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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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
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Mar 20, 2020 Justine W Chicago, Illinois

We stayed in a two bedroom lodge with a pool. Every detail was considered and we were very pleased. The bedding was very comfortable and the bathroom was large and well thought out. The mini bar was the best I have ever seen with choices of red and white wine and numerous liquor and mixer options and much more. The laundry service was… Read more
We stayed in a two bedroom lodge with a pool. Every detail was considered and we were very pleased. The bedding was very comfortable and the bathroom was large and well thought out. The mini bar was the best I have ever seen with choices of red and white wine and numerous liquor and mixer options and much more. The laundry service was exceptional in that it was quick turnaround and inexpensive. The food was outstanding--actually much better than what we had in Cape Town. They grow their own produce and it was really fresh. Our waiter provided excellent service and adapted menu options to our wishes. There is a small but reasonable and well kept gym. We enjoyed our spa services as well. We saw all of the Big 5 on game drives over our three night stay. Our guide, Atian, was a pleasure--both pleasant to be with and highly knowledgeable and professional. We would book another safari with More as we were impressed and confident that we would have an excellent experience again. Read less
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Mar 7, 2020 CPA335

This was a fantastic safari experience. A highlight of our South Africa vacation. Without divulging some of the surprises, I can attest that this is a luxury lodge through and through. The game drives were excellent thanks to Werner and Rector. Even the ride from the airport with Kaitlin was exciting and eventful. We had some worries because we… Read more
This was a fantastic safari experience. A highlight of our South Africa vacation. Without divulging some of the surprises, I can attest that this is a luxury lodge through and through. The game drives were excellent thanks to Werner and Rector. Even the ride from the airport with Kaitlin was exciting and eventful. We had some worries because we had recently found out that we were expecting, but the staff went above and beyond to make us feel very comfortable and safe. We only stayed two nights but saw and experienced more than we imagined. We even had multiple sightings of 4 of the big 5 (we missed the rhino..)! We absolutely enjoyed our experience and are looking forward to returning, hopefully for a longer stay. Read less
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Mar 6, 2020 Jessica Bayleig... S

My husband and I stayed in a River Suite and were blown away by not only the accommodations (which were impeccable) but by the staff, who went above and beyond to make our stay amazing. Our butler, Israel, was fantastic and always made our day. We loved our daily game drives with Evans and Raymond who were incredibly knowledgable and so much… Read more
My husband and I stayed in a River Suite and were blown away by not only the accommodations (which were impeccable) but by the staff, who went above and beyond to make our stay amazing. Our butler, Israel, was fantastic and always made our day. We loved our daily game drives with Evans and Raymond who were incredibly knowledgable and so much fun. We saw the Big 5 at least twice (which is not a guarantee on any trip) and we believe that is owed to their expertise. The food was incredible. Every person we encountered was lovely and it really is the staff who set this luxury lodge apart. Just perfect in every way. Can't wait to go back. Read less
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Mar 3, 2020 Bakecz Auburn, California

Everything and more that we hoped for! The rooms are wonderful, the gaming is the best that we experienced in Africa (we did three reserves). Michael our guide was so good and fun. The food, the bar, the gaming is excellent! We came as a family of four and it could not have been a better experience!