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River Lodge at Lion Sands

As its name suggests, Lion Sands River Lodge is set on the edge of the scenic Sabie River, allowing for incredible game viewing without even leaving the lodge.  The lodge main area features fire-lit indoor and outdoor lounges, a bar, art gallery, boutique, and curio shop.  Gracefully integrated into the natural surrounds, timber walkways lead off to the health spa, gym, and 2 inviting pools. The lodge features 8 Luxury Rooms, 6 Superior Luxury Rooms and 4 River Suites of which one is a Family Suite. Viewing decks throughout the lodge ensure that no wildlife spotting opportunities are missed.

 

Lion Sands is the only private game reserve that has roots in both the Sabi Sand and Kruger National Park. The reserve encompasses 5000 hectares (12 500 acres) of protected area with access to both the Sabie and Sand rivers. With non-migratory wildlife roaming freely between the reserves, and the ideal riverside location, Lion Sands Private Game Reserve promises an incredible Big 5 experience displaying a great diversity of fauna and flora within its magnificent location.

 

Guests at Lion Sands River lodge reside in the Sabi Sands area of the reserve. Enjoy professional, exclusive, and uncrowded safaris, night drives, and off-road ventures into the bush. Experience the splendour of African nature en foot, follow leopard tracks, be amazed at intriguing birdlife, and relish unique photographic opportunities. Passionate expert guides and trackers, opulent accommodation, sumptuous dining experiences, and enchanting luxury treehouse sleepouts make a visit to Lion Sands Game Reserve an unmatched immersion into the essence of nature’s magnificence.

Activities

  • Game drives
  • Guided bushwalks
  • Helicopter flip
  • Hot air balloon rides
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  • Local community visits
  • Swimming
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Stargazing
  • Golf
  • Wine tastings
  • Kids adventure club
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Highlights

  • Exceptional Big 5 game drives
  • World-class dining
  • Treehouse experiences
  • 5-star luxury

Closest airport

  • Skukuza
  • Kruger Mpumalanga
  • O.R. Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg)

Children policy

Children 10 years and older welcome.

Included

2 x Game drives per day, guided bush walks, all meals, soft drinks, in-room minibar, selected alcoholic beverages, and Skukuza airport transfer.

Excluded

Premium brand drinks, cellar wines, gate fees, spa treatments, private-use vehicles, specialist activities, and transfers (other than Skukuza Airport transfer).

Seasons

  • Rates are per person sharing, per night
  • Single supplement of 50% applicable
  • Rates displayed are from 03 Jan 2020 – 03 Jan 2022

Terms & conditions

Low: 01 December – 19 December

High: 04 January – 30 November

Peak: 20 December – 03 January

Accommodation Options

Luxury Room

Sleeps 2 Adults

These enchanting thatch suites feature large glass doors opening onto a private viewing deck and offer spectacular bush views from the bathtub. Outdoor showers make for a unique natural bathing experience while the magnificently spacious bedroom boasts an elegantly Read more draped king bed. Air-conditioning, a dressing table, and minibar are little details making all the difference for a luxuriously comfortable getaway. Less

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Peak Season R20 330 per person, per night

High Season R16 265 per person, per night

Low Season R14 640 per person, per night

Superior Luxury Room

Sleeps 2 Adults

These 6 enchanting thatch suites are larger than the Luxury Rooms, featuring large glass doors which open onto a private viewing deck and offer spectacular bush views from the bathtub. Outdoor showers make for a unique natural bathing experience while the opulent bedroom boasts an elegantly draped king bed. Read moreAir-conditioning, a dressing table, and minibar are little details making all the difference for a luxuriously comfortable getaway. Four of the Superior Luxury Rooms are inter-leading, making them ideal for families. Less

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Peak Season R21 945 per person, per night

High Season R17 555 per person, per night

Low Season R15 800 per person, per night

River Suite

Sleeps 2 Adults

The 3 River Suites are the most spacious and private suites, set slightly further from the main lodge. Each suite boasts its own private pool and viewing deck with sun-loungers. These suites embrace the beautiful bush views from inside and out, Read moreallowing a full indulgence in nature. An elegant bedroom leads on to a full bathroom and out to an open-air shower. Air-conditioning, a minibar, and mosquito nets are little details ensuring a truly luxurious stay. Less

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Peak Season R24 940 per person, per night

High Season R19 950 per person, per night

Low Season R17 955 per person, per night

Family River Suite

Sleeps 4 Adults or 2 Adults and 2 Children

The Family River Suite features two interleading rooms making it ideal for a family or for friends sharing. The Suite boasts its own private pool and viewing deck with sun-loungers. Elegant bedrooms lead to a spacious full bathroom with freestanding tub and walk-in shower. Read moreAir-conditioning, a minibar, and mosquito nets are little details ensuring a truly luxurious stay while soaking in the natural surroundings. Less

Refer to T&C's above

Peak Season R24 940 per person, per night

High Season R19 950 per person, per night

Low Season R17 955 per person, per night

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Getting there

By Road

The reserve is a 5-hour drive from Johannesburg mostly on the N12 and N4 highway. Lion Sands is a 1-hour 45-minute drive from Kruger Mpumalanga Airport or a 25-minute drive from Skukuza Airport.

 

Flying

Fly from major centres in South Africa to Skukuza or Kruger Mpumalanga airport.

 

Flight Duration

  • Johannesburg to Skukuza: 50 minutes
  • Cape Town to Skukuza: 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • Durban to Kruger Mpumalanga: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Johannesburg to Kruger Mpumalanga: 45 minutes
  • Cape Town to Kruger Mpumalanga: 2 hours 20 minutes
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