Lion Sands River Lodge – Sabi Sand Game Reserve

November 30, 2020



5.5 hours by road from Johannesburg (Shaws Gate).

Federal Air operates daily flights from OR Tambo International Airport to Skukuza Airstrip, followed by an easy game drive to the lodge.

Daily scheduled flights to Nelspruit / Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA), followed by either a road transfer (1.5 hours) or light aircraft transfer to the lodge (20 minutes).

A road transfer from Hoedspruit Airport to the lodge will take approximately 3 hours.



Lion Sands River Lodge has a total of 18 Suites comprising of: 

4 x River Suites 

6 x Superior Luxury Suites

8 x Luxury Suites




Lion Sands River Lodge is the core of the Lion Sands Safari, it is the elemental safari. Within this lodge guests can expect a sophisticated interpretation of the traditional safari lodge, where the focus is on clean lines, optimised natural light & contemporary décor. Lion Sands River Lodge has been built on the banks of the Sabie River. It faces due east, catching the sun as it rises over the Kruger National Park. Guest can enjoy a multitude of different experiences when within the living spaces of the Lion Sands River lodge such as a safari lounge, bar, Barista Stations with artisanal coffees, a gallery showcasing the works of renowned local artists & the OneLife MORE Boutique. 

Apart from magnificent rooms the main lodge area includes various facilities that allow for serenity & memorable moments. Guests can make use of the ‘Memory Lab’ by printing photographs on canvas which they can take with them to remember their trip. The swimming pool area allows for a relaxing environment providing respite from the heat of the day. The firepit is the perfect spot for sociable nocturnal gatherings beneath the stars. 

The dining experience includes the traditional Boma ‘with a twist’, the signature Riverbed dinners and deck dining in the shade of the trees and overlooking the Sabie River are completely memorable & every breakfast is a home-styled experience.


Luxury, Superior & River Suites


Lion Sands River Lodge offers a chic design interpretation of the traditional African safari lodge, with contemporary décor & limited walls allowing for an effortless flow between interior & exterior. The individual eight Luxury Suites, six Superior Luxury Suites & four River Suites each boasting their own private plunge pool are set along a path to reveal splendid river views creating the ultimate safari experience. 


Room Features Include: 


• Air conditioning

• Private plunge pool (River Suites only)

• Room fans

• Mosquito nets

• The Superior Luxury & River Suites have indoor & outdoor showers

• Personal bars


Lion Sands Treehouse – Sleep Out in the Bush


In each Tree House, a bush bedroom is set up to accommodate a single/sharing guest/s for the night with secure access and as many of the room comforts as are practically possible, mosquito net, mattress, linen, bedside table, toilet & bush vanity table.


The guests are given the option to either go out at sunset or after dinner depending on their personal preference. For those leaving at sunset a delicious picnic dinner will be packed for them, having the opportunity to spend the hours of dusk, relaxing, absorbing the beauty of the African bushveld as it transforms from day to night.


The Tree Houses are completely private & secluded allowing the guest the unique experience of being completely alone in the wilderness – an experience that few places in the world can truly offer. After the ranger has taken the guests to the Tree House & ensured that they are perfectly safe he will return to the Lodge (15 minutes away). As dawn breaks the guests will either be able to call the Lodge with their radio or await their collection by the Ranger at the pre-arranged time.


Chalkley Treehouse (maximum two pax)

ZAR 3,950.00 per person, per night sharing

valid until 17 December 2019


With views extending onto an open plain where you can watch the sunset over the African bushveld. The Tree house is built around a 500 year-old Leadwood Tree where the stars are your only canopy…

These experiences will never be forgotten, guaranteed to touch the soul, a memory that will last forever. (maximum of 2 people per Tree House).


Kingston Treehouse (maximum 4 Pax; two adults & two children)

ZAR 3,950.00 per person, per night sharing (children aged 10 – 15 pay 50% of the adult sharing rate)

valid until 17 December 2019


Constructed entirely from wood and glass, with contemporary décor in understated hues of greys, white, black and purple. No matter what the weather has in store, you will have a safe and luxurious setting with a unique window to enjoy the ever-changing views. In fact, we defy you to find two identical African sunsets The 60m2 Treehouse is situated about 5 minutes from the main lodge, and you will have radio contact with the rangers, should you choose to. You will also find some cellphone reception; but don’t expect any wi-fi in the bush. Kingston is equipped with full bathroom and shower facilities, and Africology products to complete your sensory experience.


Please note, Treehouse rates are charged as an extra activity over and above the daily rate for accommodation at the respective Lion Sands lodges.




• Two swimming pools

• Communal lounge with fireplace

• Health Spa

• River deck

• Curio shop

• Boma

• Conference room

• Internet & telephone access

• Wireless internet access in the public areas

• Exclusive access to the perennial Sabie River

• Family owned & managed since 1933




Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is situated in the Southern portion of the 65,000-hectare Sabi Sand Game Reserve (southern Kruger National Park region), an area well known for its spectacular game viewing.


Lion Sands has exclusive access to the Sabie River. From its source high up in the Drakensburg mountain range where it passes through the famous Mac Mac falls, the river through Lion Sands teems with wildlife. It is the definitive safari experience. The relatively cool riverbanks offer a brief respite from the relentless African sun. Splendid parades of animals pass through to quench their thirst at the water’s edge. And eager predators wait patiently.


The name ‘Sabie’ comes from the Zulu ‘eSaba’, meaning ‘afraid’. Both man and beast approach the river with care and respect. It is at once a sanctuary of life and a gripping display of survival. It is what visitors from all over the world come to experience: raw, untouched nature. In ancient days, the lush Sabie river basin was overrun by Africa’s largest reptile, the Nile crocodile. Today, they bask in the shallows in slightly less numbers, still snapping their deadly jaws at any creature wading in close enough.


Of course, your safari cannot be complete without exposure to every facet of life in the bush. With the highly informative and holistic approach at Lion Sands, you will encounter all spheres of the eco-system, from the smallest insects to the mighty African elephant. Professionally qualified senior ecologists, rangers and tracking teams ensure that your personal safari experience not only meets but exceeds your highest expectations.




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