Lion Sands Sabi (River and Ivory Lodges)

Kruger and surrounds, South Africa

The hotel

Family owned and managed since 1933, Lion Sands Game Reserve is renowned for its game viewing, plus its holistic approach to safari with every animal, large or small, given the same respect and attention. 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, try a night under the stars at one of their amazing treehouses. Chalkley Treehouse, is built around a majestic 500 year old Leadwood Tree, with beautiful views over the plains. The newly built Kington Treehouse is constructed entirely with wood and glass and surrounded by treetops and boulders.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Spa
  • Honeymoon
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Villa / private house

Where is it

Overlooking the beautiful Sabie River, River and Ivory Lodges are located in the Sabi Sands Reserve. Transfer time from Skukuza Airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

Accommodation at Lion Sands is spread across 4 distinctive, luxurious lodges. River Lodge houses 18 thatched rooms comprising of 8 Luxury Rooms, 6 Superior Luxury Rooms and 4 River Suites. overlooking the African bush or Sabie River. Luxury Rooms have lounge area with mini-bar, en-suite bathrooms and wooden viewing deck offering fantastic views across the savannah. Rooms sleep maximum 2 adults and 1 child (aged 10-15 years).

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. For guests staying at Ivory Lodge, laundry and a selection of local-brands from the mini-bar are also included.

River Lodge Superior Luxury Rooms are more spacious with large open-plan bathrooms and an outside shower.

Interconnecting rooms are available and make a great choice for larger families.

River Suites are set in a private location and have expansive decks offering river views, as well as private plunge pools. The 2 Bedroom River Suite is ideal for families.

Ivory Lodge is the ‘Piece de Résistance’ of Lion Sands and offers a personally tailored experience to guests in an ultra-luxurious environment. The stylish suites consist of 8 One Bedroom Villas and 1 2 Bedroom Villas with huge separate lounge rooms and beautiful bedrooms with open-plan bathroom, all enjoying sensational views over the landscape and Sabie River. The spacious wooden deck also has a private rim flow pool. Also available from all Lion Sands lodges are the unique Treehouses providing the ‘ultimate bush bedrooms’ and allow guests the opportunity to enjoy a night under the stars and acquaint themselves with nocturnal Africa- a simply unforgettable experience.

  • Honeymooners: Couples staying a minimum of 3 nights at Ivory or River 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 cellar (Ivory Lodge). Swimming pool overlooking the river at River Lodge. Africology Wellness centre*. Chalkley and Kingston treehouse experiences*. Curio shops. ‘Memory Lab’ for guests to print photos on a canvas*. 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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic stay at River Lodge

Sep 10, 2020 BelleSouthAfrica Greater Johannesburg, South Africa

Outstanding stay at River Lodge.Thanks to Nomsah for taking care of all our requirements and thanks to Nadia and your excellent team at River Lodge.Service Is excellent and rooms are beautiful , Food s very good and caters to all types!Our game ranger Quintin and tracker Noel were possibly the best we have had in a long time!We felt very relaxed… Read more
Outstanding stay at River Lodge.Thanks to Nomsah for taking care of all our requirements and thanks to Nadia and your excellent team at River Lodge.Service Is excellent and rooms are beautiful , Food s very good and caters to all types!Our game ranger Quintin and tracker Noel were possibly the best we have had in a long time!We felt very relaxed as all covid protocols and precautions were taken! Read less
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Sep 10, 2020 minnie_maxs

We have just had an amazing 5 day trip at Lion Sands.Firstly - thank you to Nomsah at Head Office who took care of all our requirements.- you were incredible!Then thank you to Nadia and the team at River Lodge... the food and service was outstanding and the rooms are beautiful!The treehouse is a must if you can do it!And finally our game ranger… Read more
We have just had an amazing 5 day trip at Lion Sands.Firstly - thank you to Nomsah at Head Office who took care of all our requirements.- you were incredible!Then thank you to Nadia and the team at River Lodge... the food and service was outstanding and the rooms are beautiful!The treehouse is a must if you can do it!And finally our game ranger Quintin was fantastic- his knowledge ,enthusiasm and ability to keep all our drives fun and interesting was superb! Thank you to Noel - our tracker - for your awesome stories about growing up in the area!And finally - we felt completely comfortable to visit River Lodge during coronovirus-all necessary protocols and precautions were taken.Well done to all of you at River Lodge Read less
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Sep 6, 2020 justkylee

We have been to many game lodges in SA and Sabi never fails to impress. The lodge itself is outstanding. We had a river suite ... 5 star. The food great , not brilliant. Our guide Quinten was the best we have ever had. His knowledge as a ranger and his enthusiasm was top class Highly recommended lodge and request Quinten as your guide - room… Read more
We have been to many game lodges in SA and Sabi never fails to impress. The lodge itself is outstanding. We had a river suite ... 5 star. The food great , not brilliant. Our guide Quinten was the best we have ever had. His knowledge as a ranger and his enthusiasm was top class Highly recommended lodge and request Quinten as your guide - room 3 best view down the river with own heated pool Read less
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Aug 4, 2020 Neitzfamily Paarl, South Africa

This place has always been a dream of ours which was never a possibility so it stayed a dream.... Until covid Covid made my dream a reality. We arrived at Lion Sands as strangers and left feeling like family. Our flight was delayed and LS didn't charge us for that. Instead they just booked another day. The rooms as huge and spectacular. The… Read more
This place has always been a dream of ours which was never a possibility so it stayed a dream.... Until covid Covid made my dream a reality. We arrived at Lion Sands as strangers and left feeling like family. Our flight was delayed and LS didn't charge us for that. Instead they just booked another day. The rooms as huge and spectacular. The interior is calm and beautiful but not your normal dark feel. Rather modern and clean with oversized furniture and windows. We stayed in room 19 and room 1. Room 19 is an absolute to die for room with big trees surrounding it. A pretty big outdoor shower and an heated pool. The bathroom also have big sliding doors, a bath with a view and an xlarge 2headed shower. The bed is king-size delux with the best quality linen. The game drives was 5* every time. We stayed for an extra 3 nights and I can honestly say that every gamedrive was spectacular. Our ranger was Luke and the tracker was Loyd. What a dream combination. On our 1st drive we were welcomed at the rangers parking lot by a big herd of elephants. We saw the big 5 more than once on the drives. Luke was calm, relaxed with a whitty personality. This is definitely the area to see the big cats. We were lucky to see a leopard dragging his kill, passing our vehicle and pulling it up to a tree. Do a bushwalk with Luke and hear the bush explode with all the birdsounds. He knows everyone of them. Luke is definitely a walking genius with a personality. Our friendly butler was Phili and all our wishes were granted with a smile. She goes the extra mile to make you happy We did the Kingston tree house which is a must if you can. Just make sure to dress warm and be there at least an hour before sunset. The guest relations staff was extremely friendly but not artificial, rather real, warm, caring friendly. Our last night we asked to have dinner on our deck and they layed the table with lanterns with the full course menu. Very romantic in the bush. Stand still in your deck, be very quiet and see the black Rhino passing by or be quiet in your heated pool and watch a huge leopard on the other side of the river. This is just 2 of the moments i explored in my blissful week. Warning, make very sure to visit this place of heaven on earth before lockdown is over, otherwise you'll just keep on dreaming. Read less
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Mar 26, 2020 richardvI987DE Upton, Massachusetts

The location, the service, the attention to detail, the luxurious accommodations, and the safari guides made this trip well worth any cost. Our Abercrombie & Kent tour guide, Cameron Pearce, was knowledgeable, captivating, and full of energy. The safari guides knew exactly where to locate the most exciting animals and the animal activities. The… Read more
The location, the service, the attention to detail, the luxurious accommodations, and the safari guides made this trip well worth any cost. Our Abercrombie & Kent tour guide, Cameron Pearce, was knowledgeable, captivating, and full of energy. The safari guides knew exactly where to locate the most exciting animals and the animal activities. The “Big 5” and more made multiple appearances, sometimes virtually within reaching distance of our safari vehicle. The food was well prepared, presented, abundant, and delicious. I do not hesitate to recommend the tour company, the safari lodge, and most assuredly Cameron Pearce our A&K tour director. Read less