Lion Sands Private Game Reserve Luxury Accommodation, Sabi Sands
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Loadshedding Proof

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  • Property TypeGame Lodge
  • Guests16
  • Rooms/Units8
  • Minimum Stay2-3 Nights
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Lion Sands Ivory Lodge is a highly recommended Mpumalanga game lodge providing a wildlife experience for discerning anyone visiting Wild Frontier.

About Lion Sands Ivory Lodge

At a Glance

What to expect at the lodge/reserve

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

Lion Sands Ivory Lodge awes with a natural and simple beauty, enhanced only by breathtaking river scenes.

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.


The lodge's eight one-bedroom Villas, set secluded at the confluence of the Sabie and Sand rivers, are the ultimate bush retreats. Here, only the best-of-the-best will do, somehow made all the more wonderful in the wild.

Your private lounge, patio, deck and pool invite easy relaxation, while a dedicated team of staff are always on hand to take care or your every whim and fancy. Everything is included – from your champagne of choice stocked in the maxibar, to the washing and pressing of your favourite shirt – to create a highly-personalised experience of a safari, your way.


Our Treehouses offer sprawling views of remote Africa, globed by even bigger star-lit skies. Below, the stillness is punctuated by animals’ whistles, huffs, and growls.

The Treehouse Experience is booked in conjunction with accommodation at the lodge of your choice, at an additional rate, per person per night. Your room remains ready for your return at any point. You’ll pack a stay-over bag with the essentials, leaving the rest of your belongings back at the lodge.


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.

Features you'll appreciate

  • always on
  • air-con
  • swimming
  • parking
  • airport
  • room service
  • gym
providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • 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)

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

Loadshedding Facilities

What is loadshedding? It refers to the temporary suspension of electricity provided by Eskom, South Africa's electricity provider, to reduce consumption and thereby the load on the national grid. To compensate, South African property owners are turning to solar power, inverters with backup batteries or in some cases generators to keep the power on, wherever feasible.

  • Generator

Food & Drink

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


  • Airport transfers
  • Other transfers available
fluentsome understanding

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • German
  • Italian
  • Shangaan

Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Ivory Lodge Suites

Luxury Suites that 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.

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

Qty: 8
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

All meals, teas/coffees
Mini-bar in room
Selected premium beers, spirits, cellar wines and champagnes
Two games drives daily
Game drive refreshments and snacks
Specified inclusive safari activities
Skukuza Airport transfers

Cigars and cigarettes, all flights and transfers (other than Skukuza Airport tansfer), gratuities, telephone calls, boutique purchases, spa treatments, Sabi Sand and KNP entrance fees and guest conservation contribution.

Game drives, Bush walks, hippo experience, stargazing, wildlife lectures, bush breakfasts, picnic lunches, bush dinners, Henna Pre-School visit (excludes weekends, school holidays and public holidays).

Treehouse experiences, private open safari vehicle hire, helicopter flights, golfing.

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Guest Reviews

2 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

Get ready to be thrilledfrom the moment you enter the Lion Sands Game Reserve. My husband and I were welcomed by a leopard settling down for an afternoon siesta. Later as we were having lunch on the deck of Lion Sands River Lodge, a herd of elephants joined closeby. The room was spacious . Listening to the myriad sounds of nature in the outdoor shower was a welcome change from the city's humdrum. The game drive was exciting and our guide experienced - we followed a leopard as it criss-crossed our path. Hippos swam by in the river and python sat by it. There was a night drive in which we tracked a lioness on its hunt. More surprises were in store as we headed to tree house for the night. We had not expected such luxury under the open sky . Equipped with plenty of food from hot casseroles, water, flashlights, walkie-talkie for emergencies, a huge umbrella in case it rained ( it dd not), the tree-house was a dream come true. Watching impalas and a solitary hyena and listening to the jungle sounds at night was a once in a lifetime experience. The full-moon and twinkling starlit night gave way to the glorious morning sun which smiled as we woke up with the sky.directly above us. That afternoon as we were enjoying a sundowner, while on the game drive, there was a call on the walkie-talkie and soon we off at top speed to see a pack of wild dogs which had entered the reserve. Our dream of seeing the elusive African Wild dog came true. Next morning as we headed back to Johannesburg for a flight to India, the same pack of dogs bade us goodbye. Needless to say we had a wonderful time at LionSands and we hope to go back again. Thank you.

January 2018

Shubhalaxmi Sinha (Mumbai)

Verified reviewexcellent

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, Deiderik and Tracker Kruger were fantastic. They taught us so much about the different species as well as entertained us with their good humour. Our Butler Elliot had the best smile (and giggle) and we enjoyed mealtimes around him. Food was superb; service excellent. Can't wait to return again one day!!!

October 2009

Fiona Brown (Inverell)

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  • Property listed on since February 2003

Need to Know

Child policyChildren over 10 years welcome.

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

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

Payment methods accepted by the property American Express, Diners, Mastercard, Visa, EFT or secure online payment via

Listed on since February 2003

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