Lion Sands | South Africa Safaris

November 27, 2020


Personal Impression

Lion Sands Ivory lodge is situated in the Sabi Sand private game reserve area. This exclusive lodge has only six rooms and the finest of accommodations. The rooms are huge and feature every luxury. This unique property has been in the family for generations and they have developed a unique first class lodge offering the ultimate in privacy and comfort.


The lodge is in a perfect setting overlooking the river that divides the private reserve from the Kruger National Park. The animals can roam freely between the Kruger National Park and the private lands of Lion Sands.


The ultimate in luxury and privacy. The air conditioned villas are divided into two separate sections which are joined by a courtyard that features a sparkling private plunge pool and large deck area. The bedroom is large with expansive views to the river below. The bathroom is immediately behind the bedroom and features a large contemporary free standing tub, large indoor shower and a huge outdoor shower. This can be seen in the private villa picture above.

The living room features a fireplace and a unique room service feature. Food is delivered and placed in the room by means of an outside door, a gong is rung and you know your food has arrived. Open the door on the inside and there is your meal. Pictured below. This is taking privacy to a new level of service. These rooms are among the largest and most deluxe in the game lodges in South Africa.

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Game Drives

Game viewing here is excellent. This private reserve has a smaller area than many of what the other private reserves offer. However, this is not a negative in our personal view. The rangers know this area and the animals that frequent the reserve very well. Some private or public game reserves are so large that it can be a hindrance in finding the animals.

The reserve has more than enough land to offer exceptional sightings and interesting topography. During our game drive here we had exceptional sightings, including the sighting of two young leopards that were particularly fascinating. Pictures of one of those leopards is shown above. The loading of the land rovers takes place from a staging area so as not to disturb any guests who may have decided to stay in rather than participate in the game drives.

One very appealing aspect was a raised deck overlooking the river and the Kruger National Park that is perfect for a special breakfast or sundowner. A truly magical spot. This is a wonderful property where your expectations will be exceeded.

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Dining and Wines

The lodge and dining area is very appealing. Setting the tone for just ten guests, the public areas offer comfort and intimacy. The food is outstanding. Personal service is the key to Lion Sands and you have the choice of in room dining or joining other guests at the main lodge area. The lodge features a nice Boma area for the dinner under the stars. Lion Sands is on an all-inclusive basis – wines and spirits are complimentary (excluding premium imported brands). The mini bar in the rooms should be called the maxi bar.

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Spa, Internet and Laundry

A wonderful spa with a variety of treatments is available and located between Ivory Sands and a sister property in the Lion Sands reserve. A gym is also available. Internet and laundry services are available for guests on a complimentary basis.

Website: Lion Sands



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