Lion Sands Kruger National Park (Tinga & Narina Lodges)

Kruger and surrounds, South Africa

The hotel

On the border of Kruger National Park, sits a family owned and managed luxury game reserve known as Lion Sands. Accommodation comprises of several luxurious lodges, each with a fantastic range of amenities and those all-important views of the perennial Sabie River. Gourmet cuisine is another attraction, served al fresco in the boma or in the gracious surrounds of the dining room. For a truly unique experience, up the ante on both romance and adventure and spend a night in the Tinyeleti Treehouse – a memory that will last forever.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Honeymoon
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access

Where is it

Overlooking the beautiful Sabie River, Tinga and Narina Lodges are in the Kruger National Park conservancy area. Transfer time from Skukuza Airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

Accommodation at Lion Sands is spread across 4 distinctive, luxurious lodges. Tinga Lodge has 9 private suites each with indoor shower, separate lounge area with mini-bar and private plunge pool.

All Inclusive of: all meals, tea/coffee, game drive refreshments and snacks, local soft drinks, beer, spirits and wines (excluding premium/imported brands and Champagne). Daily game-drives with an optional bush walk. A mini-bar is included at all Lion Sands Lodges.

Narina Lodge is perched amongst a canopy of 100 year old trees overlooking the Sabie River where the style is that of a luxurious treehouse. Each of the 9 suites offer complete privacy with breathtaking views, outdoor shower and private plunge pool.

  • Honeymooners: Couples staying a minimum of 3 nights at Tinga or Narina lodge between 4 Jan-19 Dec '20 and 4 Jan-30 Apr '21 receive 10% off the accommodation costs and a complimentary treehouse experience. Terms and conditions apply. 

Indoor and open-air (boma) dining area, private lounge and bar, wine cellars. Swimming pool at Tinga Lodge. Spa sala* (Narina Lodge). Tinyeleti treehouse experience*. Complimentary WiFi in public areas.

3 nights between 18 Dec-3 Jan.

Please note: children aged 10 years and older are accepted at Lion Sands River, Tinga, Narina and Ivory Lodge.

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Oct 30, 2020 Driss B Johannesburg, South Africa

We absolutely loved our experience at Lion Sands River Lodge, it was EPIC! The lodge is beautifully decoratde and the staff extremely nice and friendly! We've been super lucky to see lots of wild animals, including the leopard!! The room was outstanding with a direct view into the wild: we had a hippo swimming in front of us! The food was good… Read more
We absolutely loved our experience at Lion Sands River Lodge, it was EPIC! The lodge is beautifully decoratde and the staff extremely nice and friendly! We've been super lucky to see lots of wild animals, including the leopard!! The room was outstanding with a direct view into the wild: we had a hippo swimming in front of us! The food was good but could be enhanced to meet a 5-star rating, notably the deserts. We definitely recommend this Lodge! Read less
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Oct 23, 2020 Les P Johannesburg, South Africa

My lovely wife and I spent 4 glorious evenings at Lion Sands River Lodge in the Sabi Sands. The lodge is naturally situated alongside a river in the Southern part of Sabi Sands. Although there are 18 rooms, it did not seem crowded at all. All rooms are river facing, and we saw several different species outside our window during our stay including… Read more
My lovely wife and I spent 4 glorious evenings at Lion Sands River Lodge in the Sabi Sands. The lodge is naturally situated alongside a river in the Southern part of Sabi Sands. Although there are 18 rooms, it did not seem crowded at all. All rooms are river facing, and we saw several different species outside our window during our stay including a black rhino! The room was spacious with the most comfortable bed, plenty of plugs and a stocked mini bar. Our guide was Raymond and tracker was Joe. Raymond has been here for over 17 years and is extremely knowledgeable with a lovely sense of humour. Joe has only been here for 3 or so years, but has the best eyesight imaginable and spotted animals we struggled to see with binoculars. We has some amazing sightings during our stay and were well pleased with the game offering. Our landcruiser was new and very comfortable and easily handled whatever terrain we had to cover, offroad, through water and in the sand. Our food and drink needs we sorted out by our butler, Zablon, who was so friendly and helpful. The food was really very good - we ate in the boma on two of the evenings during our stay. We often skipped lunch as we always seemed to be eating! Read less
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Oct 20, 2020 bails1412

Just returned from a magnificent visit to Lion Sands. Everything about the place was spot on. The rooms beautifully appointed on the Sabie River. The service superb. The food brilliant. Very nice wines to choose from,even coffee on the go for the morning drive. Amazing game viewing in the Sabie sands definitely Leopard country. Will certainly go… Read more
Just returned from a magnificent visit to Lion Sands. Everything about the place was spot on. The rooms beautifully appointed on the Sabie River. The service superb. The food brilliant. Very nice wines to choose from,even coffee on the go for the morning drive. Amazing game viewing in the Sabie sands definitely Leopard country. Will certainly go back soon. Read less
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Oct 13, 2020 Megan P Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

We needed to get out after lockdown, and the 3 of us could not have asked for anything better to escape Johannesburg and just enjoy the wonders of the bush at Lion Sands River Lodge. From one's arrival, the staff, game ranger and tracker, the accommodation, food, and all the smallest of things, so much attention to detail has been paid. They made… Read more
We needed to get out after lockdown, and the 3 of us could not have asked for anything better to escape Johannesburg and just enjoy the wonders of the bush at Lion Sands River Lodge. From one's arrival, the staff, game ranger and tracker, the accommodation, food, and all the smallest of things, so much attention to detail has been paid. They made a quiet fuss over my daughter's 19th birthday, so special. To all @ Lion Sands you have a very special place in our hearts, there are very few places I have stayed at that meet up to this standard and genuineness of Lion Sands, thankyou, and we will be BACK!!! Read less
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Oct 12, 2020 Errol & Tereza D Johannesburg

My husband and I booked during the early stages of lockdown. This enabled ordinary South Africans like us, to experience the luxury and kind generosity of Lion Sands. Often one finds that on specials the service providers skimp and offer a lesser service. At NO time did I feel as if we were getting the discounted package. For that I commend the… Read more
My husband and I booked during the early stages of lockdown. This enabled ordinary South Africans like us, to experience the luxury and kind generosity of Lion Sands. Often one finds that on specials the service providers skimp and offer a lesser service. At NO time did I feel as if we were getting the discounted package. For that I commend the whole team. Lorain the chef produced the most delightful gourmet food. The combinations, the balance and not to forget the wonderful plating provided a wonderful food experience. Solly our butler was kind, attentive and anticipated our every need. Anthony and Andries our guide and tracker were lovely. Trying hard to give us the best possible game viewing, sharing knowledge. The room was immaculate and so well designed - decor delightful. My kind of style. We would be honoured and privileged to have another chance to visit you and hopefully SOON. Thank you Read less