Lion Sands Sabi (River and Ivory Lodges)

Kruger and surrounds, South Africa

Virgin rating

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.

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 A magical experience, yet again!

Jun 9, 2024 Anonymous_899 London, United Kingdom

This was our second stay at Lion Sands River Lodge, and it was just as incredible as our first visit. The staff were exceptionally friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. The game drives were phenomenal, offering breathtaking wildlife sightings each time. The food was nothing short of amazing, with every meal being excellent. The beautiful lodge… Read more
This was our second stay at Lion Sands River Lodge, and it was just as incredible as our first visit. The staff were exceptionally friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. The game drives were phenomenal, offering breathtaking wildlife sightings each time. The food was nothing short of amazing, with every meal being excellent. The beautiful lodge provided a perfect blend of luxury and comfort. We truly felt the staff genuinely wanted us to have an unforgettable time. We can't wait to return for another magical adventure! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Luxury & Lions - Top Notch Safari Stay

Jun 8, 2024 ASWPanda New York City, New York

Our stay was incredible. The lodge is so beautiful and the wildlife was amazing. We saw a leopard on our very fist drive and an incredibly rare pack of wild dogs that evening (both were top of my "hope to see" list). Throughout our stay we saw many journeys of giraffes, several elephants and lions, zebras, hippos, and lots of antelope and… Read more
Our stay was incredible. The lodge is so beautiful and the wildlife was amazing. We saw a leopard on our very fist drive and an incredibly rare pack of wild dogs that evening (both were top of my "hope to see" list). Throughout our stay we saw many journeys of giraffes, several elephants and lions, zebras, hippos, and lots of antelope and kudu. Our room was HUGE, and I adored the large sliding glass doors and private decks at our room. The bed was large and incredibly comfortable. There were great views of the river and wildlife from our room and from the beautiful decks at the main lodge. The Lion Sands team did an especially wonderful job of celebrating my husband's birthday: leaving messages written in flowers on our bed, baking him a delicious cake, and even gifting him a book about adventures in Africa. All of the staff at Lion Sands were amazing - warm, welcoming, attentive, and knowledgeable. Our guide Pierre was especially exceptional. I was continually amazed at his deep knowledge of the animals, their tracks, and the property. On top of all that deep technical knowledge, he has the gift of exceptional hospitality. He was so easy to talk to and patient. I really appreciated the bush walk outing he took us on (and that he kept us safe from the herd of elephants we found!) - it was such a unique experience. Our butler Elliot was wonderful as well! He always greeted us with such a warm smile and made sure to point out when we could spot game right from the dining deck. And the thoughtful notes from Morgan and the lovely touches from our housekeeper (like leaving messages in flowers on our bed)... truly it was a magical stay. I would have loved to stay forever! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Memorable first safari

May 28, 2024 woodies-uk London, United Kingdom

I wasn’t going to add my eulogy to all the others but can’t help myself. This place is as wonderful as it gets - our guide, Kyle, and tracker, Eddie, were wonderful to watch together and were so thoughtful and brilliant at their job. This was our first safari and the bar has now been set so high I know from talking to others who have done many… Read more
I wasn’t going to add my eulogy to all the others but can’t help myself. This place is as wonderful as it gets - our guide, Kyle, and tracker, Eddie, were wonderful to watch together and were so thoughtful and brilliant at their job. This was our first safari and the bar has now been set so high I know from talking to others who have done many others this place is the benchmark. Sure it’s expensive but honestly it is worth it. Thanks for some amazing memories capped off by the boma on the last night. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Exceptional in every way

May 17, 2024 214eckhardt

I've been around lodges and hotels but never something as memorable and amazing as this. Lucky our butler was on point never missing a beat. Our guides, Gino and Patrick were exceptional. They went through the smallest details and made it as educational as well as making it a fantastic adventure. The back boards in the room is a lovely touch
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Honeymoon Safari

May 8, 2024 Flyer63210953859

Wow!! We are speechless. Lion Sands was an unforgettable experience that blew us away. Everything from the game drives, wonderful staff, and special events, to the excellent food and beautiful accommodations - it was more than we could've ever imagined for our honeymoon. We are forever humbled by the amazing animals we saw and things we learned… Read more
Wow!! We are speechless. Lion Sands was an unforgettable experience that blew us away. Everything from the game drives, wonderful staff, and special events, to the excellent food and beautiful accommodations - it was more than we could've ever imagined for our honeymoon. We are forever humbled by the amazing animals we saw and things we learned from our guide and tracker. We can't recommend Lion Sands enough! Thank you for a trip of a lifetime! Read less