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Lion Sands Game Reserve

Classic Perspective Certified .
Sustainable .
Kruger National Park / South Africa

Situated amongst South Africa's famous Kruger National Park, rests the luxury Lion Sands Game Reserve. Each villa in the resort is specifically designed to combine sleek, clean luxury with local traditional characteristics, all served with a modern pool offering breathtaking views over the safari grounds. This stunning family-run resort offers world-class safari tours by feet or by private vehicles, with educated guides and extraordinary vibrant wildlife allowing you to view mother nature the way it was intended.

2 Dining Areas / 1 Bar
Check-In at 3:00PM / Check-Out at 11:00AM
Luxury Africa Collection

Lion Sands Game Reserve

Certified
Sustainable
Kruger National Park / South Africa

Situated amongst South Africa's famous Kruger National Park, rests the luxury Lion Sands Game Reserve. Each villa in the resort is specifically designed to combine sleek, clean luxury with local traditional characteristics, all served with a modern pool offering breathtaking views over the safari grounds. This stunning family-run resort offers world-class safari tours by feet or by private vehicles, with educated guides and extraordinary vibrant wildlife allowing you to view mother nature the way it was intended.

Check-In at 3:00PM / Check-Out at 11:00AM
2 Dining Areas / 1 Bar
4 Lodges (10 Villas, 22 Suites, 18 Rooms), 3 Treehouses
Accommodation
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Inclusions:

Inclusions with the hotel Include:

All Meals

Drinks (Teas/Coffees, All Soft Drinks, a Selection of Beers, Spirits and House Wines)

Two Game Drives Daily With FGASA-Accredited Field Guide and Tracker

Game Drive Refreshments and Snacks

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Facilities:

Facilities within the hotel include:

Dining Areas / Bar

Treehouses

Private plunge pool

Spa facilities

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Location
Distance from Skukuza Airport.

25 min drive to Ivory Lodge and River Lodge. There are daily scheduled flights between Cape Town, Johannesburg and Skukuza Airport operated by Airlink. Definitely the quickest and most efficient solution!

Distance from O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg

5 hours drive to Ivory Lodge and River Lodge.

Distance from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

1 hour 45 min drive to Ivory Lodge and River Lodge.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Lion Sands Game Reserve family-friendly?

Yes. Children aged 10 and older are welcome in all of the lodges. Babysitting is available in Tinga and River Lodge, and both have family rooms; River Lodge also has two interconnecting rooms. Tinga, River and Narina all offer kids’ activities for bush babies.

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Lion Sands Game Reserve

Situated amongst South Africa's famous Kruger National Park, rests the luxury Lion Sands Game Reserve. Each villa in the resort is specifically designed to combine sleek, clean luxury with local traditional characteristics, all served with a modern pool offering breathtaking views over the safari grounds. This stunning family-run resort offers world-class safari tours by feet or by private vehicles, with educated guides and extraordinary vibrant wildlife allowing you to view mother nature the way it was intended.

Sustainable Resort
Classic Perspective Certified
Check-In at 3:00PM / Check-Out at 11:00AM
Family Friendly
The Best Resorts in the World 2019 - Condé Nast Traveller Awards
4 Lodges (10 Villas, 22 Suites, 18 Rooms), 3 Treehouses
Wheelchair Accessible
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Accommodation

RIVER LODGE

On the Sabi Sand side of the reserve, River offers a chic design interpretation of the traditional safari lodge, with contemporary décor and limited walls allowing a flow between interior and exterior. Its individual eight Luxury Rooms, six Superior Luxury Rooms, and four River Suites including a Family Suite (each with a private plunge pool) are set along a path to reveal splendid river views, and make for an intimate safari experience. Wooden walkways lead off to a spa, gym and pool, and back to the main lodge, where the deck’s connected water features give the impression of floating on the river. Whether you enjoy your time together socially or quietly in the bar, restaurant, Gallery or firepit lounge, the running theme here is luxury living. River Lodge welcomes children 10 years and older.

IVORY LODGE

On the Sabi Sand side of the reserve, the contemporary-style lodge is built of concrete, timber, glass, and steel to meld into the riverscape. Its eight one-bedroom Villas and the two-bedroom Fish Eagle Villa are peaceful refuges – each with a plunge pool and relaxation areas. Here, only the best-of-the-best will do, your private lounge, patio, deck, and pool invite easy relaxation, while a dedicated team of staff is always on hand to take care of your every whim and fancy. Everything is included – from champagne of your choice stocked in the maxibar, to the laundry. All to create a highly-personalised experience of a safari. Ivory Lodge welcomes children 10 years of age and older.

NARINA LODGE

On the Kruger Park side of the reserve, the lodge, perched on stilts amongst a canopy of 100-year-old trees, reflects its surrounds with organic chic décor, while its open design creates an air of relaxation. The main lodge connects via raised wooden walkways to a spa sala and nine separate Suites with private plunge pools and viewing decks overlooking the River. Each is built to afford complete privacy in a wilderness where guests can watch the animals come down to the water from their pool and deck, as well as bed and bath. Narina Lodge welcomes children 10 years of age and older.

TINGA LODGE

On the Kruger Park side of the reserve, Tinga is a sophisticated take on the colonial-style lodge, capturing the romance of the pioneer era while providing considerable more comfort. Tinga is an escape that everyone should enjoy at least once in their lifetime. With just Nine unique luxurious Suites and the two-bedroom Hi’Nkweni Villa, each located in an utterly private spot overlooking the river, guests are treated to the ultimate African luxury experience. Each of Tinga’s suites has a bathroom with a bath and shower, separate lounge area with minibar, private plunge pool and deck, 24-hour air-conditioning, and a range of luxury amenities. Tinga Lodge welcomes children 10 years of age and older.

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RIVER LODGE

RIVER LODGE

On the Sabi Sand side of the reserve, River offers a chic design interpretation of the traditional safari lodge, with contemporary décor and limited walls allowing a flow between interior and exterior. Its individual eight Luxury Rooms, six Superior Luxury Rooms, and four River Suites including a Family Suite (each with a private plunge pool) are set along a path to reveal splendid river views, and make for an intimate safari experience. Wooden walkways lead off to a spa, gym and pool, and back to the main lodge, where the deck’s connected water features give the impression of floating on the river. Whether you enjoy your time together socially or quietly in the bar, restaurant, Gallery or firepit lounge, the running theme here is luxury living. River Lodge welcomes children 10 years and older.

IVORY LODGE

On the Sabi Sand side of the reserve, the contemporary-style lodge is built of concrete, timber, glass, and steel to meld into the riverscape. Its eight one-bedroom Villas and the two-bedroom Fish Eagle Villa are peaceful refuges – each with a plunge pool and relaxation areas. Here, only the best-of-the-best will do, your private lounge, patio, deck, and pool invite easy relaxation, while a dedicated team of staff is always on hand to take care of your every whim and fancy. Everything is included – from champagne of your choice stocked in the maxibar, to the laundry. All to create a highly-personalised experience of a safari. Ivory Lodge welcomes children 10 years of age and older.
IVORY LODGE
NARINA LODGE

NARINA LODGE

On the Kruger Park side of the reserve, the lodge, perched on stilts amongst a canopy of 100-year-old trees, reflects its surrounds with organic chic décor, while its open design creates an air of relaxation. The main lodge connects via raised wooden walkways to a spa sala and nine separate Suites with private plunge pools and viewing decks overlooking the River. Each is built to afford complete privacy in a wilderness where guests can watch the animals come down to the water from their pool and deck, as well as bed and bath. Narina Lodge welcomes children 10 years of age and older.

TINGA LODGE

On the Kruger Park side of the reserve, Tinga is a sophisticated take on the colonial-style lodge, capturing the romance of the pioneer era while providing considerable more comfort. Tinga is an escape that everyone should enjoy at least once in their lifetime. With just Nine unique luxurious Suites and the two-bedroom Hi’Nkweni Villa, each located in an utterly private spot overlooking the river, guests are treated to the ultimate African luxury experience. Each of Tinga’s suites has a bathroom with a bath and shower, separate lounge area with minibar, private plunge pool and deck, 24-hour air-conditioning, and a range of luxury amenities. Tinga Lodge welcomes children 10 years of age and older.
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Activities
01
Private Safari

Game drives, in open safari vehicles, head out each day at sunrise and again in the late afternoon. Lion Sand’s natural animal population includes the Big Five, and the reserve is especially renowned for the quality of its leopard viewing – the most elusive of predators. With exclusive traversing rights on both Lion Sands’ Sabi Sand and Kruger Park sections, guests are assured a truly intimate safari experience. A maximum of 16 vehicles are allowed out on the reserve at any one time, and the number per sighting is also limited. Private game drives are included in the accommodation rates for guests of Fish Eagle Villa, Ivory Lodge and Hi’Nkweni Villa, Tinga Lodge.

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Bush Walks

Join after-breakfast walks on the wild side. Guests are immersed in the bush, rather than just observing it. All five senses are engaged, as they feel scrub crunch beneath their feet, touch the velvety acacia seed pod, hear the crack of a branch indicating they are not alone, and spot big game at eye level – exhilarating! The resort's expert guides will tailor walks to each guest’s area/s of interest, focusing on mammals, birds, insects, plants, geology, etc.

03
Helicopter Flights

Lion Sands has partnered with Mpumalanga Helicopter Company to take guests on exhilarating flights over the gorges, rivers, waterfalls, and dramatic rock formations of the province’s escarpment and lowveld. From above, guests have the best perspective to view (and photograph) some of the land’s natural wonders, including but not limited to: the Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondawels, Pinnacle Rock, Lisbon Falls, and Hippo Hollow.

04
A Night in a Treehouse

The million-star Chalkley and Kingston (Sabi Sand) and Tinyeleti (Kruger Park) are the ultimate bush bedrooms, where romantics, adventurers and solitude seekers alike can discover the magic of a night out in African – in complete luxury. Guests arrive at sunset to a picnic dinner, spend the dusk hours watching animals wander past (at a safe distance), and fall asleep counting shooting stars. And they can rest easy knowing a field guide is always on radio call, should they feel they need assistance.

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Mack & Madi Kids’ Programme

Along with the lodges’ options and flexibility around accommodations and meals, tailor-made activities give children (5 to 11 years) a little extra freedom to explore and just be kids – and make family travel child’s play. Activities keep young guests occupied with the wonders of the natural world, as well as with sports and crafts, during their stays. Just some of the fun includes: family morning game drives; bush orientation; bug CSI; dung tracking; spoor casting; scavenger hunts; pool games; rock painting; beading; pizza making in the bomas; cookie baking and cupcake decorating in the kitchens; and stargazing. Parents are welcome to join in, or sneak a few hours for themselves.

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Spa and Wellness

The hours between safaris are an ideal time to spend being pampered. A selection of indulgent therapies is offered by expert therapists in the quiet retreat of the lodges’ spas or open-air bush salas – a luxury unique to Africa. Guests choose from massages, exfoliations, reflexology, and facials with Africology skincare products and essential oils – all ethically formulated with the finest natural and organic ingredients – as well as manicures and pedicures. Yogis will find no better place to stretch out any leftover tension than on their private decks overlooking the Sabie River, where the energy flows pure.

Dining
Lion Sands Dining

Lion Sands Dining

From boma feasts to safari refreshment stops, chefs are adept at crafting cuisine that will appeal to any palate, be it those with a sweet tooth...

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Bush Dining

Something a little different for your party of two or more. A dinner set up, just for you, in a clearing in the bush - lit by lanterns, candles and...

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Boma Dining

A highlight of any safari is dining in an African boma under the stars. Add to that exceptional food, wine and good company, and you have the formula

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Ivory Lodge Dining

Dining at Ivory can turn into an exploration, with a table laid out wherever you wish, and dishes and wines introducing you to new flavours. The ...

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River Lodge Bar

Paired with premium wines from the Cape, dining is a true experience at The Lion Sands Game Reserve. All drinks are included in the room rate, except

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Tinga Lodge Dining

Dining - privately, at the lodge, or on location - gives a nod to local roots and paired with fine South African wine, enhances your experience of...

Dining - privately, at the lodge, or on location - gives a nod to local roots and paired with fine South African wine, enhances your experience of this place. Chefs take pride in preparing dishes to appeal to every palate and menus can easily be adapted for your children.

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Riverbed Dinner

While out on safari, a surprise is being prepared for your return. Tables are carried out from the lodge, the fire is lit, and lanterns light the way

While out on safari, a surprise is being prepared for your return. Tables are carried out from the lodge, the fire is lit, and lanterns light the way to tonight's dinner. A barbecue feast is shared, while the choir sings and the distant honks and hoots of animals join in.

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Bush Breakfast

When you are not sure if the growl is coming from the lion or your stomach, it's time for breakfast - conveniently set up around the next tree. This..

When you are not sure if the growl is coming from the lion or your stomach, it's time for breakfast - conveniently set up around the next tree. This pop-up experience is another of our signature surprises on safari - look forward to anything from hot pancakes to a full-on buffet.

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In-Room Dining

Dining experience set up just for you at the comfort of your private lounge - lit by lanterns, candles and the stars. And if you are lucky, you might

Dining experience set up just for you at the comfort of your private lounge - lit by lanterns, candles and the stars. And if you are lucky, you might even spot some animals.

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Spa & Wellness

Facilities

Hotel facilities with your booking:

Dining Areas / Bar

Treehouses

Private plunge pool

Spa facilities

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Inclusions

Inclusions with your booking:

All Meals

Drinks (Teas/Coffees, All Soft Drinks, a Selection of Beers, Spirits and House Wines)

Two Game Drives Daily With FGASA-Accredited Field Guide and Tracker

Game Drive Refreshments and Snacks

Specified Inclusive Safari Activities

Skukuza Airport Transfers

Mack & Madi Children’s Activities

Wi-Fi

Specialist Activities:

Bush Walks

Hippo Experience

Stargazing

Wildlife Lectures

Bush Breakfasts, Picnic Lunches and Bush Dinners

Community Visits (MORE Community Trust)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Lion Sands Game Reserve family-friendly?

Yes. Children aged 10 and older are welcome in all of the lodges. Babysitting is available in Tinga and River Lodge, and both have family rooms; River Lodge also has two interconnecting rooms. Tinga, River and Narina all offer kids’ activities for bush babies.

Location
Distance from Skukuza Airport.

25 min drive to Ivory Lodge and River Lodge. There are daily scheduled flights between Cape Town, Johannesburg and Skukuza Airport operated by Airlink. Definitely the quickest and most efficient solution!

Distance from O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg

5 hours drive to Ivory Lodge and River Lodge.

Distance from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

1 hour 45 min drive to Ivory Lodge and River Lodge.

Lion Sands Game Reserve

IVORY LODGE

On the Sabi Sand side of the reserve, the contemporary-style lodge is built of concrete, timber, glass, and steel to meld into the riverscape. Its eight one-bedroom Villas and the two-bedroom Fish Eagle Villa are peaceful refuges – each with a plunge pool and relaxation areas. Here, only the best-of-the-best will do, your private lounge, patio, deck, and pool invite easy relaxation, while a dedicated team of staff is always on hand to take care of your every whim and fancy. Everything is included – from champagne of your choice stocked in the maxibar, to the laundry. All to create a highly-personalised experience of a safari. Ivory Lodge welcomes children 10 years of age and older.

TINGA LODGE

On the Kruger Park side of the reserve, Tinga is a sophisticated take on the colonial-style lodge, capturing the romance of the pioneer era while providing considerable more comfort. Tinga is an escape that everyone should enjoy at least once in their lifetime. With just Nine unique luxurious Suites and the two-bedroom Hi’Nkweni Villa, each located in an utterly private spot overlooking the river, guests are treated to the ultimate African luxury experience. Each of Tinga’s suites has a bathroom with a bath and shower, separate lounge area with minibar, private plunge pool and deck, 24-hour air-conditioning, and a range of luxury amenities. Tinga Lodge welcomes children 10 years of age and older.
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