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Tinga Lodge at Lion Sands

Lion Sands Tinga Lodge features nine contemporary spacious suites, each with a colonial flair, overlooking the Sabie River.  Tinga Lodge captures the romance of the pioneer days yet offers luxury in its bold and sophisticated spaces. Raised wooden pathways lead to a spa sala from the suites where guests can enjoy a range of treatments integrating natural and ethically formulated Africology products. At the end of the walkway the main lodge offers a bar lounge, library, communal pool, and boma for fireside relaxation under starry skies. 


Lion Sands is the only private game reserve that spans between both the Sabi Sand and Kruger National Park. The reserve covers 5000 hectares (12 500 acres) of protected wild land with access to both the Sabie and Sand rivers. With wildlife roaming freely between the reserves, and an incredible riverside location, Lion Sands Private Game Reserve offers guests an incredible Big 5 safari with opportunities to encounter a great variety of game, as well as a wealth of flora and bird varieties.


Guests at Lion Sands Tinga Lodge reside in the Kruger section of the reserve. Enjoy professional, exclusive, and uncrowded safaris, night drives, and off-road ventures into the bush. Lion Sands game rangers accompany guests on walking safari’s getting up close to the smaller intricacies of the bush and providing unique photographic opportunities. Lion Sands offers guests the opportunity to embark on a romantic and enchanting luxury treehouse sleepout for a night at an additional cost. Spend a night in an extravagant treehouse, falling asleep under open starry skies as the calls of the wild resound in the distance.


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


  • 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.


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


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

Terms & conditions

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


Low: 01 December – 19 December

High: 04 January – 30 November

Peak: 20 December – 03 January

Accommodation Options


Sleeps 2 Adults

The nine suites at Tinga Lodge make for an experience of sophisticated indulgence and natural wonder. Each Suite features its own lounge area, private viewing deck, and plunge pool with river views. Here you can enjoy private dining overlooking Read more the water or dinners under the stars. Soak in the bathtub while taking in the river views or take an outdoor shower for a luxurious bathing experience. Secluded and spacious, the suites open to the outdoors through large glass doors. A minibar, elegantly draped mosquito netting, and air-conditioning all add a touch of comfort to this unique setting. Less

Refer to T&C's above

Peak Season R22 625 per person, per night

High Season R18 100 per person, per night

Low Season R15 385 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.



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