip. Transfers from here will take 25 minutes. Kruger Mpumalanga Airport (110km) is larger, but further away. You can fly there direct from Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town; from there it is a 1-hour and 45-minute (110km) road transfer; or you can get a 25-minute flight to Skukuza. Driving from Johannesburg will take 5 to 6 hours.
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