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Ivory Lodge at Lion Sands

With only 8 opulent villas, Lion Sands Ivory Lodge provides the perfect tranquil escape into the African wild. These water-side villas offer gorgeous views from the bedroom, private decks, and exclusive-use plunge pools. The impressive thatched main lodge with a lounge and dining area overlooks the riverbed where elephant, buffalo, and antelope often come for a drink. Organic design elements are beautifully integrated into the contemporary interior characteristic of the lodge. Bush dinners are a romantic delight under starry skies, surrounded by lanterns, crackling fires and the sounds of the wild. 


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 Ivory 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 an unmatched immersion into the essence of nature’s magnificence.


  • 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


  • 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, laundry, 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 eight Villas at Ivory Lodge provide guests with a secluded and luxurious contemporary bush indulgence. Each Villa features a private plunge pool and spacious viewing deck with sun-loungers from which animals can be seen passing by. Read more Private outdoor showers make for a unique bathing experience while indoor bathrooms boast an elegant tub, shower, and dressing room. The expansive units include a cozy fireplace with seating area making them a perfect for a couple’s retreat. Less

Refer to T&C's above

Peak Season R35 290 per person, per night

High Season R28 230 per person, per night

Low Season R23 995 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
  • 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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  • Durban to Kruger Mpumalanga: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Johannesburg to Kruger Mpumalanga: 45 minutes
  • Cape Town to Kruger Mpumalanga: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Johannesburg to Ulusaba airstrip: 80 minutes