Why We Love Lion Sands River Lodge

This spectacular newly renovated lodge is all about getting back to spirit, feeling nature’s warmth and being alive in the wilderness – Lions Sands is the only private reserve to have access to the Sabie River, which it shares with Kruger National Park.

Four different types of tranquil, luxury rooms all with private plunge pools on clean polished wooden decks connected to the main lodge by clean polished wooden walkways through superb bush vistas.

The chances of seeing the Big 5 are much higher now that you are immersed in the glory of the Lion Sands Game Reserve with pro game rangers to guide you.

Choose a few hours of being pampered at the Lalamuka Spa where trained therapists use fancy TheraNaka products - and there is also a gym for those who like to stay fit on safari.

Lion Sands Kruger National Park

Come and see the big cats at Lion Sands River Lodge on the Sabie River banks within the fantastic Lion Sands Game Reserve bordering the famous Kruger National Park. Fast becoming one of South Africa’s premier safari lodges for good reason, we have all the deals and specials for families, honeymoon couples and special groups to Lion Sands.

We love to treat our travellers into Africa with a little bit more than just a safari in South Africa – what about a few days extra in Mozambique, at a lavish beach lodge while you are at it? We specialise in fantastic value for money bush-beach holidays in Kruger then on a beach near Vilanculos or Inhambane – or in an island villa on Bazaruto. 

Safari enthusiasts are bound to see some magnificent wild animals from open-air 4×4 vehicles a few times a day on exciting game drives. Feel the energy in this pure wilderness region where the environment remains human free and pristine.

Find the picturesque lodges set within a grove of ancient indigenous trees dating back around 800 years ago. Family-owned, this safari destination near the famous Kruger National Park promises warm hospitality, generous facilities and service and your dream outdoor wildlife activities. 

Settle into one of 20 luxury thatched units spread out along the Sabie River at Lion Sands River Lodge with awesome views over the natural African bushveld. Each room boasts king size beds, ceiling fans, mini bars, private decks and huge folding doors that invite the birdsong in:

  • 8 Luxury Rooms – en-suite bathroom, lounge, wooden deck
  • 6 Superior Luxury Rooms – spacious open-plan bathrooms with outdoor showers, deck with pool; 4 are inter-leading, ideal for families
  • 4 River Suites – extra private with mind-blowing river vistas from huge decks, outdoor showers, pool and games for kids.

Book your special package deal to include all meals daily, teas/coffees, selected local beverages (including soft drinks, local brand beers, spirits and house wines), mini bar, wi-fi (guest areas), two game drives daily, game drive refreshments and snacks, Skukuza Airport transfers and specified safari activities.

Lion Sands River Lodge Facilities

  • 20 rooms for 40 guests – 8 Luxury Rooms, 6 Superior Luxury Rooms, 4 River Suites
  • Conference facilities for 40 guests – data projector, slide projector, flip chart, overhead projector, TV, DVD player
  • Children’s activities, babysitting
  • 2 swimming pools
  • Open plan lounge/dining area
  • Disabled travellers welcome
  • Free Wi-Fi (in public areas)
  • Children of 10 and older welcome – own menu and activities

Lion Sands River Lodge Activities

  • Game Drives twice a day
  • Walking safaris
  • Camping out under the stars
  • See Hippo Pools
  • Helicopter flip over the Blyde River Canyon
  • Dinners in the boma
  • Learn Shangaan

Getting to Lion Sands

Book one of the daily scheduled SA Airlink flights between Cape Town, Johannesburg and Skukuza Airport. For those on an extended safari to see other game reserves, it is a good idea to book the scheduled Safari Link charter between the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Madikwe Game Reserve, Welgevonden and Marataba Game Reserve.

Self-drive the easy 5 hours from Johanneburg and appreciate the fantastic scenery of the Mpumlanga Panorama route.

River Lodge / 24 ̊ 58’ 16.9” S / 31 ̊ 31’ 55.4” E

Allow us to tailor make your safari and beach combo package if you dare to start in the Kruger National Park at Lion Sands then head off to a beach villa at the community built eco lodge called Azura Benguerra in the magnificent Bazaruto Archipelago. Now you can spend long summery days on the ocean learning how to sea kayak, stand up paddle board, scuba dive and kite surf. Call us to find out more about our bush/beach holiday specials in Africa.