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

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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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Enjoy a sleepy afternoon on the raised decking that over looks the river.

Sleep out under the stars on their raised wooden sleepout deck for a true once in a lifetime experience.

There are two pools, one catching the morning sun, the other the afternoon.

This is an excellent location on the banks of the Sabi River, Lion Sands enjoys wide traversing rights through both the Sabi Sands and Kruger National Park two different types of habitat.

You can't visit Lion Sands in the dry season and not spend a night in one of their tree-houses. An incredible experience.

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Lion Sands River Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to South Africa


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.

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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.

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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.

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