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Lion Sands River Lodge

Kruger National Park, South Africa
7 nights for £4,965 PP inc flights 10 nights for £6,860 PP inc flights 14 nights for £9,390 PP inc flights *Price based on
2 people sharing

Lion Sands River Lodge

Kruger National Park, South Africa
7 nights for £4,965 PP inc flights 10 nights for £6,860 PP inc flights 14 nights for £9,390 PP inc flights *Price based on
2 people sharing
Unbeatable views of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve stretch right into the horizon from your doorstep at Lion Sands, a one-of-a-kind reserve that sits on the border of Kruger National Park. The privately-owned concession offers a range of luxury accommodations that includes two lodge hotels where you can expect world-class service throughout.

A corner of heaven in the reserve, the Lion Sands River Lodge is screened by a grove of 800-year-old trees that provide the perfect amount of seclusion while also attracting an exotic array of birds and other animals. After a full refurb in 2010 the lodge is now home to 18 decadent rooms and two river suites that will exceed all your expectations. There are a number of game viewing decks scattered throughout the lodge, including an exclusive one at your villa so you can be as sociable or private as you want. Ideal for solo travellers, couples and families with children over the age of 10, your authentic safari holiday awaits.
 
  • Enjoy the warm weather, exciting day trips and world-renowned experience of Lion Sands
  • Keep your eyes peeled for animal sightings right outside your villa
  • Revel in the luxury of a bespoke menu and dining location of your choice
Get in touch with our team of travel experts to start planning your trip
Best for: Business, Couples, Family, Honeymoon, Safari, Wellness
Style: Safari Lodge

DETAILS:

  • Best for: Business, Couples, Family, Honeymoon, Safari, Wellness
  • Style: Safari Lodge
  • Currency: ZAR
  • Board Basis: Full Board

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 20°c   Feb: 20°c   Mar: 19°c  
Apr: 16°c   May: 14°c   Jun: 12°c  
Jul: 11°c   Aug: 12°c   Sep: 13°c  
Oct: 16°c   Nov: 17°c   Dec: 20°c  

Our Expert View:

“A fantastic lodge that offers guests who require a little more privacy the opportunity to choose their level of seclusion. Top tip for honeymooners – stay a night in the Lions Sands luxury treehouses for an unparalleled evening of romance,”
 
Louise Silverman, personal travel manager

Louise, Personal Travel Manager

Amenities:

  • Spa
  • Swimming Pools
  • Valet Parking
  • Bar
  • Gym
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Airport Transfers
  • Restaurant
  • Safari

ACCOMMODATION

With more than 20 accommodation options for discerning guests, the River Lodge really packs a punch with its five-star rooms and suites. An array of wildlife is always close at hand but also at a safe distance, providing the perfect balance between a rustic wilderness setting and a refined experience of African luxury. Spectacular views and fantastic facilities topped with world-class service mean that you’re sure to feel right at home in these fabulous abodes.

Luxury Room

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The Luxury Room is right at the social heart of the River Lodge, providing guests the opportunity to mingle and make some great connections. Each room has stunning golden tones that are natural and earthy, perfectly complemented by the soft lighting and organic materials. Each room has a king-size bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, lounge and open-air deck for soaking up those awe-inspiring sights.
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Superior Luxury Room

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The Superior Room is spacious and full of light with its wide, open-plan design and stunning floor-to-ceiling windows. With little African touches like the optional outdoor shower and traditionally thatched roofs, this is a luxurious yet authentic experience that we know you’re going to love. There is also an option for families to book connecting suites which provide the perfect amount of personal space for teenagers and parents while ensuring that you can all stick together.
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River Suite

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Located away from the main lodge, the River Suite offers a more secluded and personal experience. Incredible river views are unmatched from the expansive viewing decks of this suite as its location is that much closer to the hub of riverside action. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens and complete by a fire pit with couches, this is an oasis of relaxation and tranquillity.
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Location

  • With stars blazing in the reviews of all of its accommodation options as well as in the sky above, Sabi Sands is one of the oldest private game reserves in South Africa. Renowned for its abundance of wildlife, five star services and exclusivity, Sabi is a neighbour to the famous Kruger National Park and thanks to a management programme has no physical borders between the two reserves, meaning there is always a diverse range of animals flowing through. Sabi Sands guests get the full benefit of this with exclusive trackers, guides and drivers to take them on fascinating and unique game drives.

    With stars blazing in the reviews of all of its accommodation options as well as in the sky above, Sabi Sands is one of the oldest private game reserves in South Africa. Renowned for its abundance of wildlife, five star services and exclusivity, Sabi is a neighbour to the famous Kruger National Park and thanks to a management programme has no physical borders between the two reserves, meaning there is always a diverse range of animals flowing through. Sabi Sands guests get the full benefit of this with exclusive trackers, guides and drivers to take them on fascinating and unique game drives.
  • How to get there:
    1-hour by shuttle flight from Kruger/Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA)
  • Time Difference:
    UTC +2
  • Currency:
    ZAR

DINING

Dining really is a treat for the senses at Lion Sands as you are served mouth-watering dishes of the very best international cuisine, specifically tailored to your preferences. Expert chefs are at your service for breakfast, lunch and dinner, tirelessly working on drool-worthy dishes made using only the freshest local ingredients.

Dinner is always a standout occasion. Hundreds of softly glowing lanterns hang in the trees above you as you sit outdoors awaiting your evening meal. This magical atmosphere is only enhanced by the star quality of the food. Always keeping you in mind, the team of chefs at this reserve are happy to amend the menus to any dietary requirements whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or otherwise restricted. So, sit back and relax without a worry in your mind about where the next meal is coming from.

LEISURE

Adventure is right at the heart of every activity at Lion Sands from adrenaline-fuelled walking safaris to a night under the stars in one of the reserve’s magical treehouses. With daily opportunities to get up close and personal with South Africa’s Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos) you are sure to have a thrilling time from check-in to departure. Life at this reserve isn’t all go, go, go though – with an on-site Africology spa and private plunge pools in every villa, you have ample opportunity to just take it easy too. If you’re like us and just can’t decide between all the amazing activities on offer, the reserve will be happy to provide a helpful bucket list of things you simply have to do before you leave.

Give yourself a little TLC

Each lodge on the reserve has an on-site Africology spa so you never have to look far for a little relaxation. Expert therapists will massage, moisturise and polish every inch of you until you feel like an entirely new person, using a range of luxury body, skin and beauty products.

If you want to feel fabulous throughout your stay without hopping in the spa every day, why not enjoy some yoga at sunrise? Or make use of the hotel’s state-of-the-art gym equipment and sweat it out while overlooking the wilderness of the savannah below you.

Spread out under the stars

For a truly exceptional evening, spend a night in one of the Sabi Sands breathtaking treehouse accommodations. Particularly effective for those with a feel for romance, this experience is not one to be missed. Guests are led to their treehouse at sunset and greeted by a decadent picnic dinner surrounded by candlelit lanterns, creating a rosy glow that is sure to set the right mood. After a full orientation from your guide, you will be left alone to enjoy the seclusion and digital detox downtime of this remote apartment. Take it all in from the heights as you lie on a bed covered by nothing but an elegant mosquito net with only the Milky Way for a ceiling.

Do you dare?

The most obvious, but undoubtedly the best, of activities at Lion Sands has got to be its world-class game drives, walks and night-time safaris. With experiences and highly professional guides, rangers and trackers leading you every step of the way, you can be sure that this experience will be an unforgettable one. Game drives are conducted in Lion Sands exclusive 4x4 safari vehicles which guests can exclusively hire seating up to six guests at a time. Drives and walks take place in the early mornings and evenings when the local wildlife is at its most active. Night safaris take place after the sun goes down and that’s when the fun really starts – but don’t be scared, your knowledgeable guides have done this a hundred time before.
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