Lion Sands Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sands, Mpumalanga


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  • Property TypeGame Lodge
  • Guests48
  • Rooms/Units24
  • Minimum Stay2-3 Nights
  • Wir SprechenDeutsch

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Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is a highly recommended Mpumalanga game lodge providing a wildlife experience for discerning tourists visiting Wild Frontier.

At a Glance

  • All meals included
  • All of the Big 5
  • Guided game drives included
  • Safari / bush walks by arrangement
  • Conservation fee applicable

The International Award Winning Lion Sands is situated in one of the finest wilderness areas in the Southern Sabi Sand Game Reserve, the only private reserve to have access to the perennial Sabie River, which it shares with the Kruger National Park.

The property’s geographical location is an area of great diversity of both fauna and flora and affords guests the opportunity of partaking in our unique activities based around the river system and surrounding area. Lion Sands is situated in one of the most pristine wilderness areas in Southern Africa.


Lion Sands Ivory Lodge. The simple and uncluttered interiors achieve a contemporary, Afro-European elegance. The Lodge is about overriding exclusivity with complete privacy, where each suite is operated as its own private villa and where private dining, spa treatments and complete relaxation is the norm.

The 6 luxurious suites comprise of their own courtyard, lounge with fireplace, viewing deck and private swimming pool. The bedroom and en-suite bathroom is fully air-conditioned and has an additional outside shower. The suites are 165 m2 in size and are positioned far apart to ensure a sense of pure exclusivity and privacy.


The reserve is private and exclusive to Lion Sands guests only with both Lion Sands River Lodge and Lion Sands Ivory Lodge located on the banks of the Sabie River. Lion Sands is 4th generation family owned and managed, where the highest standard of guest service and experience have been handed down from generation to generation.

Lion Sands River Lodge, which is downstream of Ivory Lodge, facing due East, is nestled under a canopy of trees dating back almost 800 years, catching the sun as it rises over the Kruger National Park. The Lodge is about spirit, warmth, nature and relaxation.

This 18 room luxurious lodge comprises of the following: a private lounge and bar, 2 swimming pools, wooden viewing decks, a secluded bird hide, private hammocks, health spa, curio shop & both an indoor and open-air dining area. All the air-conditioned bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, with an indoor & outdoor shower and separate bath, mini bar and private wooden viewing deck overlooking the Sabie River.


“Lalamuka” means unwind in Shangaan and that is exactly what it is all about. An array of body and facial treatments are available to guests to assist in getting rid of those urban stresses.


A wooden platform has been constructed high up in the top of an ancient Jackalberry tree. Amongst the branches, the most romantic bush bedroom is set up to accommodate a couple for the night, with secure access and as many of the room comforts as are practically possible.

The guests are driven to the hide after dinner and “settled” in for the night where after the ranger returns to the lodge (15 minutes away) leaving the guests in complete privacy to spend a night under the stars. An absolute must for visitors who come to Lion Sands.


The activities programme has been developed to enhance the guest’s safari experience by enabling the guest to tailor-make their stay with us. The activities are all offered in a flexible and convenient environment. The activities programme is uniquely exclusive to Lion Sands guests only. Activities included in the daily tariff are: Open Land Rover game drives; Bush Breakfasts; Bush Walks; Fishing; Wildlife Lectures; Picnic lunches; Hippopotamus Tour; Bush Dinners; Astronomy and Full-Moon Walks.

Additional Activities which are available but not included in the daily tariff are: Private Land Rover hire (Exclusivity, Specialist Photography, Bird watching); Health Spa; Clay pigeon Shooting; Sleep-out Hide. By Arrangement visits to: Kruger National Park (KNP) Golf Course; Helicopter flights to the Blyde River Canyon, Ballooning Safari, Hazyview and a visit to a Cultural Village.


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