Lion Sands Private Game Reserve Luxury Accommodation, Sabi Sands

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve

Game Lodge at Sabi Sands Reserve, Greater Kruger Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa. Show on Map

About Lion Sands Private Game Reserve

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.

"Best Hotel in the World" - Tatler Magazine 2006 - Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

The property’s geographical location is an area of great diversity of both fanuna 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, awarded “Best Hotel in World 2006” by Tatler magazine, is ultra luxurious. 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.

Neither word nor photograph can capture the sense of the pure beauty which is breathed in when opening the carved wooden doors leading into this private recluse – arguably the world’s finest bedroom! Your rate at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge includes the following: accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon teas / coffees, all local beverages (wines, spirits and softdrinks) but excludes premium brands, laundry, two game drives daily in open landrovers with qualified rangers and trackers, game drive refreshments, as well as specified gaming activities such as bush walks, picnic lunches and hippo tour.


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.

Lion Sands River Lodge is the soul of Lion Sands and is hosted by a family of staff that will make it feel like home away from home and where guests can relax, enjoy and get to experience African hospitality at its best. Your rate at Lion Sands River Lodge includes the following: accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning and afternoon teas / coffees, two game drives daily in open landrovers with qualified rangers and trackers, game drive refreshments, as well as specified gaming activities such as bush walks, picnic lunches and hippo tour.


"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.


Where better to celebrate the union of two soul mates than under an ancient Marula Tree on the banks of the meandering Sabie River? The exclusive Lion Sands Private Game Reserve is able to tailor make a wedding celebration which is completely unique and in true African custom. The couple will be able to pledge their vows in the company of close friends, relatives and the African wilderness.

According to African tradition the local Shangaan Chief will be there to give his blessing upon the newlywed couple. After the blessing all will be invited to share in the wedding feast, prepared and served in the open savannah under the illuminated Southern Sky. Singing and dancing will continue long into the night until the morning star has risen in the east signifying the beginning of their new journey together.


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!


Lion Sands Private Game Reserve can accommodate up to 40 delegates for a conference or executive meeting. Kindly contact us for details.


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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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Air-conditioning
  • Area information booklet
  • Bar fridge
  • Bathrobes
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • Fan(s)
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • International plug point(s)
  • Internet connection (wireless)
  • Mini- / courtesy bar
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Private pool
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: allowed
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Telephone (direct dial)
  • Wheelchair Friendly

On Site

  • Air-conditioning
  • Business facilities
  • Concierge
  • Garden(s)
  • Guest lounge with TV
  • Gym / fitness centre
  • Health spa
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Reception (24 hours)
  • Smoking: in demarcated areas
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls


  • Air-conditioning
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Bar
  • Breakaway area(s)
  • Business services
  • Catering (in-house)
  • Co-ordinator (in-house)
  • Decorating
  • Internet connection (dial up)
  • Parking
  • Standard conf. equipment

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room
  • Room service


  • Airport transfers
  • Other transfers available

Accreditations (as claimed by Lion Sands Private Game Reserve)

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -24.967766666
Longitude: 31.548166666333334

Closest airport(s)
Hoedspruit Airport - 160km
Kruger Mpumalanga Airport - 110km
Phalaborwa Airport - 243km
Skukuza Airport - 12km

Children policy
Children over 10 years welcome.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 14h00
Check-out by 11h00

Listed on
February 2003 - 2 Reviews

Travellers' Reviews

Our stay at Lion Sands has been the best holiday we've ever had. We saw an enormous range of animals and each day we saw something new. Our Ranger,...

Fiona Brown, Inverell Travellers' Rating


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Payment Methods accepted at the establishment

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  • Visa
  • American Express
  • Diners

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